Q u e s t i o n : Is there any verse stating that the earth is round, and if so, which Sura is it in? I am hesitant as to whether it is flat or round. All countries are situated in lands surrounded by sea. What is there to keep in the outer edges of these seas? I request that you provide an explanation, and I kiss your hands.
The Risale-i Nur has solved questions of this sort. The Islamic scholars have accepted that the earth is round, and this in no way contradicts religion. The word ‘sath’ in the verse1 does not indicate that the earth is not round. It has been laid down by the learned authorities that to be turned towards the qibla (istikbal-i kible) while performing the prayers is obligatory, and this is applicable to every part of the prayers, including the bowing and prostrating. Since according to the Shari‘a, there is a luminous line from the Ka‘ba upwards as far as the Divine Throne, and downwards to the ground, performing all the actions of the prayers in the direction of the qibla is possible with the earth being round.
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In His Name, be He glorified!
And there is nothing but it glorifies Him with praise.2
May God’s peace and mercy be upon you, and His blessings, for ever and ever
My Dear, Loyal Brothers!
I congratulate you with all my heart and soul on the blessed month of Ramadan. May Almighty God make the Night of Power the equivalent of a thousand months for all of you, and accept it as an eighty-year lifetime of worship. Amen.
Secondly: I am of the opinion that there are numerous benefits and instances of good in our remaining here until the Festival. If we were to be released now, we would both lose out on all the good of this School of Joseph, and spoil Ramadan, which looks purely to the hereafter, and taint our spiritual states with worldly activities. In accordance with “good lies in what God wishes,” we shall find great joy in this, God willing.
You have also understood in the court that since they can in no way
See, Qur’an, 88:20.