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21.33. It is He Who has created the night and the day and the sun and the moon. Every one (of such celestial bodies) floats in its orbit. Print E-mail

وَهُوَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ اللَّيْلَ وَالنَّهَارَ وَالشَّمْسَ وَالْقَمَرَ كُلٌّ فِي فَلَكٍ يَسْبَحُونَ

33. It is He Who has created the night and the day and the sun and the moon. Every one (of such celestial bodies) floats4 in its orbit.


4. The verbs SaBaHa and JāRa (36: 38), meaning floating and running in the water, respectively, and the terms which the Qur'ān uses for the movement of celestial bodies, suggest that space is not empty, but rather is filled with some pervasive matter. Bediüzzaman Said Nursi emphasizes that space consists of ether and refers to it as "the ocean of heaven" (The Words, "The 31st Word," 587–588).

 
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