Date: 23rd December 2016; 23rd or 24th Rabi-Awwal 1438;
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ISLAMIC AL-JUMUAA REMINDER AND LEGACY GROUP, (http://aljumaareminder.com/), experiencing a miracle from a Hadith:
THE PHENOMENON OF LIGHTNING
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) says:”….don’t you see that lightning comes and back in an eye blink. ….” [Sahih Muslim 195]
Lightning in ancient legends: For many years, people used to believe that lightning is a holy event which is related to gods that punish those people who disobey them. In the seventh century when Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was living, people believed that “Zeus” is the god of lightning, at that time the smartest man used to believe in these myths.
The first one to study this phenomenon: The phenomenon of lightning was studied after the 11th centuries from the time of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and in the 18th century. The most initiative scientist was a professor Franklin, who used his famous kite and he connected it to a metal wire and sent it up between the clouds, a strong spark was released when the electricity moved through the wire when it touched the ground!
In this research we will see how Prophet Muhammad (SAW) talked precisely about phases of lightning as there is a complete conformance between his saying and recent discoveries concerning the lightning as recent scientists found that the lightning strike happens in a fractions of a second! This scientific fact was discovered by the use of an advanced camera which is able to capture one thousand photo per second. The question is who told our illiterate Prophet this scientific information 1400 years ago?
For a long period scientists were searching for an answer about the secret phenomenon of lightning, but it was still rare knowledge. Just in the 20th century they discovered the digital camera with the help of which they were able to capture 1,000 photo per second which enabled them to understand some secrets about the lightning but details still unknown!
Scientists say that when the beam of lightning starts to release from the base of the cloud which is negatively charged towards the earth which is positively charged, the opposite charge meet and collision occurs and the lightning beam rushes with a speed of more than one hundred thousand kilometers per second. Also, scientists had found that lightning has many phases and the most important phases are going down phase and going back phase.
IARLG’s note: Do you see in the images above how the positive charges exist in the ground? Lightning is not limited to zapping just the ground; trees, people etc can also be zapped.
Lightning happens when the negative charges (electrons) in the bottom of the cloud are attracted to the positive charges (protons) in the ground.
The accumulation of electric charges has to be great enough to overcome the insulating properties of air. When this happens, a stream of negative charges pours down towards a high point where positive charges have clustered due to the pull of the thunderhead.
The connection is made and the protons rush up to meet the electrons. It is at that point that we see lightning and hear thunder. A bolt of lightning heats the air along its path causing it to expand rapidly. Thunder is the sound caused by rapidly expanding air.
Scientists say that time of the lightning flash is 25 fraction of a second and this is the same as time of eye blink. Isn’t this the same as what our Prophet said 1400 years ago. After all of these scientific facts, we have to ask a simple question: How did Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) deal with this complicated phenomenon? Was he affected by all of the different myths and legends at that time?
The scientists at NASA are using the same Prophetic expression: Steve Goodman, a scientist in NASA says about the lightning: “A lightning strike can heat the air in a fraction of a second. When air is heated that quickly, it expands violently and then contracts, like an explosion that happens in the blink of an eye.” [Steve Goodman, A Lightning Primer, www.nasa.gov] Also he says: “the type of lightning NASA is researching occurs within clouds, invisible to the naked eye by day. To properly monitor this type of lightning takes special equipment like NASA’s Lightning Imaging Sensor, The sensor tracks worldwide lightning strikes and their relationship to storm centers.”
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) summarized how lightning forms. All of the above was summarized by Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in just a few words by saying: don’t you see that lightning comes and back in an eye blink.148 - IARLG - THE PHENOMENON OF LIGHTNING; Date 23rd December 2016; 23rd or 24th Rabi-Awwal 1438 (30 downloads)
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