THE EARTH'S DIRECTION OF ROTATION
You will see the mountains and reckon them to
be solid; but they go past like clouds-the handiwork of Allah
Who gives to everything its solidity. He is aware of what you
do. (Qur'an, 27:88)
The above verse emphasises that the Earth not
only rotates but that it also has a direction of rotation. The direction
of movement of the main cloud masses at 3,500-4,000 metres high
is always from West to East. That is why it is generally the state
of the weather in the West which is looked at in meteorological
If only they had believed and had fear [and awareness of
A reward from Allah is better, if they only knew.
Do you not know that Allah is He to Whom the kingdom of
the heavens and the earth belongs and that, besides Allah,
you have no protector and no helper?
The main reason why cloud masses are pulled from West to East is
the direction in which the Earth rotates. As we now know, our Earth
spins from West to East. This scientific fact, only recently established
by science, was revealed 1,400 years ago in the Quran, at a time
when the Earth was believed to be flat, and to be resting on the
back of an ox.
18. “Effects of Rotation
(Coriolis Effect),” The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship