Tayy al-Ard (Arabic: طيّ الأرض “folding up of the earth”) is the name for thaumaturgical teleportation in the mystical form of Islamic religious and philosophical tradition. The concept has been expressed as “traversing the earth without moving”; some have termed it “moving by the earth being displaced under one’s feet”. The concept of Tayy al-Ardhas its roots in the following verses of the Chapter al-Naml of the Quran: [Qur’an 27:38]: “Solomon said (to his own men): ‘Ye Chiefs! which of you can bring me the throne of Queen of Sheba before she and her envoys come to me in submission?’ “ [Qur’an 27:39]: “Said an ‘Ifrit, of the Jinns: ‘I will bring it to thee before thou rise from thy council: indeed I have full strength for the purpose, and may be trusted.’ “ [Qur’an 27:40]: “Said one who had knowledge of the Book: ‘I will bring it to thee within the twinkling of any eye!’ Then when (Solomon) saw it placed firmly before him, he said: ‘This is by the grace of my Lord!’…” The phrase “twinkling of an eye” is translated to mean in a very, very short time, i.e. almost instantaneously. Tay al-Ard is one term used for this concept by the Sufi shaykhs Some Sufis call the concept tay al-makan (“folding of space”), the word makan (“location”) being used as a synonym for the word ardh (“earth”). Both words are Arabic in origin.