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Muslims claim that the moon split done by Mohammad 1400 years ago is documented in an old manuscript in the India Office Library, London, with reference number: Arabic, 2807, 152-173. Source:

The incident relating to King Chakrawati Farmas is documented in an old manuscript in the India Office Library, London, which has reference number: Arabic, 2807, 152-173. It is quoted in the book “Muhammad Rasulullah,” by M. Hamidullah:

“There is a very old tradition in Malabar, South-West Coast of India, that Chakrawati Farmas, one of their kings, had observed the splitting of the moon, the celebrated miracle of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) at Mecca, and learning on inquiry that there was a prediction of the coming of a Messenger of God from Arabia, he appointed his son as regent and set out to meet him. He embraced Islam at the hand of the Prophet, and when returning home, at the direction of the Prophet, died at the port of Zafar, Yemen, where the tomb of the “Indian king” was piously visited for many centuries.”

  • Support for the fact that this a notable claim: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splitting_of_the_moon – called2voyage Jul 11 '16 at 20:14
  • @called2voyage Wikipedia isn't a source you could rely on. – user34787 Jul 11 '16 at 20:20
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    I'm not replying to you. I'm demonstrating to all other readers that this has indeed been claimed before. It is a requirement on this site that we provide evidence for the notability of the claims we are questioning. – called2voyage Jul 11 '16 at 20:21
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    I can't see how this question can be resolved. Literalists claim it is a miracle. Astronomers can deny the scientific plausibility, but that is a strawman, because if it was a miracle, scientific evidence isn't expected. Apologists can claim it was some undetermined optical illusion, but that is unfalsifiable. Historians pointing to lack of evidence from other cultures can be dismissed by the apologists. – Oddthinking Jul 12 '16 at 2:16
  • @Oddthinking It's not questioning the claim of the moon split. It is questioning the claim that there is documentation of an Indian king observing the moon split. We should be able to resolve that. – called2voyage Jul 12 '16 at 11:49
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This claim can be traced back to a work of original Muslim scholarship by Muhammad Hamidullah, in his book Muhammad Rasulullah (1979). It appears that he grabbed a manuscript description out of the India Office catalog, in order to back up a legend he was familiar with. The catalog description is:

[Manuscript number] 2807 [...]

IV Foll[ios] 81-104. [Qissat Shakruti Firmad]. A fabulous account of the first settlement of the Muḥammadans in Malabar, under King Shakrûti of کوڈنگلور (Cranganore [Kodungallur]), a contemporary of Muḥammad, who was converted to Islam by the miracle of the division of the moon.'

When you try to ascertain the veracity of this "fabulous" story, things quickly become interesting. According to legend, the Cheraman Juma Mosque was built by orders of the king. However, the king never returned to Kodungallur, as he was buried in the city of Salalah in Oman, where pilgrims still visit his alleged tomb (apparently he is better known there by another name, Hazrat Syedina Tajuddin). The evidence of Indian presence in Salalah in the 7th century AD is scarce, but there is plenty of evidence that they came to Oman in large numbers starting in the 15th century, bringing their legends with them.

Following the link from Wikipedia's article on the mosque, one comes to an article on yet another name for this king, Cheraman Perumal, which apparently is not properly a king's name but the title of monarchs of an ancient dynasty. And from that page one arrives at Cheraman Perumal myths. Here we start to get the real story. Some people claim that Cheraman Perumal saw the splitting of the moon, converted to Islam, and went to Mecca. Others claim that he went to Mount Kailash (Tibet) or a Buddhist site. Still others claim that he was a Shaivist all along or that he converted to Christianity. Most fascinating to me is that the nascent film industry of Oman is sponsoring a film about his life as a Muslim, yet to be released. The one thing every faith community agrees on is that he was a good king, and now he has disappeared.

At this point it finally became obvious to me that this "fabulous" account was, indeed, fabulous. It was a local legend reflecting very old traditions about the Chera dynasty, which, thanks to the magic of the Internet, has now become a pan-Islamic myth about a witnessed miracle. I think that closes the case, but if you want more details on this legendary character, here's a talk in English about him. The speaker describes how longing for the lost dynasty, and its finest king whose historical existence is evidenced in a few stray inscriptions, inspired the telling of Shaivist legends about the king roughly 200 years later. These romantic legends may have inspired many different faith communities to come up with their own stories.

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