Date: 2nd February 2018; 16th or 17th Jumada al-Ula 1439;
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QURAN MIRACLE – LIKE LOCUSTS
They will come out of the graves with downcast eyes like an expanding swarm of locusts. (Qur’an 54:7)
In the verse above, unbelievers are reminded that they will be resurrected and that it will be a difficult day for them. Imagine, billions of men rising from the dead, coming out of their graves! Confusion, perplexity, fear, remorse… Everybody on his own… The only help is from God. The day when high offices, families, riches and possessions have no value on the day of no return…
The resurrected are likened to locusts; why particularly locusts? Recent research benefiting from micro cameras conducted by a systematic observation of insects have given us an idea about the reason for the selection of locusts as an example. To begin with, swarms of locusts, billions of them together, give the impression of a vast rain cloud without end, a black mass stretching far and wide 3 to 5 kilometers! Locusts bury their eggs in the earth and their larvae spend some time under the ground before they eventually emerge to the surface.
Take for instance the locusts, part of the fauna of New England, USA; in the month of May of the year in which they attain their 17th year, these insects emerge from under the ground where they have been living for years and years. Suppose, you tell a man: “We’ll shut you up in a dark cell without a wristwatch and you’ll have no contact whatsoever with the outside world and you’ll be released at the end of the 17th day.” It is very doubtful that he will be able to know exactly the time when he will be let out. There is a similarity between the rebirth of locusts and man’s resurrection.
– After a long time
– Under the ground
– Densely crowded
– They rise to the surface of the earth
The parables and metaphors in the Quran are many. These figures of speech are to help us to understand better the meanings of the verses.
…Thus does Allah present parables. (Qur’an 13:17)
And such are the parables We set forth for the people, but only those understand them who have knowledge. (Qur’an 29:43)
We have put forth for the people every kind of parable in this Quran that they may take heed. (Qur’an 39:29)
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