THE PERFECT EQUILIBRIUM IN THE UNIVERSE
He Who created the seven heavens in layers. You
will not find any discrepancy in the creation of the All-Merciful.
Look again-do you see any gaps? Then look again and again. Your
sight will return to you dazzled and exhausted! (Qur'an, 67:3-4)
billions of stars and galaxies in the universe move in perfect equilibrium
in the paths set out for them. Stars, planets and satellites rotate
not only around their own axes but also together with the systems
of which they are an integral part. Sometimes, galaxies containing
200-300 billion stars move across each others' paths. Yet amazingly,
no collisions take place that might damage the great order in the
universe. This miracle is something over which all of us should
In the universe, the concept of speed assumes giant dimensions
when compared to earthly measurements. Stars, planets, galaxies
and conglomerations of galaxies-whose numerical properties can only
be conceived by mathematicians-weigh billions or trillions of tons,
and move through space at extraordinary speeds.
For example, the Earth rotates at 1,670 kmph. If we consider that
the fastest-moving bullet today possesses an average speed of 1,800
kmph, we can see how fast the Earth is moving, despite its enormous
size and mass.
The speed of the Earth as it orbits the Sun is some 60 times faster
than a bullet: 108,000 kmph. If we were able to construct a vehicle
capable of moving at that speed, it would be able to circumnavigate
the Earth in 22 minutes. These figures apply only to the Earth.
Those for the Solar System are even more fascinating. The speed
of that system is such as to exceed the bounds of reason: The larger
the systems in the universe, the greater their speed. The Solar
System's speed of orbit around the centre of the galaxy is 720,000
kmph. The Milky Way, with its 200 billion or so stars, moves through
space at 950,000 kmph.
There is no doubt that there is a very high risk of collisions
in such a complicated and fast-moving system. Yet nothing of the
sort actually happens and we continue with our lives in complete
safety. That is because everything in the universe functions according
to the flawless equilibrium set out by Allah. It is for this reason
that, as stated in the verse, there is no "discrepancy" in the system.