The Seven Heavens

Question

And what about the seven heavens stated in the Qur'an?


Answer

It does not contradict science at all. Rather, the Qur'an states this whole universe is a single heaven, thus stating a fact. We are still understanding this single heaven. Thus there are still further 6 heavens or universes in addition to this.

A lot of people focus on the statements of the Qur'an related to science. They do not realise that it is not a book of science. The scientific facts have been stated as supporting arguments. The Qur'an actually comments on Allah's attributes and their material evidence and uses scientific facts as a proof. And these statements are flawless.

Science has proved what the Qur'an has stated. For example the phrase "mountains of clouds" has been used in the Qur'an. Clouds, from earth appear flat. Only after the advent of air travel, we appreciated the mountainous morphology of the clouds. Again, stating these scientific facts is not the main aim of the Qur'an.

This question was answered by Mr Ghamidi in Deen-o-Danish, an online TV session hosted by Dr Muneer Ahmad aired on Dunay TV. The text has been rendered into English by Mr Dhu al-Nurain.

About the Author

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi


Javed Ahmad Ghamidi was born in 1951 in a village of Sahiwal, a district of the Punjab province. After matriculating from a local school, he came to Lahore in 1967 where he is settled eversince. He did his BA honours (part I) in English Literature and Philosophy from the Government College, Lahore in 1972 and studied Islamic disciplines in the traditional manner from various teachers and scholars throughout his early years. In 1973, he came under the tutelage of Amin Ahsan Islahi (d. 1997) (http://www.amin-ahsan-islahi.com), who was destined to who have a deep impact on him. He was also associated with the famous scholar and revivalist Abu al-A‘la Mawdudi (d. 1979) for several years. He taught Islamic studies at the Civil Services Academy for more than a decade from 1979 to 1991.

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