Posted by: mjaga | September 11, 2011

Lake Ohrid

Qur’aanic Verse 18.86:



86. Hatta itha balagha maghriba alshshamsi wajadaha taghrubu fee AAaynin hami-atin wawajada AAindaha qawman qulna ya tha alqarnayni imma an tuAAaththiba wa-imma an tattakhitha feehim husnan


86. And when he reached a place as the sun declined in the west, he found it declining on a oligotrophic spring.18 And he found a people living near it. We said, “O Zulqarnain! Cause them to suffer or treat them well.”


Study Note:

 18. On the border between Albania and Macedonia in Europe there is a huge lake called Lake Ohrid fed by underground springs that issue through limestone rocks and its water is termed as oligotrophic i.e. unfit for sustaining life. On the eastern side of this lake is the city of Ohrid. If one were to observe the sun in the evening from this city, the sun would appear to go down into this oligotrophic water issuing from said underground springs. So the description in this Verse tallies with the description of the sun going down in the evening as seen from Ohrid city. This is a clear sign that the Qur’aan is a divine Book. Prophet Muhammad (peace on him) or his companions living in Mecca in the 7th century A.D. could not have known about the geography of Ohrid in far off Europe.


The above is an extract from Qur’aanic Studies Manzil IV, which will soon, inshaAllah, be published on Amazon Kindle. Manzil IMabzil II & Manzil III of the series are already published.

Mohammad Shafi



  1. My respected brother AGA salaam to you.The book MANZIL1 2 3 4 is a good book with a latest can i get it .M S ANSARI lahore

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