|Interstellar Galactic Material
The Quran mentions
a rather curious category of created things, namely things between the
heavens and the earth. Dr. Bucaille observes that this mention in the
Quran may surprise the twentieth century reader of the Quran
(The Bible, the Quran and Science, p. 144).
For example, one verse says as follows:
To Him (God) belongs what is in the heavens, on earth, between them
and beneath the soil (Quran 20:6; other verses include 25:59,
32:4 and 50:38).
What is that between the heavens and the earth? Dr. Bucaille explains
The creation outside the heavens and outside the earth is a priori
difficult to imagine. To understand these verses, reference must be made
to the most recent observations on the existence of cosmic extra-galactic
material, and one must indeed go back to ideas established by contemporary
science on the formation of the universe . . . (p. 145).
Scientists tell us that a primary nebula condensed, then
divided up into fragments. These fragments, these galactic masses, further
split up into stars and their sub-products, the planets. Each time such
a division or split occurred, there remained extra material apart from
the principal elements newly formed. The scientific name for these extra
materials is interstellar galactic material.
Is this extra material significant? Yes. Experts in astrophysics are quite
aware of such material which have a tendency to interfere with photometric
measurements (The Bible, the Quran and Science, p. 149). The
extra material is so rarefied that they may be referred to as dusts or
smokes or gases. Yet they altogether occupy so much total space that they
may correspond to a mass possibly greater than the total mass of
the galaxies (p.149).
Again, we must face up to the implication of all this. How could a man
living fourteen hundred years ago have known about interstellar galactic
material? Was Muhammad, on whom be peace, well versed in modern astrophysics?
Or is the Quran nothing but the Word of God?
Allah, the only true God, declares in His book:
The revelation of the scripture is from Allah, the Mighty, the Wise.
Surely We [Allah] have revealed the scripture unto you [Muhammad] with
truth; so worship Allah, making religion pure for Him (only) (Quran