Open letter to Harun Yahya: Not Big Bang but Cyclic Model of Universe

October 25, 2011

* I sent an email to Harun Yahya in September, 5, 2011 but he did not reply it. He might be too busy, yet his business to reconcile between current scientific discoveries with Qur’anic verses stimulate is misleading. Here is the email.

from Qusthan Abqary ***
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date Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 10:57 AM
subject Not Big Bang but Cyclic Model of Universe
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Assalamu’alaikum wr., wb.,

May Allah SWT bless you, Dr. Yahya.

I am Qusthan Abqary from Jakarta. I read your article From Non-Being to Being ( where you base on two verses of Qur’an (Surat al-Anbiya, 30 and Surat adh-Dhariyat, 47).

On the one hand, I think both of those two verses have nothing significance to support your advocacy on Bing Bang theory. Even though heavens and earth were one and united before, it does not mean that the whole universe is made through big bang.

On the other hand, Islam might more suitable with the cyclic model of universe. Paul Steinhardt and Neil Turok describes it as:

“According to this picture, the big bang is not the beginning of space and time but, rather, an event that is, in principle, fully describable using physical laws. Nor does the big bang happen only once. Instead, the universe undergoes cycles of evolution. In each cycle, a big bang creates hot matter and radiation, which expand and cool to form the galaxies and stars observed today. Then the expansion of the universe speeds up, causing the matter to become so spread out that space approaches a nearly perfect vacuum. Finally, after a trillion years or so, a new big bang occurs and the cycle begins anew. The events that created the large-scale structure of the universe today occurred a full cycle ago, before the last big bang.”

In addition, that reflection is more appropriate with Surat al-Anbiya 104: “And (remember) the Day when We shall roll up the heavens like a scroll rolled up for books, as We began the first creation, We shall repeat it, (it is) a promise binding upon Us. Truly, We shall do it.”

Doesn’t “We shall repeat it” mean that the last big bang on 14 billion years ago might happen in the future?

May Allah increase us in knowledge.


Qusthan Abqary

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Qusthan Abqary - I am a lecturer and teach some subjects such as Ethics and Social Awareness, Corporate Governance and Ethics, Business Ethics, Critical and Creative Thinking and others. My research interests are political philosophy, ethics, peace, and war.

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