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Many anti-Islaamic apologists from the Chrisitian missionaries, atheists and others mis-interpret the verse 86 from Surah Kahf(Surah no. 18). The translation from reads, "Until, when he reached the setting place of the sun, he found it setting in a spring of black muddy (or hot) water." These extremist non-Muslims try to use this verse to show that there is a scientific error in the Qur'aan.

Here is Imaam ibn Kathir's rahimahullaah tafseer of the verse:-

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(Until, when he reached the setting place of the sun,) means, he followed a route until he reached the furthest point that could be reached in the direction of the sun's setting, which is the west of the earth. As for the idea of his reaching the place in the sky where the sun sets, this is something impossible, and the tales told by storytellers that he traveled so far to the west that the sun set behind him are not true at all. Most of these stories come from the myths of the People of the Book and the fabrications and lies of their heretics.

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(he found it setting in a spring of Hami'ah) meaning, he saw the sun as if it were setting in the ocean. This is something which everyone who goes to the coast can see: it looks as if the sun is setting into the sea but in fact it never leaves its path in which it is fixed. Hami'ah is, according to one of the two views, derived from the word Hama'ah, which means mud.

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