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Surah Al An'aam (6:96) - night designed for rest

Surah Al An'aam (6:96) - night designed for rest

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Scientific, Archaeological and Historical Miracles of the Holy Quran.
Scientific, Archaeological and Historical Miracles of the Holy Quran.

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Published by: Muhammad Awais Tahir on Aug 31, 2009
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Its marvels will never cease
(Jami Tirmidhi)
Scientific and Archaeological Explanation of
the Ayaats of the Holy Quran
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Sura: Al-An\u2019aam
Ayat 96
He causes the dawn to break; and He has made the night for rest, and the sun and the moon for
reckoning; this is an arrangement of the Mighty, the Knowing.
M Shakir's Quran Translation
Spherical Shape of the Earth
The term \u062d\ue000\u0628\u0635\ue001\u0627 \u0642\u0644\ue000\u0641 that is breaking the dawn in the Ayat points towards the spherical shape of the earth contrary to
what was thought at the time of Prophet Muhammad SAW. There are other Ayats in the Quran where spherical
shape is described explicitly. We\u2019ll discuss this topic there. (SeeSURAH SHAMS 91:6)
Ayaats in the Quran which point towards Geo Spherical Shape of the Earth
Surah Anaam 6:96, Surah Hajj 22:6, Surah Luqman 31:29, Surah Faatir 35:13, Surah Hadeed 57:6, Surah Shams 91:6.
Night \u2018designed\u2019 for rest
The second important thing mentioned in the Ayat is that Allah has made the night peaceful, in other words night is
specially designed for sleep and rest. Modern Scientific discoveries uncover this secret.
First interesting thing is the discovery of hormone which makes one \u2018sleepy\u2019. Melatonin is a naturally occurring
hormone that is released into the bloodstream during the hours of darkness. While scientists continue to study the
function of melatonin in humans, they believe the hormone plays a role in the body\u2019s circadian rhythm. This rhythm
regulates the physiological functions that occur in the body within a 24-hour period, such as sleep-wake cycles,
fluctuations in body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure.

Scientists theorize that because melatonin levels are low during the day and high at night, melatonin may instruct
the body when it is day or night, enabling the body to adapt and meet the demands of its changing environment.
Melatonin may also provide seasonal cues by, for instance, informing the body about the longer nights that occur in
winter and the shorter nights in summer.

Other studies have found that melatonin levels in the body decline with age in humans, leading some researchers to
speculate that melatonin acts as an antiaging hormone by alleviating some of the adverse effects of aging such as

The hormone melatonin prepares the body for sleep by slowing down peoples' physical movements, making them
sleepy and tired, and functioning as a natural tranquillizer that eases their minds. During sleep, heartbeat and
respiration rhythms slow down and blood pressure falls. In the morning, the production of the hormones stops and
the body is stimulated to awaken. ("MELATONING THE GROWTH HORMONE,\u201cHEALTH JOURNAL)

Reduced Photosynthesis and perspiration in plants

Many activities that take place during the day slow down and rest during the night. In plants, for instance,
perspiration in leaves and photosynthesis begin to rise when the Sun rises. In the afternoon, the situation is
reversed. In other words, photosynthesis slows down and respiration increases since perspiration is accelerated as
the temperature rises. At night time, as the temperature falls, perspiration slows down and the plant rests. Most

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