In Surah Mulk, verse 5, Allah says:

وَلَقَدْ زَيَّنَّا السَّمَاءَ الدُّنْيَا بِمَصَابِيحَ وَجَعَلْنَاهَا رُجُومًا لِلشَّيَاطِينِ ۖ وَأَعْتَدْنَا لَهُمْ عَذَابَ السَّعِيرِ

And We have certainly beautified the nearest heaven with stars and have made [from] them what is thrown at the devils and have prepared for them the punishment of the Blaze.

How do we understand the highlighted phrase? Does it refer to meteorites falling to earth? If yes, since they also fall on other planets, what do we make of their purpose?

According to science, meteoroids come from asteroids (between Mars & Jupiter) & comets (from Oort Cloud). Is this in conflict with the above verse?

Note: To understand difference between meteoroids, meteors and meteorite please click here.

  • <comments deleted> @QaisarKhan Please don't use comments to answer questions. If you have an answer, post it as an answer. – goldPseudo Apr 1 '18 at 20:59

This a tafsir of the ayah:

This does not mean that the stars themselves are pelted at the Satans, nor that the meteorites shoot out only to drive away the Satans, but it means that the countless meteorites which originate from the stars and wander in space at tremendous speeds and which also fall to the earth in a continuous shower prevent the Satans of the earth from ascending to the heavens. Even if they try to ascend heavenward these meteorites drive them away. (Tafsir Maudodi)

As you can see, what science says doesn't really contradict anything. All science says is that meteors and comets were formed from stars millions of years ago, and they orbit the solar system and are prevalent in the galaxy. The Quran does not say which type of meteor or comet. And it does not matter. What is being said is that the whole system of meteors and comets constantly orbitting the sun and falling to Earth is what prevents Satans from ascending the sky too high.

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