Animals That Lay Eggs and Animals That Give Birth

One day a person came to Imam Ali (P). He was planning to ask Imam Ali (P) such a question, which would take Imam Ali (P) a long time to answer and because of that his Maghrib (Dusk) Prayers would be delayed. He asked, “Imam Ali you say you know everything in the world, then tell me which animals lay eggs and which animals give birth to their young ones.” Imam Ali (P) looked back at him smiled and said, “The animals that have their ‘EARS’ outside their body give birth to their young ones and the animals that have their ‘EARS’ inside their body lay eggs.”
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Prophet Muhammed (M) and Anecdote About 3 Friends
Once the Messenger of God, Muhammed (M) was sitting amidst his companions in the mosque, when all of a sudden the prophet said “Today I shall narrate a story to you all which will reveal three riddles for all of you to solve”. This hushed the crowd and they all listened to what Prophet Muhammed (M) had to say. Prophet Muhammed (M) continued by saying that once a man got to
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Love for the Sake of God
Imam Ali (P), the first successor, Imam, and infallible leaders after prophet Muhammed (M), would always spend time with his children. Once he was sitting in his house with his two young children, Abbas, his son, and Zainab, his daughter. Imam Ali (P) said to Abbas, “Say Waahed (one)”. Imam Ali (P) then asked him to “say Ithnain (Two)”. Abbas replied, “I feel ashamed to utter ‘two’ from the same tongue which just said ‘one’”. Imam Ali (P) hugged his son, pleased at such a charming expression. The reply from Abbas indicated how deeply devoted he was in his belief in Tawheed, that is, Oneness of God. A true believer never likes to even imagine any association with God. Zainab then asked, “Dear, father, do you love me?” Imam Ali (P) said, “Yes, of course, my children are like a part of my heart”. On hearing this, she said, “You also love God. How can two loves be in one heart of a true believer, the love of God and that of children?” Imam Ali (P) smiled and replied, “Love God and for the sake of His love, you love His creatures and fellow beings too. I love you for the sake of God.”
Footnotes: (M) May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him and his Progeny / Refers to Prophet Muhammed (P) Peace be upon Him / Refers to Angels, Prophets, Imams, and Infallible Ladies.
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Is Mo ney Ever yt hi ng?
Some people say ‘money is everything’. It will be advisable for such people to consider the following facts: “Money will buy a bed but not sleep, Books but not brains, Food but not appetite, Finery but not beauty, Medicine but not health; Luxuries but not culture, Amusements but not happiness, Passport to every where but not Heaven.”

The Formation of Rain

By: Harun Yahya

How rain was formed remained a great mystery for quite some time. Only after the weather radar was invented was it possible to discover the stages by which rain is formed. According to this discovery, the formation of rain takes place in three stages. First, the “raw material” of rain rises up into the air with the wind. Later, clouds are formed, and finally raindrops appear.
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The Proportion of Rain
By: Harun Yahya
Another item of information provided in the Holy Qur’an about rain is that it is sent down to Earth in “due measure.” This is mentioned in Surat azZukhruf as follows: It is He Who sends down water in due measure from the sky by which We bring a dead land back to life. That is how you too will be raised [from the dead]. (Holy Qur’an, 43:11) This measured quantity in rain has again been discovered by modern research. It is estimated that in one second, approximately 16 million tons of water evaporates from the Earth. This Every year, the amount of water figure amounts to 513 trillion tons of water in that evaporates and that falls one year. This number is equal to the amount of back to the Earth in the form of rain that falls on the Earth in a year. Therefore, rain is «constant»: 513 trillion water continuously circulates in a balanced cycle, tons. This constant amount is according to a “measure.” Life on Earth depends declared in the Qur>an by the on this water cycle. Even if all the available technology in the world were to be employed for expression «sending down water in due measure from the sky.» this purpose, this cycle could not be reproduced artificially. The constancy of this quantity is Even a minor deviation in this equilibrium would very important for the continuity soon give rise to a major ecological imbalance that of the ecological balance, and would bring about the end of life on Earth. Yet, therefore, life. it never happens, and rain continues to fall every year in exactly the same measure, just as revealed in the Holy Qur’an. The proportion of rain does not merely apply to its quantity, but also to the speed of the falling raindrops. The speed of raindrops, regardless of their size, does not exceed a certain limit. Philipp Lenard, a German physicist who received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1905, found that the fall speed increased with drop diameter until a size of 4.5 mm (0.18 inch). For larger drops, however, the fall speed did not increase beyond 8 meters per second (26 ft/sec).[1] He attributed this to the changes in drop shape caused by the air flow as the drop size increased. The change in shape thus increased the air resistance of the drop and slowed its fall rate. As can be seen, the Holy Qur’an may also be drawing our attention to the subtle adjustment in rain which could not have been known 1,400 years ago.

