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    1 - The 3 Postulates of the Principle of Eternity:


    The Principle of Eternity is based on three eternal Laws that are stated as Postulates:
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    1st Postulate


    Allah is the only Eternal Absolute One


    2nd Postulate


    Light is the Link between Allah and the created World



    3rd Postulate


    The fundamental laws of nature are bound to follow Allah's Eternal Principles


    This Postulate is also known as the Eternal Constraint
    2 - The Principle of Eternity and the Shahada:


    The bold statements made in the above definition of the Postulates surely raise a lot of questions: from where are these three Laws coming? Why are there three Postulates? Why not four? And more importantly, what is the meaning of these Postulates?


    The 3 Postulates directly come from the Shahada:



    "La ilaha il Allah, Muhammad-ur Rasul Allah."


    "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger."
    Let us first quickly analyze our 3 Postulates (a detailed explanation of each Postulate is provided further down belovw).


    The 1st Postulate ("Allah is the only Eternal Absolute One") corresponds to the first part of the Shahada:
    "La illah ha il Allah" - There is no god but Allah."


    The 2nd Postulate ("Light is the Link between Allah and creation.") corresponds to the second part of the Shahada: "Muhammadan Rasul Allah" - "Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah."


    The 3rd Postulate ("The fundamental laws of nature must always follow Allah's Holy Principles.") corresponds to the movement described by the Shahada :
    From Allah the Eternal One (through "La ilaa il Allah") to Muhammad, who symbolizes creation (through "Muhammadur Rasul Allah"). This eternal movement of Divine Concepts is verified by the fact that when we recite Shahada, we start by saying "La illah ha il Allah", then we say "Muhammadan Rasul Allah". Therefore, creation always "follows" Eternity.


    As one may see, the Principle of Eternity is nothing but a particular interpretation of the Shahada. As such, the Principle of Eternity is not a new discovery. Rather, it is an Eternal Principle, that of the Shahada, which provides adequate and much-needed guidelines to analyze and interprete our temporal laws' behaviors.




    3 - Detailed Explanation of the 3 Postulates:


    a - Explanation of the 1st Postulate:


    The 1st Postulate states that: "Allah is the only Eternal Absolute One." As we saw earlier, this Postulate corresponds to the first part of the Shahada, which is "La Illa ha il Allah" ("There is no god but Allah").


    This Postulate is critical in understanding the way constant and eternal patterns are recorded in science. Since Allah is the One Who is Absolute and Eternal, His Nature, which we know through His Attributes, is also Eternal and this Eternal Nature is reflected in His Holy Principles, which are in turn reflected in the material world (third Postulate) through Light (Second Postulate). The Principle of Eternity therefore describes how timeless scientific realities are coming into existence from Allah's own Eternal Attribute.


    This first Postulate separates the Creator, Who is Eternal and Absolute, from creation, which is temporal and relative. The Creator is the One Who does not depend on anything, whereas creation totally depends on the Heavenly Laws and Concepts that eternally live His Divine Presence.


    Such a demarcation is important in order for us to understand the behavior of the fundamental laws of nature.


    Relativity of Creation:
    The 1st Postulate implies that creation is relative since Allah (SWT) is the only Absolute One. This relativity is what Einstein discovered. As we shall see inch'Allah, this Law of Relativity has enormous consequences on the scientific and mathematical laws.


    However, by restraining his theory to Relativity, Einstein omitted its most important implication, which is that God, exalted is He, is the only One who is Eternally Absolute. This is the missing piece of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, and this is why he felt as if his Theory was somehow incomplete. Indeed, the Eternal Existence of God, exalted is He, has also a role to play in science.

    b - Explanation of the 2nd Postulate:


    The 2nd Postulate states that: "Light is the Link between Allah and creation". This Postulate is very useful in understanding the dual nature of Light (wave and particles properties) and the velocity limit of matter in our universe. This velocity limit is what Einstein discovered. In a nutshell, the velocity limit is the maximum speed at which any particle in the universe can travel. In this universe, the velocity limit of matter can never be greater than C, which is the Light's velocity. In other words, no particle can travel at a speed that is greater than the speed of Light in the universe.


    We stated earlier that this Postulate is equivalent to the second part of the Shahada: "Muhammadan Rasul Allah" ("Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah").


    In the Holy Quran, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is referred to as a "LIGHT" (NUR) by Allah (SWT). Here are a few quotes from the Holy Quran where Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is presented as a Light:


    "O Mankind! There has come to you a proof from your Lord and We revealed to you a clear Light."
    (4:174)


    "O Prophet! We sent you as a witness, a bringer of glad tidings and a warner,
    and a caller to Allah by His leave,
    and a shinning lamp."
    (33:46)


    Most Islamic scholars agree that the Light that is mentionned in the first Holy Verse (4-174) is a reference to Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Moreover, the second Holy Verse (33-46) refers to Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as a Shining Lamp, which, as we all know, is a source of Light.


