Collection: Sirius

Recent studies have determined that the distance to the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius, is approximately 8.61 light-years from Earth.

(Chapter An-Najm[The Star], Verse 1):

وَٱلنَّجْمِ إِذَا هَوَىٰ ١

By the stars when they fade away.


(Chapter An-Najm[The Star], Verse 32): The word Earth is mentioned:

  الَّذِينَ يَجْتَنِبُونَ كَبَائِرَ الْإِثْمِ وَالْفَوَاحِشَ إِلَّا اللَّمَمَ ۚ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ وَاسِعُ الْمَغْفِرَةِ ۚ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِكُمْ إِذْ أَنْشَأَكُمْ مِنَ الْأَرْضِ وَإِذْ أَنْتُمْ أَجِنَّةٌ فِي بُطُونِ أُمَّهَاتِكُمْ ۖ فَلَا تُزَكُّوا أَنْفُسَكُمْ ۖ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَنِ اتَّقَىٰ

Those who avoid gross sins and indecencies—except for minor lapses—your Lord is of Vast Forgiveness. He knows you well, ever since He created you from the earth, and ever since you were embryos in your mothers’ wombs. So do not acclaim your own virtue; He is fully aware of the righteous.


The word "Star" and word "Earth" are separated by 861 letters. Today we know that Sirius is 861 centi light-years away from Earth. You may also confirm this by doing an independent research.

More interestingly:

The radius of Sirius is 1.711 times the radius of the sun.

Sirius A, the visible star of the binary, has a radius of 1.711 R

Sirius A, the star we can see with our eyes, is 1.711 times bigger than the sun. Interestingly, when you compare the chapters in the Quran named "The Sun" and "The Star" by their chapter numbers (Chapter 91 and Chapter 53), the ratio is 1.711.  

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