By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
27 December 2019
This universe is, in the complete sense of the term, a flawless one. The Quran (67:3-4) refers to this aspect of the universe in these words:
He created seven heavens one above the other in layers. You will not find any flaw in the creation of the Gracious One. Then look once again: can you see any flaw? Then look again and again. Your gaze will come back to you confused and exhausted.
Here, the Quran speaks of the universe as flawless. At the time when these verses of the Quran were being revealed man did not know that the universe was flawless. Man gazed at the moon and the stars, the sea and the mountains, filled with a sense of awe, and this led him to seek to worship nature. However, the Creator’s intention was that man should realise the flawlessness of the universe and in that way discover the greatness and power of the Creator. But for thousands of years this aspect of the universe remained undiscovered.
The discoveries that have happened in the field of science over the last four hundred years or so inform man, for the first time, that an unparalleled meaningfulness is to be found in the universe, that the universe is a well planned universe, that it is a well managed universe, that it is a well disciplined universe. And now, scientists, generally speaking, believe that the universe is also an intelligent universe. This issue is a subject of considerable study and discussion, with a huge amount of literature having been published on the subject.
In Newton’s time, the universe was considered to be a mechanical one. But further research showed this assumption to be wrong. Research in various fields of science seems to indicate that the universe is an intelligent universe. Accepting the universe as an intelligent universe means also that this universe is the creation of an intelligent Creator: there can be no other explanation or interpretation of this fact. Much has now been written on the issue of intelligent design, with one of the earliest and most well-known books about it being Fred Hoyle’s The Intelligent Universe: A New View of Creation and Evolution (1983).
Original Headline: Original: The Flawless Universe