    Further evidence that Light is an attribute of the Holy Prophet (SAW) is found in the following hadith:


    "The first thing Allah created was the Light of your Prophet from His Light,
    and that Light remained in the midest of His Power for as long as He wished,
    and there was not, at that time, a Tablet or a Pen or a Paradise
    or a Fire or an angel or a heaven or an earth.
    And when Allah wished to create creation,
    He divided that Light into four parts and from the first made the Pen,
    from the second the Tablet, from the third the Throne,
    then He divided the fourth into four parts [and from them created everything else]."


    Narratted by Jabir Ibn Abd Allah.


    Nur, or "Light" in English, is indeed another name for Prophet Muhammad (SAW). We may therefore re-interprete the second part of the Holy Shahada as follow:


    "Light is the Messenger of Allah."


    Here, we are talking about the Spiritual Reality that has given birth to the concept of Light. As a Messenger of Allah (SWT), Light must come from Allah (SAW). Therefore, it must have a direct relation with Allah (SWT). Furthermore, to convey a Message from Someone implies that there is a recipient for this Message. Otherwise, there is no use of being a Messenger. Therefore, the Messenger must also have a direct relation with the Message's recipient, which is creation.


    The following verse proves that the recipient of the Prophet's Holy Message is creation:


    "We sent thee not, but as a Mercy to the worlds"
    (21:107)


    Regarding this Holy Verse, our Master Mawlana Shaykh Hisham (Q.S.) says in his book The Approach Of Armageddon (on sale online at the Naqshbandi's Islamic Shopping Network):


    "Everything that Allah (SWT) has created is included in [the term] alamin ("the worlds"). (...) The Prophet (SAW) as a Mercy to the worlds is correspondingly sent as a Mercy to all of Allah's creation. Anything and everything that is other than Allah is a recipient of His mercy and blessings through the Prophet (SAW)." (p. 59-60).


    Therefore, the second part of the Holy Shahada teaches us that Light, as a representation of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), is the Messenger of Allah (SWT). Moreover the Holy Verse stated above ("We sent thee not, but as a Mercy to the worlds") tells us that Light is coming from Allah (through the Reality of "We sent thee") and moving toward creation (through the Reality of "to the worlds"). It then appears clear that Light is the Link between Allah (SWT) and His creation.


    The 2nd Postulate of the Principle of Eternity also implies that Light must have two components: a spiritual one representing Akhira, the Heavenly World, and a material one, representing dunya, the material world.


    This assertion is verified by a saying (hadith) of the Prophet (SAW):


    "I have two faces: one with my Creator and one with creation."
    (Hadith)


    One of this hadith's numerous meanings is that the Prophet (SAW), who appears as a Light, has in himself two components: one that is purely Divine and spiritual, and one that represents creation. These two perfect faces of the Prophet (SAW) are eternally present in the scientific composition of Light itself, as we shall see later on inch'Allah.


    It is worth noting that the 2nd Postulate, which describes Light, is also the link between the 1st Postulate, which describes Allah's Eternal Attribute, and the 3rd one, which describes the creation's eternal dependance towards Allah.



    c - Explanation of the 3rd Postulate:


    The third Postulate states that "the fundamental laws of nature are enslaved to Allah's Eternal Principles". This is the core Postulate of the Principle of Eternity because, as we saw earlier, the first two Postulates ("Allah is the Eternal One" and "Light is the link between Allah's Heavenly Principles and creation") are more or less explicitly described in the Shahada.
    The importance of the first two Postulates is by no means less than that of the third Postulate. However, the third Postulate is critical in the sense that it helps us interprete the first two Postulates through our material world, and more precisely, through the fundamental laws of nature.


    According to the third Postulate, our world's scientific theorems and laws are only true because they represent perfect reflections of the Eternal Truth that is contained in Allah's Holy Principles. This Postulate is the reason why 1+1 will always yield 2 for instance. It is not the mathematical addition "1+1" that is true in itself. Rather, it is the Heavenly Reality hidden behind the scientific reflection "1+1" that is eternally true. This Heavenly Reality is eternally true because it is coming from Allah (SWT)'s Eternal Attribute which owns the concept of Eternity.


    The Eternal Constraint:


    The Eternal Constraint is an interpretation of the Third Postulate. This Postulate implies that the fundamental laws of nature must necesary "follow" Allah (SWT)'s Heavenly Principles. In other words, the fundamental laws are not bound to science. They are bound to Allah (SWT)'s Heavenly Principles. For instance, our mathematical addition "1+1" always yield 2 because of one of Allah (SWT)'s Principles, not because of the mathematical rule of addition. For this very own mathematical rule is also bound to Allah's Heavenly Principles. One may say that the difference is so subtle that it does not actually matter since scientifc rules always hold anyway, no matter what their true Origins are. "1+1" will always yield 2 whether it is because of the mathematical rule of addition or because of a Heavenly Principle, so why do we bother?


