Why the Universe was Created in Six Days

By Mufti Taqi Usmani
Posted: 23 Rabi-u-Thani 1422, 15 July 2001

Q.) There is a verse in the Qur'an that states that Allah made this universe in six days and we also know that Allah has the power of "KUN FA YAKOON" (He says 'Be and it is.'). I would really like you to enlighten me with this. [Muhammad Mansoor Janjua. New Jersey, USA]

A.) The divine decisions are made in accordance with all-encompassing wisdom of Allah and no one can claim that he knows the wisdom of divine decisions. However, the scholars have indicated in the light of the Holy Qur'an and Sunnah that creating the whole universe in six days, while Allah was powerful to create it even in a fraction of a second, is a subtle indication to the human beings that they should not perform their own works in hurry. Rather they should exercise patience and care because impatience may cause damages to their work. And Allah knows best.