The questions of how the universe originated, where it leads to, and how
the laws maintaining its order and balance work have always been topics
of interest. Scientists and thinkers have thought about this subject endlessly
and have produced quite a few theories.
The prevailing thought until the early 20th century was that the universe
had infinite dimensions, that it had existed since eternity, and that
it would continue to exist forever. According to this view, called the
‘static universe modelâ€™, the universe had neither a beginning
nor an end.
Laying the groundwork for the materialist philosophy, this view denied
the existence of a Creator while it maintained that the universe is a
constant, stable, and unchanging collection of matter.
Materialism is a system of thought that holds matter to be an absolute
being and denies the existence of anything but matter. Having its roots
in ancient Greece and gaining ever-increasing acceptance in the 19th century,
this system of thought became famous in the shape of the dialectical materialism
of Karl Marx.
As we have stated earlier, the static universe model of the 19th century
prepared the grounds for the materialist philosophy. In his book Principes
Fondamentaux de Philosophie, George Politzer stated concerning the
basis of this universe model that "the universe was not a created object",
If it were, then it would have to be created instantaneously by God
and brought into existence from nothing. To admit creation, one has
to admit, in the first place, the existence of a moment when the universe
did not exist, and that something came out of nothingness. This is something
to which science cannot accede.(1)
When Politzer asserted that the universe was not created out of nothingness,
he was relying on the static universe model of the 19th century, and thinking
that he was posing a scientific claim. However, the 20th centuryâ€™s
developing science and technology demolished primitive concepts such as
the static universe model that laid the grounds for the materialists.
Today, on the brink of the 21st century, modern physics has proved with
many experiments, observations and calculations that the universe had
a beginning and that it was created out of nothing with a big explosion.
That the universe had a beginning means that the cosmos was brought
into being out of nothing, that is, that it was created. If a created
thing exists (which did not exist beforehand), then it certainly should
have a Creator. Being from non-being is something inconceivable by
the human mind. (Man cannot practically conceive it since he has no chance
of experiencing it.) Therefore, being from non-being is very different
from bringing objects together to form a new object (such as works of
art or technological inventions). It is a sign of Allahâ€™s creation
alone that everything formed perfectly all at once and in a single moment,
when the created things had no previous examples and not even time and
space existed in which to create them.
The coming of the universe into being from non-being is the greatest
proof possible that it has been created. Consideration of this fact will
change a lot of things. It helps people understand the meaning of life
and review their attitudes and purposes. This is why many scientific communities
have tried to disregard the fact of creation which they could not fully
comprehend, even though its evidence was clear to them. The fact that
all scientific evidence points to the existence of a Creator has compelled
them to invent alternatives to create confusion in the minds of people.
Nevertheless, the evidence of science itself puts a definite end to these
Now, let us take a brief look at the scientific developmental process
through which the universe came about.
THE EXPANSION OF THE UNIVERSE
In 1929, in the California Mount Wilson observatory, an American astronomer
by the name of Edwin Hubble made one of the greatest discoveries in the
history of astronomy. While he observed the stars with a giant telescope,
he found out that the light from them was shifted to the red end of the
spectrum and that this shift was more pronounced the further a star was
from the earth. This discovery had an electrifying effect in the world
of science, because according to the recognized rules of physics, the
spectra of light beams travelling towards the point of observation tend
towards violet while the spectra of the light beams moving away from the
point of observation tend towards red. During Hubbleâ€™s observations,
the light from stars was discovered to tend towards red. This meant that
they were constantly moving away from us.
Before long, Hubble made another very important discovery: Stars and
galaxies moved away not only from us, but also from one another. The only
conclusion that could be derived from a universe where everything moves
away from everything else is that the universe constantly ‘expandsâ€™.
To better understand, the universe can be thought of as the surface
of a balloon being blown up. Just as the points on the surface of a balloon
move apart from each other as the balloon is inflated, so do the objects
in space move apart from each other as the universe keeps expanding.
