The Fusing and Separating of the Heavens and the Earth

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How do modern scientists explain the formation of the universe? Dr. Maurice Bucaille explains it in his book, The Bible, the Qur’an and Science, as follows:

“The basic process in the formation of the universe . . . Lay in the condensing of material in the primary nebula followed by its division into fragments that originally constituted galactic masses. The latter in their turn split up into stars that provided the subproduct of the process, i.e. the planets” (p. 149).

Does the Qur’an say anything about this condensing and separation of the primary material to result in the formation of our universe? Let’s have a look. Our creator, Allah, says in his final book: “Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together, then we clove them asunder . . .” (Qur’an 21:30). This could also be translated as follows: “Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were fused together, then we separated them . . .” (Qur’an 21:30).

Dr. Bucaille sees this as “the reference to a separation process of a primary single mass whose elements were initially fused together” (p.143).

Thus the Qur’an gives an accurate account of the formation of the universe to call upon humankind to recognize the power of their creator.

This raises an interesting question: How could a man living in the seventh century invent these ideas which could not be confirmed until modern times? And how could he in so doing avoid the mythical and fanciful ideas prevalent in human history?

Dr. Bucaille mentions some of these myths for contrast: “When, as in Japan, the image of the egg plus an expression of chaos is attached to the above with the idea of a seed inside an egg (as for all eggs), the imaginative addition makes the concept lose all semblance of seriousness. In other countries, the idea of a plant is associated with it; the plant grows and in so doing raises up the sky and separates the heavens from the earth. Here again, the imaginative quality of the added detail lends the myth its very distinctive character” (p. 152).

In contrast to those myths, the Qur’anic statements are “free from any of the whimsical details accompanying such beliefs; on the contrary, they are distinguished by the sober quality of the words in which they are made, and their agreement with scientific data” (p. 152).

It must be that the Qur’an is not the product of any human or humans, but a revelation from Allah. The Qur’an says: “The revelation of the scripture whereof there is no doubt is from the Lord of the Worlds” (Qur’an 32:2).

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