[Al-Qur'an 50:6-8] Have they not looked at the heaven above them - how We structured it and adorned it and how it has no rifts? And the earth - We spread it out and cast therein firmly set mountains and made grow therein [something] of every beautiful kind, Giving insight and a reminder for every servant who turns [to Allah].

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pairs of Glaciers

Creation in Pairs

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Expressing wonder at pairs of glaciers in parallel rows near the base of Nanga Parbat, Himalayas.  

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The Qur’an claims that God created everything on Earth in pairs:

سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ الْأَزْوَاجَ كُلَّهَا مِمَّا تُنبِتُ الْأَرْضُ وَمِنْ أَنفُسِهِمْ وَمِمَّا لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
[Al-Qur’an 36:36 , Translation: Literal (Word by Word)] Glory be (to) the One Who created (in) pairs all of what grows the earth and of themselves, and of what not they know.

Everything in Pairs
The ayahs preceding Q36:36 present examples from what we classify as living things:
[Al-Qur’an 36:33-35, Translation: Literal (Word by Word)]And a Sign for them (is) the earth dead. We give it life and We bring forth from it grain, and from it they eat. And We placed therein gardens of date-palms and grapevines, and We caused to gush in it of the springs, That they may eat of its fruit. And not made it their hands. So will not they be grateful?

Water is essential for all life forms. After drawing attention to the central role of water to life forms, and stressing the need for gratitude, Q36:36 goes on to state:

[Al-Qur’an 36:36 , Translation: Literal (Word by Word)] Glory be (to) the One Who created (in) pairs all of what grows the earth and of themselves, and of what not they know.

The ayahs following Q36:36 present examples of pairs of what we classify as non-living:  
[Al-Qur’an 36:37-40, Translation: Literal (Word by Word)] And a Sign for them (is) the night. We withdraw from it the day. Then behold! They (are) those in darkness. And the sun runs to a term appointed for it. That (is the) Decree (of) the All-Mighty, the All-Knowing. And the moon - We have ordained for it phases until, it returns like the date stalk, the old. Not the sun is permitted for it - that it overtakes the moon, and not the night (can) outstrip the day, but all in an orbit they are floating.

Pairs of Glaciers
[Al-Qur’an 35:27, Translation: Literal (Word by Word)] Do not you see that Allah sends down from the sky water, then We bring forth therewith fruits (of) various [their] colors? And in the mountains (are) tracts, white and red (of) various [their] colors, and intensely black.

I used to think that Q35:27 referred to the shades of minerals and stones in the mountains. In the photo below, parallel rows of two types of glaciers can be seen in the foreground: pure white glaciers and brownish mud-covered glaciers. Both co-exist side by side.  

Near the North Face of Nanga Parbat, Himalayas
Photo courtesy: Usman Yacoob
Dated: August 19, 2016

Male & Female Glaciers

The local people say that the pure white glaciers (centre row in above image) are female, while the mud/debris covered brownish glaciers are male.   

Growing Artificial Glaciers
Many areas of the HinduKush, Karakoram and Himalayas do not have flowing water several months of the year, such as in Gilgit-Baltistan  and Ladakh. This has led to the practice of growing artificial glaciers.

Interestingly, where there is only one type of glacier, the glacier does not grow. To grow a glacier, both kinds of glaciers are needed in equal amounts. 

Though much more research is needed before scientists may even be willing to consider assigning a gender to ice or water, the following links present an interesting insight into what the indigenous people ‘know’ since centuries:

Chewang Norphel (built twelve artificial glaciers in Ladakh)

Water, the basis of all life forms, is a wondrous substance, and the world is just beginning to discover the amazing properties of water.

[Al-Qur’an 21:30, Translation: Literal (Word by Word)] Do not see those who disbelieved that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, then We parted them and We made from [the] water every living thing? Then will not they believe? 

[Al-Qur’an 18:45, Translation: Literal (Word by Word)] And present to them the example (of) the life (of) the world, like water which We send down from the sky, then mingles with it (the) vegetation (of) the earth then becomes dry stalks, it (is) scattered (by) the winds. And Allah over every thing (is) All Able. 
I think that similar to the way we use electricity to code, record and transfer, water serves the same purpose in creation. There is emerging research on the properties of water, such as memory. This field of study is termed Digital Biology. I think our understanding will be radically changed once we begin to understand water and what all can be done with water.   

