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Modern Scientific Theories and the Qur’anic Concept of Time

By Kazi Wadud Nawaz

04 September 2018

Time is one of the most illusory mysteries of the universe. No one knows what time really is. Modern physics at the present stage of development is also not in a position to define it accurately and explain the beginning of time either.

Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity has presented to us a universe that has been expanding ever-since its creation billions of years ago. According to Einstein the expanding universe is the phenomenon of time. Albert Einstein defined time “as something that we measure with clock. Time passes slowly within objects moving at speeds close to that of light and stops altogether at the speed of light. Time also slows near massive objects like earth; very dense stars called neutron stars and almost stop inside the super massive stars, the Black Holes. Time has a direction, it always moves towards the future. We see rains falling down from the sky, objects breaking up, people getting older, and people dying. We do not see a glass being unbroken, or anyone returning from the land of the dead. That could happen if Time ran backwards.”

Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics are two fundamental pillars of modern physics. Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity forms the foundation of our modern understanding of the force of gravity applicable in the macroscopic domain of space whereas Quantum Mechanics deals with the force of gravity within microscopic domain of atoms. Einstein’s theory of gravity is also a theory of space and time. The greatest paradox now reigning the domain of modern physics is ‘how to reconcile the two through a unified theory.’  “Space-time that we inhabit is a construction and not fundamental to nature, but emerges from a “Deeper Level of Reality” yet to be explored by the scientific community. In some way or the other, it consists of primitive building blocks-‘Atoms’ of space and takes on its familiar properties from how those building blocks are assembled” [“Why Space and Time might be an Illusion” by George Musser]. Modern physics has put forward a number of  leading concepts like gravity, space and time, big-bang, expanding and contracting Universe, black-hole, re-organisation of space, forward and backward movement of time, accelerating and slowing down of time etc.

Modern physics no doubt has developed tremendously, but the development is too meagre to grasp all about this mysterious universe.

Subsequently some physicists like Michael Berry, Thomas Gold, and Stephen Hawking have proposed that time may reverse when the universe begins to contract.

 Concept of time based on modern scientific theories bears close relevance to the Qur’anic concept of time. There are some verses in the Holy Qur’an which have given clear reference to all these phenomena. Einstein’s Theory of Relativity established the phenomenon of relativity of time and space in the first quarter of the previous century where as the Holy Qur’an about fourteen hundred years back through many of its verses, revealed the same truth. The big-bang has a clear reference in the verse Verse: 21:3o, that says: Have not “those who disbelieve” known that heavens and earth were of one piece, We parted them and, We made every living thing of water will not they believe” [Verse: 21:30]

The Verse 51:47 has a clear reference to the expansion of the universe. It says: “The Heavens, We have built with power and, We are expanding it” [Verse: 51:47]

The Holy Qur’an through the Verse: 55:26-27 proclaimed total time immunity for Allah, the Eternal Entity as below:

“All that is on earth will perish. But will abide (forever) the face of your Lord, full of Majesty, Bounty and Honour.”

From Qur’anic point of view time is the most vital divine attribute that encompasses the entire divine process of creation- its origin, development and decay or destruction.  We are in the grip of time but time is not in our grips. Time belongs to Allah and Allah is in full control of time. Allah is totally immune to all impact of time, negative or positive whatsoever.

The following Hadith of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) has clearly articulated the Qur’anic concept of time:

“Allah said, ‘the son of Adam wrongs Me for he curses Ad-Dahr (time); though I am Ad-Dahr (time). In My Hands are all things, and I cause the revolution of day and night.” (Al-Bukhari)

The above Hadith clearly reveals how much importance does Allah attach to time! Time is the greatest divine blessing and most valuable asset for mankind. And for a Muslim time is the most powerful instrument for success of his life on the earth as well as here-after. Strictly avoiding abuse of time in any form and making proper use of it like all other divine blessings is part and parcel of the faith of a believer. Time is a divine thread that sequentially interweaves all events of the physical universe. So far as the impact of time on all creations of the universe including human life is concerned, the Holy Qur’an says:

“Do they seek for other than the Religion of Allah? - while all creatures in the heavens and on earth have, willingly or unwillingly, bowed down to His Will (accepted Islam),and to Him , shall they all be brought back.” [Verse: 3:83].

“To Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and earth: to Allah do all matters return” [verse: 3:109].

Say: My Lord has commanded Justice; and that you set your whole selves (to Him) at every time and place of prayer, and call upon Him, making your devotion sincere such as He created you in the beginning, so shall you return.” [Verse: 7:29]

“If We grant long life to any, We cause him to be reversed in nature: will they not then understand?” [Verse: 36:68]

From the above four  verses it is clear that, Reversal of Nature of all Divine Signs with time is the General  Law of Divine Creation. And Time is the Divine Vehicle which Allah drives Himself from beginning to end of the evolutionary process. He creates them with forward movement of Time in the beginning and ends it at the point of origin through reversal of Time.

Some Verses of the Holy Qur’an point to the modern scientific propositions that one Day the universe will start contracting resulting in reversal of Time that will mark the advent of the Day of Judgment.

