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Reflections After Sunset

“Are you a more difficult creation or is the sky?” (Al Qur’an, 79:27). Reflections after witnessing a beautiful sunset. Archive from 2015.

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

In the name of the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful Allah

So it was after sunset, and the sky was just beautiful, with the red glow of sunset disappearing. I told my sister about the verse where Allah says

ثُمَّ ارْجِعِ الْبَصَرَ كَرَّتَيْنِ يَنقَلِبْ إِلَيْكَ الْبَصَرُ خَاسِئًا وَهُوَ حَسِيرٌ

Then return (your) vision twice again (to the sky). The vision will return to you enfeebled while it is exhausted. (Surah Mulk, 67:4)

The sky is such a magnificent overwhelming creation of Allah. When was the last time we looked at the sky and pondered? Just try this activity out. When you're outside stare at the sky. This magnificent vast creation of Allah. Just stare at it and think.

أَفَلَمْ يَنظُرُوا إِلَى السَّمَاءِ فَوْقَهُمْ كَيْفَ بَنَيْنَاهَا وَزَيَّنَّاهَا وَمَا لَهَا مِن فُرُوجٍ

Have they not looked at the sky above them — how We built it and beautified it and [how] it has no cracks? (Surah Qaf, 50:6)

أَفَلَا يَنظُرُونَ إِلَى الْإِبِلِ كَيْفَ خُلِقَتْ
وَإِلَى السَّمَاءِ كَيْفَ رُفِعَتْ
وَإِلَى الْجِبَالِ كَيْفَ نُصِبَتْ
وَإِلَى الْأَرْضِ كَيْفَ سُطِحَتْ
فَذَكِّرْ إِنَّمَا أَنتَ مُذَكِّرٌ

Then do they not look at the camels — how they are created?
And at the sky — how it is raised?
And at the mountains — how they are erected?
And at the earth — how it is spread out?
So remind [O Muhammad ﷺ]; you are only a reminder. (Surah Al Ghashiyah, 88:17–21)

Some of you deny the resurrection. You wonder and doubt if Allah can really bring you back to life and judge you, when your bones have dispersed as dust. But,

أَأَنتُمْ أَشَدُّ خَلْقًا أَمِ السَّمَاءُ ۚ بَنَاهَا * رَفَعَ سَمْكَهَا فَسَوَّاهَا* وَأَغْطَشَ لَيْلَهَا وَأَخْرَجَ ضُحَاهَا

Are you a more difficult creation or is the sky? He built it. He raised its roof then He balanced it. And He darkened its night and extracted its forenoon..(Surah An Naziyat, 79:27–29)

If Allah is able to create the sky, which is a more difficult creation than you, O son of Adam, don’t you think He holds the power to re-create you again after death?



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