The Black Hole in Light of The Quran

Since childhood, I wondered about the Mi’raj (Night Journey of Prophet Muhammad pbuh) and how it could have been possible. Specifically, how was it possible that the Prophet pbuh mounted a mythological hybrid horse named “Buraq” and went to the heavens, to meet and take directions from Allah SWT?

The video below makes a connection between Mi’raj and the black holes. Recently, with the first photograph ever taken of a Black Hole, the interest in this debate is sparked. Was a black hole the conduit through which the Buraq took the Prophet pbuh to paradise.

Another point to consider perhaps, is this; “The Encyclopaedia of Islam, referring to Al-Damiri‘s writings, considers Buraq to be a derivative of Arabic: برق‎ barq “lightning”. Taken from Wikipedia. So, either Buraq was lightening-fast, or this is some reference to light, which as one would assume, is part and parcel of space travel.

It is thought that Surah Takwir, Verse 15-16 refers to Black Holes;


Another reference to Stars, Surah At-Tariq, Verse 1-3

The Quran describes a star by “The one who knocks”. “Thakeb ثَّاقِبُ” means the one who makes the hole. The Quran is describing a knocking star that makes a hole. From Miracles of Quran. In other words, a Pulsar.

Another mention can be found in Surah Al-Anbya, Verse 104.


The clear message of this verse is that the universe is not eternal. It speaks of a future when the heavens will be rolled up, in a manner similar to the rolling up of a scroll. Scientific descriptions illustrating the making of a black hole, very closely resemble what the Qur’an describes in the above verse.

A mass of accretion from space falling into a black hole, as described above, would be pressed into a sheet under the enormous pressure created by the gravitational and electromagnetic forces. As the centre of the black hole is constantly revolving around itself, this sheet—as it approaches—will begin to be wrapped around it, before disappearing into the realm of the unknown at last.

A good discussion on this subject can be found here on


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A Humble Request: I encourage you to do your own research, if you want to learn more, and form your own opinion. If you see a mistake, please let us know at There are many knowledgeable scholars of Islam, who will be able to guide you much better than this insha Allah.


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