Nothing is complete without its pair. So this world must also have a pair.
Many of the basic teachings of the Holy Quran can be well understood in the
light of modern knowledge. The Quran says, for example, that this world is not
the final one; after it will come another world. At present, that world is
invisible to us, but it is present nonetheless; it exists in real and absolute
form. Early theologians resorted to speculation in support of this claim. But
the proof that the Quran has given is one that can be better understood when put
to the test of scientific investigation.
The Quran says: "And all things We made in pairs, so that you may give thought."
Everything is in accordance with this law of nature. Nothing is complete without
its pair. So this world must also have a pair, for only then will it be
complete. It is this pair of the present world that is called the hereafter.
It was known in ancient times that there were pairs in the human and animal
worlds. Later on man learnt of pairs in trees and plants. In 1928, however, it
was discovered that solid matter also had a pair. In that year the British
physicist Paul Dirac demonstrated the possibility of other, invisible particles
existing along side those of matter. Then, in 1932, K. Anderson discovered,
while studying cosmic rays, that with electrons there were other particles with
an opposite electric charge. These particles were called anti-electrons. This
research was pursued further and finally it was learnt that all particles in the
universe existed in the form of pair-particles: particle and anti-particle, atom
and anti-atom, matter and anti-matter; there was even, as Dirac showed in 1933,
Many present-day scientists are of the opinion that this anti-world is an entity
apart from us, having a parallel existence of its own. This world is made up of
matter; according to the law of opposites there should be another world made up
of anti-matter. It is estimated that 20 million years ago, when the Big Bang
explosion occurred, photon-matter and anti-matter came together in two separate
forms. The two then started to form the world and the anti-world.
The first people to work on this theory were a Swedish pair, physicist Osker
Klein and astrophysicist Hannes Alven. The results of their research were
published in 1963. The Soviet mathematician, Dr Gustav Naan, further
consolidated the theory. According to him, the anti-world cannot be fully
explained by known theories and laws of physics, yet he is convinced that the
anti-world exists, even now. It is, however, independent of us, existing on its
own, parallel to this world. In the present world all anti-particles are in an
unstable condition; but in the anti-world they will all be stable, for the
nuclei of atoms have a negative electric charge, while electrons are positively
charged. Since this world is ephemeral, it follows that the anti-world, or to
use its religious term, the hereafter, must be an eternal world. The discoveries
of modern science, then, have given us a picture of the next world which accords
with that of the Quran.
By: Maulana Wahiduddin Khan