Saturday, August 29, 2009

Surah Al A’araf (7:57) – Water Cycle, Weight of Clouds



وَهُوَ الَّذِي يُرْسِلُ الرِّيَاحَ بُشْرًا بَيْنَ يَدَيْ رَحْمَتِهِ حَتَّى إِذَا أَقَلَّتْ سَحَابًا ثِقَالاً سُقْنَاهُ لِبَلَدٍ مَّيِّتٍ فَأَنزَلْنَا بِهِ الْمَاء فَأَخْرَجْنَا بِهِ مِن كُلِّ الثَّمَرَاتِ كَذَلِكَ نُخْرِجُ الْموْتَى لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ

And He it is Who sends forth the winds bearing good news before His mercy, until, when they bring up a laden cloud, We drive it to a dead land, then We send down water on it, then bring forth with it of fruits of all kinds; thus shall We bring forth the dead that you may be mindful.

M Shakir's Quran Translation [7-57]


Water cycle

Water Cycle or Hydrologic Cycle is a series of movements of water above, on, and below the surface of the earth. The water cycle consists of four distinct stages: storage, evaporation, precipitation, and runoff. Water may be stored temporarily in the ground; in oceans, lakes, and rivers; and in ice caps and glaciers. It evaporates from the earth's surface, condenses in clouds, falls back to the earth as precipitation (rain or snow), and eventually either runs into the seas or reevaporates into the atmosphere. Almost all the water on the earth has passed through the water cycle countless times. Very little water has been created or lost over the past billion years. Bernard Palissy was the first man to describe the present day concept of 'water cycle' in 1580 (SEE Quran and Modern Science by Dr. Zakir naik pg 26).

Quran had discussed the water cycle many times and the description given in the Holy Quran perfectly matches the description given to us by modern science using modern tools and equipments.

Weight of Clouds

In the above Ayat It is mentioned that the rain clouds are very heavy ثقال. The weight of clouds can reach quite astonishing proportions. For example, a cumulonimbus cloud, commonly known as the thunder cloud, can contain up to 300,000 tons of water (Allah's Miracles in the Quran by Harun Yahya Pg 111). Quran also emphasizes on the weight of clouds in Surah Raad 13:12.



See the complete list of Scientific Miracles in Surah Al Aa'raf here


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