April 11, 2021

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Sea upon Sea of Knowledge

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Quran 18:109:

The following excerpt is taken from “The Message of the Quran” by Muhammad Asad pg. 582:

SAY: “If all the sea were ink for my Sustainer’s words, the sea would indeed be exhausted ere my Sustainer’s words are exhausted! And [thus it would be] if we were to add to it sea upon sea.” 105

Note 105:

Lit., “if We were to produce the like of it (i.e., of the sea] in addition”. It is to be noted that, as pointed out by Zamakhshari, the term al-bahr (“the sea”) is used here in a generic sense, comprising all the seas that exist: hence, the expression “the like of it” has been rendered by me as “sea upon sea”.

The following excerpt is taken from “Exegesis of The Holy Qur’ân Commentary and Reflections” by Allamah Noorudin pg. 107-109:

“The seven heavens, the earth and all those inhabiting them (the
heavens and the earth), extol His Glory. In fact, there is not even
a single thing but glorifies Him with his true and perfect praise,
but you do not understand their glorification.” (17:44)

The glorification by the “seven heavens, the earth and all those
inhabiting them” (17:44) is in the words that are derived from Allâh’s
sea of words, from the words of the Most High, and they are
inexhaustible. The objects of the universe, including the non-living
ones, exchange among themselves the secrets of the cosmos in words
that have their own letters and sounds that have no limits and no boundaries.


Asad, Muhammad (1980). (pg. 582). The Message of the Quran. http://www.islamicweblibrary.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/55877864-54484011-Message-of-Quran-Muhammad-Asad-Islam-Translation.pdf

NOORUDDÎN ,ALLÂMAH. (2015). Exegesis of The Holy Qur’ân Commentary and Reflections. (p. 107-109). http://www.islamicweblibrary.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Exegesis-of-the-Holy-Quran-Commentary-and-Reflections.pdf

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