In A Brief History of Time Professor Stephen Hawking asks, “…if the universe is really completely self-contained, having no boundary or edge, it would have neither beginning nor end: it would simply be. What place, then, for a creator?” Indeed, the more humanity learns about the universe in which we are just a very miniscule part, the less need we seem to have for a higher power. The theory of evolution cogently describes how we as a species came into being, and the Big Bang elegantly enumerates on how the universe itself came into existence. As our scientific understanding expands, purely religious answers for life’s “big questions” seem to contract. But what would it mean for belief—or non-belief—if we discovered the existence of extraterrestrial life?
On the contrary, discovery of Extraterrestrials will mean the new revival of Religion..!
I did not have the opportunity to explore the findings of Mr. Weintraub, when he had examined the Islamic referrals related to this issue, nor I can be sure of the authorities spoke on behalf of Muslim.. Religion is a progressive concept that had been widely controversial.. However, I may point to three issues that would support my claim (as an intellectual Muslim):
First; The main scripture of Islam; the Holy Quran had noted in many verses on the other nations either at the Skies or between Earth and Skies; which Adam’s sons (Mankind) do not know.. These nations have descriptions that vary between intellectual and living species alike what we have on Earth..
Second; Islamically; there are three purposes for the (intellectual) creations to adhere to: Worshiping the Creator, Purifying oneself from non-divinely attributes, and Colonization and utilizing of Earth.. Therefore; in order to guide people to the righteousness, it is clearly stated in the Holy Quran that every nation had received a Prophet or a Messenger from Allah, yet their names, numbers or dates were not revealed apart from the few..
Third; Certainly, Islam had described a legacy of Mankind, whereas both Believers and non-Believers are in continuous confrontation; which had been deformed as a concept and created the concurrent Jihadists.. Accordingly, those Extraterrestrials would have their own versions of the “Oneness” belief; which will support and consolidate what we already have.. Also, they might be Disbelievers or atheist; which would expand and enrich the dialogue..!
Either way, it will be interesting and challenging rather than demoralizing..