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the stars, parallel universes, and particles beyond the atom in the quran?

Updated on October 1, 2010

Theatrical Physics and the Qur'an

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh, my friends, my brothers and my sisters. I hope you enjoy this hub. 

I was watching a new show on the Science Channel the other day called "Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman" this show explores many amazing subjects on the cutting edge of science. This particular program was about the possibility of multiple universes and the study of sub-atomic particles. As I watched I was fascinated by the possibilities of such amazing things; and I remembered some verses I read in the Qur'an. In my last hub "Science and Islam" found here:

 I brought up the subject of certain sciences and how they relate to the Qur'an and Islam. I also discussed how Allah told us to use science to explore His creation and as evidence to prove His existence. Though I only used examples of "proven" science. Now I want to discuss what is still theatrical in science that is already confirmed by God.

One way Allah chose to do this was by giving knowledge to Muhammad that would not be discovered for millennia to come. So what do you ask do parallel universes have to do with religion? Well, when we look at the vast Universe, and all the amazing things here and the complexity of it all, we know through science that we have to have all of these things for the universe to work, God tells us here. 

"He has completed them as seven heavens in two periods and made it known in each heaven its command. And we adorned the nearest heaven with lights for beauty and protection. That is the determination of the Exhaled in Might, the Knowing." 41:12

and here

"The day when we will fold like the folding of sheets for records. As We began the first creation, We will repeat it. That is a promise binding to Us. Indeed we will do it."

This last verse describes our universe as flat and that the next creation will be similar. This goes side by side with the theory that the universe keeps repeating its self which is well accepted by modern scientist today. Also explained here,

"The Day when We will fold the heaven like the folding of scrolls, As we began the first creation we will repeat it. That is a promise binding upon Us, Indeed we will do it." 21:104

It was thought by many that the seven heavens were the seven layers of the atmosphere but many now believe differently. When you take into account the last sentence of 41:12 it says the nearest layer contains stars, so this could not be referring to the atmosphere. This could lead one to believe that multiple universes are being implied.

We have another verse in the Qur'an which would imply that there are more than one universe and perhaps one parallel to the one we exist in now. Here Allah tells us,

"O, company of Jinn and mankind, if you are able to pass beyond the regions of the heavens and the earth, then pass. You will not pass except by Authority from Allah." 55:33

The Quran also give us light into the subject of subatomic particles, something the science has not acknowledged for very long. The frist experiment to find sub atomic particles was preformed by J.J Thompson in 1897 when he discovered the electron. Though the use of the word subatomic particle was coined three years prior to J.J's discovery. Though Allah revealed to us through Muhammad the existence of atoms and subatomic particles 1500 years prior to this here,

"But those who disbelieve will say, "that hour will not come to us." Say to them yes, "By my Lord, it will surely come to you, Allah is the knower of the unseen." Not absent from Him is an atoms weight within the heavens or within the earth or that smaller than an atom or greater, except that it is in clear register." 34:3

Now for the kicker, the unbelievers will ask us then how old is the Universe? We know that it takes more than 6 days to from stars and planets from dust, and for the big bang to happen. Which I explained in my first hub Science and Islam, the link is posted above and again here,

So then how old is the universe, well thankfully Allah tells us in the Qur'an exactly how old the universe is. Here,

"The angels and the Spirit [Gabrel] will ascend to Him during a Day the extent of which is 50,000 years." 70:4

"And they urge you to hasten the punishment. But Allah will never Fail in His Promises. And indeed, a day with your Lord is like a thousand years of those which you count."

So let us now check the math that Allah has sent to us through Muhammad(saaws).

1 day for Allah= 50,000 years as we know them now

1 year= 1,000x365 for us that is 365,000 years for us

so 50,000 years for Allah= 365,000x50,000 years for us

so 365,000x50,000= 18,250,000,000 or 18.25 billion years!

Remember the first verse, those 50 thousand years are Allah's not mans. As humans were not mentioned in that first verse, only Allah and Gabrel. The purpose of the first verse was to explain the creation of the universe and man was yet to be created. This is reaffirmed when we get to the second verse and Allah tells us that on a day for him,  is the same measure as 1000 years for us. Allah tells us here how the universe was built,

“ Do the unbelievers not realize that the heavens and the earth used to be one solid mass that we exploded into existence? And from water we made all living things? Would they believe?” 21:30 

and here

" Then He (God) turned to the sky, and it had been (as) smoke (dukhaan): He said to it and to the earth: come together, willingly or unwillingly. They said: we do come (together) in willing obedience." 41:11

and again here

"The heaven, We have built it with power. Verily, we are expanding it." 51:47

As we have learned, the universe is an amazing place, and Islam is on the forefront of Cosmology, I wonder will they ever give it its just due. I hope you have enjoyed this topic. Inshaa Allah there will be more to come, as this was an expansion of my Science and Islam hub, perhaps I will post another on geology and perhaps others to come Inshaa Allah. Please fill free to read the sources I have listed below as they are very interesting reads. Salam my friends, brothers and sisters. 


