“A’uudzu billaahi minasy-syaithaanir-rajiim”
Surah-25 (AL Furqaan/The Criterion),
Have you not pay attention (the creation
of) your Lord, how He lengthened (and shorten) the shadows and if He wills He
surely make it permanent shadows, then We made the sun as an indication of the
Then we pull, that shadows, to Us, with the
pull of slowly.
and 46 of Surah-25 (Al-Furqaan /The Criterion) above, in my opinion are short and simple Verses of
the Qur'an. Maybe because the incident of elongated and shortened shadows are
unremarkable occurrence that happen everyday because of the relative movement
of the Sun from
east to west.
But the assumption will soon gone when we explore it
There can be no verse
of the Qur'an which is not meaningful for
Prompts Allah SWT to
pay attention to His creation through the
Qur’an Surah-3 (Ali ‘Imran/Family Of Imran).
Verily in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and
the alternation of night and day the are signs for people that have
(There are) those who remember Allah, standing, sitting
or lying down and they thinking about the creation of the heavens and
the earth (saying): “Our Lord, You have not created this in vain. Glory to
Thee, so guard us from the torment of hell”.
Frankly I personally crave His grace as His statement in
Qur'an Surah-2 (Al-Baqarah/The Heifer), Verse-269:
Allah confers al hikmah (deep
understanding about which the Holy Qur'an and As Sunnah) to whom He wills. And
he who granted al hikmah, he really has awarded the many grace. And only those
intelligent person who can take a lesson (from the word of God).
As we know, our shadows are longest when the Sun
is just after sunrise
or just before sunset
and the shortest
when the Sun is directly above us, of course,
when we are in a
state of standing.
incident is caused by the decrees of Allah to the Earth, rotation and
orbit the Sun on its orbits as implied in Surah-25 (Al-Furqaan/The Criterion), Verse-45 above.
Because of the rising and setting sun
events are routine events that occur or as sure to happen every day, it is very
rare that I personally (and probably you) pay attention. Let alone grateful for
His blessings and grace, because there is no and there will never be no decree
of Allah Almighty in vain. None, however small or trivial whatever, wherever
either hidden or not, the entire events in the universe is God Almighty has set
as expressed by His word in
Qur’an Surah-6 (Al An’aam/Livestock), Verse-59:
And in Beside Allah the keys of the Unseen; nobody knew
except Himself, and He knows what is on land and at sea, and no a leaf that
fall, but rather He know it (too), not falling one granule of seed, in the dark
earth and not something wet or dry, but is written in a Clear Book (Lohmahfuz).
Indifferent attention to extending or
shortening the shadows would change instantly into awe mingled with tremendous
fear, when we pay attention to His really subtle threat.
“and if He wills He surely make it permanent shadows, then
We made the sun as an indication of the shadows”
Surah-25 Verses-45 mentioned above.
Imagine, in order to fixed (static
state) the shadows or not shortened neither elongated, then there are two
things should be done to the Earth, that is stop its rotation and revolution.
Furthermore to stop Earth rotation, there
are 2 alternatives:
Stop the Earth's rotation is
gradually or slowly, which occurs naturally become slower seasons change and
the weather will be unpredictable. The most serious situation is when the speed
of rotation and revolution of the Earth exactly the same or the time required 1
times rotation is absolute equal to the time of 1 times Earth orbits the Sun.
When previously it takes 24 hours to rotate once, so now 1 times rotation need
1 year or approximately 365 x 24 hours (This is exactly happening to the Moon, which rotates
exactly the same as the time it takes to orbit the Earth that is 1 full month.
So since He created the Moon, we are on this Earth can only see the surface of
the Moon as it appears today). So that half of the surface of the Earth will
facing the Sun (noon) for ever, while the other half of the surface will
experience a night that "eternal". Please imagine by yourself, what
will happens to the Earth and everything on it.
the Earth's rotation instantly or suddenly, because I have no idea what will
happen, so let see the opinion of astronomer Lynn Carter, PhD. who I admire:
§ If the Earth's rotation INSTANTLY stopped, everything not fixed to
the Earth would continue to rotate around at the same velocity that they were
before due to conservation of momentum. To us it would feel like a giant
earthquake where the Earth would suddenly start "moving" in the
opposite direction of the rotation. Buildings would collapse, the oceans would
wash up onto land in large tidal waves, and there would be a large atmospheric
wind shear at the surface. (The atmosphere is not attached to the planet either
and would keep rotating too). Since we are travelling at about 460 m/s at the
equator (about 1000 miles or 1670 km per hour) we would be tossed pretty far.
(We wouldn't fly off the earth, though. Escape velocity is much higher.) As my
officemate said when I told him about this question "We would be thrown
into the wall at 1.5 times the speed of sound as the building was tipped off
§ Seismic waves from the impact would travel through the earth
causing massive earthquakes. Depending on the size and velocity of the
impactor, the earth might even break apart.
§ Much of the atmosphere would be boiled off. A fireball would
expand outward destroying material in it's path and polluting the rest of the
Whereas hurricane "Katrina"
who attacked the state of Louisiana - USA on Monday morning September 29, 2005
with a top speed of "only" about 280 km per hour and take place in
the “relatively limited" area, had killed more than 2,000 people with the
destruction of public facilities more than 80 billion U.S. Dollars!
So I am really sure, no any living things
will survive, because the Earth's crust too will be peeled off. Please try to
compare with His words in
1. Qur’an Surah-69
(Al Haaqqah/The Reality),
when the trumpet is blown once inflatable
up the earth and the mountains, and then it's collided once collide
So on that
day came to pass the Day of Resurrection,
And the sky
split, for on this day the sky became weak.
2. Qur’an Surah-101
(Al Qaari’ah/The Doomsday),
Do you know what the Day of Judgment is?
On that day,
all human like moths that flies
mountains like a feather being squandered
Furthermore, the cessation of rotation of the Earth
will not stop the lengthening and shortening of the shadows, because the Earth
is still orbits the Sun. And then the interchange between day and night will
occur once every 6 months. But there's an interesting thing that is if you
survived from the cessation of the Earth’s rotation, then you will see the
incredible miracle, the sun rises from the west and will be immersed in the
eastern horizon 6 months later!
You may still recall the story of the
prophet Abraham arguing with Namrudz king of Babylon in
Qur’an Surah-2 (Al-Baqarah/ The Heifer), Verse-258:
Have you not seen those who disputed with Abraham
about his Lord (Allah) Because God has given him the government (power). When
Ibrahim said: "My Lord is the One who turn on and off," the man said:
"I can turn on and off". Ibrahim said: "Verily, Allah maketh the
sun from the east, then maketh it from the west," then the pagans become
speechless, and Allah does not guide the wrongdoers people.
To stop altogether lengthening and
shortening the shadows, Earth rotation stoppage must be followed by a cessation
of its orbital motion. When the Earth's orbital motion is stopped, then the
Earth would instantly "falls" into or be "sucked" by the
Earth-Sun distance is 150,000,000 km (1
AU or one Astronomical Unit) will be taken by the Earth for approximately 65
days. Try once again to attention His words in
Qur'an Surah-25 (AL Furqaan/The Criterion),
Then we pull the shadows to us, with slowly pull.
Alhamdulillah from His words that
"very simple" (sorry), it appeared that many knowledge we obtain, hopefully
this article useful, I beg your pardon if there was a misinterpretation or
wrong conclusion, it is not apart of my limited knowledge.