Saturday, 29 September 2012

Shaykh Al Albaani Raheemahullaah on Orbiting of the Earth!

When we did study about the day and night and the movement of the sun and the moon I did not know that Shaykh Albaani raheemahullaah held a different view and that this matter had ikhtilaaf amongst the Major Scholars. Hence I read only the view of the Scholars who said that the Earth does not revolve around the sun and took that viewpoint to be the correct one.

But Alhamdulillaah a sister commented and gave me the links of Shaykh Albaani's view and I would like to share it here so that I present to you both the views Inshaa Allaah.

Question #10: “What do you say about the orbiting of the earth?”

Shaykh al-Albaani (rahimahullaah) answers:
“We in fact don’t doubt that the matter of the orbiting of the earth is an indisputable scientific fact. At the same time, we believe that it is not the purpose of the Islamic legislation in general and the Qur’aan specifically to talk about astronomy and its details. Rather, this is included in the generality of (the Prophet’s) saying (‘alayhi ssalaat wa ssalaam) which Muslim brought out in his Saheeh from the narration of Anas bin Maalik (radi Allaahu ‘anhu) about the story of pollinating the date palm trees,[1] when he [sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] said to them: ‘It was only an opinion of mine, so if I order you to do something concerning your religious affair, then do it as much as you are able, and whatever I order you to do concerning your worldly affairs, then you are more knowledgeable about them.’[2]
So these issues were not obligatory for the Messenger (of Allaah) (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) to talk about, and if he did talk (about them) in his hadeeth or if our Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, did so in His Book, then it is only for (showing) a sign or miracle or the like. Thus, we can say that there isn’t anything in the Book nor in the Sunnahthat would contradict this scientific fact that is well-known today, which states that the earth is round and that it runs in an orbit by the Power of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, in this vast space. Rather, it is possible for the Muslim to find that which suggests, if not clearly states, that the earth is like the sun and the moon because they are all in this space, as He, the Mighty and Majestic, says: {they all float, each in an orbit}; and (this is so) especially if we remember that before this divine statement with the word ‘all,’ (this word) means the three celestial bodies due to the fact that He began with the earth. So He said: {And a sign for them is the dead earth. We give it life, and We bring forth from it grains, so that they eat thereof},[3] then He said: {And the sun runs on its fixed course for a term (appointed). That is the Decree of the All-Mighty, the All-Knowing / And the moon, We have measured for it mansions (to traverse) till it returns like the old dried curved date stalk / It is not for the sun to overtake the moon, nor does the night outstrip the day. They all float, each in an orbit}.[4] The word ‘all’ includes the first aayah: the earth, then the sun, then the moon. Then He, the Most High, says: {They all float, each in an orbit}.
This is what is apparent from the context of these aayaat, which are no doubt amazingaayaat about the dominion of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. All of this is while knowing that the scholars of tafseer[5] attributed the term ‘all’ to the closest thing mentioned, which is the sun and the moon. However, there isn’t anything that would ever prevent us from extending the meaning of ‘all’ to include the earth which was mentioned before the sun and the moon.”
 [1] Saheeh Muslim #2363; the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) saw people pollinating date palm trees and expressed that it may be good if they did not do so, but after they left doing it, there was a negative impact on date production
[2] the Shaykh also mentioned some extra wordings; refer to Saheeh Muslim #2361, #2362 and Saheeh ibn Maajah #2
[3] Surah Yaa Seen, 36:33
 Surah Yaa Seen, 36:38-40
[5] explanation of the Qur’aan


Umm Omar said...

Assalamu alaykum wa jazaakumullaahu khayran Ukhtee.
I wanted to ask if you could add a TWITTER button to your posts Inshaa'Allaah.
And also to let you know nthat the darulkitaab learn about series link in your side bar is not working - could you kindly provide another Inshaa'Allaah?

Baarakallaahu feekum!
Umm Omar

Umm Maimoonah said...

Alaikum salaam ukhtee Umm Omar, wa iyyaaki. Oh Ukhtee with regard to Twitter I have not used it so far, Inshaa Allaah will think about it. But if you are on blogger you will get updates fast! With regard to Darul Kitab there website is under constrcution but this is their facebook page

also if you want to contact them you can mail them at

hope this helps.

Umm Omar said...

Jazaakillaahu khayran for the info... Alhamdulillaah I subscribed to your blog and get the updates in my email account Alhamdulillaah.
What I meant by a Twitter button was - you know how some blogs - at the end of each post, they have the network buttons (like twitter FB, reddit, tumblr etc...)
so that if someone wants to share your post via one of those sites they can just click the button and voila - they've linked it from their twitter or FB etc...
I like to put some of your posts on my twitter but it would be easier if I could do it with just a click of a button ...

you don't even have to have twitter account yourself - I think it is just something that would be available in your blog settings somewhere.
I dont have a blogger blog but maybe someone who does can show you if that is possible ...
well thanks for reading this Ukhtee and Jazaakillaahu khayran again for your quick reply - I will use that email.

Umm Maimoonah said...

Ok Ukhtee done. I have included the sharing buttons for the posts. Hope this would make it easy for you. Baarakallaah Feekum!

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