Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Qur'an and the Big Bang

Some Muslims have been arguing that its uneducated people who don't know the Qur'an or Islam properly, and thus incorrectly say that the Qur'an mentions something similar to the big bang.

Let's see the Qur'an (Chapter 21, verse 30) "Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation), before we clove them asunder? We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?"

"Then He turned to the heavens when it was smoke.."
[Noble Quran 41:11]

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf mentioned that the word "smoke" was the best word as the Arabs didn't have a concept of gas at the time of the Qur'an, and the most encompassing Arabic word for gas was "smoke", and that can be used to refer to the "from the Big Bang about 13.7 billion years ago, which created a hot, dense gas of elementary particles" (

Apart from a number of well read and qualified scholars (like Sheikh Abdullah Hamid Ali) saying that the Qur'an talks about something similar to the big bang (we can't say it exactly talks about the big bang, since the details of the big bang theory, and even the big bang theory can change. Yet the basics of what the big bang shows, corresponds with the Qur'anic description of the creation of the universe), the GREAT scholar and Wali, Sheikh Ahmed al Alawi (in A'dhab al-Manahil, p. 33.) believed that 21:30 referred to something like the Big Bang, and predicted that it would be discovered by 'those who disbelieve' to whom the verse is addressed. 

And indeed it is the non-Muslims who first scientifically proved the big bang theory.

Although the Qur'an is not a book of science, we naturally expect that it would speak about the creation of Allah swt, and thus you see similarities with some scientific facts and theories.

Allahu A'lem.


  1. I assume what you meant by saying the creation of Allah SWT in terms of what He has made and not the creation of Allah SWT as in how the Lord came into existence?

  2. Assalam-o-Alaikum
    Yes, jazakAllah khair