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Qur’ānic Texts He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth, and when He decrees something, He says only ‘‘Be,’’ and it is. (2:117) Your Lord is God, who created the heavens and earth in six Days, then established Himself on the throne—He makes the night cover the day in swift pursuit; He created the sun, moon and stars to be subservient to His command; all creation and command belong to Him—exalted be God, Lord of all the worlds! (7:54) It is God who created seven heavens, and a similar [number] of earths. His commandment descends throughout them. So you should realize that He has power over all things and that His knowledge encompasses everything. (65:12) Everything that is in the heavens and earth glorifies God; all control and praise belong to Him; He has power over everything. (64:1) In the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alternation of night and day; in the ships that sail to the sea with goods for people; in the water which God sends down from the sky to give life to the earth where it has been barren, scattering all kinds of creatures over it; in the changing of the winds and clouds that run their appointed courses between the sky and earth: there are signs in all these for those who use their minds. (2:164) There is a sign for them in the lifeless earth. We give it life and We produce grain from it for them to eat. We have put gardens of date palms and grapes in the earth, and We have made springs of water gush out of it so that they could eat its fruit. It was not their own hands that made all this. How can they not give thanks? (36:33–35) 66 qur’ānic texts  67 We shall show them Our signs in every region of the earth and in themselves, until it becomes clear to them that this is the Truth. Is it not enough that your Lord witnesses everything? (41:53) Who is it who made the earth a stable place to live? Who made rivers flow through it? Who set immovable mountains on it and created a barrier between the fresh and salt water? Is it another god beside God? No! But most of them do not know. (27:61) Do they not see the sky above them—how We have built and adorned it, with no rifts in it? (50:6) It is God who raised up the heavens with no visible supports and then established Himself on the throne; He has subjected the sun and the moon each to pursue its course for an appointed time; He regulates all things and makes the revelations clear so that you may be certain of meeting your Lord; it is He who spread out the earth, placed firm mountains and rivers on it, and made two of every kind of fruit; He draws the veil of night over the day. There truly are signs in this for people who reflect. (13:2–3) It is He who made the sun a shining radiance and the moon a light, determining phases for it so that you might know the number of years and how to calculate time—God did not create all these without a true purpose; He explains his signs to those who understand. (10:5) God keeps the heavens and earth from vanishing; if they did vanish, no one else could stop them. God is most forbearing, most forgiving. (35:41) If there had been in the heavens or earth any gods but Him, both heavens and earth would be in ruins: God, Lord of the Throne, is far above the things they say. (21:22) It was He who created all that is on the earth for you; He turned to the sky and made the seven heavens; it is He who has knowledge of all things. (2:29) 68  texts and commentaries Do the disbelievers not see how rain clouds are formed, how the heavens are lifted, how the mountains are raised high; how the earth is spread out? (88:17–20) There truly are signs in the creation of the heavens and earth, and in the alternation of night and day, for those with understanding, who remember God standing, sitting and lying down, who reflect on the creation of the heavens and...


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