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:
professor armstrong works at nasa, otherwise known as the national aeronautics and space administration, where he is a well-known scientist there. we met with 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 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 know recently. 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 your self 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 that how remarkably some of the ancient writings seem to correspond to modern and recent astronomy.