In fact, this had been theoretically discovered even earlier. Albert
Einstein, who is considered the greatest scientist of the century, had
concluded after the calculations he made in theoretical physics that the
universe could not be static. However, he had laid his discovery to rest
simply not to conflict with the widely recognized static universe model
of his time. Later on, Einstein was to identify his act as ‘the
greatest mistake of his careerâ€™. Subsequently, it became definite
by Hubbleâ€™s observations that the universe expands.
Here, the difference in the remoteness of various galaxies and the
extent to which they tend towards red are shown. The vertical line
at the top indicates a certain point on the spectrum. In other spectra,
this point tends towards the right as far as the horizontal arrows
go. The tendency towards red, which is an indication of remoteness,
increases as a galaxy moves farther away from the earth.
What importance, then, did the fact that the universe expands have on
the existence of the universe?
The expansion of the universe implied that if it could travel backwards
in time, the universe would prove to have originated from a single point.
The calculations showed that this ‘single pointâ€™ that harbored
all the matter of the universe should have ‘zero volumeâ€™ and
‘infinite densityâ€™. The universe had come about by the explosion
of this single point with zero volume. This great explosion that marked
the beginning of the universe was named the ‘Big Bangâ€™ and
the theory started to be so called.
It has to be stated that ‘zero volumeâ€™ is a theoretical
expression used for descriptive purposes. Science can define the concept
of ‘nothingnessâ€™, which is beyond the limits of human comprehension,
only by expressing it as ‘a point with zero volumeâ€™. In truth,
‘a point with no volumeâ€™ means ‘nothingnessâ€™.
The universe has come into being from nothingness. In other words, it
The Big Bang theory showed that in the beginning all the objects in the
universe were of one piece and then were parted. This fact, which was
revealed by the Big Bang theory was stated in the Qurâ€™an 14 centuries
ago, when people had a very limited knowledge about the universe:
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? (Surat al-Anbiya, 30)
As stated in the verse, everything, even the ‘heavens and the earthâ€™
that were not yet created, were created with a Big Bang out of a single
point, and shaped the present universe by being parted from each other.
When we compare the statements in the verse with the Big Bang theory,
we see that they fully agree with each other. However, the Big Bang was
introduced as a scientific theory only in the 20th century.
The expansion of the universe is one of the
most important pieces of evidence that the universe was created out of
nothing. Although this fact was not discovered by science until the 20th
century, Allah has informed us of this reality in the Qurâ€™an revealed
1,400 years ago: It is We who have built the universe with (Our creative)
power, and, verily, it is We who are steadily expanding it. (Surat adh-Dhariyat,
THE SEARCH FOR ALTERNATIVES TO THE BIG BANG THEORY
As clearly seen, the Big Bang theory proved that the universe was ‘created
from nothingâ€™, in other words, that it was created by Allah. For
this reason, astronomers committed to the materialist philosophy continued
to resist the Big Bang and uphold the steady-state theory. The reason
for this effort was revealed in the following words of A. S. Eddington,
one of the foremost materialist physicists:
‘Philosophically, the notion of an abrupt beginning to the present
order of Nature is repugnant to me.â€™(2)
Sir Fred Hoyle was one of those who were disturbed by the Big Bang theory.
In the middle of the century, Hoyle championed a theory called the steady-state
which was similar to the ‘constant universeâ€™ approach of the
19th century. The steady-state theory argued that the universe was both
infinite in size and eternal in duration. With the sole visible aim of
supporting the materialist philosophy, this theory was totally at variance
with the ‘Big Bangâ€™ theory, which held that the universe had
Those who defended the steady-state theory opposed the Big Bang for a
long time. Science, however, was working against them.
Some scientists, on the other hand, looked for ways to develop alternatives.
In 1948, George Gamov came up with another idea concerning the Big Bang.
