The sun also runs its set course: that is laid down by the will of the Almighty, the All-Knowing. (38)” (Surah 36 – Yaseen – Ayah 38)

It was generally believed that the sun stays in its position but turns around its axis, but it has recently been confirmed that it moves in a single direction in the great universal space, and astronomers have calculated the speed of its movement as being 12 miles per second. God Almighty, who knows its movement and destination, says that it moves along its course to a particular destination which is known only to Him. He alone knows when and what this is.

When we remember that the sun is around a million times bigger than the earth we live on and imagine this great mass running its set course in space, unsupported, we appreciate what power controls and conducts the affairs of the universe and the sort of might and knowledge that power commands: “that is laid down by the will of the Almighty, the All-Knowing.” (Verse 38)

Text and Photo by Syed Akbar Hassan. Sunrise Shot was taken at Noida, Sector 137 (UP) and Sunset at Safapora, near Srinagar (J&K)

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