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Earth, round or flat?

Fatwaa ID: 380

Assalāmu ʿalaykum wa raḥmatullāhi wa barakātuh, a sister wanted to ask if the earth is round or flat.
JazākAllāhu Khairan!

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

At the outset, one should refrain from asking questions that are not relevant to him, or even worse, non-beneficial questions. What benefit is there in knowing whether the earth is round or flat? Instead, one should divert his focus on things that will benefit him in this life and/or the Hereafter. One should delve into things that will connect him and bring him closer to the creator of the earth. Nevertheless, the Shari’ah has not expressly told us regarding the shape of the earth. One may refer to the astronomers and scientists and see what they have to say.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

06/20/1444 AH – 01/13/2023 CE | AML3-3146

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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