Saturday, January 13, 2007

109)Stellar nurseries in the cosmos; Ayats(Signs) in nature.

These are just a few of the billions and billions of star-forming regions in space. Powerful telescopes have revealed(during the 20th century) the formation of stars at different stages of the process, from the pinching off of a sliver of gas and dust from a nebula, to its coalescence into a baby star, to young stars with and without orbiting planets, to old and very old stars( red giants and white dwarfs), some of which are about to become supernovae and explode, others of which are destined to become black holes from which even light cannot escape. The creation of new "heavens" and "earths" has been shown to be a routine and orderly occurence in the cosmos, though no less enthralling, magical and exhilirating for us to witness:

Quranic ayats(from the 7th century):

"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."

Quran, 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?"


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