* تفسير Tafsir al-Jalalayn

{ وَإِلَى ٱلأَرْضِ كَيْفَ سُطِحَتْ }

And the earth how it was laid out flat? and thus infer from this the power of God exalted be He and His Oneness? The commencing with the mention of camels is because they are closer in contact with it the earth than any other animal. As for His words sutihat ‘laid out flat’ this on a literal reading suggests that the earth is flat which is the opinion of most of the scholars of the revealed Law and not a sphere as astronomers ahl al-hay’a have it even if this latter does not contradict any of the pillars of the Law.

Tafsir al-Jalalayn, trans. Feras Hamza
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