# Is the Earth the center of the universe? [closed]

I heard somewhere that according to the Holy Quran the Earth is center of the universe and the whole universe revolves around the Earth. However, it has now been scientifically proven that the Earth revolves around the sun and is not the center of the universe. The Holy Quran cannot be wrong, so does the statement that the Earth is the center of the universe mean something else?

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better to mention the verse of your claim and mention the address of "somewhere" for more details and evidences. internet is full of propaganda sites against Islam. do not believe before yourself see it in Quran with correct translation. – Ahmadi Sep 25 '12 at 13:43
@Ahmadi: Not everything is a "verse" and the "somewhere" is just about the the whole world as we know it. – Jawad Sep 25 '12 at 20:38
earth is not the center of the universe. It's man that is the center and because man just happens to live on earth, that makes it ss. – Jawad Sep 27 '12 at 19:29
Where does Quran mention - earth is center of universe? – mtk Jan 14 at 18:55
I heard somewhere is a poor basis for a question. I'd be inclined to call this Not a Real Question until it's edited to add sources. – TRiG Jan 28 at 21:48
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## closed as not a real question by goldPseudo♦Jan 29 at 5:13

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If I am wrong then please correct me. As much as I know today physics say every heavenly body is in motion with respect to the others and no such body is considered as fixed, only for the sake of calculations (since e.g. the 2nd law of Newton: \vec{F} = m \vec{a} is valid only in an inertial frame, and it is believed that no such a frame does exist) they consider a very far star as "the fixed star", put an approximate inertial frame on it and do the calculations. However, if everything is in motion and no REAL fixed point exists (or accurately not considered to be existed), why not to define earth as the one and only one heavenly body which is fixed? This earth being defined as fixed mass, however, does not imply that it will be also the center of the world, as not all the heavenly bodies turn around it during their motions, that is, the Earth IS NOT the Center of Rotation for the universe!

However, does this have any evidence also in Islam? Quran says the following which states that the Earth itself is moving:

هُوَ ٱلَّذِى جَعَلَ لَكُمُ ٱلْأَرْضَ ذَلُولًۭا فَٱمْشُوا۟ فِى مَنَاكِبِهَا وَكُلُوا۟ مِن رِّزْقِهِۦ ۖ وَإِلَيْهِ ٱلنُّشُورُ

It is He Who has made the earth manageable for you, so traverse ye through its tracts and enjoy of the Sustenance which He furnishes: but unto Him is the Resurrection. (Al-Molk:15)

However the word ذلول which is translated here as manageable actually implies calm and tame, like in "a tame Camel". This calmness apparently addresses the motion of the Earth, and if that's true there are two points that grabs my attention here:

1. If I sit on back of a calm camel and it moves, I will have a periodic up-down motion while being translated along the way of the camel, one may like to interpret this as a combination of both the translational motion of the Earth around the Sun and the 24 hours periodic motion of the Earth around its own axis of rotation. Note that in both siting-on-back-of-camel motion and siting-on-the-surface-of-the-Earth motion the motion is somewhat of cycloid type! [cycloid: a curve traced by a point on a circle being rolled along a straight line.]
2. The rotational motion of Earth around some nearly perpendicular axes recalls me of the gyroscopic effect which brings some stability to the system, such that if you deviate the Earth by, say, a falling meteor still earth would continue its way without getting unstable such that it falls over Sun or Saturn or … .

Each of these that be the intention of Allah for posing this Ayah the verse states something about specific motions of the Earth, its rotational motions, so that you can conclude the Earth is not considered as a center for Universe in Islam.

Godspeed

PS. There is a Hadith from Imam Ali A.S. --once I read in the book titled as "reasons of Ahkam" (علل الشرایع) by Sheikh-e-Sadough-- in which Imam describes the position of the Earth in the space for a Jew, like marking a dot in a map, and the Jew came to be a Muslim. you may like to read that, there you will see the Earth is by no means in the center of Universe! There you may also be able to find a real fixed point, although my memory doesn't help me much and, therefore, I'm not sure!

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 Maybe something is lost in the translation, but I can't personally see how Al-Molk:15 discusses the movement (or not) of the earth. It (and the subsequent analysis) seems a bit of a stretch, if I'm honest. I agree with your view (on the motion of the universe) - I'm just don't see how the citation addresses it. Can you clarify at all? Reading the English, it sounds a lot like Quran 27:61 - i.e. (paraphrasing the two together) "Allah has made the world habitable for you to use" (note I even avoided the misleading "fixed abode" (mis?)translation of 27:61). – Marc Gravell♦ Sep 26 '12 at 6:18 @MarcGravell, for you to understand movement you should go deep inside the Arabic text of the verse. First, ذلول although is used for any calm animal and even is not restricted to animals, but it is usually used for calm "animals" and especially calm "camels". Second, Allah goes further and says "مْشُوا۟ فِى مَنَاكِبِهَا" in which the word "مَنَاكِبِهَا" is used which is not exactly as is translated above, it actually points to back of an animal and this clarifies that Allah was meant to describe the Earth as an animal in movement but being calm as well. – owari Sep 26 '12 at 8:01 If you can accept the previous comment then you can easily explain the verse you cited as the fact that "the Earth is very well stabilized" both in its movements and with respect to many HUGE earthquakes and etc having its mountains as pegs into its bed. – owari Sep 26 '12 at 8:06

I did not read it in Quran ?
Perhaps nobody is
Here is few ayahs from Surat Yā-Sīn (Ya Sin) - سورة يس which can be consider as miracle and they talking about astronomy

1. And a sign for them is the night. We remove from it [the light of] day, so they are [left] in darkness.
2. And the sun runs [on course] toward its stopping point. That is the determination of the Exalted in Might, the Knowing.
3. And the moon - We have determined for it phases, until it returns [appearing] like the old date stalk.
4. It is not allowable for the sun to reach the moon, nor does the night overtake the day, but each, in an orbit, is swimming.
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The word "orbit" is in you 4rth ordered list is debateable. Maybe an over zillious translation? – Jawad Sep 27 '12 at 19:48