Signs for People of Intelligence
“In the creation of the heavens and earth and in the alternation of the night and day are signs for people of intelligence.” (3:190)
Taking time off from our busy schedules and spending some time reflecting on the creation around us is an important act of worship. It is through reflection, that the universe becomes a book to study whilst the verses of the Qur’an disclose their deeper meanings and secrets. Without reflection, the heart becomes darkened, and the intensity of our bond with Allah is weakened. Reflection is a journey that takes us from belief in Allah to knowledge of Allah, and ultimately to the love of Allah.
“And among His Signs is that He created you from dust and- lo and behold- you became human and scattered far and wide.” (30:20)
It is from soil that Allah has fashioned man and given him his five senses; he can see, smell, taste, touch and hear. Mankind is spread far and wide. Imagine a human family of 7.3 billion people scattered across 195 countries, some living in rural areas others in highly industrialised urban areas. Does this not point to the existence of the ingenious power of a Supreme Creator?
“And among His Signs is this, that He created for you wives from among yourselves, that you may find repose in them, and He has put between you affection and mercy. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who reflect.” (30:21)
The male and female are created from the same element yet there is a world of differences in their built, appearance, looks, habits, character and preferences. Each one has a distinct disposition. The male and female complete the existence of each other. What would life be without women or without men? The wisdom behind creating the different sexes is so that you may find tranquillity and peace through each other. To love and be loved is the greatest satisfaction of all. Is this not evidence of the existence of a Benevolent Creator?
“And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and colours. Verily, in that are indeed signs for men of sound knowledge.” (30:22)
Allah has created the splendid skies above us as a canopy of beauty. “If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.”
Look at the different shades of human complexion, and you will find the artistic hand of Allah. Think about diversity of languages; there are approximately 7,000 languages across the globe. Language allows us to express our thoughts and feelings; it allows us to connect, and communicate. Amazingly the languages we speak shape the way we see the world, the way we think, and the way we live our lives. Think about the different accents and the unique voice of each individual. Think about the tone of women, children and men, so similar yet so different! Is this not testimony of the existence of the best of all Creators?
“And among His Signs is the sleep that you take by night and by day, and your seeking of His Bounty. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who listen.” (30:23)
Modern sleep scientists believe that sleep deprivation has harmful effects on mental concentration, memory, mood, and quality of life. The Qur’an refers to sleep as one of the signs of His existence. Reflect on what sleep does to the body and mind. Sleep is a natural healer, both physically and emotionally. Sleep energises and refreshes us and gives us the energy to start afresh the next day to seek our bread. Is this not a sign of the existence of an extremely merciful and compassionate Creator?
“And among His Signs is that He shows you the lightning, by way of fear and hope, and He sends down water (rain) from the sky, and therewith revives the earth after its death. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who understand.” (30:24)
Have you ever thought how thunder, one of the most magnificent atmospheric incidents that Allah creates, is formed and how it is capable of releasing such a high amount of energy? It flashes in a split of a second, the air temperature where lightning strikes rises by as much as 25,000 degrees. An average lightning strike contains an electrical force of 20,000 amps. Is this not evidence of the presence of an invincible Creator?
“And among His Signs is that the heaven and the earth stand by His Command, then afterwards when He will call you by a single call, behold, you will come out from the earth (i.e. from your graves for reckoning and recompense).” (30:25)
Skies above us are not supported by pillars. All the oxygen, nitrogen and other things in Earth’s atmosphere has a combined mass of 5 quadrillion tons. It is attracted to the earths centre by gravity. Who prevents the atmosphere from falling down? There is no support structure/no pillars? Is this not evidence of the all-powerful Creator?
“So blessed is Allah, the Best of Creators.” (23:14)