know that the days in his life was numbered and very soon he would be confronted with death. With this knowledge he feared his loneliness in the grave and went searching for true friends who would help and accompany him. He knocked on the door of his first friend and asked whether he would help. To this the friend said, “of course, what are we here for.” But then the man went on to say that he had very few days to live after which he required help. As soon as he uttered this statement, the friend said “I am sorry but when death does us apart, there is nothing we can do for you but buy you a place in the graveyard and some cloth (Kafan) to cover your dead body.” Grieved but looking forward to his next friend, the man moved on. On the second door, when he came face to face with his friend, and after narrating the entire story of his death and asked for help, the same answer was his fate again. The second friend said “I have been there with you all your life and can help you here. But there’s nothing I can do for you after you die except take your corpse to the graveyard and bury you.” Lost in agony and despair, he headed for the third friend, very sure that he would receive the same answer but there was a tinge of hope left. When he confronted the third friend, and told him that he required help, the friend eagerly volunteered to help. But the man continued to say that I need help after I die. To which the third friend replied, “Do not worry, my dear friend! I shall accompany you to the grave, be there with you in the grave, even when the angels arrive for questioning, then assist you on the Sirat (a bridge which is above hell fire that leads to heaven) and then lead you to heaven. “To this the man heaved a sigh of relief and then passed away in peace. Prophet Muhammed (M) then turned and asked his companions if anybody could identify the three friends and the man. When the prevailing silence didn’t dissolve, Prophet Muhammed (M) continued to say, “The man in the anecdote is any other human being.” The first friend is “money/wealth”, things that help us only in life and not after we die. The second family/friend were the “children/ sons and daughters”, we strive for them all our life and all they give us is a shoulder to the grave. And the third and most important friend is “deeds.” which accompany us all the way through. Moral: Do not strive for materialistic values that will give you nothing and help you in no way in your eternal life. But work and pray and ask forgiveness from God for only the good deeds assist mankind where every other thing loses value in the life hereafter!
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Footnote: [1] Keith C. Heidorn, Ph.D., “Philipp Lenard: Brushing the Teardrops from Rain,” www.islandnet.com/~see/weather/history/lenard.htm.

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Imam Al-Baqir (P): A Perfect Example of Behavior and Moral Aspects
God would never appoint a person as an Imam (infallible leader) and make him His decisive proof upon people unless the person has earned the position and has reached perfection in his virtues, sayings, and deeds. Such a person would say nothing but truth, and do nothing but good... Like his ancestors Imam MuhammedAl-Baqir (P), the fifth Imam, successor, infallible leader after prophet Muhammed (M), is a perfect example in terms of behavior and other moral aspects. In his behavior towards people, he was so chaste and humble that he would forgive and forget people’s wrongdoings as much as possible. This manner of the Imam would deeply penetrate within people’s hearts. The following narration clearly indicates this magnificent virtue. A man who intended to make fun of Imam Al-Baqir (P), changed the word Baqir (Splitter of knowledge) to Baqar (the Cow), and addressed Imam Baqir (P) insultingly. Without showing any signs of sadness or anger, Imam Baqir (P) simply replied: “No, I am not Baqar, I am Baqir.” The man continued: “You are son of the woman who was a cook.” Imam Al-Baqir (P): “That was her career. This is not shameful.” The man: “Your mother was impudent and rude.” Imam Al-Baqir (P): “If such matters you accuse my mother are true, I ask God to forgive her sins; and if they are false, I ask God to forgive you for your accusations and lies.” The patience of Imam Al-Baqir (P) was enough for the man to be revolutionized and attracted towards Islam. He later became a Muslim.

