By Richard Dawkins
“There are verses about corona in the Quran.” This was the e-mail I just received from a Muslim zealot. He didn’t name the prophetic verses themselves so I did a bit of Googling and came up with a learned article written by a Muslim “scholar”1:
I read it and was bowled over. Admiring as I already was of the Quran’s prescience in foretelling the detailed facts of embryology (the embryo looks like a leech) nothing could have prepared me for the uncanny accuracy with which it foresaw Covid-19. Chapter 74 especially blew me away.
Verse 30 is translated as “Upon her nineteen.” What could be clearer? Nineteen! It’s an obvious reference to Covid-19.
Verse 8 contains two words derived from the same root “quarn”, which is authoritatively regarded (by leading “scholars”) as referring to the end-time trumpet. “Quarana”, an older version of “quarn”, means “horn” and that is very significant. The Covid-19 virus is now known to be a spherical particle with “projections”. Projections! Obviously those projections could be none other than the “horns” mentioned in verse 8.
Finally, most convincing of all, “quarana” is rather like the English word “corona”2. Bingo! QED! Mission accomplished! Allah be praised!
- A real scholar has read more than one book.
- And what about “quarantine”, though the “scholar” somehow managed to miss the point.