To: Al B.
Remember that the Muslims follow a lunar calendar... so a "moon" may mean a month (derivation of the word "month" comes from "moon").
Also, they consider a solar eclipse as complete proof of the END of a month. The new month does not start until the crescent of the new moon is seen.
Logically, a lunar eclipse, which occurs exactly halfway through a lunar month could therefore be called "splitting the moon (read Month) in two!"
Excelent! Makes perfect sense.
To: Swordmaker; Al B.
Maybe the "splitting of the moon" actually refers to what was revealed when the moon was split. In the texts, I believe that "Hira Mountain" was viewed between the two halves of the moon. Could this be significant?
posted on 11/07/2003 11:45:01 AM PST
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