Picture of the day: He is Allah, the Creator, the Maker, the Fashioner.

 

Fireflies or lightning bugs make light within their bodies. This process is called bioluminescence and is shared by many other organisms, mostly sea-living or marine organisms. Fireflies light up to attract a mate.

Picture is courtesy of:

http://animals.howstuffworks.com/insects/question554.htm

Einstein once remarked, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” Human wisdom cannot flourish without proper understanding of both and their interaction.

When humans produce electricity from natural gas it is only 45% efficient and 55% of energy is wasted in heat.  An electric bulb converts only 10% of energy into light and 90% goes to waste.  But the so called accidental creations of nature do far better than the cumulative human efforts of several centuries.  According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “Firefly light is produced under nervous control within special cells.  …  Firefly light is a cold light with approximately 100 percent of the energy given off as light and only a minute amount of heat. Only light in the visible spectrum is emitted.”  The contrast between what nature has to demonstrate and what mankind has achieved after centuries of research is amazing!  Is it fair to attribute the glory of the nature to blind chance alone?

Read more facts about fireflies:

“He is Allah, the Creator, the Maker, the Fashioner. His are the most beautiful names. All that is in the heavens and the earth glorifies Him, and He is the Mighty, the Wise.” (Al Quran 59:25)

How can our study and appreciation of beauty in nature help us in our personal life?  In the words of Promised Messiah, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, may blessings of Allah be on him, “Man has, therefore, been reminded that his God is the Lord and Providence of the Universe, so that the horizon of his hopes may be extended and he may believe that God, the Supreme, has immense beneficial powers and that He can bring into being an extensive variety of means for his benefit.”

The Jewish prophets also tried to find the Transcendent God in the beauty of nature.  The Holy Quran says:

“And We (Allah) bestowed on David, Solomon who was an excellent servant. He was always turning to Us. When there were brought before him at eventide steeds of noblest breed and swift of foot. He said, ‘I love the love of horses because they remind me of my Lord.’ So great was his love of them that when they were hidden behind the veil, he said, ‘Bring them back to me.’ Then he began to pass his hand over their legs and their necks.”  (Al Quran 38:31-34)

To read my article about MTA USA series 2006: Attributes of Allah:

Fireflies

4 replies

  1. Anyone who has genuine appreciation of attributes of Allah cannot be violent, especially religiously intolerant. The verse of the Holy Quran that there is no coercion in religion, immediately follows the Crown verse of the Holy Quran, expounding the attributes of Allah in detail!

    Picture of the day series has a potential to make the orthodox Muslims tolerant and mellow, may Allah make it so!

  2. Looking at the creation of Allah it is amazing how any one can NOT believe in the existance of a creator. Such a beautiful flower ‘just emerged by chance’ without any guidance from a creator?

  3. More than 700 verses of the Holy Qur’an describe God’s manifest beauties. It says

    “His beauties And if all the trees that are in the earth were pens and the ocean were ink, with seven oceans swelling it thereafter, the words of Allah would not be exhausted. (Al-Qur’an 31-28)

    ‘If the ocean became ink for the words of my Lord, surely, the ocean would be exhausted before the words of my Lord came to an end (Al Qur’an 18-110)

    Albert Einstein did not believe in a personal God. However such fascinations made him say:

    “If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it”

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