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The Seven Paths

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Quran 23:17:

And We have created above you seven paths, and We are never unmindful of creation.

The following excerpt is taken from Tafsir Ibn Kathir surah 23 pg. 16-18:

Allah says here,

And indeed We have created above you seven Tara’iq,
and We are never unaware of the creation.

After mentioning the creation of man, Allah then
mentions the creation of the seven heavens.
Allah often mentions the creation of the heavens and
earth alongside the creation of man, as He says
elsewhere:

The creation of the heavens and the earth is
indeed greater than the creation of mankind.
(40:57)

A similar Ayah appears at the beginning of Surah AsSajdah, which the Messenger of Allah used to recite on
Friday mornings. At the beginning it mentions the
creation of the heavens and earth, then it says how man
was created from semen from clay, and it also discusses
the resurrection and rewards and punishments, and
other matters.


(seven Tara’iq).


Mujahid said,
“This means the seven heavens.”

This is like the Ayat:

The seven heavens and the earth and all that is
therein, glorify Him. (17:44)


See you not how Allah has created the seven
heavens one above another! (71:15)



It is Allah Who has created seven heavens and of
the earth the like thereof. His command descends
between them (heavens and earth), that you may
know that Allah has power over all things, and
that Allah surrounds all things in (His) knowledge.
(65:12)


Similarly, Allah says here:

And indeed We have created above you seven Tara’iq,
and We are never unaware of the creation.
meaning, Allah knows what goes into the earth
and what comes out of it, what comes down from
heaven and what goes up into it. He is with you
wherever you are, and Allah sees what you do.
No heaven is hidden from Him by another and no
earth is hidden from Him by another. There is no
mountain but He knows its features, and no sea
but He knows what is in its depths. He knows the
numbers of what is in the mountains, the hills,
the sands, the seas, the landscapes and the
trees.

And not a leaf falls, but He knows it. There is not
a grain in the darkness of the earth nor anything
fresh or dry, but is written in a Clear Record.
(6:59)

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