    The answer is because Allah (SWT)'s Heavenly Principles are so sublime and transcendental that sometimes their scientific reflections stray away from the laws of science. This is where the Eternal Constraint becomes very useful. Since the fundamental laws of nature must always follow Allah (SWT)'s Heavenly Principles, these fundamental laws sometimes have to break the physical barriers of our world in order to keep on reflecting Allah (SWT)'s Heavenly Principles in an accurate way. At that particular stage, the difference between the reality of science and the Reality behind science becomes more obvious. This stage is truly extraordinary to behold because classical physical laws do not hold anymore and scientific thoughts of process are not successful in explaining the fundamental laws' new patterns.


    The Eternal Constraint and the Shahada:


    The Eternal Constraint, and therefore the Third Postulate, are direct consequences of the first two Postulates. As we stated earlier, the Eternal Constraint corresponds to the movement described by the Shahada : from Allah the Eternal One (through "La illah ha il Allah") to Muhammad, who symbolizes creation (through "Muhammadur Rasul Allah"). As we see, creation always follow Allah (SWT)'s Heavenly Principles because whenever we say "La illah ha il Allah", we follow the statement by "Muhammadur Rasul Allah". Therefore, it is Divine Order for the soul of creation to perfectly follow any Heavenly Reality that is coming from the Divine Presence.


    In the case of science, this Divine Movement (creation eternally following Allah (SWT)'s Heavenly Principles) manifest itslelf as a set of fundamental laws of nature. Therefore, what we think of being scientific rules are in fact scientific manifestations of a Divine Movement: that of creation following Allah (SWT) through the zikr ("continuous recitation") of "La illah ha il Allah Muhammadan Rasul Allah"


    The concept of the Eternal Constraint is best tasted through the study of Quantum Physics. Quantum Physics is a modern scientific field that tries to explain the strange behavior of infinitly small particles (such as electrons, protons and neutrons). Scientists noticed that infinitly small particles do not behave as classical science predicts they should. Indeed, these small particles seem to obey other laws that cannot be perceived nor understood through science. In fact, these particles are following Allah (SWT)'s Heavenly Principles which cannot be completely understood through classical science.


    With Quantum Physics, Allah (SWT) wants to show us some of His Greatness. This science is one of the most Divinely-inspired ones and therefore it has an intimate relation with Religion and Divine Realities. Regarding this statement, many modern scientists acknowledge that Quantum Physics is the only bridge at the moment between science and religion. It is impossible to understand this field without considering Allah (SWT)'s Higher Realities. The theory of Quantum Physics is a Divine Sign (Ayat) and the scientists who did not accept this fact were greatly disturbed by its interpretation.


    Erwin Schrödinger, one of the fathers of Quantum Mechanics, said:


    "I don't like it, and I'm sorry I ever had anything to do with it"


    Neirl Bohr, another founder of the theory of Quatum Physics, commented:


    "Anyone who is not shocked by the quantum theory has not understood it."
     
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    The Physics of Judgement Day
    by Dr. Mohammed HumaYoun Khan
    "When we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we then, indeed be raised again?"
    Al Quran Sura 37 verse l6

    We did not will ourselves into existence nor do we accept death willingly. Life seems almost endless especially when things are going well. As we rush through our daily business we hardly notice the irony, that all this must eventually end.

    All major religions of the world ascribe to some form of belief in life after death. The Day of judgment is one of the fundamental beliefs of the Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Hindus also have their almost endless reincarnations followed by the final reunion with the supreme being.

    Even if we believe firmly in "The day of Judgment," anything that can enhance our belief is highly desirable. In this context let us look at the story of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be on him) given in the Quran. (Sura ii verse 260). Prophet Ibrahim wanted to know how Allah gives life to the dead. He said that he believed that it is the truth but he would like to have some reassurance. Allah then showed him a miracle. If a great prophet like Ibrahim could wish for reassurance then surely simple folks like us are in need of a lot more.

    This is especially true in the present day world where many beliefs have been demolished by advances in science. Fortunately for the Muslims, scientific advancements have explained many of the obscure verses in the Quran and have given new meaning to others. Quran, because of this, stands raised far above other religious books in its authority as a truly revealed book.

    There is only one version of the Quran. It is the only religious book that even the critics of Islam admit was never altered since its revelation to Prophet Mohammed (Pbuh) fourteen hundred years ago. There are many verses in the Quran that describe scientific facts that were discovered only in the last one hundred years. There is consistency in its description of various phenomenon. The verses accurately describe ideas that are in agreement with modern observations about the universe. According to the Quran, life originated in w ater and was created in numerous stages. There is mention of the orbits of sun and moon and possibility of numerous other worlds like the earth. There is also the impression of higher dimensions. The paradise and hell appear to be beyond this universe in some other dimension.

    In this article, I would like to propose that even at the present time with our limited knowledge, there are remarkable similarities between some theories of cosmology and the day of judgment described in the Quran. I believe in the future, science will reinforce these predictions. However this is not the only way the day of judgment could come and indeed the real knowledge is with Allah only.