He stated that after the formation of the universe by a big explosion,
a radiation surplus should have existed in the universe left over from
this explosion. Moreover, this radiation ought to be uniformly diffused
across the universe.
This evidence which ‘ought to have existedâ€™ was soon to
MORE EVIDENCE: COSMIC BACKGROUND RADIATION
In 1965, two researchers by the name of Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson
discovered these waves by chance. This radiation, called the ‘cosmic
background radiationâ€™, did not seem to radiate from a particular
source but rather pervaded the whole of space. Thus, it was understood
that the heat waves that were radiated uniformly from all around space
were left over from the initial stages of the Big Bang. Penzias and Wilson
were awarded a Nobel Prize for their discovery.
In 1989, NASA sent the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite into
space to do research on cosmic background radiation. It took only eight
minutes for the sensitive scanners on this satellite to confirm the measurements
of Penzias and Wilson. The COBE had found the remains of the big explosion
that had taken place at the outset of the universe.
Defined as the greatest astronomic discovery of all times, this finding
explicitly proved the Big Bang theory. The findings of the COBE 2 satellite
which was sent into space after the COBE satellite also confirmed the
calculations based on the Big Bang.
Another important piece of evidence for the Big Bang was the amount
of hydrogen and helium in space. In the latest calculations, it was understood
that the hydrogen-helium concentration in the universe complied with the
theoretical calculations of the hydrogen-helium concentration remaining
from the Big Bang. If the universe had no beginning and if it had existed
since eternity, its hydrogen constituent should have been completely consumed
and converted to helium.
All of this compelling evidence caused the Big Bang theory to be embraced
by the scientific community. The Big Bang model was the latest point reached
by science concerning the formation and beginning of the universe.
Defending the steady-state theory alongside Fred Hoyle
for years, Dennis Sciama described the final position they had reached
after all the evidence for the Big Bang theory was revealed. Sciama stated
that he had taken part in the heated debate between the defenders of the
steady-state theory and those who tested that theory with the hope of
refuting it. He added that he had defended the steady-state theory, not
because he deemed it valid, but because he wished that it were valid.
Fred Hoyle stood out against all objections as evidence against this theory
began to unfold. Sciama goes on to say that he had first taken a stand
along with Hoyle but, as evidence began to pile up, he had to admit that
the game was over and that the steady-state theory had to be dismissed.(3)
Prof. George Abel from the University of California also states that
currently available evidence shows that the universe originated billions
of years ago with the Big Bang. He concedes that he has no choice but
to accept the Big Bang theory.
With the Big Bangâ€™s victory, the concept of ‘eternal matterâ€™
that constituted the basis of the materialist philosophy is thrown into
the trash-heap of history. What, then, was before the Big Bang and what
was the power that brought the universe into ‘beingâ€™ with
this big explosion when it was ‘non-existentâ€™? This question
certainly implies, in Arthur Eddingtonâ€™s words, the ‘philosophically
unfavorableâ€™ fact for the materialists, that is, the existence of
a Creator. The renowned atheist philosopher Antony Flew comments on the
Notoriously, confession is good for the soul. I will
therefore begin by confessing that the Stratonician atheist has to be
embarrassed by the contemporary cosmological consensus. For it seems
that the cosmologists are providing a scientific proof of what St. Thomas
contended could not be proved philosophically; namely, that the universe
had a beginning. So long as the universe can be comfortably thought
of as being not only without end but also without beginning, it remains
easy to urge that its brute existence, and whatever are found to be
its most fundamental features, should be accepted as the explanatory
ultimates. Although I believe that it remains still correct, it certainly
is neither easy nor comfortable to maintain this position in the face
of the Big Bang story.(4)
Many scientists who do not blindly condition themselves to be atheists
have admitted the role of an almighty Creator in the creation of the universe.
