Surah Fussilat 

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Among His signs are the night and also the day, and therefore the sun and also the moon. Adore not the sun and therefore the moon, but adore Allah, who created them, if it is Him you would like to serve. 38. But if people are arrogant, within the presence of your Lord are those that celebrate His praises by night and by day: and that they never grow tired. 39. And among His signs is this: you see the world barren and desolate, but after we rusticate rain to that, it’s stirred to life and yields increase. Truly, He who gives life to the planet can surely give life to people who are dead, for He has power over all things.


These verses of Surah Fussilat speak of the sun and moon and day and night as signs of Allah to indicate His wisdom and power. People have repeatedly been told within the Quran that natural objects on earth and the sky are creations of Allah with no power or authority of their own. Then how can we set any of His own creations up to Him? Again night and day aren’t conflicting powers but are both creations of Allah. Allah is the sole cause and also the source of all that exists and whatever exists may be a sign of His creative power.

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The Quran says,

“Behold! within the creation of the heavens and therefore the earth and therefore the alternation of Night and Day — there are indeed signs for men of understanding.” (3: 190)

It is incorrect to ascribe powers or adore anything that’s created by Him. Allah alone should be worshipped and not the items which He has created which ‘are actually subservient to His commands.

Examples are given to convince the transgressors of the facility and Authority of Allah, showing at the identical time, the willing obedience by all creation to the commands of Allah in contrast to the opposition and disobedience exhibited by kinsmen.

This, however, doesn’t in any way affect Allah, if men rebel against Him. The Quran says:

“But if any deny faith, Allah stands not in need of any Of His creatures. ” (3: 97)

It’s, in fact, their own loss. There are men and angels who celebrate His praise and glory day and night and never get tired. On the contrary, they feel delighted and Honoured to be in Allah’s presence, in the light of truth and happiness.

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The verses further speak of another sign of Allah that of the revival of dead land after rainfall. Elsewhere, the Quran says:

“And the life which He gives therewith to an earth that’s dead” (2:164)

This phenomenon could be a sign of Allah’s infinite power, especially of His power to resurrect the dead who will rise to live at Allah’s call even as the dead earth comes back to life after one shower of rain. This process is repeated year after year, yet the unbelievers doubted it when the Holy Prophet PBUH told them that Allah will bring back to life all souls after their death. The Quran says:

“Seeing that ye were without life, and He gave you life; Then will He cause you to die, and can again bring you to life; and again to Him will ye return. ” (2: 28)

Resurrection has been repeated in other places within the Quran still, for instance, it’s said:

“It is Allah Who sends forth the Winds, so they agitate the Clouds and that we drive them to a Land that’s dead and revive the world therewith after its death: nevertheless (will be) the Resurrection. ” (35:9)

The revival of dead earth after rainfall is taken as an illustration of Allah’s power to bestow spiritual life upon hearts that have hitherto remained closed to the reality of His Existence and Omnipotence. Allah’s revelation is His mercy and His rain. His word has the identical wonderful effect as rain has on barren land; it gives life, beauty, and fruitfulness. The revival of dead earth after rainfall implies a call to the believers never to abandon hope that the deniers may sooner or later grasp the reality of the Quranic message.


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