Easy Nash: There are around 50 stars in the sky which still bear their original Arabic and Persian names @NVelshi

“At various times in world history, the locus of knowledge has moved from one centre of learning to another. Europe once came to the Islamic world for intellectual enrichment – and even rediscovered its own classical roots by searching in Arabic texts.
Astronomy, the so-called “Science of the Universe” was a field of particular distinction in Islamic civilization – in sharp contrast to the weakness of Islamic countries in the field of Space research today. In this field, as in others, intellectual leadership is never a static condition, but something which is always shifting and always dynamic.”

Mawlana Hazar Imam, Cairo, Egypt, June 2006

Read full posts on this topic by blogger Easy Nash at the source below:

Post 1: Arabic and Persian-names stars, from my Blog on the link between Science and Religion in Islam:


Post 2: The famed “Belt of Orion”, a signature astronomical landmark in the Northern Hemisphere, is made up of 3 Arabic-named stars: Al-Nitak, Al-Nilam, Mintaka. Betelgeuse is a nearby star in the same constellation of Orion:


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  1. If we go back in time to 1963 we find another gem of a quote relating to astronomy, stars et al, made in the Phillipines, amidst a note of caution:
    “God has given us the miracle of life with all its attributes: the extraordinary manifestations of sunrise and sunset, of sickness and recovery, of birth and death, but surely if He has given us the means with which to remove ourselves from this world so as to go to other parts of the Universe, we can but accept as further manifestations the creation and destructions of stars, the birth and death of atomic particles, the flighting new sound and light waves. I am afraid that the torch of intellectual discovery, the attraction of the unknown, the desire for intellectual self-perfection have left us”(Aga Khan IV,Speech, 1963, Mindanao, Phillipines).
    If we then fast forward to 2008 during the opening of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Canada another poetic excerpt, relating again to astronomy, stars and celestial bodies, et al, jumps right out at us:
    “…As we use our intellect to gain new knowledge about Creation, we come to see even more profoundly the depth and breadth of its mysteries. We explore unknown regions beneath the seas – and in outer space. We reach back over hundreds of millions of years in time. Extra-ordinary fossilised geological specimens seize our imagination – palm leaves, amethyst flowers, hedgehog quartz, sea lilies, chrysanthemum and a rich panoply of shells. Indeed, these wonders are found beneath the very soil on which we tread – in every corner of the world – and they connect us with far distant epochs and environments.
    And the more we discover, the more we know, the more we penetrate just below the surface of our normal lives – the more our imagination staggers. Just think for example what might lie below the surfaces of celestial bodies all across the far flung reaches of our universe. What we feel, even as we learn, is an ever-renewed sense of wonder, indeed, a powerful sense of awe – and of Divine inspiration”(Aga Khan IV, Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Ottawa, Canada, December 6th 2008)
    For the full version of this quote see:


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