This Creator must be a being Who has created both matter and time, yet
Who is independent of both. Well-known astrophysicist Hugh Ross has this
If timeâ€™s beginning is concurrent with the
beginning of the universe, as the space-theorem says, then the cause
of the universe must be some entity operating in a time dimension completely
independent of and preexistent to the time dimension of the cosmos.
This conclusion is powerfully important to our understanding of who
God is and who or what God isnâ€™t. It tells us that God is not
the universe itself, nor is God contained within the universe.(5)
Matter and time are created by the almighty Creator Who is independent
of all these notions. This Creator is Allah, Who is the Lord of the heavens
and the earth.
DELICATE BALANCES IN SPACE
In truth, the Big Bang caused much greater trouble for the materialists
than the above confessions of the atheist philosopher, Antony Flew. For
the Big Bang not only proves that the universe was created out of nothing,
but also that it was brought into being in a very planned, systematic
and controlled manner.
The Big Bang took place with the explosion of the point which contained
all the matter and energy of the universe and its dispersion into space
in all ections with a terrifying speed. Out of this matter and energy,
there came about a great balance containing galaxies, stars, the sun,
the earth and all other heavenly bodies. Moreover, laws were formed called
the ‘laws of physicsâ€™, which are uniform throughout the whole
universe and do not change. All these indicate that a perfect order arose
after the Big Bang.
Explosions, however, do not bring about order. All of the observable
explosions tend to harm, disintegrate, and destroy what is present. For
example, the atom and hydrogen bomb explosions, fire-damp explosions,
volcanic explosions, natural gas explosions, solar explosions: they all
have destructive effects.
If we were to be introduced to a very detailed order after an explosion
- for instance, if an explosion under the ground gave rise to perfect
works of art, huge palaces, or imposing houses - we might conclude that
there was a ‘supernaturalâ€™ intervention behind this explosion
and that all the pieces dispersed by the explosion had been made to move
in a very controlled way.
The quote from Sir Fred Hoyle, who accepted his mistake after many years
of opposition to the Big Bang Theory, expresses this situation very well:
The big bang theory holds that the universe began
with a single explosion. Yet as can be seen below, an explosion merely
throws matter apart, while the big bang has mysteriously produced the
opposite effect - with matter clumping together in the form of galaxies.(6)
While stating that the Big Bangâ€™s giving way to order is contradictory,
he surely interprets the Big Bang with a materialistic bias and assumes
that this was an ‘uncontrolled explosionâ€™. He, however, was
in reality the one who became self-contradictory by making such a statement
simply to dismiss the existence of a Creator. For if a great order arose
with an explosion, then the concept of an ‘uncontrolled explosionâ€™
should have been set aside and it should be accepted that the explosion
was extraordinarily controlled.
Another aspect of this extraordinary order formed in the universe following
the Big Bang is the creation of a ‘habitable universeâ€™. The
conditions for the formation of a habitable planet are so many and so
complex that it is almost impossible to think that this formation is coincidental.
Paul Davies, a renowned professor of theoretical physics, calculated
how ‘fine tunedâ€™ the pace of expansion after the Big Bang
was, and he reached an incredible conclusion. According to Davies, if
the rate of expansion after the Big Bang had been different even by the
ratio of one over a billion times a billion, no habitable star type would
have been formed:
Careful measurement puts the rate of expansion very
close to a critical value at which the universe will just escape its
own gravity and expand forever. A little slower and the cosmos would
collapse, a little faster and the cosmic material would have long ago
completely dispersed. It is interesting to ask precisely how delicately
the rate of expansion has been ‘fine-tunedâ€™ to fall on this
narrow dividing line between two catastrophes. If at time I S (by which
time the pattern of expansion was already firmly established) the expansion
rate had differed from its actual value by more than 10-18, it would
have been sufficient to throw the delicate balance out. The explosive
vigor of the universe is thus matched with almost unbelievable accuracy
to its gravitating power. The big bang was not, evidently, any old bang,
but an explosion of exquisitely arranged magnitude.(7)
The laws of physics that emerged together with the Big Bang did not
change at all over a period of 15 billion years. Furthermore, these laws
stand on calculations so scrupulous that even a millimetreâ€™s variation
from their current values can result in the destruction of the whole structure
and configuration of the universe.
