Life on Other Planets

Endless are the planets for each fixed star, and each of these planets is but one of the worlds of the Creator.  Who is able to number the hosts of your Lord on those planets or enumerate the crafts of His servants on them?

Baha’u’llah, quoted in Amr va Khalq, 1:137.

As for your question about moons in which you ask if the moons that circle around fixed suns through the power of attraction are creations like terrestrial creations, know that in the explicit text of the Qur’an God set forth a clear, sufficient statement that will delight the ears that hear it.  He said: “…the creation of the heavens and the earth and the creatures that He scattered among them” (Q 42:29).  He explicitly states that there are beings in them that move according to the divine Will.  As for the specific character of those beings–whether they are like terrestrial beings, or airy, fiery beings, or fiery beings–their natures differ and the balance of their elements diverge.  The composition of those beings differs according to their essences.

`Abdu’l-Baha, quoted in Amr va Khalq, 1:146

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16 Responses to Life on Other Planets

  1. Zla'od says:

    Interesting! I have always seen the first verse glossed with something to the effect that Baha'u'llah affirms a modern scientific worldview involving life on other planets (though of course this is not yet established, and the view that EVERY planet has life is even more dubious). Here his worldview seems rather more medieval, as though he believed that extraterrestrial bodies are not so much physical as angelic. There is an allusion to the classical four elements.

  2. Ta`ban says:

    Zla'od, are you thinking of this verse?

    "Know thou that every fixed star hath its own planets, and every planet its own creatures, whose number no man can compute."

    It's different from the passage translated above. And note the bit about crafts….

  3. Several planets or dwarf planets in the Solar System (such as Neptune and Pluto) have orbital periods that are in resonance with each other or with smaller bodies (this is also common in satellite systems). All except Mercury and Venus have natural satellites , often called “moons”. Earth has one, Mars has two, and the gas giants have numerous moons in complex planetary-type systems. Many gas giant moons have similar features to the terrestrial planets and dwarf planets, and some have been studied as possible abodes of life (especially Europa ).

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