What Does the Statement “He will sink down the seven earths on the Day of Resurrection”(2454 Bukhari) Mean?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I wanted to ask about the statement, “He will sink down the seven earths on the Day of Resurrection” (2454 Bukhari).
Is it to be taken metaphorically or in a literal sense because according to Quran 55:33, on the day of Judgement, we won’t be able to leave the universe? So how can someone sink down to the other earth, which is in the others of seven heavens, when according to this verse, we won’t be able to leave worldly heaven? I think there are other opinions about the seven earths than each being in the seven heavens. But even if so, how do we reconcile this with this opinion?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

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The sin of the one who usurps the land of others is mentioned in the following hadith, and it is to be taken as a severe type of rebuke:

Abdullah narrates from the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) that he said, “Whoever takes a piece of the land of others unjustly, he will sink the seven earths on the Day of Resurrection.” [Bukhari]

The usurped piece of land will be wrapped around one’s neck, like a collar or hoop. Some say one will be burdened and charged to lift the amount of land.
[Ibn al-Athir]

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.