Is earth shrinking?

SHAFAQNA – So far no scientific source has written that the area of the earth is shrinking. So what is the meaning of this shrinking earth which has been mentioned in the Quran (Ayah 41 of Surah Ra’ad, and Ayah 44 of Surah Al-Anbia)? Imam Sajjad (AS) was asked about these Ayahs, and he replied: The earth does not shrink, but its blessing is reduced; and by shrinking earth, the Quran refers to the reduction in blessing. Imam Sajjad (AS) was asked: How earth’s blessing is reduced? Imam (AS) replied: By demise of scholars (Ulama), the earth’s blessing and productivity is reduced; which means in a society there must be individuals who invite the society to purity and honesty; and by seeing them the people of the society are reformed, and prepare for the hereafter; otherwise the society is backward [1].

[1] The official channel of Ayatollah Seyyed Hassan Ameli (

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