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IslamQA: The Quran and black holes

Assalamualaikum, what does the Quran say about black hole?

Alaikumassalam wa rahmatullah,

There is no mention of black holes in the Quran as far as I have found.

The Quran seems to mention the big bang:

… the heavens and the earth were one mass, and We tore them apart … (The Quran, verse 21:30)

It also seems to mention the expansion of the universe (which was only discovered in the 20th century):

We constructed the universe with power, and We are expanding it. (The Quran, verse 51:47)

Update: A follower alerted me to a new interpretation of verses 81:15-16 of the Quran which say:

I swear by the invisible/receding/compressed ones.

The moving, sweeping/destroying ones.

These verses have often been interpreted as a reference to the stars or planets, but they could also be a reference to black holes.

And God knows best.

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