Theory of “barzakh”

In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful

The statement of the physicist Stephen Hawking, that the experiment with the “Higgs boson” can destroy time and space, is connected with his idea of the universe. Hawking put forward a hypothesis about the quantum decay of vacuum. By his assumption, there are two kinds of vacuum with different energy levels – false and true. According to his thought, our universe is in the so-called “false vacuum”.

“False vacuum” is a state in the quantum field theory, which is not a state with minimal energy, but is stable for a certain time.

Hawking believes that matter, which is in a false vacuum, can “tunnel” into a state of true vacuum.

Hawking’s fears are based on the belief that during the experiment under terrestrial conditions, an unstable “Higgs boson” can be created, which will become a kind of tunnel between a false and true vacuum. As a result of the break in the Higgs field, the entire universe will move to a different physical state. This transition will be instantaneous.

Such a picture reminded the situation described in the Quran:

When death comes to one of them, he says, “My Lord, send me back That I might correct that which I left behind.” No! It is only a word he is saying; and behind them is an isthmus until the day they are resurrected! (23:99-100)


I would like to note that the Arabic word “barzakh” means a transition from one container to another. The closest example for an understanding is the hourglass, where its “waist” accurately shows the meaning of the word “barzah”.

“Higgs boson” may be unstable locally, only in relation to our “self”. I think, through such a mechanism, our “I” is transferred from the body, at the time of death, to the tunnel.

And He is irresistibly supreme over His servants! He sends over you guardians until, when death comes to one of you, Our messengers take him, and they do not fail [in their duties]! (6:61)


The association of the boson with the messengers of the Creator proceeds from a description of its impact. The Boson attracts his surroundings to himself, forming a mass. Probably this boson can attract our “self”, thereby provoking instability of the current state and “tunneling”, forming an isthmus – “barzakh”.