The Splitting Asunder of "The
Heavens and The Earth"
Another verse about the
creation of the heavens is as follows:
"Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens
and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation), before
We clove them asunder, and We made from water every living thing.
Will they not then believe?"
(The Qur'an, 21:30)
The word ratq translated as "sewn to"
means "mixed in each, blended" in Arabic dictionaries.
It is used to refer to two different substances that make up a whole.
The phrase "we unstitched" is the verb fataqa
in Arabic and implies that something comes into being by tearing
apart or destroying the structure of ratq. The sprouting
of a seed from the soil is one of the actions to which this verb
Let us take a look at the verse again with this knowledge
in mind. In the verse, sky and earth are at first subject to the
status of ratq. They are separated (fataqa) with
one coming out of the other. Intriguingly, when we remember the
first moments of the Big Bang, we see that a single point included
all the matter in the universe. In other words, everything, including
"the heavens and earth" which were not created yet, were
included in this point in a condition of ratq. This point
exploded violently, causing its matter to fataqa and in the
process created the structure of the whole universe.
When we compare the expressions in the verse with scientific
findings, we see that they are in perfect agreement with each other.
Interestingly enough, these findings were not arrived at until the
The picture represents the Big Bang,
which revealed once again that God created the universe from
nothingness. The Big Bang is a theory that has been proven
with scientific evidence. Although some scientists tried to
advance alternative theories against the Big Bang, scientific
evidence caused the theory to be completely accepted by the