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Long Life – Reversed in Creation

No change should there be in the creation of Allah [Quran 30:30] 
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Understanding Al-Qur’an 36:68 with the help of a recent discovery. 

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When Adam was dwelling in the Garden, Satan tempted Adam to eat from the Forbidden Tree by promising him Immortality:
[Al-Qur’an 20:120, Translation: Literal (Word by word)] Then whispered to him Shaitaan, he said, "O Adam! Shall I direct you to (the) tree (of) the Eternity and a kingdom not (that will) deteriorate?"

In Surah Ya'sin, after reminding the reader that Allah has Himself warned us about Satan’s enmity for humans, and the dire consequences of following Satan; and just before stating that the Quran is meant as a warning for the Living, it states: 

And (he) whom We grant him long life, We reverse him in the creation.
Then will not they use intellect?
[Al-Qur’an 36:68, Translation: Literal (Word by word)] 

The Immortal Jellyfish
The Turritopsis dohrnii is a tiny Hydrozoan.  Hydrozoa (hydrozoans, from ancient Greek ὕδρα, hydra, "sea serpent" and ζῷον, zoon, "animal") are a taxonomic class of individually very small, predatory animals, some solitary and some colonial, most living in salt water. 

The hydrozoan, Turritopsis dohrnii, also known as the Immortal Jellyfish, has been granted long life, and so, as it ages, it grows younger and younger, till it returns to the polyp stage, and then it again begins to grow!  

Apart from the fact that humans have two genome duplications, humans are essentially very similar to a jellyfish. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Prophesy

No change should there be in the creation of Allah [Quran 30:30] 
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According to the verses of the Qur’an: the Arab Prophet-Messenger Muhammad, born and raised in the Arab major city of Makkah, speaking the native Arab language, and warning with a scripture revealed in Arabic, all together seem to be pointing to a major prophecy for the Middle East: the battle between the believers in the one true God and the followers of Satan, and the eventual triumph of Truth. 

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For every news (is) a fixed time, and soon you will know.
[Al Qur’an 6:67, Translation: Literal (word-by-word)]

Muhammad was the Messenger of Allah and the seal of the Prophets. He has conveyed the Great News 'naba-e-azeem'. No other prophet is expected after him. His message of Islam is for all humanity (Q6:19, Q25:1, Q34:28, Q48:28). 

Not is said to you except what was said to the Messengers before you. 
Indeed, your Lord (is) Possessor (of) forgiveness, and Possessor (of) penalty painful. 
And if We (had) made it a Quran (in) a foreign (language), they (would have) said, "Why not are explained in detail its verses? (Is it) a foreign (language) and an Arab?" Say, "It (is) for those who believe, a guidance and a healing." And those who (do) not believe, in their ears (is) deafness, and it (is) for them blindness. Those are being called from a place far." 
And certainly, We gave Musa the Book, but disputes arose therein. And had it not been (for) a word (that) preceded from your Lord, surely, would have been settled between them. 
But indeed, they surely (are) in doubt about it disquieting. 
[Al Qur’an 41:43,44,45, Translation: Literal (word-by-word)]

A Messenger (Rasool) of Allah comes with the decision of Allah and then the decision is executed. Muhammad warned for two decades, treaty was declared annulled and a notice of war was given four months in advance (Q9:1-3), and eventually Makkah was secured without any major resistance or bloodshed.

As I continue to study the mission of the messengers mentioned in the Quran, World History according to the Quran and its Future Implications, I'm getting more and more convinced that the Quran is pointing to a major battle in the Middle East between the believers in the one true God and the followers of Satan, after the appearance of the Creature from the Earth.  

Jesus (Masih Isa, the Rasool Allah) is expected to return and implement Allah's decision that the Quran is warning us about. If and when the battle between Truth (haqq) and Falsehood (baatil) is fought, it will be critical to have the ability to recognise and side with the Truth (haqq).

