"Do not the unbelievers consider that the heaven and the earth were once joined together and then We clove them asunder"
The above photograph of the exploding Nebula raises a distinct possibility that the explosion at some very early stage of the big bang might have looked like the photograph of the Nebula. In that case the Qur'anic verse in Sura Ar-Rahman is yet another reference to the big bang. Notice that the verse in Sura Ar-Rahman says that "when the sky is clove apart ..." and not when "a star is torn apart ..". The reference to sky rather than a star suggests an explosion involving the whole universe as in the big bang.