    In the name of Allah The Beneficent,The Merciful Man thinks that We shall not assemble his bones Yes Truly! Yes, We are able to resfore his very fingers! Sura 75 verses 3 & 4



    INTRODUCTION TO COSMOLOGY

    To understand how the fiuture of the universe is linked to the day of judgment we will need to know some cosmology. We will in the next few pages learn, how the universe began, what it is like now and what are the future possibilities in store for us. Our solar system consists of earth and nine other planets that are moving in an orbit around a star we call the sun. The sun along with two hundred billion other stars, comprises our galaxy "The Milky Way," which is similar to "The Andromeda" galaxy, that is shown on the cover of this article. The galaxies are roughly shaped like a disc, with the stars moving in circular orbits at various distances around a large central mass.



    THE LIGHT YEARS

    The vastness of the universe requires, that the distances be measured in "Light years." Light year is the distance, traveled by light, in a year, at the speed of three hundred thousand kilometers per second. The distance from the earth to the sun is eight minutes at the speed of light. Compared to this the nearest star from earth other than our sun is four light years away. Our galaxy, "The Milky Way," is one hundred and fifty thousand light years across. This means that traveling at the speed of light, it will take one hundred and fifty thousand years to go from one side of it to the other. Average separation of the galaxies is about ten million light years. Many hundred billion such galaxies are part of the truly gigantic universe.

    The creation of the heavens and the earth is definitely greater thing than the creation of mankind, but most of mankind knows not. Sura 40 verse 57.



    THE RECEDING GALAXIES

    When the light that is coming from galaxies other than our "Milky Way," is analyzed, using an instrument called the spectroscope, we find that they are moving away from us at tremendous speeds. The more distant a galaxy is the greater is its speed of recession. This motion of the galaxies is due to the expansion of the universe. The universe began in a tremendous explosion called "The big bang" and is expanding since then. The universe is not just a sphere of galaxies rushing away from each other into unending emptiness of space. It is like a balloon with many dots on it, each representing a galaxy. The surface of this balloon, that is two dimensional, represents all the three dimensions of our space, and is expanding into a higher dimension, that is beyond our imagination.


    THE FUTURE OF THE UNIVERSE

    It is not known if the universe would expand for ever, or one day it uould start contracting. In either case the future of all the inhabitants of the universe would be rather bleak. If the expansion continues then aRer billions of years all the energy of the sun and the stars will be exhausted and every thing will die a cold death. After a while only expanding emptiness will remain. Alternatively if there is enough mass then the gravity will one day stop the expansion and the contraction will begin. A contracting universe will eventually end in a very hot and compressed state called "The Big Crunch." This will destroy all the life forrns as we know.

    Besides the above two depressing and purposeless scenarios of the future there is a third possibility. Some physicists feel that time may reverse when the universe starts contracting. This possibility, has a striking resemblance to the Quranic description of the day of judgment.

    Now, let us turn our attention to the evolution of the universe. We will learn how this leads to the end that coincides with another beginning, that we call the day of judgment. The uncanny agreement of cosmology with the Quranic revelation will become self evident



    THE PHYSICS OF THE DAY OF JUDGMENT

    For some, science has taken the place of the miracles in the twentieth centurys and religion is nothing more than an interesting cultural pastime. The commonly overlooked fact is, that it is God who has made the laws of the universe upon which science and technology is based.
    Physicists and cosmologists all over the world, are working towards a better understanding of the structure of the universe. However to the misguided mind, the universe has a purposeless existence. It is a universe with random design and aimless laws. From the Islamic point of view, the universe has been created for a purpose and it will exist till its purpose is fulfilled; then it will cease to exist.

    There are numerous scientifically accurate facts in the Quran that was revealed fourteen hundred years ago. This is nothing other than a miracle for the believers. The scientific truths described in the Quran were discovered only in the last one hundred years. Maurice Bucaille the author of "The Bible The Quran And Science," says "There is not a single scientific error in the Quran." It should not come to us as a surprise that in the present day world that is obsessed with science, the truth of the day of judgment may become apparent because of the scientific knowledge given in the Quran.

    We shall show them our signs on the horizons and within themselves until it will become apparent to them that it is the Truth. Is your lord nor sufficient since He is witness over all things? Al-Quran Sura 41: verse 53



    RESURRECTION: IS LIKE REVIVAL OF BARREN LAND

    And Allah it is Who sends the winds and they raise a cloud; Then We lead it to a dead land and revive the earth after its death. Such is the Resurrection. Sura 35 verse 9.

    Raising of clouds and growth of plants following rain are not miracles but are due to various laws of physics and biochemistry. The Quranic verses suggest that revival aRer death is also based on some physical laws, that we are not aware of as yet. We believe that Allah is the creator of all the laws of the universe.



    THE BIG BANG

    The universe came into existence billions of years ago in a tremendous explosion called"The big bang." This is mentioned in the Quran in the follosing verses: have not "those who disbelieve " known that heavens and earth were of one piece and We parted them and We made every living thing of water. Will they not then believe? Sura 21 verse30

    The discovery of "The Big Bang" and of "The aquatic origin of life" was made by the non Muslims, ("those who disbelieve"). In the beginning all the matter and space (heavens) were at one point (one piece). Then every thing was separated in what the physicists describe as "The big bang." The evidence for "The big bang" is so overwhelming that it is now considered a fact and not a theory.