The Qur'an, here is an online version for those without access to one.


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      3 years ago

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      3 years ago

      Well I guess I don't have to spend the weekend fingirug this one out!

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      5 years ago from Memphis TN

      Thank you Z same for you my friend.

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      5 years ago

      Lots of love, pintails. May the Almighty bless you and continues to make your faith in him stronger.

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      6 years ago from Memphis TN

      Always amazes me how superior you people claim to be yet you and your type always seem to resort to belittling others and profanity. For people who claim to know the "truth" you sure are a bitter lot. If this is the kind of person "knowing the truth" will make me, I would rather hide behind my false reality as you call it. Ultimately though your smug nature is wrong, Ultimately I know there IS a God. Herd mentality has nothing to do with religion, people only "herd" when afraid. Like all other animals our primal instincts tell us there is great safety in numbers, greatly increasing the individual odds of survival.

      Also if you would have read the article instead of spewing your contemptuous drivel you might have learned that I happen to believe in the "big bang" theory. The Qur'an explained it in great detail long before any scientist even conceived it. This to you is just an interpretation, and on this note you are right. Everything even the evolution theory you are talking about is an interpretation of facts presented to you. We as humans interpret everything we encounter in live and we make these by combining life experience with facts, information, common sense and emotion. One who clings so dearly to there being no grand designer must also know there is no way to escape our humanity. No matter how superior you might like to think you are you must realize that your emotions sway every interpretation you make.

      And thank you for bringing up the point of interpretation. in fact this is what God wants, and is why His word is so abundantly available and why He states that we have no choice is reading His word it is a requirement so that we may interpret the individual message we need from Him in order to carry out our duty to Him in this life. You may not admit it but your words are very comforting to a religious person and reassure me that my convictions and faith are right. As I am certain that I am suppose to interpret the Word in my own way. Thank you brother or sister R for this council I am stronger for it and I will pray for you, and I am grateful.

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      6 years ago

      You people can hide behind your preferred false reality, ultimately you know that there is no god and that you are only leading a false reality due to mans herd mentality that is mans overwheing need toi belong. All you have done is implemented your prefered interprétation as thé quaran and bible are immensely open to false misleading interprétation by thé individual!!!!! There is no fking god, we are simply thé production of évolution startimg off as an atom that merged with another until a self replicating cell emerged kickstarting oir exictance .its really rather simple

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      abdul nasir 

      7 years ago

      if allah can not be measured in time and this time is created by allah himself then what is this theory all about can someone explain

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      8 years ago from Memphis TN

      yes i can try, i got that information from the Qur'an.


      "The angels and the Spirit [Gabrel] will ascend to Him during a Day the extent of which is 50,000 years." 70:4

      and here:

      "And they urge you to hasten the punishment. But Allah will never Fail in His Promises. And indeed, a day with your Lord is like a thousand years of those which you count."22:47

      When we take these two verses and we look at what it says about time, and how our perception of it relates to God's perception of time and try to quantify it so that we can understand we get those numbers, 1 day for Allah, is the same as 50 thousand years for us.

      The times given to us here are a bit confusing I will admit but the best way to explain it is like this;

      The first verse is about the ascent of angels and Gabriel back to heaven after all matters of life in our universe are settled.

      It tells us that a day that "was" and not a day that 'is', which clearly indicates that that day was in the past (50,000 years ago).

      This 50 thousand years mentioned is Allah's time not ours. we know this because man was not mentioned in it. Again this is re confirmed by other verses such as this one;

      "…on a day, the measure of which was a thousand years of your count." 32:5

      The second verse says, that one day we spend with God will be like 1000 years to man.

      This verse does include man, so in order to get the perception of man and God's time it took to make the universe we must combine the two numbers given to us.

      but to simplify all of what I just said in order for me to understand it, I like it best said like this;

      If 1 day (for God) = 1000 years (for man)

      1 year (for God) = 1000 x 365 (for man)

      = 365,000 years for man, is one for God

      50,000 years (for God) = 365,000 x 50,000 (for man)

      = 18.25 billion!"

      hope this helps if not please feel free to question me again at any time. I will think on it some more and see if I can again simplify it.

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      8 years ago

      1 day for Allah= 50,000 years as we know them now

      This is reaffirmed when we get to the second verse and Allah tells us that on a day for him,  is the same measure as 1000 years for us.

      Can u explain please


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