Monday, December 4, 2006


A few verses from the Quran relating to objects and events in the universe. It was verses like these as well as encouragement from the Prophet and the Imams that fueled the burst of scientific and other intellectual activity during the first 4 centuries of Islam:

Chapter 21, Verse 30: Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together before We clove them asunder, and of water fashioned every thing? Will they not then believe? (Nebular Hypothesis, formation of the Solar System, origins of life in shallow oceans, large amount of water in all living things).

Chapter 51, verse 47: We built the heavens with might, and We expand it wide. (Expansion of the Universe).

Chapter79, verse 30: And then he gave the earth an oval form. (Ellipsoidal or Spheroidal shape of the earth).

Chapter 86, verse 11: I swear by the reciprocating heaven..... (earth around its own axis, around the sun, the solar system around the centre of the black hole around our own spiral galaxy. the spiral galaxy around its own cluster of galaxies).

Another verse:
Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alternation of the night and the day; in the sailing of the ships through the ocean for the profit of mankind; in the rain which Allah sends down from the skies, and the life which He gives therewith to an earth that is dead; in the beasts of all kinds that He scatters through the earth; in the change of the winds, and the clouds which they Trail like their slaves between the sky and the earth; (Here) indeed are Signs for the people of intellect.


Islam, eminently logical, placing the greatest emphasis on knowledge, purports to understand God's creation:Aga Khan 4.
The God of the Quran is the One whose Ayats(Signs) are the Universe in which we live, move and have our being:Aga Khan 3