    THE EXPANSION OF THE UNIVERSE

    The Universe has been expanding since its creation. This great discovery was made by Hubble, an astronomer, in the early part of this century. It was also predicted by the Einstein's theory of "General Relativity." The expansion of the universe is clearly mentioned in the following Quranic verses:

    The heavens we have built with power and We are expanding it. Sura 51 verse 7


    THE CONTRACTION OF THE UNIVERSE AND REVERSAL OF TIME

    Time is one of the most elusive mysteries of the universe. No one knows what time really is. Albert Einstein said that time is the thing that we measure with the clock. Time passes slowly at high speeds and stops- altogether at the speed of light. Time has a direction, it always moves towards the filture. We see rain falling from the sky, objects breaking up, people getting older, and people dying. We never see a glass getting unbroken or any one coming back from the dead. Physicists like Michael BerTy, Thomas Gold, and Steven Hawking have proposed that-time may reverse then the universe starts contracting. Verses in the Quran suggest that one day the universe will start contracting and then the day of judgment will begin.

    The day when We shall roll up the heavens as a recorder rolls up a written scroll. As We began the first creation, We shall repeat it. Sura 21 verse 104

    In the above verses the contraction of the universe is compared to the closing of a scroll. That is when time may reverse. Reversal of time will cause man to rise back from his grave and again become alive. Every event will happen again as every thing, is recorded in time.

    This book pronounces agains you with truth. We have caused (all) you did to be recorded. (in time). Sura 5 verse 29

    And there is nothing hidden in the heavens or the earth but it is a clear record ( in time) Sura 27 verse 75.

    As the history of earth runs backwards, nations will retum one after another. All the good and evil deeds of the individual as well as the nations will become completely apparent as the time runs backwards.

    (time reversal)
    And you will see each nation crouching each nation called to its record. (In time). And it will be said to them: This day you are repaid for what you used to do. Sura 45 verse 28

    Playing back of time will make people see what they had done before. They will have no control over their hands, feet, mouths, and eyes. All the wrong and right things that were done before will be repeated by them again. In this sense the hands, feet, etc., will become witness against them in front of all the angels and Allah. They will not be able to deny any of their wrong doings.

    (time reversal)
    On the day when the their tongues and their hands ond their feet testify against them as to what they used to do. Sura 24: Verse 24

    We warn you of doom at hand. A day when a man will look on that his own hand has sent before, and desbelievers will cry "Would that we were dust" Sura 78 verse 40

    (Prophets will be returned into their time as time runs backwards) And the messengers are brought into their time appointed. Sura 77 verse 11





    NO FREE WlLL IN THE CONTRACTING UNIVERSE

    Man is given free will to choose between right and wrong in the expanding universe. That is when all his deeds are recorded in time. In the contracting universe there will be no free will, and no one will have power to harrn or do good to others.

    A day when no soul has power at all over any other soul. The absolute command on that day is Allah's. Sura 82 verse 19.

    REVERSAL OF GRAVITY

    Gravity is due to minute differences in time at different heights. Time passes at slightly faster rate at the top of a mountain as compared to sea level. This difference in time although imperceptible to us, can be measured with the aid of atomic clocks. If time reverses in the contracting phase of the universe then this time difference will also reverse. This will cause the gravity to reverse producing an earth quake of a magnitude never seen before.

    : 1 When earth is shaken with her final earthquake Sura 99: Earthquake (Gravity reversal)

    When the trumpet is blown one blast. And the earth with the mountains shall be lifted and crushed with one crash. Sura 69 (Reversal of gravity) Verse 13-14

    (Breaking up of mountains, throwing out of molten lava) When the sky will be like molten copper and hills will be like flakes of wool. Sura 70 verse 8

    Despite reversal of gravity, mass of the earth will not disperse completely, as reversal of time will constantly direct all the matter to return to its previous position.


    EARTH: "EMPTY FROM INSIDE"

    The reversal of gravity will cause the earth to throw out all of its insides to become a gigantic empty ball.

    And when earth is spread out. And cast out all that was in her and is "empty". Al-Quran: Sura 84 verses 3-4


    THE CENTER SKY IN THE HOLLOW EARTH.

    As reversal of gravity changx the eath into a hollow structure, sky or heaven will also ch~ so that it will be in the center of the hollow earth.

    On the day when the earth will be changed to other than this earth, and the heavens also. And they will come forth unto Allah, The One The Almighty. Al-Quran:Sura 14 verse 48

    The following verses describe the day of judgment in a comprehensive manner. The day of judgment will start with the final earthquake as the gravity reverses. The reversal of gravity will cause the earth to throw out all that was inside it to become completely empty. The people will come back alive one after another, (in scattered groups) inside this hollow earth that will have sky towards its center. The history of nations will be played back as time passes backwards. Nations as well as people will then see what they had done before, and they will be judged accordingly.

    1. When earth is shaken with her final earthquake.
    2. And earth yields its burdens. (From within)
    3. And man says what aileth her.
    4. That day she will relate her chronicles..(History in time)
    5. Because your Lord inspires her.
    6. That day mankind will issue forth (from earth) in scattered groups to be shown their deeds. (As time runs backward)
    Sura 99: Earthquake.

