Professor Yoshihide Kozai: I say, I am very much impressed
by finding true astronomical facts in the Qur'an.
Dr. Kozai is Professor Emeritus at Tokyo University, Hongo, Tokyo, Japan,
and was the Director of the National Astronomical Observatory, Mikata, Tokyo
Japan. We presented to him a number of Qur'anic verses describing the beginning
of creation and the heavens, and which deal with the relationship of the earth
to the heavens. After studying these verses, Professor Kozai asked us about
the Qur'an and about the time when the Qur'an was revealed. We informed him
that it was revealed 1400 years ago, and then we asked him about the facts
which these verses contained. After each answer we would show him the Qur'anic
text. He expressed his astonishment, saying that this Qur'an describes the
universe as seen from the highest point, everything seen is distinct and clear.
He who said this sees everything in existence. Seen from such a point, there
is nothing which can be unseen. We asked him whether at some point in time
the firmament was in a form of smoke. He stated that all signs and indications
are converging to prove that at one point in time the whole firmament was
nothing but a cloud of smoke. This has come to be established as a proven
visible fact. Scientists now can observe new stars forming up out of that
smoke, which is the origin of our universe.
Know we can obtaine pictures only recently with the help of the spaceship.
It shows one of the stars as it forms up out of the smoke. Look at the outer
reddish parts of the smoke as it begins to heat and cluster. And look at the
center of the cloud and how the smoky matter is of such high density that
it becomes irradiant. The illuminating stars we see today were, just as was
the whole universe, in that smoke form. We presented to him the Qur'anic verse
Then he turned to the sky, and it had been (as) smoke (dukhaan): He said to
it and to the earth: come you together, willingly or unwillingly. They said:
we do come (together) in willing obedience. (Qur'an 41:11). Some scientists
describe this dukhaan or smoke "mist". But Professor Kozaipointed
out that the term "mist" does not correspond to the description
of this smoke, because mist is characteristically cold, whereas this cosmic
smoke is somewhat hot. Dukhaan indeed is made up of diffused gases to which
solid substances are attached, and this is the exact description of the smoke
from which the universe emerged even before the stars were formed. Professor
Kozai said that because that smoke was hot, we cannot describe it as "mist".
Dukhaan is the best descriptive word that can ever be.
In this way Professor Kozai continued to scrutinize each Qur'anic verse we
presented to him. Finally we asked him: 'What do you think of this phenomenon
which you have seen for yourself, namely, that science is beginning to discover
the secrets of the universe, whereas many of these secrets have already been
revealed in the Qur'an or in the Sunnah? Do you think that the Qur'an was
given to the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) from a human
Professor Kozai replied: I say, I am very much impressed by finding true astronomical
facts in Qur'an, and for us modern astronomers have been studying a very small
piece of the universe. We have concentrated our efforts for understanding
of a very small part. Because by using telescopes, we can see only very few
parts of the sky without thinking about the whole universe. So, by reading
Qur'an and by answering to the questions, I think I can find my future way
for investigation of the universe.
Professor Kozai believes it is impossible that the Qur'an was from a human
source. He further stated that we scientists in our studies concentrated only
on a small area, but if we read the Qur'an, then we will see a much larger
picture of this universe. Scientists have to look at it in a panorama, not
within limited and narrow perspectives. Professor Kozai acknowledges relating
to the Cosmos, he is now able to define his way in the future. He states that,
from now on, he will plan his research guided by the comprehensive Qur'anic
view of the universe.
Glory to You O Lord, may You be exalted! This is the ever-lasting miracle
> which renews itself. This is a miracle which gives life and which convinces
Muslims and Non-Muslims, and which will convince all generations until the
Day of Judgment. Allah said in the Qur'an:
But Allah bears witness that what He has sent unto thee He has sent with His
(own) knowledge. (Qur'an 4:166).
And say: Praise be to Allah, Who will soon show you His signs, so that you
shall know them. (Qur'an 27:93).