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Assalamu Alaikum Brothers in Islam,

Allah says in the Quran :

It is He who created for you all of that which is on the earth. Then He directed Himself to the heaven, [His being above all creation], and made them seven heavens, and He is Knowing of all things. [Quran 2:29]

I've read the tafsir of Imam Ibn Katheer, and in it he states that the earth was created before the heavens, and after the creation of the earth heavens were created, and only after that the earth was spread out.

Sahih Al-Bukhari records that when Ibn `Abbas was question about this matter, he said that the earth was created before heaven, and the earth was spread out only after the creation of the heaven. [Tafsir Imam Ibn Kathir]

What does this mean? This is troubling me a lot!

Does this mean that the spherical Planet earth alone was created first before all the stars and galaxies including the sun?

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