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Travel in the Earth and see how We originated the creation – Quran 29:20

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Quran 29:20:

Say: “Travel through the earth and see how Allah did originate creation; so will Allah produce a later creation: for Allah has power over all things.

The following excerpt is taken from “The Holy Quran: Text, Translation and Commentary pg. 1033 note 3440 and 3441:

Note 3441:

“Travel through the earth: again, literally as
well as symbolically.

If we actually go through this wide earth, we shall see
the wonderful things in His Creation:

  • the Grand Canyon and the Niagaras in America,
  • beautiful harbors like that at Sydney in Australia,
  • mountains like Fujiyama, the Himalayas, and Elburz
    in Asia,
  • the Nile with its wonderful cataracts in Africa, the
    Fiords of Norway, the Geysers of Iceland,
  • the city of the midnight sun in Tromsoe,
  • and innumerable wonders everywhere.

But wonders upon wonders are disclosed in the
constitution of matter itself, the atom, and the forces of
energy, as also in the instincts of animals, and the minds
and capacities of man. And there is no limit to these
Worlds upon worlds are created and transformed every
moment, within and presumably beyond man’s vision.
From what we know we can judge of the unknown.

Note 3440:

“The originating of creation is the creation of primeval matter. The repetition of the process of creation goes on constantly, for at every moment new processes are being called into being by the creative power of God, and according to His laws. And the final creation as far as man is concerned will be in the Maad, when the whole world as man sees it will be entirely newly created on a different plane.”

The following excerpt is taken from “The Message of the Quran” by Muhammad Asad pg. 776:

15 Cf., for example, 23:12-14, which alludes to man’s coming into existence out of most primitive
elements, and gradually evolving into a highly complex being endowed not only with a physical
body but also with a mind, with feelings, and instincts.

The following excerpt is taken from “Exposition of the Quran” by Ghulam Ahmad Pervez pg. 1189:

“Briefly speaking, Rabb means one who enables a thing or a person to grow and develop and eventually realize all its potentialities, and the process by which a person (or object) thus fulfills himself is called rabubiyya. Nothing in the universe comes into being in a state of perfection or fulfilment; it is born with certain potentialities, which, when developed and actualized, enable the object concerned to become what it was destined to be. Like other objects and beings in the universe, man is also endowed with manifold potentialities, which, if properly developed, enable him to rise from the animal to the human level. The Holy Quran seeks to establish, in accordance with the divine laws, a social order under which the latent potentialities of every individual become fully realized. This realization of the individual’s potentialities will include the sustenance and growth of his body as well as the fulfillment of his personality.”


Asad, Muhammad (1980). (pg. 776). The Message of the Quran.

Pervez, Ahmad (2010). Exposition of the Quran. (p. 1189).

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