Hassan Ammar / AP

Hassan Ammar / AP

A video where Sheikh Bandar al-Khaybar is trying to prove his theory using an illustrative example was published on the internet and actively discussed by Twitter users.

At first, he tried to prove that the Earth is not rotating by using the quotations from religious literature, and then decided to explain his position using a concrete example – a flight from Egypt to China by airplane.

“If the Earth is rotating, China then would also be rotating, and the plane will never will reach it,” – confidently said Sheikh Bandar al-Khaybar.

The Internet resource does not specify in which educational institutions Sheikh Bandar al-Khaybar gave his lecture. However, it is known that he heads the Saudi branch of the charity organization al-Haramain, which is engaged, among other things, in the education of underprivileged people in poor Muslim countries (construction of schools and centers for the study of Islam).

The video with the explanations by the clergyman became widespread on Twitter, where users accompanied their retweets with the hashtag #cleric_rejects_rotation_of_Earth and actively discussed the video.

“What a coincidence that it all happened on the birthday of Galilei!” – Said one commentator.

The Italian astronomer, physicist and philosopher Galileo Galilei was born on February 15, 1564. In his life he was known as an active supporter of the heliocentric system of the world, which led to a serious conflict between him and the Catholic Church.

Heliocentric system of the world is a theory that the Sun is the central celestial body around which the Earth and other planets rotate. It is opposite to the geocentric system of the world. The theory originated during antiquity, but became widespread since the end of the Renaissance era.

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