Saudi theologian denies rotation of the earth
When Danes or French make a mockery of the Islamic religion, fanatics are quick with the Kalashnikov. If, on the other hand, Saudi theologians disgrace this belief, then such reactions have so far been absent. For example, the Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari can assert without danger to life and limb that the earth not only does not revolve around the sun, but does not revolve at all.
To support this strange view, the eccentric geocentrist performed an even stranger spectacle in front of the camera with a cup of water, with which he wants to demonstrate that if the earth rotates, one would have to take a plane from the United Arab Emirates either standing in the air [sic] or never arriving in China. The performance, which even ancient Greeks had laughed about, quickly made the rounds in social media such as Twitter – even among head-shaking Muslim users.
Bandar al-Khaibari Explains Why He Thinks the Earth Does Not Revolve
Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibaris punctuated his cup show with the remark that other Wahabi "Scholars" had already established before him that the sun revolves around the earth while the latter is stationary. He was referring, among others, to the Saudi Grand Mufti Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz, who died in 1999, and who had condemned the idea that the earth revolves around the sun as a disbelief incompatible with the Koran.
If you are tempted to believe such a thing, you can see a Focault pendulum in the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics at the University of Heidelberg and in numerous museums – a long rope from which hangs a heavy ball whose deflection rotates clockwise in the course of a day. In 1851, the French physicist Leon Foucault used a somewhat smaller instrument of this type to prove very clearly, even to laymen, that the earth must rotate.
Foucault pendulum at the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics at Heidelberg University