Q. As-salam alaikum – I am Kausar Shaikh, a product of Darul Qur’an Kuwait – Presently I am teaching Arabic in Anushakti Nagar. My question is – It is mentioned in the Qur’an that… ‘one day in the sight of Allah is equal to a thousand years’ and in another place it is mentioned that…‘ one day is equal to fifty thousand years’. Is’nt the Qur’an contradicting itself? – Please explain.

A. (Dr. Zakir): The Sister has asked a question that, it is mentioned in the Qur’an in a certain place, that…‘one day in the sight of Allah is equal to a thousand years’ – and some where else it is mentioned that, ‘one day in the sight of Allah (SWT) is equal to a fifty thousand years’ – Is’nt this a contradiction? What the sister was referring to a verse of the Holy Qur’an from Surah Al-Hajj, Ch. 22, V. No. 47, as well as  Surah Sajdah, Ch. 32, V. No. 5, which does say that… ‘One day in the sight of Allah (SWT) is equal to a thousand years’. And in Surah Maarij  Ch. 70,  V. No. 4, it says that… ‘One day in the sight of Allah (SWT) is equal to a fifty thousand years of your reckoning’. Does’nt it seem to be a contradiction? Sister, what these verses in the Holy Qur’an are referring to – it is giving an indication – that time in the sight of Allah (SWT) is incomparable to the earthly time. The earthly time, whether it is a thousand years or whether it is a fifty thousand years, whether it is thousands of years –  it is somewhat  equal to one day in the sight of Allah, or may be one second in the sight of Allah (SWT) . It is just giving you a reference, that time in the sight of Allah (SWT) is incomparable to the earthly time. But even if you want to take these verses literally, still there is an explanation for that. The Arabic word used in these verses is ‘Yaum’. It has got two different meanings – It can be either translated as ‘day’ or as ‘period’ or as ‘Epoch’….  very long period. So if you read this verse of Surah Sajdah, Ch. 32, V. No. 5, it says… ‘It is Allah who rules the affairs from the Heavens to the Earth and all these go up to him on a day, which is equal to a thousand years of reckoning’. If you translate this word correctly ‘Yaum’ as ‘period’, it will read that ‘Allah rules all the affairs from the Heavens to the Earth, and all of them go unto him in a period which is equal to a thousand years of your reckoning’. Surah Marijj, Ch.No.  70, V. No. 4, reads that… ‘the spirits and the angels they ascend to Allah (SWT) in a day which is equal to fifty thousand years of your reckoning’. If you translate it correctly, ‘Yaum’ as period – it will read that… ‘the spirits and the angels  ascend unto Allah (SWT) in a period  equal to fifty thousand years’. The Qur’an is referring to two different periods – therefore there is no contradiction. For example if I say I will take one hour to reach Vashi… I will take a period of one hour to reach Vashi, and then say I will take a period of fifty hours to reach Shrinagar… to reach Kashmir – it is not contradicting, because both are different periods. So one place the Qur’an says… ‘the period  required for all the spirits  and the angels to go up unto Allah (SWT) is equal to fifty thousand years of your reckoning’ – and the other place says… ‘the period required  for all the affairs to go unto Allah (SWT) is one thousand years’. There is no contradiction in that. I hope that answers the question.

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