One day I came across verse # 57 of Ghafir.
The creation of the heavens and the earth is indeed greater than the creation of mankind; yet, most of mankind know not.
I knew that Allah (SWT) has created mankind in a fantastic way and various systems of a human body are working in great harmony with each other. In fact, human body is a mini-universe and its complete comprehension is beyond our reach.
The above verse of the Quran, however, announced to me that the creation of heavens and the earth was even greater than the creation of mankind. I, at once, started focusing my attention more and more on the various manifestations of Allah (SWT) in this universe. I would like to mention some of those in this discourse. These manifestations are signs or miracles of Allah (SWT) taking place in front of our eyes every day and every night. We, however, look at these casually and carelessly although there is a great deal of guidance and inspiration for us in these manifestations. For example in Qaf # 6-11
Have they not looked at the heaven above them, how We have made it and adorned it, and there are no rifts in it? And the earth! We have spread it out, and set thereon mountains standing firm, and have produced therein every kind of lovely growth (plants). An insight and a reminder for every slave who turns to Allah in repentance. And We send down blessed water (rain) from the sky, then We produce therewith gardens and grain (every kind of harvests) that are reaped. And tall date-palms, with ranged clusters. A provision for (Allah’s) slaves. And We give life therewith to a dead land. Thus will be the resurrection (of the dead).
Also in Yasin # 33-40
And a sign for them is the dead land. We give it life, and We bring forth from it grains, so that they eat thereof. And We have made therein gardens of date-palms and grapes, and We have caused springs of water to gush forth therein. So that they may eat of the fruit thereof -and their hands made it not. Will they not, then, give thanks? Glory be to Him Who has created all the pairs of that which the earth produces, as well as of their own (human) kind (male and female), and of that which they know not. And a sign for them is the night. We withdraw therefrom the day, and behold, they are in darkness. And the sun runs on its fixed course for a term (appointed). That is the Decree of the All-Mighty, the All-Knowing. And the moon, We have measured for it mansions (to traverse) till it returns like the old dried curved date stalk. It is not for the sun to overtake the moon, nor does the night outstrip the day. They all float, each in an orbit.
Who else can create systems like the systems of Allah (SWT), Luqman # 10 – 11
He has created the heavens without any pillars that you see, and has set on the earth firm mountains lest it should shake with you. And He has scattered therein moving (living) creatures of all kinds. And We send down water (rain) from the sky, and We cause (plants) of every goodly kind to grow therein. This is the creation of Allah. So show Me that which those (whom you worship) besides Him have created. Nay, the Zalimun (polytheists, wrong-doers and those who do not believe in the Oneness of Allah) are in plain error .
The creation of Allah (SWT) is indeed, faultless. Al-Mulk # 3-4
Who has created the seven heavens one above another; you can see no fault in the creation of the Most Gracious. Then look again: “Can you see any rifts?” Then look again and yet again: your sight will return to you in a state of humiliation and worn out.
There are many clear cut signs for us in this vast universe.
Al-Baqarah # 164
Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water (rain) which Allah sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving (living) creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed Ayat (signs) for the wise people.
This creation of day and night and also the alternation of day and night is witnessed by everybody but it is viewed as just a daily routine. Allah < alarms us in Al-Qasas # 71-73
Say: “Tell me! If Allah made the night continuous for you till the Day of Resurrection, which ilah (god) besides Allah could bring you light? Will you not then hear?” Say (O Mohammad (SAS)): “Tell me! If Allah made the day continuous for you till the Day of Resurrection, which ilah (god) besides Allah could bring you night wherein you rest? Will you not then see?” It is out of His Mercy that He has made for you the night and the day that you may rest therein (i.e. during the night) and that you may seek of His Bounty (i.e. during the day) – and in order that you may be grateful.
Even more specifically in Al-An’am # 96-97
(He is the) Cleaver of the daybreak. He has appointed the night for resting, and the sun and the moon for reckoning. Such is the measuring of the All-Mighty, the All-Knowing. It is He Who has set the stars for you, so that you may guide your course with their help through the darkness of the land and the sea. We have (indeed) explained in detail Our signs for people who know.
Then about vegetations and fruits in Al-An’am # 95 and 99
Verily! It is Allah Who causes the seed-grain and the fruit-stone (like date-stone) to split and sprout. He brings forth the living from the dead, and it is He Who brings forth the dead from the living. Such is Allah, then how are you deluded away from the truth?
It is He Who sends down water (rain) from the sky, and with it We bring forth vegetation of all kinds, and out of it We bring forth green stalks, from which We bring forth thick clustered grain. And out of the date-palm and its spathe come forth clusters of dates hanging low and near, and gardens of grapes, olives and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety and taste). Look at their fruits when they begin to bear, and the ripeness thereof. Verily! In these things there are signs for people who believe.
Yes, indeed, the creation of heavens and earth is more involved and is even more fascinating than the creation of human being. Allah (SWT) mentioned this fact that the creation of heavens and earth is more involved than the creation of human being to bring home to us that He who can create so involved a universe can definitely recreate human being from rotten bones and fragmented flesh. Al-Isra # 49-51
And they say: “When we are bones and fragments (destroyed), should we really be resurrected (to be) a new creation?” Say: “Be you stones or iron, or some created thing that is yet greater (or harder) in your breasts.” Then, they will say: “Who shall bring us back (to life)?” Say: “He Who created you first!” Then, they will shake their heads at you and say: “When will that be?” Say: “Perhaps it is near!”
Finally in Al- Ahqaf # 33
Do they not see that Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth, and was not wearied by their creation, is able to give life to the dead? Yes, He surely is able to do all things.
Hence we admire the creation of heavens and earth and firmly believe in the resurrection of human being and our accountability for our deeds on the day of Judgement. I think the best way to finish this article is by quoting Al-Jathiya # 36-37
So all the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the heavens and the Lord of the earth, and the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinn and all that exists). And His (Alone) is the Majesty in the heavens and the earth, and He is the All-Mighty, the AIl-Wise.