[This is] the established way of God with those who passed on before; and you will not find in the way of God any change. (Surah Ahzab 33:62)
The word Sunnah used in these verses literally means The Way, The method, The Laws of God. The manner in which God has treated the past nations and the Laws with which God is running this universe. This Sunnah / Laws of God are unalterable. In the past Quran interpreters mostly took this word only in case for the treatment of past generations by God and the punishments they received. But now look how miraculous these verses are and how uniform this Sunnah and Way of God is throughout the universe.
Previously we had no knowledge of physics, astronomy and mathematics but now step by step when we are exploring this universe and the creation around us, it becomes astonishing that the whole universe is bonded by the same laws of physics and mathematics. No exceptions are there. Everything is fine-tuned. There must be an intelligent creator as He created such a razor-edged universe.
Sunnah & Way Of God In Running This Universe
The universe has unchanging Laws for all living and non-living beings. The unchanging nature of these laws itself proves the existence of a controller a supreme creator. All these laws of science and physics all emerge just after the Creation, i.e., the Big bang. Science refers to these details as constants of nature.
The number of atoms and their sub-particles, the ratio between the masses of electrons and protons, the electrical charges of electron and protons, the relationship of gravity with the mass of the object and the speed of light all are such constants of nature without any one of which the condensation of mass and starting of primordial gases to condense into nebula and in stars was not possible. The slightest change in these constants would mean that the order in the universe would not come about and we would not exist.
Same Laws Of Physics And Mathematics
The whole universe is governed by the same laws of Physics and Mathematics. Is this not strange that there is no single exception, there is no change in the Way or Sunnah in the operation of this entire universe. It’s completely astonishing that these two faculties of science evolved out of our mind. We discovered these as a tool as a language to communicate, to know what’s going on in the universe, and it works.
To give you an idea of how strange it is. I give you an example. Consider again how vast is this universe as I told you in part 16, and then consider your insignificance, but despite this on a small planet Earth we invented a thing called Mathematics, and it worked perfectly well throughout the universe. Even billions of light-years away from us a black hole perfectly obeys the equations of mathematics.
If you ask me what the language of God is, I will tell you that it’s not Hebrew, it’s not Greek, it’s not Sanskrit, nor it is Arabic, but it is Mathematics. All these equations of Mathematics are the laws made by your Lord, and they are absolutely uniform throughout this universe. Other Universes may have different laws.
Turn your face single-mindedly to the true Faith and adhere to the true nature on which God has created human beings. The mould fashioned by God cannot be altered. That is the True, Straight Faith, although most people do not know. (Surah Rum 30:30)
DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE IMPORTANT WORDS USED IS GIVEN BELOW
The nineteenth word of verse 35:43 is divided into 2 morphological segments. A preposition and noun. The prefixed preposition Lam is usually translated as “for”. The noun is feminine singular and is in the genitive case مجرور. The noun’s root is (س ن ن) This root occurs 21 times in the Quran, in three derived forms.
(س ن ن): Face or form; a way or course or rule, or mode or manner of conduct; way of acting instituted or pursued by a people and followed by others after them; precedent; example; character or conduct or nature or disposition; law or religious law or dispensation; Establish a law, follow a path, form. Sunnatun /Sunanun: Line of Conduct; Mode of life; Behaviour; Example; Precedence, Dispensation. Instituted, established or prescribed it; i.e. a custom or practice, or set the example of it; originated it as a custom to be followed by others. Masnûn: Formed; Made into shape; Polished; Molded into shape.