THE KORAN’S FIRMAMENT “With power and skill Did we construct The Firmament: (Mountain/Arch) For it is we who create The vastness of Space”- (Koran 51:47) The foundation of the Koran is the OT & NT. The firmament is an original story in which the firmament (Vault/Arch over the sky) represented a primeval mountain that arose out of the waters and separated the waters above from the waters below. The Egyptians used deities like Shu or Nut to represent them holding separating Sky from earth. Shu is also most famously known as Joshua sun of Nun who holds up the sun/moon in the OT. Nut is symbolically represented in this fashion: Sky God Nut from ancient Egypt is the Arch that separates the Sky from Earth. Nut is also a personification of Isis and Hathor. In Genesis 1:6-9 we meet the Sky God Nut giving birth to the sun. Genesis 1:6-9 New King James Version (NKJV) 6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament (Arch) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament (arch/mountain of land), and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven (Sky). So the evening and the morning were the second day. 9 Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place (Nile), and let the dry land (Arch) appear”; and it was so. Scholars say Prophet Muhammad once said: “Be good to women. The woman has been created out of the rib and uppermost part of the rib ends in a curve; so if you try to straighten out the curve, it will break, yet if you leave it alone, the curve will remain. Hence, be good to women”-Etiquettes of Life in Islam By Muhammad Yusuf Islahi p.209-210. Some of the Muslims do not like themselves depicted as bent however it’s just symbolic of creation in which God uses other forms of himself in the creation process. The Koran did use the word “We” in the above creation story. God in the Bible and the Koran speaks about mankind being bent in crookness of sin: “They ask thee concerning the mountains: say My lord Will uproot them and scatter Them as dust. He will leave them as plains sooth and level; Nothing crooked or curved Wilth thou see in their place On that day will they follow The caller (straight): No crookedness (Koran 20:105-108) In ancient Egypt being straight was being Maat (Truth) on the balance beam was straight/equal was the weight of the hearth and feather of truth. The other area address for crookedness was the Koran itself: Praise be to God Who hath sent to his servant The book, and hath allowed Therein no crookedness (Koran 18:1). The Koran is clearly talking about curveness in sin not in its creation and symbolic representations. Every time we pray we curve ourselves in arch form 5 times a day to keep us away from sin. There is no finality in human interpretation in god’s creation there is constant flux but no change in the end results. Notes: The Hadith speaks of a throne between heaven and earth. Also the Koran says “The heavens and earth were joined together (As one unit of creation) before we clove them asunder” (Koran 21:30). This follows the ancient Egyptian model of shu or Nut separating Earth/heaven as deities like Adam/Eve were separated from their hermaphite state. Plato leaned this in his teachings from the Symposium.