He who possessed knowledge of the Book said:
"I will bring it [the Queen of Saba's throne] to you before your
glance returns to you." And when he [Sulayman] saw it standing
firmly in his presence, he said: "This is part of my Lord's favour,
to test me to see if I will give thanks or show ingratitude."
[He is] the Originator of the heavens
and earth. When He decides on something,
He just says to it, “Be!” and it is.
"He who possessed knowledge of the Book" told Prophet Sulayman
(as) that he could bring the Queen of Saba's throne to him very
quickly. This is a possible reference to the transmission of images
with present-day advanced technology. Another verse on the subject
A demon of the jinn said: "I will bring it to
you before you get up from your seat. I am strong and trustworthy
enough to do it." (Qur'an, 27:39)
In our day, text, pictures, and films can be sent anywhere in the
world in a matter of seconds, thanks to the Internet and advances
in computer technology. For instance, carrying the Queen's throne
to Prophet Sulayman's (as) court very quickly may well refer to
the fact that it will be possible to send a three-dimensional picture
or image in the blink of an eye over the Internet.
According to scientists, the teleportation of
atoms and molecules, as well as larger bodies, may become possible
in the near future. By this method, the item's material characteristics
are removed from one location and transferred in every detail and
atomic sequence to another location, where they are reconstructed.
If this technology becomes operational one day, time and space will
no longer represent an obstacle to travel and objects will be able
to be transported anywhere in a single moment without traversing
any physical distance.184
In 1998, physicists at the California Institute
of Technology (Caltech) working with two European groups transported
a photon. The scientists formed a copy of the photon by reading
its atomic structure and then transmitted that information a distance
of 1 metre. In another recent teleportation experiment, Ping Koy
Lam of the Australian National University (ANU) and other researchers
transmitted a laser ray a short distance.185
Indeed, according to a CNN report on 17 July 2002, a group of physicists
from the National Australian University in Canberra split a laser
ray and "transmitted" it several metres. Ping Koy Lam, the team's
head, stated that they had not yet succeeded in transmitting matter
in its atomic state, but that such a thing was not impossible and
may become a reality in the future.
According to a study published
in the science journal Nature, Eugene Polzik of Denmark's
University of Aarhus, and his colleagues performed successful experiments
on a large number of atoms, using laser rays and quantum physics.186
In his analyses of teleportation's potential, published in the journal
Scientific American, Australian physicist Anton Zeilinger
states that far more complex systems could be teleported without
violating the laws of physics.187
As the Qur'an reveals in "We will show them Our Signs on
the horizon and within themselves until it is clear to them that
it is the truth" (Qur'an, 41:53), these scientific advances
may represent a part of the technologies indicated in the Qur'an,
all of which reveal its miraculous aspects.
184. Anil Ananthaswamy,
"Teleporting larger objects becomes real possibility,"
New Scientist, 6 February 2002.
185. Dr. David Whitehouse, BBC News Online, 17 June 2002.
186. Atom Experiment Brings Teleportation a Step Closer," Reuters,
26 September 2001, www.space.com/businesstechnology/technology/quantum_teleportation_010926.html.
187. James Schultz, “Teleporting, the Quantum Way,”
Space News, 12 October 2000.