    To an inquiring mind it may occur now that reversal of time will lead to resutrection from the grave and then we should get younger, go through our childhood and regress into nothingness in our mothers wombs. This is what the time reversal theories would have us believe; again a purposeless exercise. Well not quite so. The great earthquake is not to scare us, it is part of the phenomenon that will make the higher dimensions, the beyond, accessible. That is where, is hell and the gardens of Eden. In the next few pages we will see how precisely God has designed the universe. Not only life is recreated, arrangements have been made for it to escape the collapsing universe, into the worlds that exist in the higher dimensions.



    THE HIGHER DIMENSIONS

    Mathematically there are infinite number of dimensions. However we live in only a three dimensional space. Every object in our daily lives, has a length, width, and height. The concept of dimensions more than our three is impossible to imagine. Near the sun the gravity is more intense and an extra curvature in the space in a higher dimension is present. This was first taken into account by Einstein to accurately calculate the orbit of the inner planet, Mercury.

    There was a time when people believed that the earth is flat. They were afraid of the possibility of falling off the earth if they traveled too far. This cannot happen because the surface of the earth is curved and continuous like that of a ball. To get off the earth we just need to move in a dimension (direction) that is perpendicular to the surface. That is straight up, from any where we are.

    We face a similar conceptual problem in understanding the higher dimensions. We may imagine that we can leave the universe only by traveling very far, and that is not true. Even if we travel billions of miles, we will still remain within the confines of our three dimensional space.

    And we know that we cannot escape from Allah in the earth, nor can we escape by flight.Sura 72 verse 12

    The only way to go beyond the universe is by moving into a higher dimension in a direction that is perpendicular to our three dimensional space, from right where we are. However that is also not possible as our space is not continuous with the higher dimensions. For that to occur, our space will have to be literally torn apart first and then get connected to the higher dimensions. This may happen only in the center of the black holes.

    And heaven is opened and becomes as gates. Sura 78 verse 19



    THE BLACK HOLES

    The opening of gates in the sky is a concept similar to that of black holes. Such openings can be the gate ways to beyond the universe through the higher dimensions. Massive stars that collapse inward under their own weight can form the black holes. Gravity in such objects is so strong that even light cannot escape and they become completely invisible. Hence the name black holes. Physicists believe that space time may be ripped apart in the black holes, producing gateways to beyond this universe. SQwever th~ mas of the black holes also obstructs the opening it is supposed to produce.

    In the contracting universe this problem will not exist. The reversal of gravity in the contracting phase will change all the heavenly bodies into massive hollow structures leaving ernpty skies towards the center, where even the reversed gravity of relatively lighter objects like earth, will have a run away effect. Thus the fabric of space time will be torn apart, forming portals or gateways to the higher dimensions in the center sky of the hollow earth.

    And the heavens will split asunder For that day it will be frail. Sura 69 verse 16

    ANGELS DESCEND THROUGH THE PORTALS IN THE CENTER SKY, NO ONE WILL BE LEFT BEHINDA day when the heavens and the clouds will be rent asunder and the angels will be sent down a grand descent .Sura 25 verse 25

    And think of the day when We remove the hills and you see the earth emerging and we gather them together So as to leave not one of them behind. Sura l8 verse47

    The collapsing universe will be ultimately destroyed in a fireball which physicists call the "Big Crunch." Every one will be gathered. Any one remaining behind will regress to nothingness, because the time will be running backwards. The gathering and removal of humans to "The beyond " would probably be accomplished by the angels of "the grand descent."

    In our final journey through the gates that will open in the center sky we would go across many planes or dimensions. The word "ride" is used in the Quran as if this journey will be accomplished by riding on "something."

    That you shall "ride" on from plane to plane. Sura 84 verse 19




    WHEN WILL THE DAY OF JUDGMENT ARRIVE?

    Men ask you of the Hour. Say the knowledge of it is with Allah only. What can convey to you it may be that the Hour is Near. Sura 33 verse 63

    They bid you to hasten on the doom And if a term had not been appointed, the doom would have deSnitely come on them. And it will come upon them suddenly when they perceive not. Sura 29 verse 53

    Superficially it seems that if we knew the rate at which the expansion of the universe is slowing down then we should be able to predict when the day of judgment will begin. However if time is related to the expansion of space, then we cannot observe the slowing of the expansion. This would be like trying to measure the speed of a car with a clock that is connected to its wheels. As the car slows down the clock will also slow down and speed would always appear the same.

    The threatened hour is near. None beside Allah can disclose it. Are you surprised then at this statement? Sura 53 verse 57,58,59

    Even the most advanced civilization in the universe would always Observe that the universe is expanding at the same rate as it started with. This of course means that the day of judgment cannot be predicted by any one and may come at any time. Only God or the angels who are independent of our time will perceive the slowing of time in the universe as the day of judgment approaches. The concept of slowing of time and higher planes is implied in the following verses.