According to the Qur’an 4:159, all People of the Book will believe in Jesus before Jesus’ death. I take People of the Book in that future context to include all those who have a revealed scripture, including the ummat of Prophet Mohammad. I think there are Believers (momins), Hypocrites (munafiqs) and Non-Believers/Those who Reject (kaafirs) in all sects and religions. Irrespective of what religion or sectarian group we are part of, what will matter is our faith, our truthfulness and our submission to guidance when we are put to the test. 

First House of Worship
[Al Qur’an 3:96-97, Translation: Pickthall] Indeed, (the) First House set up for the mankind (is) the one which (is) at Bakkah, blessed and a guidance for the worlds. Wherein are plain memorials (of Allah's guidance); the place where Abraham stood up to pray; and whosoever entereth it is safe. And pilgrimage to the House is a duty unto Allah for mankind, for him who can find a way thither. As for him who disbelieveth, (let him know that) lo! Allah is Independent of (all) creatures.

The Qur’an 2:124-132 recounts the building of the House by Abraham and Ishmael, and their prayer to raise a Messenger (Rasool) from amongst the people of the city. The chapter goes on to mention the Qibla as a symbol of unity, and Safa and Marwa as among the symbols of Allah.

Messenger of their Own
[Al Qur’an 2:151, Translation: Shakir] Even as We have sent among you a Messenger from among you who recites to you Our communications and purifies you and teaches you the Book and the wisdom and teaches you that which you did not know.

[Al Qur’an 62:2, Translation: Shakir] He it is Who raised among the inhabitants of Mecca an Messenger from among themselves, who recites to them His communications and purifies them, and teaches them the Book and the Wisdom, although they were before certainly in clear error,

*The Arabic word al-ommiyyeena is variously translated as unlettered or inhabitants of the Mother of Cities/Makkah. I think the latter translation is more correct, as Makkah (former name Bakkah) is where the First House of Worship was established; and also because the Arabs were noted for their literary excellence at the time of the revelation of the Qur’an, and therefore they were not unlettered. However, it can be argued that they were still unlettered in the sense that they did not have a revealed scripture to guide them. And Allah knows best.   

Warnings for Middle East (Mother of the Cities & the Region)
[Al Qur’an 6:91-92, Translation: Literal (word-by-word)] And (did) not they appraise Allah (with) His true appraisal, when they said, "Allah did not reveal on a human being [of] anything." Say, "Who revealed the Book which brought [it] Musa (as) a light and guidance for the people? You make it (into) parchments, you disclose (some of) it and you conceal much (of it). And you were taught what not you knew and not your forefathers." Say, "Allah (revealed it)." Then leave them in their discourse - playing. And this (is) a Book, We have revealed it, blessed, confirming which (came) before it, so that you may warn (the) mother (of) the cities and who (are) around it. And those who believe in the Hereafter, they believe in it, and they, over their prayers (are) guarding
[Al-Qur'an 6:157-158 Translation: Literal (word-by-word)] or you say, "If [that] was revealed to us the Book surely we (would) have been better guided than them. So verily has come to you clear proofs from your Lord and a Guidance and a Mercy. Then who (is) more unjust than (he) who denies [with] (the) Verses (of) Allah, and turns away from them? We will recompense those who turn away from Our Signs (with) an evil punishment because they used to turn away. Are they waiting except that comes to them the Angels or comes your Lord or comes some (of) (the) Signs (of) your Lord? (The) Day (when) comes some (of) (the) Signs (of) your Lord, not will benefit a soul its faith, (if) it had not believed before or earned through its faith any good. Say, "Wait. Indeed, we (are) those who wait."

[Al Qur’an 19:97, Translation: Literal (word-by-word)] So, only We (have) made it easy in your tongue, that you may give glad tidings with it (to) the righteous and warn with it a people hostile.

[Al Qur’an 28:57-59, Translation: Literal (word-by-word)] And they say, "If we follow the guidance with you, we would be swept from our land." Have not We established for them a sanctuary secure, are brought to it fruits (of) all things, a provision from Us? But most of them (do) not know. And how many We have destroyed of a town which exulted, (in) its means of livelihood. And these (are) their dwellings not have been inhabited after them except a little. And indeed, [We] We (are) the inheritors. And not was your Lord (the) one to destroy the towns until He (had) sent in their mother (town) a Messenger reciting to them Our Verses. And not We would be (the) one to destroy the towns except while their people (were) wrongdoers.

