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Is there life on other Planets

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Hi, Hope this question is not out of context I wanted to know if there is some mention of this in the quran, science has not been able to answer it as there is no evidence of it as yet, but we know that the universe is almost endless and there are many theories on how it came into existance etc. but no one is able to explain why there is life on this one planet only , which is a speck of dust in comparison to the size of the universe. is there any mention in the quran, that suggests life anywhere else in the universe or we are the only lucky/unlucky ones around. And if that is true why such a huge waste of space. Regards  

 

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Is there life on other planets?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His  forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Allah Subhanah mentions the creation and existence of the seven heavens (one above the other) and the Earth several times in the Quran. Whatever galaxies and heavenly bodies, man, with the most modern technological instruments has been able to identify, are still only a part of the first heavens! Far Exalted and High is Allah Subhanah, and Glory be to Him, to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 42 Surah Shuraa verse 49:To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. He creates what He wills (and plans).

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 42 Surah Shuraa verse 53:The Way of Allah, to whom belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on earth: Behold (how) all affairs tend towards Allah!

 

Your Statement: science has not been able to answer it as there is no evidence of it as yet, but we know that the universe is almost endless and there are many theories on how it came into existance etc.

Those who believe in science as their barometer of truth, are still holding on to their scientists, with all their expensive machinery and instruments, with all their volumes of knowledge, with all the billions of dollars spent on space exploration, etc. to find out how the universe came into existence.

 

But those who believe in Mohamed (saws) as the Messenger of the Lord of the Universe, know for sure how the Universe came into existence! 1400+ years ago, this uneducated and noble shepherd (saws) from the deserts of Arabia was inspired by the One Who Created the Universe, to declare to mankind how this universe came into existence in The Book of Guidance which the Creator Himself revealed for the guidance of all mankind. Although this Book is not a book of Astronomy, and the one who declared this Message was not from one of the accredited universities of the world, nor did he ever read or study any book or work of man; he (saws) declared what was inspired by the One Who Created the Universe about the origins of the universe, which still baffles the scientists of today!




 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 21 Surah Anbiyaa verse 30: Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of Creation) before We clove them asunder? We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?

 

Today, 1400+ years after that uneducated and noble shepherd (saws) of the deserts of Arabia declared that the heavens and the earth were all joined together as one unit, and then it was split asunder; some poor highly acclaimed scientists, with all their years of knowledge, and universities, and instruments, and volumes and volumes of research, have come up with a theory that indeed the universe was one mass, before it exploded into countless heavenly bodies in what they term as the Big-Bang theory!

Thus the question asked by the noble shepherd (saws) then, is valid even today: Will they not then believe?

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 57 Surah Hadid verses 1-6:All that is there in the heavens and the earth has Glorified Allah, and He Alone is the All Mighty, All Wise. To Him belongs the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth. He Alone grants life and causes death and has power over everything. He is the First as well as the Last; the Manifest as well as the Hidden; and He has knowledge of everything. It is He Who created the heavens and the earth in six days and then ascended the Throne. He knows whatever goes into the earth, and whatever comes out of it; and whatever comes down from heaven and whatever goes up into it. He is with you wherever you may be, and sees whatever you do. To Him belongs the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth, and all matters are referred to Him for Decision. It is He Who causes the night to enter into the day, and the day to enter into the night; and He knows the hidden-most secrets of the hearts.

 

Your Question: but no one is able to explain why there is life on this one planet only , which is a speck of dust in comparison to the size of the universe. is there any mention in the quran, that suggests life anywhere else in the universe or we are the only lucky/unlucky ones around.

Allah Subhanah declares in the Quran about the creation of Angels, the creation of Jinns, and the creation of man. Only man and jinns have been given the power of reasoning, and a free will to choose whatever path they wish to follow in the life of this world.

 

The Quran and Sunnah are silent on the issue of there being human life in any other part of the Universe except the earth; thus, the position of the believers should be that because it is not mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah, we can neither confirm with certainty that there is life other than on earth; nor can we deny with certainty about life other than on earth!

 

But what the believers can confirm with certainty, is that if there is life in any other part of the Universe other than the earth; then it has to be the likes of human beings.because Allah Subhanah has mentioned that clearly in the Quran.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzaab verse 72-73:We (Allah) offered this trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, but they all refused to bear it, and were afraid of it. But man undertook to bear this trust. Indeed, he is unjust and ignorant! The inevitable result of bearing the burden of the trust is that Allah should punish the hypocrite men and women, and the mushrik (those who invoke others with Allah) men and women, and accept the repentance of the believing men and women. Allah is indeed Forgiving and Merciful.

 

Allah offered the trust (of belief, imaan, faith, of freedom of choice, etc.) to the heavens and the earth, but all except man refused to bear this trust! Thus it is evident that if there is life anywhere else, it has to be the likes of human beings!

 

Your Question: And if that is true why such a huge waste of space.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 42 Surah Shuraa verse 49:To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. He creates what He wills (and plans).

 

The Omnipotent Creator creates whatever He Wills! Allah Alone knows the secrets of the heavens and the earth, and why He created this Vast and seemingly Endless Space! But one thing He made known to the believers, and that is: it does not behove His Majesty to create all this is vain or without purpose! Everything the Perfect Creator creates and does has a purpose, and everything is based on His Perfect and Absolute Knowledge and Wisdom. Some things He has made known to us, and some things He has not made known to us!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 44 Surah Dukhaan verses 38-40:

38 We created not the heavens the earth and all between them, merely in (idle) sport:

39 We created them not , except for just ends: but most of them do not understand.

40 Verily the Day of Sorting Out is the time appointed for all of them

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 15 Surah Hijr verse 85: We created not the heavens the earth and all between them but for just ends. And the Hour is surely coming (when this will be manifest). So overlook (any human faults) with gracious forgiveness.

 

Allah Subhanah clearly declares in the above aayahs of the Glorious Quran that He did not create the heavens and the earth in idle sport or play or amusement; but He created everything for a reason. For the ones who dare to challenge the Omnipotent and Supreme Creator why He created all this seemingly endless and useless space; Allah Subhanah declares to them that they will surely receive their answer on the Day of Resurrection!

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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