The Sun and the planets which orbit it are all in a galaxy known as the Milky Way. There are other stars as well as the Sun in the Milky Way. The nearest of these to us is 4 trillion kilometers (2.5 trillion miles) away. You can imagine that distance in this way: The space shuttle, one of the fastest-moving vehicles ever made, can travel at a maximum speed of 28,500 Km/hour. Were you to travel to the nearest star at that speed, the journey would take 5,760 years. Bearing in mind that there are 250 billion stars in our galaxy and just how far away the nearest of these is, one can see how vast our galaxy really is. If we then consider that there are some 300 billion galaxies just like ours in the universe, the vastness of the entire universe becomes even more apparent.

The number of planets and stars in the universe is far greater than that of all the grains of sand on all the beaches on our Earth. Despite this, however, only one planet possesses the necessary attributes for life: our Earth.

There can be only one conclusion for anyone who thinks a little about life: The planet on which we live, human beings and all other living things have been specially designed. The fact that there is such a delicate equilibrium among all the conditions necessary to support life on our planet is one of the proofs of this. This becomes immediately apparent when we examine the other planets in our Solar System.

God is the Creator of everything around us, visible and invisible. The heavens and earth, the magnificent equilibrium in the universe and its design are all His. Materialism on the other hand, which denies the fact of creation, lives on as a superstitious belief beyond the bounds of science. With the Big Bang theory even the most dyed-in-the-wool materialists had to accept this fact, and a great many well-known scientific magazines have taken this as their cover stories and made it known to all of humanity. Newsweek magazine is one of these. In its edition dealing with the Big Bang the magazine announced to its readers the fact that "science finds God."

The delicate balances in the universe, and all the entities in it, living or otherwise, are all proofs of God's superior art of creation. The conclusion arrived at by modern science is nothing other than a corroboration of a truth revealed in the Qur'an 1,400 years ago. That truth is revealed thus:

"Your Lord is God, Who created the heavens and the earth in six days and then settled Himself firmly on the Throne. He covers the day with the night, each pursuing the other urgently; and the sun and moon and stars are subservient to His command. Both creation and command belong to Him. Blessed be God, the Lord of all the worlds." (Qur'an, 7: 54)