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The Barrier Between The Two Seas

Another miracle mentioned within the Qur’an is the barrier between the two seas. Yes, both sea’s have their own temperature, salinity and density. No matter how much they clash, the large waves and tides, you will discover the sea’s as two, as if there is an invisible barrier between them.

Two-Seas-Do-Not-Meet
 Figure 1 above:The Mediterranean sea water enters the Atlantic over 
the Gibraltar sill with its own warm, saline, and less dense 
characteristics because of the barrier that exists between them.  
Diagram from Marine Geology, Kuenen.

The Qur’an mentions:

“It is He Who has Let free the two bodies Of flowing water: One palatable and sweet, And the other salty and bitter; Yet has He Made a barrier between them, And a partition that is forbidden To be passed.” (Qur’an 25:53)

Other translations of above verse:
Sahih International: And it is He who has released [simultaneously] the two seas, one fresh and sweet and one salty and bitter, and He placed between them a barrier and prohibiting partition.
Pickthall: And He it is Who hath given independence to the two seas (though they meet); one palatable, sweet, and the other saltish, bitter; and hath set a bar and a forbidding ban between them.
Yusuf Ali: It is He Who has let free the two bodies of flowing water: One palatable and sweet, and the other salt and bitter; yet has He made a barrier between them, a partition that is forbidden to be passed.
Shakir: And He it is Who has made two seas to flow freely, the one sweet that subdues thirst by its sweetness, and the other salt that burns by its saltness; and between the two He has made a barrier and inviolable obstruction.
Muhammad Sarwar: It is He who has joined the two seas; one palatable and sweet, the other bitterly salty and has established a barrier between them as a partition.
Mohsin Khan: And it is He Who has let free the two seas (kinds of water), one palatable and sweet, and the other salt and bitter, and He has set a barrier and a complete partition between them.
Arberry: And it is He who let forth the two seas, this one Sweet, grateful to taste, and this salt, bitter to the tongue, and He set between them a barrier, and a ban forbidden.

I was amazed when I got to know about the two sea’s which do not mix. During a period when there was little knowledge of physics, and of surface tension, or Oceanography, this truth was revealed in the Qur’an

We ask for miracles, their mentioned within the Qur’an, the parting of the two sea’s being one of them, but we still deny or look for information to prove the verses incorrect. If this is not enough, the magic continues, the Qur’an reveals many more signs to us which will amaze you.

God knows best

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