    1. A questioner questioned concerning the doom to fall.
    2. Upon the disbelieves, which none can repel.
    3. From Allah, Lord of the Ascending Stairways.
    4. As the angels and the Spirit ascend to Him in a day
    The span of that is fifty thousand years.
    Sura 70 verse 1-4
    The Ascending Stairways. (Dimensions)

    The ascending stairways imply many levels, planes or dimensions, and Allah is the Creator of all the dimensions. As the day of judgment approaches, an observation made from outside our universe will suggest, that our time has slowed down as compared to some standard time that exists beyond our universe. The above verses do not say that human beings will make this observation. The observation that one day on earth has become like fifty thousand years appears to be made by Allah as the angels come back to him.



    WAITING IN THE GRAVE FOR THE DAY OF JUDGMENT TO ARRIVE?

    In the Quran the soul is compared to consciousness and death is compared to sleep. Once death overcomes us there is no perception of passage of time and next thing we would see will be the Day of Judgment.

    And agony of death comes in truth. This is what you wished to avoid. And the trumpet is blown.This is the threatened Day. Sura 50 verse 19-20

    . And on The Day when the Hour arrives the guilty will swear that they remained (dead) butfor an hour, thus they were ever deceived. But to those to whom knowledge andfaith are given will say: "The truth is that you have remained (dead) until the Day of Resurrection By Allah 's decree. This is the Day of Resurrection, Butyou used not to know. Sura 30 verse 55-56

    On that Day, when the real truth will become apparent to every one, those who disbelieved will be regretful and full of remorse. They would wish that they had never existed; but then, there would be no room for a second chance on the Day of judgment.

    And to Allah belongs the Sovereignty of heavens and the earth On the Day when the Hour rises, Those who follow falsehood will be lost. Sura 45 verse 27



    SUMMARY

    With the tremendous scientific advancements of the twentieth century, we have placed our trust in science and technology to solve all our problems. Daaled by the ability of technology to give quick results, our faith in Allah has become weak. Our actions are for worldly goals although a stronger belief in God and accountability in afterlife would have made better people out of us. We can see the results of this in the moral decay that is afflicting many societies all over the world.

    Allah has sent guidance to human beings according to the conditions existing at that moment in-history. When Pharaohs ruled, magic was a very popular past time. Then Moses (Peace be on him:pbuh) came with miracles from Allah and defeated the magicians of the Pharaohs court. The people at the time of Jesus (Pbuh) were deep into miracle mongering, and we can see that life of Jesus (Pbuh) is full of miracles. When Mohammad (Pbuh) came, Arabic language and poetry was at the height of its development. Quran with its clear message was revealed in the most eloquent poetry with a unique unmatched style. Quran is a miracle and guidance for all times, therefore it is only appropriate to believe, that it may be the source of the most exciting discovery of the age of science. Science with help from Quran may discover, what religion has maintained all along, that rising from the grave is going to happen. There are many theories about the future of the universe. Despite a great deal of knowledge scientists are unable to decide which one of these is really correct. The belief that the universe has a purpose and the knowledge given in the Quran, may be the best guide in search for the truth. Hopefully Muslims will play a major role in any such future discoveries.

    Many verses in the Quran describe the day of judgment. We live in a universe that is expanding since its creation billions of years ago. Both the birth of the universe in the "Big Bang" and its expansion are described in the Quran. Scientists do not know if the expansion of the universe will continue for ever or one day it will start contwacting. Qur!anic verses suggest that the universe will not expand for ever and that the day of judgment will begin with the contraction of the universe. Similar to some theories of cosmology it appears that time and gravity will reverse with the contraction of the universe. Reversal of time will bring about the resurrection from the graves. In this time reversed world we will see again all the good and evil that we did in our life. Reversal of gravity will change the structure of the earth so that it will be turned inside out and will transform into a giant hollow ball. This event is clearly described in the Quran in many verses. Reversal of gravity will be the cause of the final earthquake, mentioned in the Quran. The reversed gravity focused towards the earth's hollow center will have a runaway affect on space. The space in the center of the hollow earth will be literally torn apart to produce openings or gates to the higher dimensions that are beyond our universe. Through these openings we will be able to escape the collapsing universe. Every one will be taken away to escape the unrelenting effect of time reversal that could take us back to nothingness in our mothers wombs. In the higher dimensions we will face the judgment for our deeds and hell or heaven. From the Quran it appears that the timing of the day of judgment will be never known and it may come at any time. However again I would like to add that the real knowledge of the day ofthe day of judgment is with Allah only.

    I hope this article would serve as a source of warning as well as encouragement for the believers. As for the non believers I hope this would become a starting point for further investigation into the world of Islam.
     
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    Religion and Science both have one thing common ie Philosophy .

    Both start with philosophy one ends in the Abstractness whereas the other ends in the Concreteness .

    Just like living creatures have Soul , mind as the Abstract thing whereas the Body as the Concrete thing .


    There is nothing so special if Islam and science have the same thing .

    But linking Islam with science to feel superior to others is obviously not good for health of the mankind .
     
