Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Surah Al Baqarah (2:19) – Darkness in Rain Clouds

أَوْ كَصَيِّبٍ مِّنَ السَّمَاء فِيهِ ظُلُمَاتٌ وَرَعْدٌ وَبَرْقٌ يَجْعَلُونَ أَصْابِعَهُمْ فِي آذَانِهِم مِّنَ الصَّوَاعِقِ حَذَرَ الْمَوْتِ واللّهُ مُحِيطٌ بِالْكافِرِينَ

Or like abundant rain from the cloud in which is utter darkness and thunder and lightning; they put their fingers into their ears because of the thunder peal, for fear of death, and Allah encompasses the unbelievers.

M.Shakir's Quran Translation



The above Ayat draws our attention towards the link between rain clouds and lightning, darkness in the rain clouds and to the order of formation, information that parallels that discovered by science.

Darkness in Rain Clouds

Rain clouds are tremendous masses covering 20 to 260 square metres (10 to 100 square miles) and reaching great vertical heights of 9,000
to 12,000 metres (30,000 to 40,000 ft.). Due to these extraordinary dimensions,
the lower parts of these clouds are dark. It is impossible for
the Sun's rays to pass through them, because of the large quantities of
water and ice particles they contain. Very little solar energy therefore
reaches the Earth through the clouds, which is why the clouds appear
dark to someone looking up at them.

Quran uses the plural form of the word darkness i.e. ظلمات.
For details see Surah Anaam 6:1.

Clouds containing Thunder and Lightning

The stages of the formation of thunder and lightning after that
darkness are as follows: An electrical charge
forms inside the rain cloud. This comes about as a result of such processes
as freezing, the division of raindrops and charge formation during
contact. The accumulation of such electrical charges, when the air
between becomes unable to insulate them, leads to a great spark, a discharge
between the positive and negative fields. The voltage between
two oppositely charged areas can reach 1 billion volts. The spark can also
form within the cloud, can cross between two clouds, from a positively
charged area to a negative one, or be discharged from the cloud to
the ground. These sparks form dazzling lightning strikes. This sudden
increase in the electrical charge along the line of lightning causes intense
heat (10,000 degrees Celsius).As a result,
there is a sudden expansion of the air, which in turn causes the loud noise
associated with thunder. Dark layers, followed by the electrically
charged sparks known as lightning, and
then the loud noise called thunder,
form within a rain cloud, as the Ayat tells us. Everything
modern science has established
about clouds, and has to say
about the causes of thunder and
lightning, is in complete accord with the
descriptions in the Qur'an.

(Also see
Harun Yahya's book 'Allah's miracles in the Quran' Pg 122,123)

Allah encompasses the unbelievers

Allah further says," they put their fingers into their ears because of the thunder peal, for fear of death, and Allah encompasses the unbelievers". Allah is making the unbelievers realize that He has 'encompassed' them and if they don't act before it's too late they'll be doomed. Death will reach them and they won't be ready for it. One can not overlook the reality by closing his eyes or putting fingers into the ears. The hypocrites and the unbelievers put their fingers into their ears out of ear not realizing the fact that what they are fear has already happened. Light travels faster than sound for this very reason we see lightning earlier than its sound (thunder). Similarly they are too slow in their preparation for the Hereafter.




See the complete list of Scientific Miracles in Surah Baqarah here


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