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Assalamualaykum,

I know that there is a verse in the quran in 21:30 that speaks about the creation of this universe in a way that is very similar to the big bang theory. However, I have come across a narration from tafseer ibn kathir that seems to me like this verse does not talk about the big bang like most muslims say.

Sufyan Ath-Thawri narrated from his father from `Ikrimah that Ibn `Abbas was asked; “Did the night come first or the day” He said, “Do you think that when the heavens and the earth were joined together, there was anything between them except darkness Thus you may know that the night came before the day. Ibn Abi Hatim recorded that Ibn `Umar said that a man came to him and questioned him about when the heavens and earth were joined together then they were parted. He said, “Go to that old man (Shaykh) and ask him, then come and tell me what he says to you.” So he went to Ibn `Abbas and asked him. Ibn `Abbas said: “Yes, the heavens were joined together and it did not rain, and the earth was joined together and nothing grew. When living beings were created to populate the earth, rain came forth from the heavens and vegetation came forth from the earth.” The man went back to Ibn `Umar and told him what had been said. Ibn `Umar said, “Now I know that Ibn `Abbas has been given knowledge of the Qur’an. He has spoken the truth, and this is how it was.” Ibn `Umar said: “I did not like the daring attitude of Ibn `Abbas in his Tafsir of the Qur’an, but now I know that he has been given knowledge of the Qur’an.”

I am wondering what is meant by this narration and if the verse 21:30 can also be speaking about the big bang theory? Does this narration imply that there was no rain on the earth until Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) created life?

JazakAllah Khair for your time.

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Asked on December 18, 2009 12:00 am
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We do not ascribe: - To the Big Bang theory. - Creation then rain can be probable.
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Answered on December 18, 2009 12:00 am