‘The DAY that We roll up the Heavens like a scroll rolled up for Books  (completed) even as We produced the First Creation so shall We produce a new one: a Promise We have Undertaken: Truly shall We fulfil it.” [Verses: 21:104-105]

It is Allah Who begins the creation; then repeats it; then shall you be brought back to Him.” [Verses: 30:10]

This Book Pronounces against you with Truth We have caused (all) you did to be recorded (in time). [Verse: 45:29]

And there is nothing hidden in the heavens, or the earth, but it is a clear record (in time). [Verse: 27:75]

The Day of Judgment and contraction of the universe has been compared in the above mentioned verses to the closing of a scroll. Qur’anic version of Rolling up the Scroll seems to be the allegorical reference of the scientific proposition of Reversal of Time and Re-structuring of space through re-arrangement of space-atoms.  Reversal of Time and gravity will cause man to rise from his grave and again become alive. Every event will be replayed again as everything has been recorded in Time.


The Physics of the Day of Judgment” -By Dr. Humayun Khan

Why Space and Time Might be an Illusion by George Musser, NASA


Source: Daily Sun, Dhaka on 03.08.2018

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islam-and-science/kazi-wadud-nawaz/modern-scientific-theories-and-the-qur’anic-concept-of-time/d/116281


  • Hats Off is an ex-Muslim desperately trying to prove to himself that he is right in the rejection of his father's religion to find peace of mind. He appears condemned never to find peace and come to terms with what he is and will therefore keep up this behaviour. Ignore him Nawaz sb just as you would ignore any other crazy person or pray for his guidance so that he does not become an example and proof of “those who are allowed to go stray and who will never find the path”.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 9/5/2018 11:53:03 PM

  • It is enough to say that the Quran is not a science resource book but a book of moral and spiritual guidance to supplement one's own inner morality and spirituality. The Quran itself does not claim to be a physics textbook so it is not proper to make offensive remarks about it. But Hats Off just can't help it. Badmouthing Islam is a compulsion for him.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 9/5/2018 11:52:45 PM

  •  Let  the tiny frog jump to touch and smear the sky -a funny sight indeed

    By Kazi Wadud Nawaz - 9/5/2018 11:26:02 PM

  • mr kazi wadud should first decide if the Qur' an is a physics textbook or a governance manual.

    much before that he needs to either get an education or ask for a refund from his college.

    not what rot they pour into the ears at some regressive madrassa.

    by the way relativity of time was propounded by hindus maybe a couple of thousand years before the Qur' an which is just a re-hash of the torah and the bible.

    even then the Qur' an gets most of the details wrong. this is what proves that the prophet was an ummi.

    By hats off! - 9/5/2018 4:09:52 PM

  • There are several explicit verses in the Quran on relativity of time.  A cosmic day in different contexts is equal to a thousand, ten thousand or fifty thousand years. The three different numbers only mean that it varies in different contexts and it could be any number, different from our day on this earth. The Quran says several things about creation and the created much ahead of what man understood from the pursuit of science. It is  the Science whichwill reconcile with what the Quran has said and not vice versa.
    By Naseer Ahmed - 9/4/2018 10:15:25 PM

  •  Dear Mr. Mohyiuddin,
    Thank you for your response
    The argument you have put forward goes well in defense of hypocritical logic. "It is a book of guidance for us and it should be used together with our own innate reasoning."-well, Mr. Mohyiuddin you are committing the same blunder as Mr. Hats Off  has done. You are 'pitting the part against the whole.' The Holy Quran is a Divine Manual for Universal Governance- guiding mankind  as a conscious social being is  one aspect  of this Governance System. The Holy Quran is quite capable of governing the inner consciousness and Ideological domain of Mankind.The very concept of bifurcating the Holy Quran from Fundamental Realities of life and the Physical World in the name of "Innate Reasoning"is the essential by-product and strategy of Modern Corporate Governance System. One thing, we must always remember that Quran will never follow science but science must have to follow the Holy Quran in the Long Run.. So you are right , it is not necessary to study the compatibility of the Holy Quran with Modern Science. Thanks.

    By Kazi Wadud Nawaz - 9/4/2018 9:05:49 PM

  • Dear Hats off,
    'A great fool always thinks himself to be great' -goes the proverb.The age of Euclid's Geometry is already outdated in the four or higher dimensiuonal universe. Now it is the era of "String Theory." You rest content to seek all these answers to the already obsolete preliminary books of children. You have put forward a foolish argument through pitting  the part against the whole. Your argument resembles a blind man's attempt to see the appearance of an elephant or the beauty of the blue sky. In this connection I would like to refer you to the following few lines of my previous article " Quranic method of  Cognition of Realities"
    "The Holy Qur'an has provided mankind with a divine tool for evaluating and understanding the Attributes of Allah manifested in worldly life in its ‘True (Haq)' perspective. And Science in course of its advancement gradually reveals glories of Allah's creation unraveling  underlying Laws of Universal Governance'. This is not only an Integral part of faith of a Believer but also of Theistic  Scientific Logic which the Atheist Thinkers have been  trying to refute millions of times throughout the course  of history in vain, like straightening the tail of  an obedient dog. Thanks.

    By Kazi Wadud Nawaz - 9/4/2018 6:07:46 PM

  • The Quran is not a book of science. It is a book of guidance for us and it should be used together with our own innate reasoning.
    Attempts to reconcile the Quran with modern science are neither convincing nor necessary. 

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 9/4/2018 1:34:01 PM

  • is there the proof of pythagoras theorem in the Holy Qur'an?
    are there any references to the the rabies virus?
    or are there any references to the chemical properties of sodium?
    no one is as stupid as an educated fool.

    By hats off! - 9/4/2018 7:55:40 AM

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