"Say: Verily, though mankind and the jinn should assemble to produce the like of this Qur'an, they could not produce the like thereof though they were helpers one of another. (88) And verily We have displayed for mankind in this Qur'an all kinds of similitudes, but most of mankind refuse aught save disbelief. (89)And they say: We will not put faith in thee till thou cause a spring to gush forth from the earth for us; (90) Or thou have a garden of date-palms and grapes, and cause rivers to gush forth therein abundantly; (91) Or thou cause the heaven to fall upon us piecemeal, as thou hast pretended, or bring Allah and the angels as a warrant; (92) Or thou have a house of gold; or thou ascend up into heaven, and even then we will put no faith in thine ascension till thou bring down for us a book that we can read. Say (O Muhammad): My Lord be glorified! Am I aught save a mortal messenger? (93) And naught prevented mankind from believing when the guidance came unto them save that they said: Hath Allah sent a mortal as (His) messenger? (94) Say: If there were in the earth angels walking secure, We had sent down for them from heaven an angel as messenger. (95) Say: Allah sufficeth for a witness between me and you. Lo! He is Knower, Seer of His slaves. (96) And he whom Allah guideth, he is led aright; while, as for him whom He sendeth astray, for them thou wilt find no protecting friends beside Him, and We shall assemble them on the Day of Resurrection on their faces, blind, dumb and deaf; their habitation will be hell; whenever it abateth, We increase the flame for them. (97) "
Surah Al Isra'[ The Children of Israel ] , 17 : 88-97
God gave us all two 'Books'.
The Quran is the definitive 1st Book.
The 2nd Book is our very 'own personal reading' of the universe,world and life itself.
Newtonian physics of the 19th century explains the world and the universe from the angle of balancing gravitational forces of 'nature. Newton was born and breed at the turn of the 19th century around the time of Darwin...the golden age of Materialism.You just need to ask how and not why...something that you cannot see does not exist.
Lord Rutherford did not see atoms and molecules, but perceived them in his mind...Protons, neutrons, electrons..... For the materialists, then and now, that is enough.
By Heisenburg and Einstein's time at the turn of the 20th century things began to get more muddled. 'Materialism' began to get more complex.The spanner in the engine of 'materialism' get fuzzier and fuzzier. The sufis around Al Ghazali's time some 1000 years ago already knew the TRUTH and definitively stated that matter is 'zero..nothing,, only God is absolute. Einstein et al at the turn of the century recapitulated and reinvent Rutherford's assertion by saying,Matter can still 'exist'[ it has mass] and at the same time 'not exist'. It can just be a 'wave function'. E= MC squared!
Cosmologists and non solid state physicists and quantum physics coined new terms to explain this new 'muddleness' brought about by new scientific observations which negate previous simplistic views and dogmas: God particles, Tau, neutrinos, Big Bang Theory of the birth of the universe, 'quantum hiccough',CERN particles, Higg's boson [..not bosom, my dear Watson! ] etc and etc. But no God. All just happened by themselves.....Time , matter, space, wave functions , neutrinos...all appeared by themselves 'out of the blue'....But no God.
Just ponder at our universe from their perspective now:
These universe happened at a 'time when there was no time'. It started from a 'singularity point', a point with no point but maximum mass[ dont ask me where the mass or point come from...I dont know...They also dont know!...]. There was a controlled explosion. No one controlled it either [ magic....just like Mosses' magic during Pharoah's time..], but the degree of control was perfect to produce billions and billions of galaxies with billion billion stars moving at the speed of light away from each other but yet kept 'glued' together from total diffusion and disppearance by the collective gravitational pull of one another. One end of the 'expanding universe' to the other extreme end, the diameter of the universe so to speak, is several billion kilometres, a number with 35 zeros to be exact. And it's edges forever expanding at several million- million kilometres per day ,everyday!
And yet, there is , my friends, no God!
That is the 'materialist' position.
Dr Nik Howk
PS: Oh by the way, this ayat 30, from Surah Al Anbiya give an inkling into the 'origin of the universe story' :
'Have not those who disbelieve known that the heavens and the earth were one piece , then We parted them , and We made every living thingof water ? Will they not believe .'
Surah Al Anbiya , 30
...and by the way the odd of all these happening by chance, some bright sparks amongst them have calculated, is in the region of something with 50 zeros! . They would still rather believe there is no God.
No wonder God called them 'deaf, dumb and blind', and ' shall assemble them on the Day of Resurrection on their faces'.