The 2 Easts and the 2 Wests

Question:

Sir, It is mentioned in one verse of the Quran that Allah is the Lord of two Easts and two Wests. How can you explain this verse of the Quran scientifically?

The Lord of the two Easts, and the Lord of the two Wests. 55:17

Reply

This ayat has been interpreted in various ways, the interpretation that is in harmony with scientific knowledge is that this verse refers to the two solstices, the summer solstice (21st June) and the winter solstice (21st of December).

These two astronomical points represent the shortest and longest days of the solar year and consequently the two rising points (east) and setting points (west) of the sun within the solar year when the location of the observer is closest or furthest away from the sun.