First of all let me clarify this, it is not easy to just stating that somewhere is the centre of the earth, because the earth is sphere in shape, just like a ball. Where is the centre of a ball? It should be in the centre, inner part of the ball, I assume.
Then, looking at the map that humans draw, because it is flat, maybe we can approximately figure it out where the centre should be. There many claims for this, some say Mecca, some say Jerusalem, some say Aral Sea and even Venice in Italy.
The Muslims were the first people to draw the map of the world. They drew the map with the south facing upwards and north downwards. The Kaaba was at the centre. Later, western cartographers drew the map upside down with the north facing upwards and south downwards. Yet, Alhamdullilah the Kaaba is at the centre of the world map.
Besides that, there are also some people want to look at the map differently,
New way looking at map. Source here
“A conventional map contains distortions because the world is round and a map is flat,” explains Prof. Guelke. “Such maps can give a very inaccurate idea of the direction and distance to Mecca from other places in the world. On this new world map, the direction of Mecca and the shortest distance is easily measured as a straight line … It is amazing that Mecca is approximately the centre of the land mass of the world.”
However, some claim that Jurusalem is the centre of the world by looking at the map,
Jerusalem as the centre of the world. Source here
Since Jerusalem was located near the middle of the known world of antiquity, it naturally occupied a central position on early world maps. During the middle Ages, strong religious influences caused some mapmakers to deliberately place Jerusalem at the exact centre or “navel” of the world, in accordance with Biblical descriptions. This format was not widely adopted until the thirteenth century, following the Crusades and the consequent popular identification of Jerusalem as a primary spiritual centre. With the advent of the Renaissance, new discoveries and improved geographic concepts changed the extent and shape of the known world and rendered Jerusalem-centred maps obsolete.
The distance (?)
This is where I don’t really catch up with what the person is trying to say. Maybe someone can enlighten me on this.
There have been studies showing that Holy Kaaba is even geographical centre in Cairo has shown that Holy Kaaba is the centre of the whole world. They have also said that Makkah Mukarrama and Kaaba are a centre for a circle with a radius of 8000 kilometers encompassing all the centers of civilization in Asia, Africa and Europe. They also said that Holy Kaaba is the centre of all the cities in the radius of 13000 kilometre including North and South America, Australia and the South Pole. The study also said that Holy Kaaba was actually the centre of all the land which later on merged with each other due to the Oceans.
As it is just mentioned in a forum, there is also someone tried to rationalise the fact. He claims that this fact can still be challenge. And again, I don’t really understand it.
I have suspected their numbers too. They said 1,300 km as a radius of a circle including all major cities. If you made a radius from Makkah that would include every point on earth, it would be around 20,000 km. (Excuse my American notation. That’s one half the circumference of the earth, by the way.) that’s a big 7,000 km of space where there’s supposedly no big cities? That’s one third of the earth.
The distribution of land (?)
I can find about the scientific aspect, the argument is that Mecca is the centre of land – excluding the sea from their calculations. As the distribution of land is not even on the crust of the earth, the centre of mass will probably be tilted towards some area which they argue is Mecca.
This is the counter to the statement:
The Pagaen. Source here
Another titbit of common sense is this: first your source says Makkah is the center of the major cities of the world. Then they say Makkah is the centre of where Pangaea used to be. (That big megacontinent.) Now if the Americas are moving away from Eurasia and Africa, that means the centre of their area is moving too, like Netcurtains said. Look at it this way: the physical formula for the centre of mass is (centre of mass)=(mass of second area)/(mass of first area + mass of second area)x(distance between the areas). In other words, as the distance changes, the centre of mass changes. (I think this is the first time that formula has every meant anything to me.) Your sources want to have Makkah be the centre in both cases, but this is physically impossible. Unless their definition of centre is some sneaky trick they’re not telling us.
The unseen aspect- The Radiation/chakra (?)..
The first video, ‘Islamic Science: Neil Armstrong Proved Mecca is the Centre of the World’, is from Al-Majd TV, Saudi Arabia, and dates from 16 January 2005. Highlights of this discussion include the claim that the Ka’ba emits short-wave radiation, that ‘this radiation is infinite’, and that this is why anyone living in Mecca or travelling there will live long, be healthier, and be ‘less affected by Earth’s gravity’. The existence of the ‘zero-magnetism zone’ halfway between the north and south poles ‘where the pull is equal from both sides’ is also considered: ‘the magnetic force has no effect there’. feature Dr ‘Abd Al-Baset Sayyid, a scientific luminary from the Egyptian National Research Centre.
However, even whether Armstrong really landed on moon is a controversial. I am not really sure about this. Maybe we need to wait for a Muslim go to the moon not just as tourist and look at the earth. Then, we would really be convinced with the findings. For now, can I say that that’s the best shot that we have?
