Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Amplitude of the earth is astonishing

Quran Chapter 15  19 & 20 (Pt-14, Stg-3) (L-1661) درس قرآن

Amplitude of the earth is astonishing

Surah ‘Al-Hijr – (The Rocky Tract) – 15

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim.
(I seek refuge in God from Satan the outcast)

(In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

وَٱلْأَرْضَ مَدَدْنَٰهَا وَأَلْقَيْنَا فِيهَا رَوَٰسِىَ وَأَنۢبَتْنَا فِيهَا مِن كُلِّ شَىْءٍ مَّوْزُونٍ 19

وَجَعَلْنَا لَكُمْ فِيهَا مَعَٰيِشَ وَمَن لَّسْتُمْ لَهُۥ بِرَٰزِقِينَ 20

19.  And the earth have We spread out, and placed therein firm hills, and caused each seemly thing to grow therein.


20.  And We have given unto you livelihoods therein, and unto those for whom ye provide not.

19.  Wal-‘arza  madad-Naahaa  wa  ‘al-qay-Naa  fiihaa  rawaa-siya  wa  ‘ambat-Naa  fiihaa  min  kulli  shay-‘im-maw-zuun.


20.  Wa  ja-‘alNaa  lakum  fiihaa  ma-‘aa-yisha  wa  mallas-tum  lahuu  bi-raazi-qiin.   




Madad-Naa – (We have spread), it is past tense from the word mad-dun. Mad-dun means “to spread, to extend till the end”. One other meaning of the word madad is “to help, to give a possessive thing to someone else for supporting him in his necessity”.


It is commanded that at first, you should behold that the amplitude of the earth is astonishing. It is not easy to spread it far away, everywhere. Moreover, because it’s plain surface is of soft clay, so it is not firm. For its halt and strength, high and firm hills have been placed, so that due to their firmness and weight, the earth may not tremble. Then, Allah Almighty produces things of various sorts, many of which provide you necessities of life and many having life are such things, livelihood of which does not depend on you, for example cattle, beasts and quadruped etc. They pass their life separately, and you reap advantage from many of them.


Whether this most organized earthly system has been running itself? Nay! But it is invention of One Knower and Wise, Creator and Lord of the earth and the heavens, Who established every thing at its proper place, and arranged for its stability and firmness up to a fixed period. Whether, can you not understand Him by considering thoughtfully into them, Who created and preserved such things?


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif).