Signs of Allah


Sunday, 24 February 2008 10:59

Have we ever looked up at the sky on a starlit night and wondered at the magnificent creation of Allah Ta’ala that appear like little flickering lights? We are often fascinated with some computer, cell phone or other invention of modern times. Yet the vast creation of Allah Ta’ala which we witness day and night are beckoning us to ponder over them and recognise the Being that has created them and us. When we truly recognise the power of Allah Ta’ala, we will submit to Him totally.



In the Qur’an one of the Surahs (chapters) is titled “An-Najm,” which means “The Star.” In this Surah Allah Ta’ala even takes an oath upon the star, which is an indication of the significance of this creation. Thus we should ponder over this astonishing creation and thereby recognise Allah Ta’ala, the Creator. Hereunder are some details about stars which modern science has discovered. However it must be remembered that science has not even scratched the surface. Allah Ta’ala’s creation is far beyond what science will ever discover. Furthermore, science is rooted in the wonder of the creation itself and does not progress beyond that. Such observance of these great signs and discovering their wonders is futile. A Mu’min, however, recognises His Creator by these signs. Hence he becomes more engrossed in the rememberance of Allah Ta’ala. Now when he takes the name of Allah Ta’ala, the grandeur and magnificience of his Creator is embedded even more firmly in his heart. Thus there exists a world of difference between a Mu’min and a mere scientist in the observance of these great signs.



“A star is a huge ball of glowing gas in the sky. The sun is a star. It is the only star close enough to the earth to look like a ball. The other billions of stars are so far away that they appear to be no more than pinpoints of light — even through powerful telescopes. 

There are more than 200 billion billion (200, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000) stars. Suppose that eveyone in the world were to count the stars, each person could count more than 50 billion of them without the same star being counted twice.



In spite of their appearance, stars are enormous objects. The sun is only a medium-sized star, but its diameter is more than 100 times the diameter of the earth. The largest stars would more than fill the space between the earth and the sun. Such stars have a diameter that is about 1000 times as large as the sun’s. The smallest stars are smaller than the earth.

We can hardly imagine the great size of some stars. But even large stars look like tiny dots because they are so far away. 

The nearest star — other than the sun — is more than 25 million million miles (40 million million kilometers) away. The fastest jet would take a million years to fly that far. But even this great distance is only one-billionth the distance to the farthest stars.

The surface temperature varies from about 50,000°F. (28,000°C) on blue stars to about 5000°F. (2800°C) on red stars. The interior temperature is more than 2,000,000°F. (1,100,000°C).” (World Book)