Dhaka, Bangladesh
The Revelation

The Revelation

Yousuf Mahbubul Islam, PhD

Everyday we get up in the morning, go to work or study and go to sleep at night. Does this day and night cycle help regulate our activities and rest on a daily basis? Imagine that there is no night, only day. What would happen? How would we schedule our activities? Or alternatively, imagine that there is no day, only night. What would happen? There has been some research on the topic of the day and night cycle. As reported in the web article, how light affects our day-to-day life {1}, light helps regulate our bodily functions. “Light, whether natural or artificial, affects all life on our planet. It is more than just a source of vitamin D for us humans. Philips has recently compiled in a white paper key insights from more than 10 years of ongoing research about the effects of light on our sleep/wake cycle, or what is known as our “circadian rhythm”. Light plays a crucial role in regulating our circadian rhythm, which is one of our natural biorhythms commonly known as our body clock.” {1} The article circadian rhythm and its importance in human life further explains {2}, “Circadian rhythm is a biological clock that is built in our brain throughout the functionality of everyone’s day and night processes within a 24-hour clock frame and it devises our body to function in a healthy way for daily routines. Thus, the circadian rhythm becomes a self-control system of human body to regulate our eating habits, activities and body functionality. In this context, our daily (24-hour) functionality has concerns over food, physical environment including lightings, exercises, work habits, sleeping and other activities concerned. All in consideration and importantly, a mind clock should be set with a routine based daily functionality for a healthy life.” {2} The day and night cycle therefore promotes a healthy body routine. Having established this fact, should we have any questions? For example, how does the day and night cycle happen to exist? Does the earth spinning on its axis and the light giving Sun know that the human body needs this cycle for its basic functionality? It is only possible for the Being who has designed the human body to know this and accordingly arrange the earth to rotate and the sun to give light. The day and night cycle is therefore a blessing designed by God to benefit humans and other life forms. Is it then surprising that the Holy Scripture, the Qur’an carries the following Verse? 27.86 “See they not that We have made the Night for them to rest in and the Day to give them light? Verily in this are Signs for any people that believe!” Along with the realization that God has deliberately designed this blessing for us, how should we respond to Him? Should we be grateful and demonstrate our gratitude? How? If we reflect and acknowledge the day and night cycle as a necessary blessing, it helps to establish the truth of the all-Powerful and Most Merciful Creator – this reflection and acknowledgement is something that only human beings can do. Is this why God has given human beings the intelligence that they have? What would happen if we enjoy His myriad blessings but do not fulfill this purpose? Accordingly, the next Verse in the Qur’an warns us. 27.87 “And the Day that the Trumpet will be sounded then will be smitten with terror those who are in the heavens and those who are on earth except such as God will please (to exempt): and all shall come to His (Presence) as beings conscious of their lowliness.” After our individual death on earth, there will be a Day where we will face our Maker – the One who has designed and created us. As we go through our daily routined life, we may feel that there is no such Day, i.e., we will die just like animals die and disappear without having to account for the intelligent existence and blessings that each of us so richly enjoyed. We might even think that everything on earth is permanent and there can be no life after death. To help us understand, God gives a powerful analogy in the next Verse. 27.88 “You see the mountains and think them to be firmly fixed: but they shall pass away as the clouds pass away: (such is) the artistry of God Who disposes of all things in perfect order: for He is well-acquainted with all that you do.” The earth and all that we observe is simply a temporary stage to give us the opportunity to demonstrate our character and justice towards God. He will dispose off all that is on earth and lay bare our attitude towards Him on the Day of Judgment. “The Day that We roll up the heavens like a scroll rolled up for books (completed) even as We produced the first Creation so shall We produce a new one: a promise We have undertaken: truly shall We fulfill it. Before this We wrote in the Psalms after the Message (given to Moses): My servants the righteous shall inherit the earth.” [21.104 -21.105] 27.89 “If any do good, it will (accrue) to them therefrom; and they will be secure from terror that Day.” The righteous are those who have fulfilled the purpose of their given intelligence by reflecting on the Signs of creation, acknowledging and turning to God with awe and adoration. 27.90 “And if any do evil their faces will be thrown headlong into the Fire, "Do you receive a reward other than that which you have earned by your deeds?"” Our unique and individual faces are a blessing – something that we enjoy taking Selfies of. Who has designed the face that we have? How many Selfies or pictures do we take of ourselves? Do we acknowledge the Creator of our face and thank Him after taking a Selfie? How should we then approach God? 27.91 “For me I have been commanded to serve the Lord of this City Him Who has sanctified it and to Whom (belong) all things: and I am commanded to be of those who bow in Islam to God's Will.” The creation of our habitations and cities are all part of God’s designed blessings for us. The Prophet through whom these Verses of the Qur’an were revealed confirms that he has aligned himself to the purpose of the intelligence that God has given him. 27.92 “And to rehearse the Qur'an: and if any accept guidance they do it for the good of their own souls and if any stray say, "I am only a Warner."” 27.93 “And say, "Praise be to God Who will soon show you His Signs so that you shall know them"; and your Lord is not unmindful of all that you do.” If we reflect on the Signs of God’s Blessings while studying the Qur’an seeking guidance, He will help us – as He knows what is in the hearts of those who look for Him. {Notes}: {1}https://www.thenational.ae/business/how-light-affects-our-day-to-day-life-1.562725 {2}https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335337082_CIRCADIAN_RHYTHM_AND_ITS_IMPORTANCE_IN_HUMAN_LIFE

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