Allah is the
Lord of two Easts and two Wests.
mentioned in one verse of the Qur’an that
Allah is the Lord of two Easts and two Wests.
How can you explain this verse of the Qur’an
1. Qur’an mentions Allah is the Lord of two Easts and
The verse of the Qur’an which refers to Allah being the
Lord of two easts and two wests is the following verse from Surah
"(He is) Lord of the two Easts and Lord of the two Wests:" [Al-Qur’an 55:17]
In the original Arabic script, the words east and west have
been used in the dual form. It implies that Allah is the Lord of two easts
and two wests.
2. Allah is the Lord of both the extremes of East and
The science of geography tells us that the sun rises from
the east, but the point of sunrise keeps shifting throughout the year.
Only on two days of the year known as ‘equinox’, does the sun rise exactly
from due east. On the remaining days, it rises either from a little north
or a little south of due east. During summer solstice the sun rises from
one extreme of the east and during winter solstice it rises from the other
extreme. Similarly, the sun sets in one extreme of the west in summer
solstice. It sets in the other extreme of the west in winter solstice.
This phenomenon can be easily seen in Bombay or any other city, by people
living in certain areas, or in tall skyscraper buildings, from where the
rising or setting of sun can be seen. They are able to notice that during
the summer solstice the sun rises from one extreme of east and during
winter solstice it rises from the other extreme of east. In short, through
out the year, the sun keeps rising from different points of the east and
sets on different points of the west. Thus when the Qur’an refers to Allah
as the Lord of two easts and two wests, it means that Allah is the Lord of
both the extremes of east and both the extremes of west.
3. Allah is the Lord of all the points of the East and
Arabic language has two types of plurals. One is the dual
plural i.e. the plural that implies the existence of two. The other is the
plural for more than two, i.e. three and above. In Surah Rahman verse 17
the Arabic words used are mashriqaini and magribaini which are in dual
plural and therefore imply two easts and two wests.
Consider the following verse of the Qur’an:
"Now I do call to witness the Lord of all points in the
East and the West." [Al-Qur’an 70:40]
The Arabic words for east and west used in this verse are
mashaariqi and magharibi’ which are plurals that imply the existence of
more than two.
We can thus conclude that the Qur’an refers to Allah being
the Lord of all the points in the east and all the points of the west, as
well as the Lord of both the extreme points of east and both the extreme
points of west.