Scientific topics from sermons- lesson (163)- The Earth's Roundness and the Word (Deep)
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Praise be to Allah, the Lord of Creations, and Peace and blessings be upon our prophet Muhammad, the faithful and the honest.
 Oh, Allah, we know nothing but what You teach us. You are the All- Knower, the Wise. Oh Allah, teach us what is good for us, and benefit us from what You taught us, and increase our knowledge. Show us the righteous things as righteous and help us to do them, and show us the bad things as bad and help us to keep away from them.
  O Allah our Lord, lead us out from the depths of darkness and illusion, unto the lights of erudition and knowledge, and from the muddy shallows of lusts unto the heavens of Your Vicinity.

The following Quranic verse shows that the Quran is Allah’s words:

 In Allah’s Book, the Holy Quran, there are certain remarks that are meant to call the reader’s attention to certain cosmic facts. To this effect, Allah, All-Mighty, says,

“And proclaim to mankind the Hajj (pilgrimage). They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep way.”

[XXII; 27]

 It might be asked: Why does Allah, All-Mighty, say “from every deep way” and not “from every longway” in the above Verse?
 Scholars of Quranic interpretation hold that in the use of the word “deep” instead of “long” is a reference to the fact that the Earth is round. This is because lines on the Earth’s surface are not straight but rather bent; and in addition to the two dimensions of length and breadth a bent line needs a third dimension, i.e. depth. In other words, by the above Verse Allah, Glory to Him, desires to call our attention to the fact that the Earth, on which we live, is round.
 But the remarkable thing in this context is that the holy Quran’s wisdom conforms not only to the facts that were prevalent at the time when the Holy Quran was revealed but also to those of later times.

Translation  : Khaled Al-Athmeh
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