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September 25, 2008


Edwin Hubble with his giant telescope

In the Qur'an, which was revealed fourteen centuries ago at a time when the science of astronomy was still primitive, the expansion of the universe was described in the following terms:

And it is We Who have constructed the heaven with might, and verily, it is We Who are steadily expanding it. (Qur'an, 51:47)

The word "heaven," as stated in the verse above, is used in various places in the Qur'an. It is referring to space and the wider universe. Here again, the word is used with this meaning, stating that the universe "expands." The Arabic word "moosiaaoona" in the term "inna lamoosiaaoona," translated into English as "it is We Who are steadily expanding it", comes from the verb "evsea," meaning "to expand." The prefix "la" emphasises the following name or title and adds a sense of "to a great extent." This expression therefore means "We expand the sky or the universe to a great extent." This is the very conclusion that science has reached today. 1

Georges Lemaitre

Until the dawn of the 20th century, the only view prevailing in the world of science was that "the universe has a constant nature and it has existed since infinite time." However, modern research, observations, and calculations carried out by means of modern technology have revealed that the universe in fact had a beginning and that it constantly "expands."

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Russian physicist Alexander Friedmann and the Belgian cosmologist Georges Lemaitre theoretically calculated that the universe is in constant motion and that it is expanding.

From the moment of the Big Bang, the universe has been constantly expanding at a great speed. Scientists compare the expanding universe to the surface of a balloon that is inflated.

This notion was confirmed by the use of observational data in 1929. While observing the sky with a telescope, Edwin Hubble, the American astronomer, discovered that the stars and galaxies were constantly moving away from each other. This discovery is regarded as one of the greatest in the history of astronomy. During these observations, Hubble established that the stars emit a light that turns redder according to their distance. That is because according to the known laws of physics, light heading towards a point of observation turns violet, and light moving away from that point assumes a more reddish hue. During his observations, Hubble noted a tendency towards the colour red in the light emitted by stars. In short, the stars were moving further and further away, all the time. The stars and galaxies were not only moving away from us, but also from each other. A universe where everything constantly moves away from everything else implied a constantly expanding universe. The observations carried out in the following years verified that the universe is constantly expanding.

In order to gain a clearer understanding of this, let us imagine the universe to be the surface of a balloon being inflated. In the same way that the more the balloon is inflated, the further away the points on its surface move from one another, celestial bodies also move away from one another as the universe expands. This was theoretically discovered by Albert Einstein, regarded as one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century. However, in order to avoid violating the "static universe model" that was generally accepted at that time, Einstein laid that discovery aside. He would later describe this as the greatest blunder of his life.

This fact was explained in the Qur'an in a time when telescopes and similar technological advancements were not even close to being invented. This is because the Qur'an is the Word of Allah: the Creator and Ruler of the entire universe.

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07:46 PM Sep 30 2008


United States



From this well-cited website, which you should read to find a deconstruction of Arabic and Hebrew Grammer - 


"Of the various forms of pro-Islamic apologia, the scientific-hermeneutic approach to the Qur'an has become one of the most popular. This is a method by which proponents of the approach reinterpret verses from the Qur'an in light of science and then assert that the text would not fit with science so easily if it were not the author's intention for it to be a reference to such discoveries. In other words, it is argued that the author of the Qur'an possessed scientific knowledge that the rest of the world would not stumble across until centuries later. The list of subjects allegedly covered in the Qur'an includes embryology, evolution, the big bang, string theory, the spherical shape of the earth, the heliocentric nature of our solar system, the atmosphere, relativity, the binding energy of certain elements, the age of the universe, and various other topics. The goal is to demonstrate that the only rational conclusion is that the Qur'an is from a divine origin."


I would like to submit that this Qur'anic verse (combined with the verse that follows, which speaks of the spreading of the earth) does not say anything significantly different from what was written in the book of Isaiah more than a thousand years earlier. First I would like to submit Isaiah 42:5, which reads in part:

כה אמר האל יהוה בורא השׁמים ונוטיהם

My translation would be "thus says the God YHWH, [who is] creating the heavens and expanding them."




"Proponents of the scientific-hermeneutic approach to the Qur'an who push this polemic argue that it is impossible for a mere mortal to write a sentence that can so easily be correlated with the expansion of the universe if that was not the author's intention. What we have shown here is that Isaiah, which predates the advent of Islam, can also be correlated with the expansion of the universe, thus any pre-Islamic Jew or Christian who repeated what is found in Isaiah would be uttering such a statement without necessarily intending it to be a reference to the expanding universe. Also, the ABS translation was written by mere mortals who did not have any knowledge of the expanding universe, yet they too managed to create sentences employing active participles from verbs that can mean "expand" in relation to the heavens.

What this tells us is that the verse in Soorat az-Zaariyaat is not particularly amazing in any scientific sense. In other words, the verse is not a proof in itself (as some would like us to believe) of the Qur'an being from a divine origin. Of course, I do not mean to argue that the Qur'an is, therefore, not from a divine origin. For all I know the Qur'an may very well be the the word of God, and nothing in this article has proven that it is not. However, the point is that this example of the scientific-hermeneutic approach to the Qur'an has failed to prove that Islamic scripture is the word of God. Maybe up to this point readers would best take a position of agnosticism regarding the Qur'an's origins."


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