The Quran on Creation: Debunking Myths and Discovering Meaning | Ep 6

This episode dispels two common misconceptions about the Quran's 41:9-12 verses on Creation 

A.  The first is the consistency of the number of days or eons of creation.

B.  The second is the order of creation and whether the earth preceded the creation of the sky.

Along the way to answering these questions, the video also and then delves into the often overlooked purpose for why they were revealed.

The way that the Arabic word "samaa" is used in the Quran is clarified, and using proper punctuation, a clear meaning for the verses is uncovered, including an amazing link to the populations of Ad and Thamud.

Note:  Number of times sky is mentioned in Quran: 300+  See

Note: The correct translation of Surah Fusiat ayat 8-13 accounting for proper use of samaa as sky, context of the verses, and the proper placement of quotation marks:

English translation of Quran Surat Fusilat (41:8-13):

8, [But,] verily, they who have attained faith and do good works shall have a reward unending! 

9. SAY: “Would you deny Him who created the earth in two days (eons)?  And do you claim that there is any power that could rival Him, the Sustainer of all the worlds?”

10. “For He [it is who, after creating the earth,] placed firm mountains on it, [towering] above its surface, and bestowed blessings on it, and a means of subsistence in four overlapping days (eons)” to those who ask.

11. And then (say) “He applied His design to the sky, which was smoke (nebula); and He said to it and to the earth, ‘Come [into being], both of you, willingly or unwillingly!’ - to which both responded, ‘We do come in obedience.’ “

12.” And He decreed that they become seven skies (planets) in two days (eons), and imparted unto each sky its function. “

And We adorned the sky of the world (atmosphere) with aurora and made it a protection:  such is the ordaining of the Almighty, the All-Knowing. 

13. BUT IF they turn away, say: “I warn you of [the coming of] a thunderbolt of punishment like the thunderbolt [that fell upon] of Ad and Thamud!”

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