Does the Holy Quran say the earth is flat?

The Quran mentions the actual shape of the earth in the following verse: "And we have made the earth egg shaped". The Holy Quran, Chapter 79, Verse 30

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    It's probably referring to a fried egg then.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Point 1. Yes if you have read it yes the Qur'an teaches that the world is flat. In many places, the Qur'an alludes to the fact that the earth is flat and its mountains are like poles which create a balance so that the Earth does not tilt. See Qur'an, suras 79:30 and 18:47.

    Point 2. With regards to Surah 79:30, 'Dahaahaa' does not mean "shape like an egg". So if concisely translated, Surah 79:30 should read as “And the Earth after that He (allah) Spread out like a carpet and Flattened it.”

    Point 3. The Arabic word for egg is Baidah and not Dahiyah. There is no such Arabic word as 'Dahiyah'. Dahaahaa actually means flatten. And the concise meaning of Dahaahaa is “Spread out like a carpet and Flattened”. This points to a clear scientific error in the Quran.

    The Jewish/Christian Bible which came before the Quran revealed that the earth is round in Isaiah 40:22 and via Job 26:7. The Qur'an claims to be free from internal discrepancies. It has copied many scientific discoveries from other sources, has many scientific errors and even copied real ones from the Bible.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Hello friend, I will say your translation is nearer to the meaning here as the the word 'dahaha" in Arabic means shaped it like the egg may be oval shape.

    Well, there are many verses in the holy Quran mentioning the earth within the speech about the glory and might of Allah, however, the translation may not be the appropriate one giving the exact meaning. eg.the same verse you mentioned has been given the following translation:

    " And after that He spread the earth " Chapter 79, Verse 30-- I see this not appropriate as "bad zalik" may mean 'moreover', as an expression in the Arabic language, and not literally 'thereafter' which gives a sequence in creation of the heavens and earth.

    However, 'spreading' or extending is mentioned in other verses e.g.

    " By the earth and Him Who spread it" 6, Verse 91

    " And We have spread out the earth: how Excellent Spreader (thereof) are We! Chapter 51, Verse 48

    " And the earth We have spread out(extended), and have placed therein firm mountains, and caused to grow therein all kinds of things in due proportion"Ch. 15, V. 19

    All this explained as spherical as there will be no continuos spreading and extending unless the shape is spherical

    This might be confirmed by the interpretation of other verses as the quran mentions indirectly the spherical shape:

    " He has created the heavens and the earth with truth. He makes the night to go in the day(spherically or encircle it) and makes the day to go in the night(spherically or encircle it). And He has subjected the sun and the moon. Each running (on a fixed course) for an appointed term. Verily, He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving. Chapter 39, V. 5

    Thank you

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  • Ritz
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Qur’an says that Allah has made the earth for you as a carpet. This gives an indication that the earth is flat. Does this not contradict established modern science?

    1. Earth made as a carpet

    The question refers to a verse from the Qur’an in Surah Nuh:

    "And Allah has made the earth for you as a carpet (spread out)." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 71, Verse 19

    But the sentence in the above verse is not complete. It continues in the next verse, explaining the previous verse. It says: "That ye may go about therein, in spacious roads." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 71, Verse 20

    A similar message is repeated in Surah TaHa:

    "He Who has made for you the earth like a carpet spread out; has enabled you to go about therein by roads (and channels)...." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 20, Verse 53

    The surface of the earth i.e. earth’s crust is less than 30 miles in thickness and is very thin as compared to the radius of the earth which is about 3750 miles. The deeper layers of the earth are very hot, fluid and hostile to any form of life. The earth’s crust is a solidified shell on which we can live. The Qur’an rightly refers to it like a carpet spread out, so that we can travel along its roads and paths.

    2. Carpet can also be spread on other than an absolute flat surface

    Not a single verse of the Qur’an says that the earth is flat. The Qur’an only compares the earth’s crust with a carpet. Some people seem to think that carpet can only be put on an absolute flat surface. It is possible to spread a carpet on a large sphere such as the earth. It can easily be demonstrated by taking a huge model of the earth’s globe covering it with a carpet.

    Carpet is generally put on a surface, which is not very comfortable to walk on. The Qur’an describes the earth crust as a carpet, without which human beings would not be able to survive because of the hot, fluid and hostile environment beneath it. The Qur’an is thus not only logical, it is mentioning a scientific fact that was discovered by geologists centuries later.

    3. Earth has been spread out

    Similarly, the Qur’an says in several verses that the earth has been spread out.

    "And We have spread out the (spacious) earth: how excellently We do spread out!" The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 51, Verse 48

    Similarly the Qur’an also mentions in several other verses that the earth is an expanse:

    "Have We not made the earth as a wide expanse. And the mountains as pegs?" The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 78, Verse 6-7

    None of these verses of the Qur’an contain even the slightest implication that the earth is flat. It only indicates that the earth is spacious and the reason for this spaciousness of the earth is mentioned. The Glorious Qur’an says:

    "O My servants who believe! truly. spacious is My Earth: therefore serve ye Me –(And Me alone)!" The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 29, Verse 56

    Therefore none can give the excuse, that he could not do good and was forced to do evil because of the surroundings and circumstances.

    4. Earth is geospherical in shape

    The Qur’an mentions the actual shape of the earth in the following verse: "And we have made the earth egg shaped". The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 79, Verse 30

    The Arabic word Dahaha means egg shaped. It also means an expanse. Dahaha is derived from Duhiya which specifically refers to the egg of an ostrich which is geospherical in shape, exactly like the shape of the earth.

    Thus the Qur’an and modern established science are in perfect harmony.

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  • Karen
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Go read the Bible : The earth is round (Circle) - written during 740 BC. Hope that helps. Isaiah 40 : 22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. Job 26 : 7 (The earth hangs on suspension) - Interesting Bible Quote He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    79.30": And the earth, He expanded it after that.

    The above is the correct verse in chapter 79, verse 30. I don't understand why you people are trying so hard to spread lies. In fact there is nothing to wonder, because your prophet himself was a great liar who forged his book by taking events from bible. Since you follow a great liar, there is no surprise at all.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Your question contradicts itself. I wish I could throw an egg at you. An egg is not flat. The earth is roughly egg shaped.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


    Yes Quran says 1400 yrs ago that Earth is Egg shaped.. THe word ' Dahaha' is the word for egg which is referred to egg of an ostrich.peace

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  • Peache
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I don't think egg shaped means flat.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Last time I checked the earth was round, not oval shaped.

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  • M S
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    not true

    it means:

    the SIZE of earth is large enough to the point u see it flat where ever you are

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