[Al Qur’an 29:67, Translation: Literal (word-by-word)] Have they not seen that We have appointed a sanctuary immune (from violence), while mankind are ravaged all around them? Do they then believe in falsehood and disbelieve in the bounty of Allah?

[Al Qur’an 42:7, Translation: Literal (word-by-word)] And thus We have revealed to you a Quran (in) Arabic, that you may warn (the) mother (of) the towns, and whoever (is) around it, and warn (of the) Day (of) Assembly, (there is) no doubt in it. A party (will be) in Paradise and a party in the Blazing Fire.

Map of the Middle East
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Creature of the Earth
Among the events yet to happen is:
[Al Qur’an 27:82, Translation: Literal (word-by-word)] And when (is) fulfilled the word against them, We will bring forth for them a creature from the earth speaking to them, that the people were, of Our Signs, not certain

As discussed in the first post of the series Mission of the Messengers: World History & Future Implications, in Quran 71:27, Noah worries that if God spares any one of the corrupters, they will beget a disbelieving, wicked child

Muslims await the coming of Dajjal, and Christians await the coming of the Anti-Christ. Will the  ‘beast/creature from the earth’ mentioned in Quran 27:82 be a hybrid creature who is the result of cross-breeding?  Does the ‘beast’ refer to Dajjal, who is mentioned in non-Quranic sources?  

The Battle
[Al Qur’an 48:16, Translation: Literal (word-by-word)] Say to those who remained of the Bedouins, "You will be called to a people, possessors of military might great; you will fight them, or they will submit. Then if you obey, Allah will give you a reward good; but if you turn away as you turned away before, He will punish you (with) a punishment painful."

Allah’s Help & Victory
[Al Qur’an 30:47, Translation: Literal (word-by-word)] And verily, We sent before you Messengers to their people, and they came to them with clear proofs; then We took retribution from those who committed crimes. And it was incumbent upon Us (to) help the believers.

[Al Qur’an 110:1-3, Translation: Literal (word-by-word)] When comes (the) Help (of) Allah and the Victory, And you see the people entering into (the) religion (of) Allah (in) multitudes. Then glorify with (the) praises (of) your Lord and ask His forgiveness. Indeed, He is Oft-Returning. 

Fixed Time
[Al Qur’an 15:4-5, Translation: Literal (word-by-word)] And not We destroyed any town but (there was) for it a decree known. Not (can) advance any nation its term and not (can) delay it. 

[Al Qur’an 32:28-29, Translation: Literal (word-by-word)] And they say, "When (will be) this decision, if you are truthful?" Say, "(On the) Day (of) the Decision, not will benefit those who disbelieve their belief and not they will be granted respite."

Note: In Q110:1 and Q32:28-29, the Arabic word used is الْفَتْحُ translated as victory in Q110 and decision in Q32. 

Days of Allah
The Quran and Bible also speak of the Days of Allah:
[Al Qur’an 14:5] And verily We sent Musa with Our Signs, that "Bring out your people from the darkness[es] to the light. And remind them of the days (of) Allah." Indeed, in that surely (are) the signs for everyone patient and thankful

The Hour and The Day of Resurrection
The Quran mentions the Hour [السَّاعَةَ ] and it mentions the Day of Resurrection [الْقِيَامَةِ ], which will occur after the Hour. Jesus is the knowledge of the Hour. Among the signs of the Day is when the Sun and Moon will be joined together.

And Allah knows best. رَّبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْمًا [Rabbi zidni ilma] 

PS: The Quran 13:13 states: 'And glorifies the thunder [with] and the Angels for fear of Him. And He sends the thunderbolts and strikes with it whom He wills, yet they dispute about Allah. And He (is) Mighty (in) Strength.' 
On 9/11 2015, just a few days before Hajj, a lightning struck while pilgrims were circumambulating the Kaaba in Makkah, the mother of cities. Was this another warning? 
Related post: Thunderbolts 

Last updated on: July 19, 2016