Will we ever discover aliens?
So far, we have learnt from the Quran that extraterrestrial life, including intelligent life, exists throughout countless earths
in the universe. But this is not sufficient to satisfy our curiosity. We want scientists to actually discover aliens. Only after we have
found incontrovertible scientific evidence that aliens exist, will our (unbelieving) hearts see that the Quran was correct all along. We
actually won't be satisfied till we meet an alien face to face. Is there any chance that in the future we will actually discover, through
science, the existence of aliens and establish some kind of contact with them or even meet them?
To get some idea on this matter, we must return to Sura 42:29.We are told over there that the scattering of living creatures
in the heavens and the earth is a "sign". What is a sign? Sura 6:104 says, "Momentous signs have come to you from your Lord. He
that sees them shall himself have much to gain, but he who is blind to them shall lose much." (48) Sura 6:109,"They solemnly swear
by Allah that if a sign be given them they would believe in it." (49) Sura 7:73,"A clear proof has come to you from your Lord. Here is
Allah's she-camel: a sign for you." (50) Clearly, a sign is something which we can see, or at least, experience with our senses.
Otherwise, it would not be a sign. Some signs are those that God showed to humans in the past. Other signs remain for God to show
us in the future-"Soon we will show them Our Signs in the (furthest) regions ,and in their own souls, until it becomes manifest to them
that this is the Truth" (41:53). (51) THERFORE, SURA 42:29 CONTAINS A PROPHESY THAT A TIME WILL INDEED COME IN THE
FUTUTE WHEN HUMANS WILL DISCOVER ALIENS
In Sura 55:33-34,we are addressed, "O ye assembly of Jinn and men !If it be you can pass beyond the regions of the
heavens and the earth, pass ye! Not without authority will ye be able to pass! Then which of the favors of your Lord will ye deny?"
(52) Why does God ask us to go into space? There must be some purpose. Maybe it be for us to fulfill some grand destiny in store
for our species- maybe to become a galactic race, a respectable part of the galactic community of civilizations. Maybe, it is our
travels in space that may lead to our encounter with aliens and fulfill the prophesy given in 42:29. Only time will tell. In anticipation of
the time when we become space-travelers, we are told in Sura 29:22, "Neither on earth nor in heaven shall you be beyond reach: nor
have you any guardian or helper besides Allah." (53)
To reach other civilizations, we must be capable of feasible interstellar transport. Might we one day be capable of
undertaking such a voyage? Sura 16:8 says, "And (it is He Who creates) horses and mules for you to ride...and He will yet create
things of which (today) you have no knowledge." (54) The latter part of this verse is often translated in the present tense but as Asad
points out, "The use in this context, of the aorist "yakhluqu" implies the future tense ("He will create") ...Since this reference to God's
continuing creation comes immediately after a mention of primitive means of transport, it obviously relates to other- as yet unknown-
things of the same category: that is to say, to new means of transport which God unceasingly creates through the instrumentality of
the inventiveness with which He has endowed man's mind." (55) Therefore, it is possible that we may one day make the spacecraft
required for interstellar travel. After all, God Himself has encouraged us to, "pass beyond the regions of the heavens". Sura 42:29
ends with the statement that God has the power to gather the creatures of the heavens and earth together if He wills. This also points
to the possibility of our meeting aliens in the future. However, this gathering may well refer to that which will occur on Judgment Day
as mentioned in Sura 19:93-96 (see above).