Dābbat al-Arḍ
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, a Qurʾānic term for a creature or beast that lives and moves on the earth, it has a special meaning in a tradition regarding the signs which will appear at the end of time (ashrāṭ al-sāʿa).

The term dābba appears in its literal sense in the Qurʾānic verses 6:38, 11:6, 16:49, 27:82 and 34:14. However, the term has quite a different connotation in 27:82: ‘When the word is fulfilled against them, We shall bring forth a creature (dābba) out of the earth, to speak to them, as people had no faith in Our revelations’; it takes on a deeper significance when read along with the …

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Manouchehri, Faramarz Haj and Abbas, Najam, “Dābbat al-Arḍ”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 15 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_05000102>



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