The famous physicist Prof. Stephen Hawking states in his book A Brief
History of Time, that the universe is set on calculations and balances
more finely tuned than we can conceive. Hawking states with reference
to the rate of expansion of the universe:
Why did the universe start out with so nearly the
critical rate of expansion that separates models that recollapse from
those that go on expanding forever, so that even now, ten thousand million
years later, it is still expanding at nearly the critical rate? If the
rate of expansion one second after the big bang had been smaller by
even one part in a hundred thousand million million, the universe would
have recollapsed before it ever reached its present size.(8)
Paul Davies also explains the unavoidable consequence
to be derived from these incredibly precise balances and calculations:
It is hard to resist the impression that the present structure of
the universe, apparently so sensitive to minor alterations in the numbers,
has been rather carefully thought out… The seemingly miraculous
concurrence of numerical values that nature has assigned to her fundamental
constants must remain the most compelling evidence for an element of
In relation to the same fact, an American professor
of Astronomy, George Greenstein, writes in his book The Symbiotic Universe:
As we survey all the evidence, the thought insistently arises that
some supernatural agency - or, rather Agency - must be involved.(10)
THE CREATION OF MATTER
The atom, the building-block of matter, came into being after the Big
Bang. These atoms then came together to make up the universe with its
stars, earth and sun. Afterwards, the same atoms established life on the
earth. Everything you see around you: your body, the chair you sit on,
the book you hold in your hand, the sky seen through the window, the soil,
the concrete, the fruits, the plants, all living things and everything
that you can imagine have come to life with the gathering of atoms.
What then is the atom, the building block of everything, made of and
what kind of a structure does it have?
When we examine the structure of atoms, we see that all of them have
an outstanding design and order. Every atom has a nucleus in which there
are certain numbers of protons and neutrons. In addition to these, there
are electrons which move around the nucleus in a constant orbit with a
speed of 1,000 kms per second.(11)
Electrons and protons of an atom are equal in number, because positively
charged protons and negatively charged electrons always balance each other.
If one of these numbers were different, there would be no atom, since
its electromagnetic balance would be disturbed. An atomâ€™s nucleus,
the protons and the neutrons in it, and the electrons around it are always
in motion. These revolve both around themselves and each other unerringly
at certain speeds. Those speeds are always proportionate to each other
and provide the subsistence of the atom. No disorder, disparity, or
change ever occurs.
It is very remarkable that such highly ordered and determined entities
could come into being after a great explosion that took place in non-being.
If the Big Bang were an uncontrolled, coincidental explosion, then it
ought to have been followed by random events and everything that formed
subsequently ought to have been dispersed in a great chaos.
In fact, a flawless order has prevailed at every point since the beginning
of existence. For example, although atoms are formed at different places
and times, they are so organized that they seem as though they were produced
from a single factory with an awareness of each kind. First, electrons
find themselves a nucleus and start to turn around it. Later, atoms come
together to form matter and all these bring about meaningful, purposeful
and reasonable objects. Ambiguous, useless, abnormal and purposeless things
never occur. Everything from the smallest unit to the biggest component
is organized and has manifold purposes.
All of this is solid evidence of the existence of the Creator,
Who is exalted in power, and indicate the fact that everything comes into
existence however He wants and whenever He wills. In the Qurâ€™an,
Allah refers to His creation thus:
He it is Who has created the heavens and the earth
with truth, and on the day He says: Be, it is. His word is the truth.
(Surat al-Anâ€™am, 73)
AFTER THE BIG BANG
As Roger Penrose, a physicist who has done extensive research on the
origin of the universe, has stated the fact that the universe rests where
it is not by mere coincidence shows that it definitely has a purpose.
