Posted by: mjaga | December 17, 2011

Night and Day

Qur’aanic Verse 24.44:

24.44

24.44

Transliteration:

44. Yuqallibu Allahu allayla waalnnahara inna fee thalika laAAibratan li-olee al-absari

Translation:

44. Allah rotates the night and the day. Therein, certainly indeed, there is food for thought for those with insight.16 

Study Note:

16. At the time the Qur’aan was revealed, people believed the phenomenon of night and day happened because of the revolution of the sun around the earth. This general assumption came to be modified when in 1543 Nicolaus Copernicus stated that the earth rotated round its axis and revolved around the sun. Copernicus was a product of the Renaissance which in turn was brought about by the work of Muslim scientists mushrooming after the advent of the Qur’aan. Before Copernicus, Muslim astronomers, namely, Nasir al-Din al-Tusi and Ali Qushji had provided empirical evidence to disprove the age-long Ptolemy theory of a stationary earth. [Source] The Holy Book urged Muslims to ponder over natural phenomena and discover the truths behind them. And in this particular Verse, it urged people endowed with insight to interpret the real facts behind the phenomenon of day and night. The immense benefits of a night of rest after a day of work and toil are obvious to all and sundry.

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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


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