Last week, I was watching a beautiful documentary “Our Planet” on Netflix and learned how our lives depend on these animals and the climate. They play a great role in planet conservation and impact human lives in many ways. Even if you observe the tiny creatures around you in-depth, your perspective on life will be changed.
Allah has worked on the tiniest details while creating these creatures like ants, peacock, crow and birds. They aren’t just perfectly made but they have inner attributes and role to play in their lives. Lets’ take ants for example:
In the book “Nahj ul Balagha”, Hazrat Ali has also laid emphasis on ants. Besides being so tiny, they are quick, active, think from their brain and work hard to get the food to their tents. They are so strengthened by their unity that it’s impossible to beat when they’re together. They are disciplined and you’ll find them always working and never getting tired of their job. They walk on land with pride, search for food, inform to other fellow ants and then they all drag the food to their nest. If you observed the ants doing their job with perfection, you’ll be amazed by the nature of Allah.
In such a small body, it has complete parts. This can be the work of our Almighty only, no power in the world can give such an enormous role to a tiny body.
Locusts (Tiddi Dil)
Another tiniest creature, Tiddi Dil whom Allah has created with red eyes, a good brain and powerful sense to arrange their livelihood. He gave them two teeth to bite the leaves and give them claws to hold on tight to the grass. And no matter how much you try to get rid of this, you can’t. See that they aren’t even equal to our finger and how much capable they are to live to the fullest in this world.
When they become crowded on green vegetation, they can bring a plague which can devastate the crops as they did in Egypt. Locusts plague can become the most dangerous to affect the livelihood of the people which can lead to famine and starvation.
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 (proofs, evidence, signs, etc.) for people of understanding. ( Al Quran , Surah AL-Baqara (2), Verse 164)
Such beautiful voices with pretty faces you’ll find them on mountains echoing with grace. They are blessed with kaleidoscopic patterns on their wings, long neck and soft furs. They spread their wings like a maestro to attract their female counterparts. If you observe them you’d call them a bouquet of flowers, printed apparels or clothes of Yemen. In the last sermons of Hazrat Ali, he described peacock as the one who walks on land with pride but when they glanced on its feet, they cry with pain to show the grief they feel.
How can a bird be so intellectual and beautiful at the same time? This is again the wonders of Allah to whom we shall return.
If you read the book ‘Nahj ul Balagha’, you’ll be enriched with the wisdom of Hazrat Ali, his quotations, sermons, advice and letters. This book is a collection on the lessons of Islam, in-depth discussion about the attributes of Allah and will give you the way to know your God.
If you research on this book, you’ll find that it contains theories and discoveries which is now used in modern science.
Indeed this book is full of valuable knowledge and an opportunity to learn about Hazrat Ali (a.s).