For some people, ‘the universe is just thereâ€™ and it just
goes on being there. We just happened to find ourselves right in the middle
of this whole thing. This viewpoint would probably not help us in understanding
the universe. According to Penroseâ€™s view, there are many deep affairs
going on within the universe whose existence we cannot today perceive.(12)
The ideas of Roger Penrose are indeed good food for thought. As these
words imply, many people wrongly entertain thoughts that the universe
with all its perfect harmony exists for nothing and that they live in
this universe again for idle play.
However, it can by no means be considered as ordinary that a quite perfect
and wondrous order came about after the Big Bang, which is considered
by the scientific community to be the means of the formation of the universe.
The order in the structure of the atom rules
the whole universe. With the atom and its particles moving in a certain
order, the mountains are not scattered, lands do not break apart,
the sky is not split asunder and, in short, matter is held together
and is constant.
Briefly, when we examine the glorious system in the universe, we see
that the existence of the universe and its workings rest on extremely
delicate balances and an order too complex to be explained away by coincidental
causes. As is evident, it is by no means possible for this delicate
balance and order to have been formed on its own and by coincidence after
a great explosion. The formation of such an order following an explosion
such as the Big Bang could only have been possible as a result of a supernatural
This matchless plan and order in the universe certainly proves the existence
of a Creator with infinite knowledge, might and wisdom, Who has created
matter from nothing and Who controls and manages it incessantly. This
Creator is Allah, the Lord of the heavens, the earth and all that is in
All these facts also show us how the claims of the materialist philosophy,
which is simply a 19th century dogma, are invalidated by 20th century
By exposing the great plan, design and order prevalent in the universe,
modern science has proved the existence of a Creator Who has created and
rules all beings: that is, Allah.
Holding sway over a great number of people for centuries and having
even disguised itself with the mask of ‘scienceâ€™, materialism,
by deeming everything to consist of nothing but matter, has made a great
mistake and denied the existence of Allah, Who created and ordered matter
from nothing. One day, materialism will be remembered in history as a
primitive and superstitious belief opposing both reason and science.
1. George Politzer, Principes Fondamentaux de Philosophie,
Editions Sociales, Paris, 1954, p. 84
2. Recounted in Jaki, S. (1980) Cosmos and Creator Regnery Gateway, Chicago
3. Stephen Hawking, Evreni Kucaklayan Karinca, Alkim Kitapcilik ve Yayincilik,
1993, p. 62-63
4. Henry Margenau and Roy Abraham Varghese, eds., Cosmos, Bios, Theos, La
Salle, IL: Open Court Publishing, 1992, p. 241
5. Hugh Ross, Ph.D., The Creator and the Cosmos, Navpress, 1995, p. 76
6. W.R. Bird, The Origin of Species Revisited, Nashville: Thomas Nelson,
1991; originally published by Philosophical Library in 1987, p. 462
7. W.R. Bird, The Origin of Species Revisited, Nashville: Thomas Nelson,
1991; originally published by Philosophical Library in 1987, pp. 405-406
8. Stephen W. Hawking, A Brief History of Time, Bantam Books, April, 1988,
9. Paul Davies, God and the New Physics, New York: Simon & Schuster,
1983, p. 189
10. Hugh Ross, The Fingerprint of God, 2nd. Ed., Orange, CA: Promise Publishing
Co., 1991, pp. 114-115
11. A Dorling Kindersley Book - The Science, published in the United
States by Dorling Kindersley Inc., p. 24
12. Stephen Hawking, Evreni Kucaklayan Karinca, Alkim Kitapcilik ve Yayincilik,
1993, p. 143
TAKEN FROM "ALLAH IS KNOWN THROUGH REASON"
BY HARUN YAHYA, GOODWORD PRESS, INDIA, 2000