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Sirius in the Qur’an

Astrology is a core part of occultism. Obviously, ancient peoples relied upon observation of the skies to determine their religion. The most obvious deity is the Sun. We have named our holiest day after the Sun (Sunday/Domingo, the day of our Lord) — but what about when the Sun goes away? We have night, and the brightest star in the sky is Sirius.

The reappearance of Sirius before the summer solstice foretold the flooding of the Nile, around which the Egyptians formed the cult of Isis, Osirus, and their son Horus. This trinity represented fertility and rebirth in the afterlife.

The Egyptians used the below logo for Sirius.

Instead of swearing on the gods, Socrates suggested swearing by the star Sirius.  It turns out, the Qur’an acknowledges our 5th closest star system.

The chapter itself is named an-Najm (“The Star”) for an unknown star mentioned in the first verse, which scholars prefer not to guess. I propose it is Sirius.

– This chapter also contains the infamous verse which Salman Rushdie was condemned for, referring to the three pagan goddesses of the Quraysh tribe, said to be the daughters of Allah (sura 53, verses 19-20).

– This sura endorses the idea that Sufi scholars like Prince Dara Sikuh came up with, that the Hindu deities are merely names for the angels.

– In a sura that begins with an ambiguous invocation of a star, invokes three pagan goddesses, and the star of the Egyptian fertility cult, and the one Socrates intuitively thought most holy?

Below is the literal text and translation of verse 49.

The “Lord of al-Shi’ra (The Leader)” could be an appropriate translation, but from my observation, it says, “and it is He, the god (represented by) Sirius“. Whatever meaning Sirius has, the Qur’an is co-opting it. (I’m hardly a translator of classical Arabic, I’m just observing a trend. It is highly suggested you read the surah yourself, to this audio.)

I would like to interpret the hieroglyph the Egyptians gave to Sirius.

Not only was it central to the trinitarian cult of Horus, to me it represents the division the classical Islamic scholar al-Qushayri gave to everything in reality: “the signs of God” and “human beings”. Obviously, the stick figure to me represents human beings, and I propose the triangle represents the mountains, which the Qur’an describes as one of the physical signs of God.

“Have We not made the earth as a bed, And the mountains as pegs?” (Quran 78: 6-7)

“And We have set on earth firm mountains, lest it should shake with them.” (Quran 21:31)

“[On the Day of Judgement], when the earth is shaken with convulsion, and the mountains are broken down, crumbling, and become scattered dust.” (Quran 56:4-6)

References to mountains and other natural phenomena are  “the signs on the horizon”, and human beings are “the signs in their souls”. It is an interesting coincidence that the hieroglyph for Sirius mimics Qushayri’s dichotomy, considering that stars were crucial to the understanding of ancient people.

The Qur’an takes all that is true in other religions and exalts it. Rumi said both the Pharaoh’s sorcerers and Moses were able to convert their staffs to snakes, but the difference was that the Pharaoh’s men were in illusion, and Moses was inspired by the real.

It is strange to see astrology in the Qur’an. Astronomy was inseparable from astrology for most of human existence, almost certainly, prehistoric peoples could banter and exchange star charts. The cosmos was our nightly tablet before pen and computers. This may be a key to primordial religion, one that Socrates never cared to write down.

SOURCES CITED

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirius

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minced_oath

[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nearest_stars

[4] http://quran.com/53/49

[5] http://www.quraninenglish.com/cgi-local/pages.pl?/quran&img=1822

[6] http://www.quraninenglish.com/cgi-local/pages.pl?/quran&img=1823

[7] http://www.tafheem.net/tafheem.html

By AFarooqui

I write about the dichotomies present in religion, gathered mostly from discussions with average Jews, Christians, Muslims and atheists.

2 replies on “Sirius in the Qur’an”

The quranic verse was not co-opting Sirius worship. It was doing the opposite. It was saying Allah is the Lord of all these things. Doubtless there’s more to it than we’ll ever know, but the most direct meaning is that.

I don’t get how you don’t get it?

Maybe I am over complicating it, but by saying you are the Lord of Sirius, you are not denying the religion and power of Sirius, Allah is saying He is greater, and the Source behind it. You realize the Egyptians were the first religion to believe in the afterlife, with your heart weighed on a scale, and only if your heart was light enough, lighter than a feather, (free from sin), could you enter the next life?

Islam is acknowledging it has ideas inside which are older than it. This is one of the first suras to be revealed, it acknowledges the Jewish Scriptures (of Moses), it acknowledges the three Arab goddesses as angels given female names “by those who do not believe in the Afterlife”, and it says that only those can intercede whom Allah allows. It also warns of the people of before (Aad Thamud Nuh, i.e. the abandoned civilizations of Petra, Assyria/Babylon, before the Flood of Noah).

These are themes in the Qur’an which appear regularly and which Muslims should reflect upon.

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