Between Free Will and God’s Control
One day a man came to Imam Baqir (P), the fifth Imam, successor, and infallible leader after prophet Muhammed (M), and asked him a very interesting question. Man: “Please tell me if how much power has God given to us human beings? Is it that God has given us absolute power, no power at all or limited power?” Imam Baqir (P): “Please stand up.” The man stands up. “Now keep your one foot in the air.” He does that. Imam Baqir (P): “Now keep your other foot in air.” Man: “I cannot do that. I will fall down.” Imam Baqir (P): “God has given you this much power. You are not given the complete power and you are not made powerless either.”

The Justice of the Great Leader
Once Imam Ali (P), the first infallible successor, Imam, and leader after prophet Muhammed (M), saw his coat of mail in the possession of a Christian. He took him in the court of a judge named Shurayh so that he might give a decision regarding its ownership. When both of them appeared before the judge Imam Ali said: “This coat of mail is mine. I have neither sold nor gifted it to anyone”. The judge asked the other person: “What have you to say about the claim made by the Commander of the Faithful(‘Ali) ? The Christian said: “This coat of mail is mine. In spite of this, however, I do not consider the Commander of the Faithful to be a liar.” then the judge Shurayh turned to Imam Ali and said: “Can you produce any witness who should depose that this coat of mail is yours?” Imam Ali smiled and said: “Shurayh is right. I cannot produce any such witness”. The judge gave a judgment in favour of the Christian who took the coat of mail and departed. The Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali, kept looking at him from behind. After having gone a few steps, however, he returned and said: “I testify that such an order resembles the order of the prophets, because one who is the Commander of the Faithful has appeared along with a person like me in the court of the judge who is also his subordinate and the judge has given a judgment against him”. Then he added: “O Commander of the Faithful! I swear by God that this coat of mail is yours and my claim was false”. The Christian later on became a follower of the great leader.
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Give Away The Nicer Things – Simplicity in Islam One day our first Imam, infallible leader, Imam Ali (P) went to the market with his servant, Qambar. There he bought two shirts, one which was really nice and expensive and the other which was not as nice. When Imam Ali (P) returned home he gave the better shirt to Qambar and kept the other one for himself. Qambar told Imam Ali (P) that it would look better if he wore the nicer shirt as he was the leader of the Muslims (Commander of the Faithful) while Qambar himself was only a servant. Imam Ali (P) answered that Qambar should wear the nicer shirt because he was younger and so it would suit him better; but more importantly Imam Ali (P) told him that he was a guide for the Muslims and so had to set a good example for them by leading a simple life.

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The Qur’an’s account of the formation of rain refers exactly to this process. In one verse, this formation is described in this way: It is Allah Who sends the winds which stir up clouds which He spreads about the sky however He wills. He forms them into dark clumps and you see the rain come pouring out from the middle of them. When He makes it fall on those of His servants He wills, they rejoice. (Holy Qur’an, 30:48) Now, let us examine these three stages outlined in the verse in more detail. FIRST STAGE: “It is Allah Who sends the winds...” Countless air bubbles formed by the foaming of the oceans continuously burst and cause water particles to be ejected towards the sky. These particles, which are rich in salt, are then carried away by winds and rise upward in the atmosphere. These particles, which are called aerosols, function as water traps, and form cloud drops by collecting around the water vapour themselves, which rises from the seas as tiny droplets. SECOND STAGE: “.... which stir up clouds which He spreads about the sky however He wills. He forms them into dark clumps...” The clouds are formed from water vapour that condenses around the salt crystals or dust particles in the air. Because the water droplets in these clouds are very small (with a diameter between 0.01 and 0.02 mm), the clouds are suspended in the air, and spread

across the sky. Thus, the sky is covered in clouds.

