In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

A Blink of an Eye

[16:77] To God belongs the future of the heavens and the earth. As far as He is concerned, the end of the world (the Hour) is a blink of an eye away, or even closer. God is Omnipotent.

[22:47] They challenge you to bring retribution, and God never fails to fulfill His prophecy. A day of your Lord is like a thousand of your years.

[32:5] All matters are controlled by Him from the heaven to the earth [then climb to Him]* in a day that equals one thousand of your years.

These revelations describe a concept that was learned only recently that is called time dilation. Fourteen centuries ago, Quran was sent down with the knowledge of several scientific phenomena and theories as the Big Bang, the egg shaped earth and the high altitude atmosphere. Among the scientific theories that were recently discovered is Einstien’s theory of Relativity and the phenomenon of time dilation which were discovered, in the beginning of the 20th century.

Time dilation refers to what happens to time if a spaceship travels into space, close to the speed of light “ 186,000 miles a second “. When we travel into space, close to the speed of light, time slows down, ie it dilates.

So, if one travels into space near the speed of light for an hour, he comes back to find out that 100 years passed on earth and to find everyone a 100 years older or passed away, while he did not age except for an hour. Time dilation provides some explanation of how a day in God’s dominion could equal a thousand of our years. In other words, what takes humans a thousand year to accomplish, God can do in just one day. According to the laws of physics and the relation between time, speed and space, when speed reaches certain level, time gives in and dilates.

“I’ll begin with part of Einstein’s “Theory of Relativity.” One of the things this theory states is that “time” is relative to one’s motion and also to the amount of gravity exerted on one. This is the theory everyone has heard. It says that the faster you travel, the more time slows for the traveler”.

“Einstein came up with an example to show the effects of time dilation that he called the "twin paradox.". Let's try it out with a pair of pretend twins, Al and Bert, both of whom are 10 years old. Al's parents decide to send him to summer camp in the Alpha-3 star system, which is 25 light-years away (a light-year is the distance light travels in a year). Bert doesn't want to go and stays home on Earth. So Al sets out on his own. Wanting him to get there as quickly as possible, his parents pay extra and send him at 99.99 percent the speed of light. The trip to the star and back takes 50 years. What happens when Al returns? His twin brother is now 60 years old, but Al is only 10 and a half. How can this be? Al was away for 50 years but only aged by half a year. Al's trip into space lasted only a half year for him, but on Earth 50 years passed.”

[70:4] The angels, with their reports, climb to Him in a day that equals fifty thousand years.

Understanding the concept of time dilation sheds some light on how things are controlled by God in an efficient and amazingly fast manner. God’s angels accomplish in one day, what takes humans 50,000 years to accomplish. In other words, while a destination far in space, could be reached in one day by God’s angels, it takes humans 50,000 years to reach the same destination. This awesome efficiency and speed are simply far beyond our imagination and far beyond our comprehension, even now after we learned about time dilation and related laws.

[54:50] Our commands are done within the blink of an eye.

It is worthwhile to mention that, scientists found out that, humans would never be able to travel at the speed of light and realistically, they could not even travel close to the speed of light. While spaceships travel at about tens of thousands of miles per hour, it is decreed that humans can never travel at or even, near the speed of light. Scientists suggest that if we could travel close to the speed of light, we would travel into the future and if we exceed the speed of light, time would go in reverse and we could travel into the past.

[22:76] He knows their past and their future. To God belongs the ultimate control of all matters.

The divinity of the words of Quran has been proven and the knowledge that God revealed in the scripture could not come from other than The Supreme who teaches humans what they never knew.

[10:37] This Quran could not possibly be authored by other than God. It confirms all previous messages, and provides a fully detailed scripture. It is infallible, for it comes from the Lord of the universe.

[65:12] God created seven universes and the same number of earths. The commands flow among them. This is to let you know that God is Omnipotent, and that God is fully aware of all things.

1400 years ago, no one including prophet Muhammad, no one knew about time dilation or Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. These above verses describing time dilation with a glimpse of how God runs the whole universe, add a strong evidence of the divinity of the words of Quran. After all, God gives us the example of light when He describes Himself. [24:35] God is the light of the heavens and the earth. The allegory of His light is that of a concave mirror behind a lamp that is placed inside a glass container. The glass container is like a bright, pearl-like star. The fuel thereof is supplied from a blessed oil-producing tree, that is neither eastern, nor western. Its oil is almost self-radiating; needs no fire to ignite it. Light upon light. God guides to His light whoever wills (to be guided). God thus cites the parables for the people. God is fully aware of all things.

[7:143] ....., "Be You glorified. I repent to You, and I am the most convinced believer."

[7:155] .....You are our Lord and Master, so forgive us, shower us with Your mercy; You are the best Forgiver.


NOVA | Einstein's Big Idea | Time Traveler | PBS

Peaceful Friday, salaam, and God bless.