Quran on Air Pressure

Astronauts wear special protective gear to enable them to breathe at high altitudes
Astronauts wear special protective gear to enable them to breathe at high altitudes

Allah says:

(And whomsoever Allah wills to guide, He opens his breast to Islam, and whomsoever He wills to send astray, He makes his breast closed and constricted, as if he is climbing up to the sky. Thus Allah puts the wrath on those who believe not.) (6:125)

It can be concluded from this verse that the more one ascends into the atmosphere the harder it is for him to breathe. This is due to the reduction in pressure and low oxygen levels. This matter cannot be proven by anyone unless the person ascends up into the sky! This fact was discovered only after humans learnt how to fly and reach heights.

When a person ascends into the sky beyond eight kilometers above sea level he/she would encounter breathing problems due to the lack of oxygen and low air pressure. A problem frequently encountered is hypoxia, which is a low amount of oxygen reaching body tissues. Another problem one may encounter is dysbarism, which is a complex of symptoms resulting from exposure to excessively low or rapidly changing air pressure.20 These two problems would interfere with the normal body functions; therefore, the difficulty in breathing at high elevations can be explained simply as steps taken by the body to protect itself.