The above illustration shows the water droplets being released into the air. This is the first stage in the formation of rain. After that, the water droplets in the newly formed clouds will be suspended in the air and then condense to form rain. All of these stages are related in the Holy Qur’an.

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THIRD STAGE: “…and you see the rain come pouring out from the middle of them” The water particles that surround salt crystals and dust particles thicken and form raindrops, so, drops that become heavier than the air leave the clouds and start to fall to the ground as rain. As already discussed, every stage in the formation of rain is related in the verses of the Qur’an. Furthermore, these stages are explained in exactly the right sequence. Just as with many other natural phenomena on the Earth, Allah gave the most correct explanation of this phenomenon, and made it known in the Qur’an centuries before it was discovered. In another verse, the following information is given about the formation of rain: Have you not seen how Allah drives along the clouds, then joins them together, then makes them into a stack, and then you see the rain come out of it? And He sends down from the sky mountain masses [of clouds]

with cold hail in them, striking with it anyone He wills and averting it from anyone He wills. The brightness of His lightning almost blinds the sight. (Holy Qur’an, 24:43) Scientists studying cloud types came across surprising results with regards to the formation of rain clouds. Rain clouds are formed and shaped according to definite systems and stages. The stages of formation of one kind of rain cloud, cumulonimbus, are these: 1. STAGE, Being driven along: Clouds are carried along, that is, they are driven along, by the wind.

where drops of water and hail formulate and begin to grow larger and larger. When these drops of water and hail become too heavy for the updrafts to support them, they begin to fall from the cloud as rain, hail, etc.[2] We must remember that meteorologists have only recently come to know these details about cloud formation, structure and function, by using advanced equipment like planes, satellites, computers etc. It is evident that Allah has provided us information that could not have been known 1,400 years ago.

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(A) Isolated small pieces of clouds (cumulonimbus clouds) (B) When the small clouds join together, updrafts within the larger cloud increase. As a result, the cloud is stacked up. These updrafts cause the cloud body to grow vertically and the cloud is stacked up. This vertical growth causes the cloud body to stretch into cooler regions of the atmosphere, where drops of water and hail formulate and begin to grow larger and larger. When these drops of water and hail become too heavy for the updrafts to support them, they begin to fall from the cloud as rain, hail, etc. This scientific fact was announced in Sura Nur 43 fourteen centuries ago by Allah in this way: “... then [He] makes them into a stack, and then you see the rain come out of it…”

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2. STAGE, Joining: Then, small clouds (cumulonimbus clouds) driven along by the wind join together, forming a larger cloud.[1] 3. STAGE, Stacking: When the small clouds join together, updrafts within the larger cloud increase. The updrafts near the centre of the cloud are stronger than those near the edges. These updrafts cause the cloud body to grow vertically, so the cloud is stacked up. This vertical growth causes the cloud body to stretch into cooler regions of the atmosphere,
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[1] Richard A. Anthes, et al., The Atmosphere, 3rd ed. (Columbus: Charles E. Merrill Publishing Company: 1981), 268-269; Albert Millers, Jack C. Thompson, Elements of Meteorology, 2nd ed. (Columbus: Charles E. Merrill Publishing Company: 1975), 141. [2] Anthes, et al., The Atmosphere, 269; Millers, and Thompson, Elements of Meteorology, 141-142.

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