Sunday, April 14, 2024
No menu items!

Studying astrophysics

Fatwaa ID: 194


Assalamu Alaikum, i have a question regarding physics.

I was planning to study astrophysics in university but have recently heard that it is haram to study it. Please clarify if this is true and if so, are there any boundaries to how much a person can explore? Also is studying physics in general allowed for the aim of seeking knowledge and providing for family etc. Are their any other fields of physics or any general subject that is haram to study?

JazakhAllah, i will wait patiently for a response


In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Astrophysics is a branch of space science that applies the laws of physics and chemistry to explain the birth, life and death of stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae and other objects in the universe. It has two sibling sciences, astronomy and cosmology, and the lines between them blur[i]

Almighty Allaah says,

وَلِلَّهِ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاللَّهُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ * إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لَآيَاتٍ لِأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ * الَّذِينَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَى جُنُوبِهِمْ وَيَتَفَكَّرُونَ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَذَا بَاطِلًا سُبْحَانَكَ فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

Translation: “And to Allaah alone belongs all dominion over the heavens and earth. And Allaah is powerful over all things. Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and in the alteration of the night and the daylight are signs (of Allaah’s creative power) for those who are endowed with discretion and understanding- those who remember Allaah with (with reverence) while standing and while sitting and while lying on their sides; and who reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth, saying: Our Lord! You have not created all this in vain. Highly exalted are You. So save us from the torment of the Fire. (Aali ‘Imraan v.188-191)

There is no restriction in studying astrophysics. However, one should ensure that he is not influenced by such theories that are against the Islaamic belief system. He should use this opportunity to ponder over the creation of Allaah Ta’aala and strengthen his faith in Him.

And Allaah Ta’aala Knows Best.

Muajul I. Chowdhury
Student, Darul Iftaa
Astoria, New York, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين



Darul Iftaa New York answers questions on issues pertaining to Shari’ah. These questions and answers are placed for public view on for educational purposes. The rulings given here are based on the questions posed and should be read in conjunction with the questions. Many answers are unique to a particular scenario and cannot be taken as a basis to establish a ruling in another situation. 

Darul Iftaa New York bears no responsibility with regard to its answers being used out of their intended contexts, nor with regard to any loss or damage that may be caused by acting on its answers or not doing so.

References and links to other websites should not be taken as an endorsement of all contents of those websites. 

Answers may not be used as evidence in any court of law without prior written consent of Darul Iftaa New York.