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Old 04-29-2016, 03:44 AM   #1
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Qur'an - Surah Al-Ambiya (The Prophets), Verse 104

يوم نطوي السماء كطي السجل للكتب كما بدانا اول خلق نعيده وعدا علينا انا كنا فاعلين
The Day when We will fold the heaven like the folding of a sheet for the records. As We began the first creation, We will repeat it. [That is] a promise binding upon Us. Indeed, We will do it.

As Baha'is we know that the verses of the Qur'an regarding the Day of Judgement are to be taken in the metaphorical sense and not in the literal sense.

I am unable to find any Baha'i book or article that deals with the interpretation of this specific verse. And I have no clue regarding what is the implied meaning of fold the heaven like the folding of a sheet for the records.

Any help would be appreciated.
 
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Old 04-29-2016, 06:54 AM   #2
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My message got deleted. I need to rewrite it.

Anyway, that aspect of the prophecy is treated in the Bayan. Creation is recreated in a New Book of God every time it is revealed (Torah, Gospel, Quran, Bayan, etc.). The folding of heaven is that of the Quran.

The Quran implicitely suggests that the world is a book, and that the book is a world. See 6:59 :

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And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.
This clear record is the world itself.
 
Old 04-29-2016, 08:04 AM   #3
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There are several places in Bahá'u'lláh's Writings where He describes heaven or the heavens being split or cleft asunder. One definition of the word "cleave" (infinitive of "cleft") is very similar to that of "fold": "to part or split, especially along a natural line of division" (Dictionary.com). It's my best guess that such instances in the Writings and that verse from the Qur'án are referring to the same thing.

Here's one example:

Quote:
The heaven of religions is split and the moon cleft asunder and the peoples of the earth are brought together in a new resurrection.

- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh
 
Old 04-29-2016, 08:11 AM   #4
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Also, Bahá'u'lláh's interpretation of "cleaving of the heaven" is as follows:

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In like manner, strive thou to comprehend from these lucid, these powerful, conclusive, and unequivocal statements the meaning of the “cleaving of the heaven”—one of the signs that must needs herald the coming of the last Hour, the Day of Resurrection. As He hath said: “When the heaven shall be cloven asunder.”30 By “heaven” is meant the heaven of divine Revelation, which is elevated with every Manifestation, and rent asunder with every subsequent one. By “cloven asunder” is meant that the former Dispensation is superseded and annulled. I swear by God! That this heaven being cloven asunder is, to the discerning, an act mightier than the cleaving of the skies! Ponder a while. That a divine Revelation which for years hath been securely established; beneath whose shadow all who have embraced it have been reared and nurtured; by the light of whose law generations of men have been disciplined; the excellency of whose word men have heard recounted by their fathers; in such wise that human eye hath beheld naught but the pervading influence of its grace, and mortal ear hath heard naught but the resounding majesty of its command—what act is mightier than that such a Revelation should, by the power of God, be “cloven asunder” and be abolished at the appearance of one soul? Reflect, is this a mightier act than that which these abject and foolish men have imagined the “cleaving of the heaven” to mean?

- Bahá'u'lláh, the Kitáb-i-Íqán
 
Old 04-29-2016, 09:12 PM   #5
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Thank you for your valuable responses GoaForce and Clex19.
 
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