Miracles of the Qur’an : Roots of Mountains are like Pegs
When making a tent using pegs to hold the ropes and material up, you will know that the majority of the peg disappears into the soil, whilst a small amount remains above the ground.
This technique is used to support the tent and to stop it from falling down. The Qur’an describes mountains as pegs, a theory that Sir George Airy only introduced in 1865. Modern advances in geology show that mountains sit on deep bedded roots, which hold them up and stabilise the crust of the earth.
“Allah tells us in the Qur’an: ‘Have We not made the earth a resting place? And the mountains as pegs?’ ” (Qur’an 78: 6-7)
“And He has cast into the earth firmly set mountains, lest it shift with you, and (made) rivers and roads, that you may be guided.” (Qur’an 16: 15)
Author : Abdullah Bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center, Qatar
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