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Mountains prevent the earth from swaying - The Noble Quran claimed it and Science confirmed it!
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"And He has set up on the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should sway with you; and rivers and roads; that ye may guide yourselves, and marks and signposts and by the stars (men) guide themselves."
Function of the Mountains
Think of the Earth like an onion, made up of many different layers (1). The outer layer is called the crust (2) and the crust is much thinner than any of the other layers.(3). It float on the mantle below the earth's crust. (4)
Thus Allah has fixed mountains on earth crust to prevent its fast movement. Hence, If there were no mountains then the thin earth's crust float fastly & we would having earthquake in every minute of our life. Thus:
“The mountains play an important role in stabilizing the crust of the earth". (5)
This information is also mention in the following verses:
"He created the heavens [sky] without any pillars that ye can see; He set on the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should sway (TAMEED, see definitions below) with you; and He scattered through it beasts of all kinds. We send down rain from the sky, and produce on the earth every kind of noble creature, in pairs."
And We have set on the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should sway with them, and We have made therein broad highways (between mountains) for them to pass through: That they may receive guidance."
Allah is showing proves again and again so that man will believe that the Noble Quran is the pure word of Allah.
Here is what TAMEED means:
Several English translations translated it as "sway" or something similar.
1. Lisan Al-Arab dictionary  , Book 2, Page 791.
2. Al-Muheet dictionary , Page 303.
3. Al-Muajam Al-Waseet dictionary , Page .
4. Al-Mawrid dictionary Arabic-English section , Page .
5. Arabic-English dictionary the Hans Wehr dictionary , Page .
تميد (tameed): تحرك ومال moved and turned or started going in turns.
يميد (yameed): زاغ (zaagh) ran away.
ماد (maada): اضطرب (id-turibaa) became alarmed and out of control.
ماد ميدا (maada maydan): تمايل (tamaayala) started going into turns.
Again, several English translations translated it as "sway" or something similar.
Clearly, TAMEED means to sway. It doesn't mean that it prevents earthquakes as the anti-Islamics lie on the Glorious Quran. It means to sway, not to shake or to make the earth shaking. No, it means to sway, or to be out of control, or off in its orbit or path.
(5) Geological Concept of Mountains pp. 44-45
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The amazing creation of earth and mountains in the Noble Quran. Science confirms that mountains prevent the earth from swaying while it is revolving around itself, and that they are like pegs rooted in it. The Noble Quran made a similar claim.
amazing creation of earth and mountains in the Noble Quran.
Science confirms that mountains prevent the earth from swaying while it is revolving around itself, and that they are like pegs rooted in it. The Noble Quran made a similar claim.
As'salamu Alaikum dear
brothers Abdullah and Farhan,
assalamualaykum can somebody explain his ayah surah 16:15 And He has
thrown into the earth firmly set mountains, lest it shift with you,
and [made] rivers and roads, that you may be guided,
The Glorious Quran says Allah
Almighty had SET (fastened is also correct as brother Farhan said)
firm mountains IN THE EARTH to keep it stable:
Note: See the article below for the ample Scientific quotes and references.
AUDIOs from Dr. Zaghlool Al-Najjar
Lack of Oxygen and low air pressure in space.
The constant reduction of earth's size: The earth used to be 200 times bigger!
Iron was sent down to earth from space.
The origins of the Universe, Big Bang theory, Cosmic Crunch, and the creation of the SECOND EARTH after the second Big Bang in the Noble Quran and Science. Also, Dr. Zaghlool's scientific explanation of the earth and heaven coming to Allah Almighty "willingly or unwillingly" and how each celestial object behaves differently depending on its mass.
VIDEOS proving the Scientific Miracles in the Noble Quran
The moving mountains in the Noble Quran.
The function of mountains.
Related video II.
Related video III.
Related video IV.
Related video V.
Iron was sent down from space - A Discovery Channel program with Noble Quranic Verses edited into it.
Dr. Zaghlool Al-Najjar on the Miracle of Mountains in the Noble Quran.
The mystery in Iron Miracle of the Quran.
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Quran's STUNNING Divine Miracles: 
Allah Almighty also promised in several Divine Prophecies that He will show the Glorious Quran's Miracles to mankind. For example:
Coincidence?See 1,000s of examples .Quran's Stunning Numerical & Scientific Miracles.1] in both the OT and NT.
GOD sending it down to him first!). I can not perform a single Miracle on my own!! I am totally POWERLESS without Allah Almighty!
John 5:31 "if I (Jesus) bear witness of myself, then I would be a liar!"
GOD didn't talk this way when He spoke to Moses. GOD's testimony alone is always sufficient! Jesus also bowed his face down to the ground, like we Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: Muslim is the future believers' name, and sons and daughters of GOD titles will be "no more"; ; Jesus called every believer a Muslim inLuke 6:40) Muslims do everyday, and prayed to GOD Almighty.