Looking Out into the Night Sky

Peace, one and all…

I recently came across an interesting article recently, courtesy of my facebook friend Ghoufran Warlow, in which NASA scientists share their discovery of an immense cloud of water vapour in space, some 12 billion light years away!  This cloud contains enough water, it is said, to give each and every one of us the water supply of the entire world 20,000 times over!  Ya Allah!

My mind finds it difficult to grasp the scale of such a cloud – cloud is such a small word to describe such vastness – let alone its distance from us.  This universe is so vast.  Its size alone exhausts the human intellect.  Looking out into the night sky, I am reminded of the Quran’s words:

‘Blessed is He in whose hand is the dominion, and He has power over all things – who created death and life to test which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving – who created seven heavens in layers. You do not see in the creation of the Most Merciful any inconsistency. So return [your] vision [to the sky]; do you see any breaks?  Then return [your] vision twice again. [Your] vision will return to you humbled while it is fatigued’ (67:1-4)

The universe is so very large, and we are so very small.  Gazing out into the night sky this way is an important corrective.  How can I remain arrogant in the face of such vastness?  How can I puff myself up with pride in the face of God’s Absolute Majesty, Hu’s Absolute Reality?  How can we continue to squander this precious gift of life, in so many acts of pointless selfishness?  Carl Sagan expresses this sense well, in this profound and levelling video.

May all that you do this day be blessed.  May you be blessed with healing love in all that you become and do.

Wa akhiru da`wana an il hamdu lillahi rabbil alameen.

Ma’as salama,
Abdur Rahman


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