Besides that, some also do not agree with the idea of magnetic 0 because it constantly moving:
. Some geologist. (1) Magnetic north is constantly on the move. (2) The line of longitude upon which Mecca is situated also passes through, for example, the Russian cities of Yaroslavl, Voronezh and Rostov-on-Don, so presumably those places (along with others in Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Ethiopia, Kenya …) would have equal claim to whatever divinely-ordained distinction is claimed for Mecca. (3) There are also alignments of the earth’s magnetic field where magnetic north and true north are the same, but such lines are not equivalent to lines of longitude and anyway Mecca isn’t on one.
The arising issues
Mecca as the meridian time
Because of Mecca is centre of the world, there is a group wants to change the Greenwich meridian time that is standardised today. They want to make Mecca as the reference of the time. Refer to BBC news here and Gulf Time here. They have a concrete reason for that:
The companion piece to this is ‘Science in Islam: Mecca Time must replace GMT’ from Mihwar TV, Egypt, recorded on 26 December 2006, in which Dr ‘Abd Al-Baset Sayyid expounds the benefits of Mecca Time. In Greenwich the magnetic field is 8.5 degrees, while in Mecca ‘the magnetic field is zero’. This means that when time is measured from Greenwich there is a discrepancy of 8.5 minutes ‘between the northern and southern hemispheres’. ‘Air traffic’, warns the doc darkly, ‘cannot be organized in this way’. There’s also a lot of fascinating information about blood, circulation, magnetic force, and why circling the Ka’ba will fill you with energy (clue: it’s all about going from right to left).
It will be very interesting to note that the Egyptian scholars have found that on two particular days in a year the sun is right on top of the Holy Kaaba and that is the time when if a person views the sun he is certainly looking to the direction of Holy Kaaba. This method is so exact and simple that there is no need of any compass etc. All one has to do is to look where the sun is and that will be the direction of the Holy Kaaba. No matter where you are in the World all you have to do is to be exact in your time to minute level according to the GMT. Hence wherever one can see sun at that time one can find the exact direction of Holy Kaaba. For Non Muslims it may not be of any benefit but for a Muslim it is as a Muslim has to offer prayer five times a day and no one can be sure about the direction of the Holy Kaaba when a person is thousands of miles away from Makkah Mukarrama. The dates and the exact timing are :
1.. 28th May every year at 9:18 GMT.
2.. 15th July every year at 9:27 GMT.
These are the two timing s when the sun makes an angle of 180 degrees with Holy Kaaba and where ever one will see the sun he/she can make a line straight to the sun’s direction and that will be the kiblah. For those countries where the sun cannot be seen as there may be night time in some countries the other method to follow is on these dates but to look in the exact opposite direction of the sun which will be the direction of the Holy Kaaba. These dates are
1. 28th November 21:9 GMT (every year)
2. 13th January 21:9 GMT (every year)
The research has been made by Dr.Ahmad Ismail Khalifa, professor of the engineering Deptt. Al Azhar University. He said that the Muslim scholars have observed that sun while running its course from East to West crosses over the Makkah Mukarrama region many times in a year.
This is the counter to the issue:
And yes, the sun comes directly over the Kaaba twice a year. In fact, every point on the earth which is between the tropic of Cancer and tropic of Capricorn, like Makkah, comes perpendicular to the sun on two days, always six months apart from each other.
However, I don’t think the Greenwich meridian that we have today does not have the feature.
2. The anti-clock wise clock
The conference was organised to introduce Saat Makkah (the watch of Mecca). The inventor of the clock, Yasin a-Shouk, said it runs anti-clockwise in the direction of Tawaf, the rotation around Kaaba. The Switzerland-based award-winning inventor of Palestinian origin said that his invention met a lot of opposition and it took him four years to win the patent.
The watch is said to rotate anti-clockwise and is supposed to help Muslims determine the direction of Mecca from any point on Earth.
If we observe an atom, electron orbits the nucleus anticlockwise. The moon orbits the earth anticlockwise, the earth and other planet around the sun orbits it anticlockwise, the stars around galaxies orbits its anticlockwise. The rocks on the rings of Saturn orbits it anticlockwise, this is exactly what Muslims do around the Kaaba, they go around it anticlockwise!
I know that there are a lot of sweeping statements (unsupported data) that is made in this post. Besides, the source of the information is also questionable. However, that is the best I can give. I hope everyone is satisfy with the information given. Maybe there are some other information that you would like to share. Please do so in the comment column.
One thing for sure, Kaabah is the Muslims’ spiritual centre of the earth. That is the symbol for unity and justice for Muslim. With that, I raise my case.
p/s: If you are want to know more, maybe you can read some part of this book “World-maps for Finding the Direction and Distance to Mecca” By David A. King, here. Or maybe buy the book which is from £199.75. huhuhuhu
The golden mean of the Earth
This is just to support the points/arguments above.
credit to emine for informing me about this video.
Mathematics Golden number 1,618
credit to Luqman Naim for the video.
There is no coincidence in the world. Everything is created by God and has its own purpose. Its either you believe it or being ignorant not. Wallahua’lam