Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Quran on Shape Of Earth? Examining Surah 15:19

Quran on Shape Of Earth?
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Does Quran have Geographical errors?

A Rebuttal to Islam-watch.com and Answering-Islam.org

Is the Earth is flat like carpet?

And the earth We have spread out (like a carpet); set thereon Mountains firm and immovable. "Surah 15:19

Response:

Firstly the next verse to the above verse is
Question refers to a verse from the Qur’an in Surah Nuh:

"And Allah has made the earth for you as a carpet (spread out)." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 71, Verse 19
But the sentence in the above verse is not complete. It continues in the next verse, explaining the previous verse. It says: "That ye may go about therein, in spacious roads." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 71, Verse 20

Earth has been spread out :
Similarly, the Qur’an says in several verses that the earth has been spread out.
"And We have spread out the (spacious) earth: how excellently We do spread out!"
The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 51, Verse 48

Similarly the Qur’an also mentions in several other verses that the earth is an expanse:

"Have We not made the earth as a wide expanse. And the mountains as pegs?"
The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 78, Verse 6-7

None of these verses of the Qur’an contain even the slightest implication that the earth is flat. It only indicates that the earth is spacious and the reason for this spaciousness of the earth is mentioned. The Glorious Qur’an says:
"O My servants who believe! truly. spacious is My Earth: therefore serve ye Me –(And Me alone)!"
The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 29, Verse 56
Therefore none can give the excuse, that he could not do good and was forced to do evil because of the surroundings and circumstances.

Moreover, for clearance:
There are many verses in Quran stating that Allah has spread the earth like carpet. "Carpet" the arabic word use in these verse are
"mahdan" , "madad"
Which means : reach , elongate , extend , draw out , lengthen, stretch out , spread out , outstretch , pervade , lengthen, flatten , smoothen , smooth , level ,

More for  confirmation:
Earh is egg-shape (gesographical) proofed by Quran itself:
Earth is geospherical in shape
The Qur’an mentions the actual shape of the earth in the following verse:
"And we have made the earth egg shaped".
The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 79, Verse 30
The Arabic word Dahaha means egg shaped. It also means an expanse. Dahaha is derived from Duhiya which specifically refers to the egg of an ostrich which is geospherical in shape, exactly like the shape of the earth. And approved by science.

Meaning Of Gesopherical : http://www.thefreedictionary.com/geosphere
Earth's crust - the outer layer of the Earth, OR Layer, Earth, Globe, Earth Surface.

A Look on Surah 79:30
"And after that He spread the earth."

Spread out does not mean flat. If you read the verses from the beginning of the Surah you'll see that it refers to the size of the earth as being large enough that it appears flat, there's no confusion about this whether you read it in Arabic or in English.

Quranic translations on Qur'an 79:30

Yusuf Ali: And the earth, moreover, hath He extended (to a wide expanse);
Pickthal: And after that He spread the earth,
Arberry: and the earth-after that He spread it out,
Shakir: And the earth, He expanded it after that.
Sarwar: After this, He spread out the earth,
Hilali/Khan: And after that He spread the earth;
Malik: After that He spread out the earth,
Maulana Ali: And the earth, He cast it after that.
Free Minds: And the land after that He spread out.
Some translations have attempted to translate the word dahaha to mean made egg-shaped or like an ‘ostrich egg’. Khalifa: He made the earth egg-shaped.
QXP: And after that He made the earth shoot out from the Cosmic Nebula and made it spread out egg-shaped. ('Dahaha' entails all the meanings rendered (21:30), (41:11)

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