“He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth” 6:101
“The Initiator of the heavens and the earth” 2:117
Up to the 20th century, and certainly at the time the Quran was revealed in the 7th century, astronomers believed that the universe did not have a beginning, but rather that it has always existed. This theory, known as the Steady State theory, was disproved when Edwin Hubble discovered in 1929 that the universe was expanding and subsequently totally demolished with the discovery of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation in 1964 by Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson. Together, these discoveries gave birth to the Big Bang model which in turn put rest to the Steady State theory.
The Big Bang theory states that the entire universe, comprising of matter, time and space, came into existence as a result of a great explosion from a single infinitely small point. The universe was created from nothingness as the result of the explosion of that single point. Before the Big Bang, there was no such thing as matter, space not even time. They were all created at that initial moment.
Speaking to a sold out crowd at the Berkeley Physics Oppenheimer Lecture, Stephen Hawking, the renowned physicist said on the 13th March 2007 that he now believes the universe spontaneously popped into existence from nothing.
This information which is given in the Quran in the verses above is in full agreement with the findings of contemporary science. God is the One who created the universe out of nothing, the Initiator of the universe.