FACTS FROM ASTRONOMY
Allah has made clear to us that His book, the Qur'aan has been
revealed as a reminder to the whole world. Allah said: This is no less
than a reminder to (all) the worlds. And you shall certainly know the
truth of it (all) after a while. (Qur'aan 38:87-88). Thus, the Qur'aan
is a reminder for all of mankind until the Last Hour. It contains
information that man discovers in due time. Because this Qur'aan was
revealed from Allah 's knowledge and every single verse in it was
revealed with Allah 's knowledge, as He Himself said: But Allah bears
witness that what He has sent unto you He has sent with His (own)
knowledge... (Qur'aan 4:166).
Every single verse contains divine knowledge, but mankind is
constantly developing. In attaining higher levels of scientific
understanding, mankind is then capable of discerning the divine
knowledge contained in a given verse. Thus, coming to know that this
verse has been revealed from Allah , with the ever continuing process
of human progress and development, man will come to find the clue that
enables him to understand another verse, and so on. In this way
mankind will continue to understand more and more verses. This is the
wondrous characteristics of the Qur'aan.
Professor Armstrong works at NASA, otherwise known as the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he is a well-known
scientist there. We met him and asked a number of questions about
Qur'aanic verses dealing with the expertise in Astronomy. We asked him
about iron and how it was formed. He explained how all the elements in
the earth were formed. He stated that the scientists have come only
recently to discover the relevant facts about that formation process.
He said that the energy of the early solar system was not sufficient
enough to produce elemental iron.
In calculating the energy required to form one atom of iron, it was
found to be about four times as much as the energy of the entire solar
system. In other words, the entire energy of the earth or the moon or
the planet Mars or any other planet is not sufficient to form one new
atom of iron, even the energy of the entire solar system is not
sufficient for that. That is why Professor Armstrong said that the
scientists believe that iron is an extraterrestrial that was sent to
earth and not formed therein. We read to him the Qur'aanic verse
saying: And we sent down Iron, in which is Great might, as well as
many benefits for mankind. (Qur'aan 57-25). Then we asked him about
the sky and whether it had any gaps or rifts in it. He disproved this
and replied that what we are talking about is a branch of astronomy
called the "Integrated Cosmos" which we scientists have only come to
For example, if you have a body in outer space which travels a certain
distance in any direction and then travel the same distance in a
different direction, you will find that the mass weight is the same in
all directions. Because this body has its own equilibrium, the
pressures from all directions are the same. Without this equilibrium,
the whole universe would collapse. I recalled Allah 's verse in the
Qur'aan: Do they not look at the sky above them? How we have made it
and adorned it, and there are no flaws in it? (Qur'aan 50:6).
Then we talked to Professor Armstrong about the attempts of scientists
to reach the edge of the universe, and we asked him whether they were
successful in this. He replied that they are fighting an uphill battle
to the edge of the universe. We construct more powerful equipment to
observe the universe only to discover that the new stars we see are
still within our galaxy and that we have not yet reached the edge of
the universe. He is aware of the Qur'aanic verse which says: And we
adorned the lowest heaven with lamps and we made such (lamps) missiles
to drive away satans. (Qur'aan 67:5). Indeed, all these stars are
adornments for the lowest heaven. He says that scientists have not
reached the end of the universe.
Professor Armstrong added that because of this, they are thinking of
stationing more telescopes in outer space so that their observations
will not be obstructed by dust and other atmospheric impediments.
Vision telescopes using light are unable to travel long distances, so
we replaced them with radio operated ones enabling us to see further,
but we nevertheless are still within the boundaries. I mentioned to
him this verse: So turn thy vision again: Do you see any flaw? Again
turn your vision a second time: (your) vision will come back to you
dull and discomfited, in a state worn out. (Qur'aan 67:3-4).
Each time Professor Armstrong told us some scientific fact, we
mentioned to him the relevant verse which he agreed with. Then we said
to him: 'You have seen and discovered for yourself the true nature of
modern astronomy by means of modern equipment, rockets, and space
ships, developed by man. You have also seen how the same facts were
mentioned by the Qur'aan 14 centuries ago, so what is your opinion
about these?' He replied: "That is a difficult question which I have
been thinking about since our discussions here. I am impressed at how
remarkably some of the ancient writings seem to correspond to modern
and recent astronomy.
I am not a sufficient scholar of human history to project myself
completely and reliably into the circumstances that 1400 years ago
would have prevailed." "Certainly, I would like to leave it at that
what we have seen is remarkable, it may or may not admit of scientific
explanation. There might have to be something beyond what we
understand as ordinary human experience to account for the writings
that we have seen.
It is not my intention or my position at this point to provide an
answer to that. I have said a lot of words without, I think,
expressing exactly what you want me to express, but it is my job as a
scientist to remain independent of certain questions and I think that
is one of the reasons that I had better stop just a little bit short
of giving you the complete answer that you might desire." Yes, it is
very difficult to imagine that this knowledge revealed in the Book of
Allah fourteen centuries ago could have come to Prophet Muhammad
(sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) from a human source.
There must be some other source from which scientists derive their
knowledge, because only Allah knows the secrets of the heavens and the
earth. As we have seen and heard from the various meetings with these
scientists, we are on the threshold of a new age. This is an age where
religion and science can embrace, the true religion and the true
science. Therefore, there can be no contradiction whatsoever between
the two, nor should there be any opposition. This is the conclusion
that Muslim scholars have arrived at throughout centuries.
That is, there is no possibility that a proven scientific fact could
contradict a divinely revealed truth which has been clearly
understood. If they say we are in the space age, it is true, it is the
age where scientific knowledge and religion would agree, but this can
only be between true knowledge and the religion of Islam, which Allah
has preserved from all falsification and alteration.
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