Sheikh Muhammad Nur Abdullah, ISNA President and Member of the Fiqh Council of North America, states the following: “The Qur’an is NOT meant to be a book of science, physics or geography. It is, as Allah says in the Qur’an, “a book of guidance”, especially in our relation with God and our relation with one another as human beings.
The Qur’an is very clear that our relations with Allah are based on tawheed, and our human relations are based on justice.
Science is something that only Allah has the absolute knowledge about it. When the Qur’an refers to the creation of earth in 6 days, we do not have information about what do these 6 days really mean and how long they last – Allah knows best about these tiny details.
there should not be any contradiction between scientific facts and clear-cut texts in the Qur’an or authentic Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him.
It is our experience as human beings and the knowledge that Allah reveals to us that makes us understand this universe better.
Therefore, we must accept the statements of the Qur’an as true and that Allah truly created the heavens and earth in 6 days, but we should declare humbly that we have no information about the real length of these days.”