By Ömer Çelakıl
The word “Qamar,” referred to as a heavenly body in the Qur’an and meaning “Moon” appears 27 times. The elliptical orbit of the Moon around the Earth also takes 27 days. But this is not a number that someone looking from Earth could determine. Because since there is a 29-day between full moons, it used to be thought it took the Moon 29 days to travel around the Earth. The fact is, however, that as the Moon revolves around the Earth, the Earth is also travelling round the Sun. Because of the movement of the Earth, the Moon completes its orbit with a 2-day delay. This is another reference in the Qur’an consistent with modern astronomical findings. (Allah knows the truth.)
Number of times the word “Moon” appears in the Qur’an = 27
Time it takes the Moon to travel round the Earth (in days) = 27
Taken with slight editorial modifications from: Ömer Çelakıl’s Kur’an-ı Kerim’in Sırları [Merkez Gazete Dergi Basım Press, 2003] and Kur’an-ı Kerim’in Şifresi [Sınır Ötesi Press 2002].