Saturday, August 29, 2009

Surah Al An’aam (6:14) – Creation from Nothing



قُلْ أَغَيْرَ اللّهِ أَتَّخِذُ وَلِيًّا فَاطِرِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَهُوَ يُطْعِمُ وَلاَ يُطْعَمُ قُلْ إِنِّيَ أُمِرْتُ أَنْ أَكُونَ أَوَّلَ مَنْ أَسْلَمَ وَلاَ تَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكَينَ

Say: Shall I take a guardian besides Allah, the Originator of the heavens and the earth, and He feeds (others) and is not (Himself) fed. Say: I am commanded to be the first who submits himself, and you should not be of the polytheists.

M Shakir's Quran Translation[6-14]

Creation from Nothing

This Ayat tells us that Allah is فاطر (originator) of the heavens and the Earth. Other Ayaats of the Quran also use the word بديع for originator. Both these term refer to the creation out of nothing.

Word Analysis:

Hazrat Ibn e Abbas said that I came to know the exact meaning of فاطر from a Bedouin. He was fighting with one of his companion. They had some controversy over a well. The Bedouin said انا فطرتها meaning that I created it first. Hence, meaning of this Ayat becomes that Allah formed this universe out of nothing without any previous example
(Tafsir Ibn e Kathir 4/382, under the explanation of 35:1). This topic has been discussed in detail under Surah Baqarah 2:117.

Ayaats on 'origin' of universe from nothing:

Using the word بَدِيع: Surah Baqarah 2:17, Surah Anaam 6:101.

Using the word فاطر: Surah Anaam 6:14, Surah Yusuf 12:101, Surah Faatir 35:1, Surah Zumar 39:46, Surah Shura 42:11.




See the complete list of Scientific Miracles in Surah Al An'aam here


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