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What Is The Seven Earth?

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Here is the translation of Qunut, according to the office of Ayatollah Sitani:

La ilaha illallahul Halimul Karim (There is none worth worshipping but Allah Who is Forbearing and Generous).

La ilaha illallahul 'Aliyyul 'Adhim (There is none worth worshipping but Allah Who is Eminent and Great).

Subhanallahi Rabbis samawatis sab' wa Rabbil aradhinas sab' (Glory be to Allah, Who is the Sustainer of the seven heavens and of the seven earth).

Wama fi hinna wama bayna hunna, wa Rabbil 'arshil 'adhim (And Who is the Sustainer of all the things in them, and between them, and Who is the Lord of the great 'Arsh (Divine Power))

Wal hamdu lillahi Rabbil Aalamin (And all praise for Allah, the Sustainer of the worlds).

I've highlighted it and increased the font size so you can see where it says "seven earth", but what is it? I know there are seven levels of heaven but what does seven earth mean?

Sorry about how messy it looks, I tried to put the translation below the transliteration but it doesn't seem to stick the the post that I preview

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In Islamic cosmology, there are traditionally seven climes here on earth envisaged as the different regions of the ancient world. You can read about this in Seyyed Hossein Nasr's An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines. The eighth clime is the imaginal world ('alam al-mithal/khayal) that connects the earth to the spiritual or angelic worlds or the seven heavens. It is also known as the barzakh or isthmus, where it is believed that the Twelfth Imam (as) resides with other celestial beings.

Wa Salam,

Nur Muhammad

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Good explanation Nur, but the 7 "earths" could have many other different meanings... We're in the first heaven, maybe the other 6 are beyond our universe, other realms each having habitable earths, maybe, maybe... maybe etc... No one can really pinpoint this unless there's a reliable hadeeth from the Ahlulbayt s. about it.

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Good explanation Nur, but the 7 "earths" could have many other different meanings... We're in the first heaven, maybe the other 6 are beyond our universe, other realms each having habitable earths, maybe, maybe... maybe etc... No one can really pinpoint this unless there's a reliable hadeeth from the Ahlulbayt s. about it.

Yes, I agree that each verse of the Quran has many different meanings, some only known by God, the Prophet (sal), and/or the Imams (as). I also think that it is possible that there are other creations and therefore other "earths." We know that the Jinn exist, for example, but tend to know very little about their existence outside of what we are told in Revelation and the sayings of the Prophet (sal), Imams (as), and some visionaries who may have access to their psychic abode.

The seven climes or regions of Islamic cosmology is nevertheless surely one valid explanation found, for example, in the writings of the Ikhwan al-Safa', who were heavily influenced by the teachings of Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (as). Moreover, each of these climes is said to correspond to one of the heavens or planetary spheres above and the prophet of each heaven that the Prophet Muhammad (sal) met during his mi'raj. Ibn 'Arabi also suggests that each region is governed by a wali who is under the sign of a particular prophet and heaven.

Wouldn't this be incorrect to say regarding Imam Mahdi (atfs)?

How so? Many Shi'ite 'urafa' have spoken of the abode of the Twelfth Imam (as) as the barzakh. The writings of Henry Corbin speak about this at great length with quotations from traditional sources. It is believed that the Imam (as) can and does also descend to earth from time to time and that he will of course return to earth to fulfill his function as the Mahdi (as), but what differentiates his lesser occultation from his greater occultation is not only the death of his fourth bab, Abu'l-Hasan 'Ali ibn Muhammad al-Samarri, but also the fact that he was on earth during the lesser occultation, although hidden, but then ascended to the subtle realm of the barzakh during his greater occultation. The barzakh is still connected to the earth and the Imam (as) can descend at any time, but it is traditionally seen as his abode by most Shi'ite 'urafa'.

And God knows best,

Nur Muhammad

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Salam,

Whenever you read the letter 7 in Quran and Hadith (written as "V" in Arabic which also signifies endlessness), consider unlimited too.

7 or 70 is considered a limitless or uncountable number in Arabic mystic tafaseer. Aimah (as) have also alluded to this about number 7 in many of the sayings.

7 earths could also mean many more human or other civilizations that Allah (swt) might have spread in His seemingly limitless universe. We humans have a tendency to image everything according to our capabilities, so we tend to interpret it according to what we know. Allah (swt) has made many things limitless with respect to us. Of course with respect to Allah (swt) everything is very minute and hence He (swt) is "Samad".

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Could be the seven layers of Earth

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And the seven layers of the atmosphere

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Allah knows best. There are many other interpretations I've seen. For example, the seven Earths could relate to seven different plains for humans (there are hadiths on multiple Adams and multiple humanities). It may refer to seven continents. Seven heavens may refer to seven universes; each other simultaneously existing or one coming after the other (and us being in the last). Or, something else we have not yet considered.

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