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Surah Al A'araf (7:54) - Six Day creation, spherical shape of the earth

Surah Al A'araf (7:54) - Six Day creation, spherical shape of the earth

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Scientific, Archaeological and Historical Miracles of the Holy Quran.
Scientific, Archaeological and Historical Miracles of the Holy Quran.

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Its marvels will never cease
(Jami Tirmidhi)
Scientific and Archaeological Explanation of
the Ayaats of the Holy Quran
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Sura: Al-A'raaf
Ayat 54

Surely your Lord is Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth in six periods of time, and He is firm
in power; He throws the veil of night over the day, which it pursues incessantly; and (He created) the
sun and the moon and the stars, made subservient by His command; surely His is the creation and the
command; blessed is Allah, the Lord of the worlds.

M Shakir's Quran Translation

Your Guardian-Lord is Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth in six days, and is firmly
established on the throne (of authority): He draweth the night as a veil o'er the day, each seeking the
other in rapid succession: He created the sun, the moon, and the stars, (all) governed by laws under
His command. Is it not His to create and to govern? Blessed be Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of
the worlds!

Yusuf Ali's Quran Translation
Six Day Creation
Clarification no 1

Quran mentions the six day creation at various places in the Holy Quran. The Arabic words used are \u0645\ue000\u064a\u0627 \u0629\u062a\u0633 which can be translated as six days or six epochs. The Arabic word\u0645 \ue000 \u064a\u0627 conveys both the meanings. Considering the fact that a 24 hours day depends upon the movement of sun, moon and the earth and those were not even created yet the right way to translate the Ayat as six epochs (periods) and not six days. Even if someone translates it as days then he

should remember that those \u2018days\u2019 are not the 24 hour days but are the days in sight of Allah. Verily a Day in the
sight of thy Lord is like a thousand years of your reckoning( SURAH HAJJ 22:47).
Clarification no 2
There are few ahadith (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)) which speak of some detail of creation. For

Abu Huraira reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) took hold of my hands and said: Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, created the clay on Saturday and He created the mountains on Sunday and He created the trees on Monday and He created the things entailing labour on Tuesday and created light on Wednesday and lie caused the animals to spread on Thursday and created Adam (peace be upon him) after 'Asr on Friday; the last creation at the last hour of the hours of Friday, i. e. between afternoon and night.


A non Muslim might argue that we Muslims say that the Quran speaks of the six period creation then why is this
Hadith using the words Saturday, Sunday etc which are only used for a 24 hours day. A clarification is required that
the description given in the above hadith is not of the six period creation mentioned in the Holy Quran. These
happenings are after the six day creation, after the formation of universe and the earth. The above hadith mentions
seven complete days and not the six days.

Clarification no 3
The description given in the bible in Genesis Chapter 1 is also of the creation after the creation of the universe and
the earth. It is mentioned \u2018In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth\u2019( GENESIS 1:1) and the rest of the

story is mentioned after that. This clarifies that the description mentioned ahead is the description after the creation of the earth and universe but amazingly the creation of sun and moon is mentioned afterwards which is unscientific. It also says that God did rest on the seventh day which is illogical, God doesn\u2019t require any rest.

That description of bible contains many errors. It is a mystery that can never be solved. Some Christians say that the
days mentioned there are 24 hours some say those are long epochs. Which ever explanation we adopt, 24 hours or
epochs, we can never solve all the \u2018problems\u2019 in these verses. I urge the readers to study Genesis Chapter 1
Clarification no 4

At some places Quran has mentioned the simultaneous creation of the earth and the heavens but few people
misunderstand it and say that Quran says that it created earth and then the heavens in two days which goes against
the established scientific fact and the Quran when it says that it created the heavens and the earth in six days. The
fact is that few people have mistranslated the Arabic word\u0646 \u062bwhich can have various meanings. In some places in the

Quran it must be translated as \u2018moreover\u2019 or \u2018simultaneously\u2019. If the word is correctly translated then those Ayaats
would seem to tell that Allah created the Earth moreover he created the Heavens. See SURAH BAQARAH 2: 22 and
Scientific interpretation of six day creation
What is the scientific interpretation of the six day creation? This is something still unknown to mankind. Why did
Allah divide those events into six periods? This mystery is still unknown to mankind. We don\u2019t have any strong
evidence to support it and also there is no evidence at all to refute it. There is some divine wisdom in Allah\u2019s
classification of those events into six periods which will be might be revealed one day by the will of Allah.
Ayaats of Quran speaking of six day creation
Surah Aa'raf 7:54, Surah Younus 10:3, Surah Hood 11:7, Surah Furqan 25:59, Surah Sajdah 32:4, Surah Fussilat 41:9-
11, Surah Qaaf 50:38, Surah Hadeed 57:4.
Spherical Shape of the Earth

This Ayat also draws our attention towards the spherical shape of the earth which was not known to man at that
time. He throws the veil of night over the day; which it pursues incessantly; these words refer to the spherical
shape of the earth. The Arabic phrase \ue000\ue001\ue002\ue001\u062d \u0647\u0628\u0644\u0637\u064a means \u2018seeking the other in rapid succession\u2019 . Let us try to visualize
what the Ayat is saying: he throws the veil of night over the day, seeking the other in rapid succession.

The day comes out every day from the same direction it came out from the previous day, and its sun moves to
comes down in the same direction it came down at yesterday and also the darkness from the east and it depresses in
the west, then this scene is repeated again and again. Overlapping the night on the day so it hide it and makes the
night as a sphere, and overlap the day on the night so it hide it and makes the day as a sphere. And so by making
both of them rounded around each other we can see a spherical body rolling between both of them gathering them
and making them rounded around each other. This body is the earth.

There are other Ayats in the Quran where spherical shape is described clearly. We\u2019ll discuss this topic there also.
(SeeSURAH RAAD 13:3 andSURAH SHAMS 91:6)
Divine Laws that govern the celestial bodies

Further more Allah says in the Ayat that all the celestial bodies are following the laws laid down by Allah. The billions
of stars and galaxies in the universe move in perfect equilibrium in the paths set out for them. Stars, planets and
satellites rotate not only around their own axes but also together with the systems of which they are an integral
part. Sometimes, galaxies containing 200-300 billion stars move across each others' paths. Yet amazingly, no
collisions take place that might damage the great order in the universe. This miracle is something over which all of us
should reflect.

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