The seven layers of the Earth’s atmosphere

Are the seven layers of the Earth’s atmosphere the same as the seven skies the noble Quran talked about? Through this article, we will correct this misunderstanding ….

Scientists have found that
 the Earth’s atmosphere consists of layers positioned on top of each other, and that these layers differ according to their density. Hence, scientists have set seven different layers of the Earth’s atmosphere. Moreover, the number “7” has many indications in the Quran and in the prophet’s sayings (peace be upon him).

Though, some scientists agree that these layers are exactly the same as the seven skies the Quran has mentioned about. Allah (SWT) said: “And we adorned the nearest (lowest) heaven with lamps to be as an adornment as well as to guard. Such is the Decree of Him, the All Mighty, the All- Knower” 

[Quran Fussilat: 12]. Lamps refer to the stars which, as we know, are located external to the earth’s atmosphere and even external to our solar system. In addition, the closest star to us is 4.3 light years distant from us. 

When visualizing the galaxies in the universe, we find that they consist of billions of stars which are to decorate the skies. We can say that the stars and the galaxies we see are in the nearest sky because Allah Almighty says: “we adorned the nearest (lowest) heaven with lamps to be as an adornment” (Sûrat Al-Mulk -verse5 ). Meaning that these stars decorate the first sky that is closest to us and that Allah Almighty is the only One who knows regarding the rest of the skies.

In conclusion, the earth’s atmospheric layers, our solar system and all the galaxies are located in the first sky. However, the second sky, the third, the forth…. even the seventh haven’t yet been seen. But scientists may discover the secrets of these skies in the future, and Allah (SWT) knows --------------------


1. Encarta Encyclopedia, Atmosphere


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