Saturday, 15 December 2012

In How Many Days Earth Was Created?

In How Many Days Earth Was Created?

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In how many days earth was created?
Six or eight? Is there a Contradiction.
The following verses are

How many days did it take to create Heavens and Earth ?
Quran 7: 54 Your gurdian-Lord is Allah who created the heavens and earth in Six Days
Quran 10:3 Verily your Lord is Allah, who created the heavens and earth in Six Days
Also See Quran 11:7 and Quran-25:29

The above verses clearly state that God created the heaven and Allah created the heaven and the Earth in 6 days. But the verses below stated-
Quran 41: 9 Is it that ye deny Him who created the earth in Two Days ?
Quran 41: 10 He set on the (earth) Mountains standing firm high above it, and bestowed blessing on the earth, and measured therein all things to give them nourishment in due proportion, in FOUR DAYS…
Quran 41: 12 So He completed them (heavens) as seven firmaments in Two days and
Is There a Contradiction? No!

They were six. The verses of 41:9-12 speak of overlapping actions in spans of four and two days each. The adverbs are the keys to understanding this. The verses of 11 and 12 use the adverbs "thummah" and "fa" which imply consecutiveness of action. Neither of these two, however, are used in verse 10 (the only one which mentions four days) which instead uses the adverb "wa" implying parallel, or "overlapping" actions. In other words, the grammar tells us that the four days mentioned in 10 are a continuation of the two mentioned in verse 9. The four days of "measuring the earth's sustenance" refers to the two days of the creation of the earth in addition to the two days of the "spreading out of the earth's features"

Muhsin Khan translation is correct in the above verses:
Quran 41:10
"He placed therein (i.e. the earth) firm mountains from above it, and He blessed it, and measured therein its sustenance (for its dwellers) in four Days equal (i.e. all these four 'days' were equal in the length of time), for all those who ask (about its creation)." (Source)

Lets take an example.
If Waqas was 3 years old when he joined school and when he was 16 of age (thummah) he completed his elementary school and and after 2 years he passed the high school. Now his age is 19.
But we see 3+16+2 = 21. But his age is 19? Is there a contradiction. No!
As the age 16 includes overlapping of years that is it includes the previous 3 year mention before.

In Holy Verses (7:54, 10:3, 11:7, 32:4, and 25:59) we see that Allah Almighty clearly states that He created the universe in six days. Verses (41:9-12) describe the primal creation of our physical earth and the physical heavens around us.  If we count the two days mentioned in (41:9), the four days, mentioned in(41:10), and the two days mentioned in (41:12), we get a total of eight days.  However, the four days in (41:10) include the two days in (41:9), because the processes described in (41:9-10) form one series.  In the one case it is the creation of the formless matter of the earth; and in the other case it is the gradual evolution of the form of the earth, its mountains and seas, and its animal and vegetable life, with the "nourishment in due proportion, (41:10)" proper to each.

Moreover, In Holy Verses (15:19-20, 13:3, and 16:15) we see that Allah Almighty took special care in planet earth to provide all the necessary means for us to be able to survive. This shows that the four days in (41:10) include the two days in (41:9), because the processes described in (41:9-10) form one series.

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