Quran Contradictions #7: How long did it take Allah to create the heavens and the earth?

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The Judeo-Christian bible tells us that god (AKA Allah) created the heavens and the earth in six days and rested on the seventh. In the Quran we can find a verse that supports this claim. On the other hand, the Quran also tells us that Allah created the earth’s mass in two days, the mountains, animals, and food in four days, and seven heavens in two days. In other words, Allah took eight days to create the heavens and the earth. 2+4+2=8.

These are, of course, both false. The “heavens” probably don’t exist, especially not seven of them. One might postulate the universe is still forming, since it’s still expanding and everything within it’s in constant motion. And following the formation of our solar system, the primordial earth formed in during a span of about ten million years, not a week.

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10 Responses to Quran Contradictions #7: How long did it take Allah to create the heavens and the earth?

  1. The Bible and the Quran; two sides of the same self-contradicting coin.

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  4. Ja says:

    Universe Created in 6 Days or in 8 Days? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IevGQEdFhgk

  5. King says:

    Read carefully, Read carefully,
    the four days in (41:10) include the two days in (41:9), because the processes described in (41:9-10) form one series. In the one case it is the creation of the formless matter of the earth; and in the other case it is the gradual evolution of the form of the earth, its mountains and seas, and its animal and vegetable life, with the “nourishment in due proportion, (41:10)” proper to each.
    Note: (41:9) talks about the creation of earth. (41:10, 13:3, 15:19-20, 13:3, and 16:15 read them also) talk about the gradual improvment and gifts from Allah Almighty of earth for us. The creation of earth without its complexity took two days, and the wonderful creations and gifts that Allah Almighty provided for us on earth took another two days. That is four days.

  6. Gowrob says:

    Earth is created in 6 days and here the Arabic word uses is ‘Yuam’ that means 24 hour or it either means a long period.
    And you gave first option 6 days. It is correct and the second option you given it is wrong. Quran doesn’t says that 2+4+2=8. It is your misunderstanding.
    Let me give you an example. I am going to create a house. I will make 1st flour in 2 days and then 2nd,3rd and 4th flour in 4 days. And Then Finally,I will give wall around my wall in 2 days.
    So,does it mean 2+4+2=8?
    It is your misunderstanding,Just correct it,Brother.

  7. Mamsoor ali says:

    You saying seven heavens probably dont exist but science believes in multi versr and by saying probably means your not sure yourself.

  8. Nasir says:

    In arabic the word سبع(seven) may also designates ‘a number that is much’ and the word يوم ‘Day’ is 24hours on earth, to Allah it is many many years

  9. Hasan says:

    First Response (a more traditional response): Verse 10 of Surah 41 encompasses verse 9 where the two days mentioned in verse 9 are included under the four days mentioned in verse 10. Hence, verses 9 and 10 together do not speak about six days, but four days only. Then verse 12 speaks about two days, which then gives us six days.

    Second Response (a more modern response): We assume that verses 9 and 10 are separate from one another and indeed add up to six days, however verse 11’s mentioning of the word thumma (and then going on to speak about the seven firmaments of heaven) implies a parallel act as opposed to being a sequential act. So in this way it’s not eight days, but six days of creation.

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