Saturday, December 20, 2008

Oh how profound!!!

Do you know I think I know an expression, posed as a question, that ranks amongst the most annoying that is put to me. It's not that its particularly annoying in and of itself, rather it's the smug air it is delivered with and the usual sense of profundity that accompanies it. It is the enquiry 'Well if God created the universe, who created God?'

I had the concept of branes brought to mind last night, by way of a particularly interesting episode of horizon (somewhat ironic in this instance), which posited that time as we know it, i.e. 13.7 billion ± 0.13 billion years old, might not have been the beginning of our uni/bubbleverse; rather the collision of branes within proto-time came to result in time as we are able to perceive it, or rather as our science may be able to quantify it.

So it would seem that science is able to perceive of time, and subsequently the space deriving from it rather than contrariwise, i.e time in our context as primary rather than quaternary, as having no beginning, and thus without beginning or end. However God must have a creator, as per original annoying statement. It is in this context I find the Islamic hadith transmitted through Bukhari of particular interest

'It is authentically reported on the authority of Abu Hurairah (ra) that the Prophet (saas) said: "Allah (swt), Most Blessed, Most High, says: "The son of Adam wrongs Me: He curses time, though I am time: In My Hands are all things and I cause the night to follow the day." In another narration, He (saas) says: "Do not curse time, for verily, time is Allah (swt)."'

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