Here in the Qur an we have a book which claims that its author is one who was present at the beginning of the universe, at the beginning of life. So, we have a right to address that author and say, “Well,tell me something, prove to me that you were there when the world began, when life began.”The Qur an gives us an interesting statement. It reads:
Have not the disbelievers seen that the Heavens and the Earth were one piece and we parted them? And We made every living thing from water.Will they not then believe?”Al-Quran (21:30)
There are three key points here.First of all, it is the
disbelievers who are mentioned as being those who would see that the heavens and the earth were one piece and then parted and would see that all life came to be made from water.
As it happens,the universally accepted theory of the origin of the universe is now the Big Bang theory. It maintains that at one time all of the heavens and the earth were one piece, the ‘monoblock’ as it is called. At a particular point in time, this ‘monoblock’ burst and it continues to expand. This gives us the universe we have
today. This was a recent discovery, a recent confirmation.
The Nobel prize in Physics was awarded only a few
years ago to those who confirmed the Big Bang origin of the universe. It was only about two hundred years ago that Leeuwenhoek and others perfected the microscope and discovered for the first time that living cells are composed of about eighty percent water.
Those Nobel prize winners and the Dutchman who
invented the microscope were not Muslims. And yet they confirmed the vital statement that at one time the universe was one piece,that life was made from water, just as this verse says:
Have not the disbelievers seen that the heavens and the earth were one piece and We parted them?And We made every living thing from water.Will They not then believe?Al-Quran (21:30)
Well, this sounds like an answer to the question we
started with when we ask the author: “Tell me something that shows me you were present when the universe began, when life began?”