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    Dear Truth Seeker,

    thank you for your informative posts. I would like to make only a single point though, specifically with regards to the following statment:

    This analogy though creative in appearance and imagination does not rest on any sound logic, particularly scientific logic (since it seems the whole goal here is to qualify the verses of the koran with strong scientific support). Raising of clouds and falling of rain is merely a transformation of state -- from liquid to gaseous back to liquid. The initial matter (water) remains unchanged (i.e. it does not die nor is it reborn, it merely undergoes structural rearrangements).

    Similarly growht of plants is also simply a nomral part of development of any living creation. Again, no where does the plan "die" and become "resurrected" anywhere along this cycle of growth.

    However, in stark contrast to this, human revival/ressurection after death entails a completley different postulation. One which deals neither with mere structural rearrangement or mere growth. Thus the above analogy is of limited if any use in supporting or describing the process of ressurection. (i am not against anyone wishin to discuss or put forth the belief of ressurection but if they do wish to i would hope they are able to employ stronger arguments, examples for their beliefs)


    I do not see how the above can be possible and nor the value of such a process, either from a scientic or spiritual perspective.

    Firstly, one must decide whether the soul is a physical or non physical entity. If we agree that the soul is a formless, nonphysical entity then why does its fate rest on a physical entity? Why would the soul remain confined to a lifeless corpse for an indefinite number of years (maybe thousands if not millions of years) solely waiting for the arrival of "judgement day"?

    Furthermore, it is a fact even one which science accepts, that there is no physical thing which can last forever. The human body in particular has a very limited existence. No matter how hard we try to peserve our bodies, while alive, or after death, all bodies eventually decay.

    jb jrIAY qb hoie Bsm qnu rhY ikrm dl KweI ]
    When the body is burnt, it turns to ashes; if it is not cremated, then it is eaten by armies of worms.
    kwcI gwgir nIru prqu hY ieAw qn kI iehY bfweI ]1]
    The unbaked clay pitcher dissolves, when water is poured into it; this is also the nature of the body.

    So there is no advantage in putting ones body in a grave or cremating it. In either cae the body shall eventually turn to dust. IF one wishes to put the body of a deceased in grave then they can by all means, but they should not do so with the thought that one day this body will miracuosly be ressurected. For Guru Nanak has told us himself that the fate of the soul after the body dies is unknown. We can philosphize, analyze, discuss this as much as we want but only God Himself knows the true aftermath.

    iek dJih iek dbIAih ieknw kuqy Kwih ]
    Some are cremated, and some are buried; some are eaten by dogs.
    ieik pwxI ivic austIAih ieik BI iPir hsix pwih ]
    Some are thrown into water, while others are thrown into wells.
    nwnk eyv n jwpeI ikQY jwie smwih ]2]
    O Nanak, it is not known, where they go and into what they merge.
    (SGGS p.648)



    Again, while the above theory seems very appealing and creative in nature it breaks down in realm of spirituality/Truth. We accept God as being the Creator of the entire universe and furthermore being present in every tiny corner of that Creation.

    PrIdw Kwlku Klk mih Klk vsY rb mwih ]
    Fareed, the Creator is in the Creation, and the Creation abides in God.

    It is our own naiveness that we assume God may not be watchin our every move, or that even tho record of our actions is being kept it will not be analyzed and reviewed until much much later. This is far from the truth. The truth is that God is everywhere:

    logw Brim n BUlhu BweI ]
    O people, O Siblings of Destiny, do not wander deluded by doubt.
    Kwilku Klk Klk mih Kwilku pUir rihE sRb TWeI ]1] rhwau ]
    The Creation is in the Creator, and the Creator is in the Creation, totally pervading and permeating all places.

    And more importantly He is watching over our every move:

    Awpy krqw kir kir vyKY ]
    The Creator Himself creates the creation, and watches over it.


    So that being said, if God is omnipresent why would He have to send down angles or prophets at a later date to take account of our actions? God is not dependent on others to review our actions. He does it Himself, and is doing it as we speak! True judgement is not confined to some single day but is occuring every moment of our lives. That is the whole point behind the saying "we reap what we sow". We dont do good now so that we can get something after our bodily death, or something many thousands of years from now on some special chosen day, we do good now so we can feel good now, and help those around us feel good now as well. And god rewards us for our good actions now!

    Thus i find it very hard to see any reason laced logic which could support the argument that one has to wait in the grave waiting or judgment day to arrive.

    As a final note, not to discard everythin that was stated in your post, i think at times many of us, regardless of which faith we follow, tend to get stuck on literal interpretation of the messages of the founders of our respective faiths.

    In Sikhism, there is also ample talk of dying and being born again. But this process of "revival" does not refer to physical bodily ressurection but ressurection of ones mind. A transformation of ones thinking and approach to life such that they come to realize Truth (god).

    gur kY sbid mrih iPir jIvih iqn kau mukiq duAwir ]
    Those who die in the Word of the Guru's Shabad are reborn; they find the door of liberation.

    This is what true ressurection and salvation is all about. And i think that most faiths teach the same, its just that over time this original message has become clouded by misinterpretations and selfish motives by the preachers.
     

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