THE SHIP OF THE DESERT سفينة الصحراء

ِAllah Ta’laa, Our Creator entices His creation. That creation who has been granted the great gift of intellect to ponder over this outstanding creature namely, the Camel

Have they not looked at the camel and seen how it was created?”

(Surah Ghaashiyah, Verse 17)

Car manufacturers have to keep on renewing their models time and again as they tend to expire in the hearts of people but Al-Atheem-The Magnificent Creator never fails to impress. His creation is from time immemorial.

Such pondering rejuvenates belief in the Oneness of Allah Ta’laa

The objective of the Creation of The Jinn-Kind and Mankind is to recognise Allah Ta’laa. We recognise Him through His creation.

Ponder over the creation of Allah Ta’laa and not over His Being as it will destroy you

An Amazing Animal

The camel is unique in the extent to which it provides benefits to man. Some animals are used only for transporting goods and riding. Others give milk. Yet others are a source of meat. A camel combines all of these aspects: it is used for transporting and riding; from all animals, it can carry the heaviest loads over long distances; it is a source of milk; and its meat can be consumed after slaughtering. In addition, its skin can be tanned and various products can be made from it.

Extracted From Exploring Animals Of The Quraan

Interesting Facts Of The Camel

  • The hump of the camel consists of a large quantity of fat. When food is scarce, camels draw on the fat in their humps as a source of energy
  • Camels can live without water for many days. For this reason, a camel is referred to in Arabic as Safeenatus Sahraa ( The ship of the desert). Camels can also drink a huge quantity of water at one time. There reported cases where a camel has drank 100 litres of water in 10 minutes.
  • A camel has the unique ability to feed on thorny plants. Unlike other animals, its mouth and digestive system is adapted to consume and digest these plants easily.
  • A camel can close its nostrils to shield itself from flying dust. For this purpose, it also has very long eye lashes and long hair on its nose.
  • A camel’s knees have a hard covering which protects it from the hot desert sand when it kneels down.
  • A camels padded feet are adapted to walking in the soft desert sand. When the thick, leathery pads of a camel’s foot hit the ground, they spread out, preventing the camel from sinking into the sand.
  • Camels are accustomed to traveling by night. This is important in the desert when the heat of day makes it practically impossible to travel.
  • A camel has two knees which allow it to kneel on the ground. It is like a collapsible ladder. A human being can easily mount a camel despite its height.
  • A camel is charmed by and submits to the enchanting voice of its master despite its strength and size. Arab camel drivers sing poetry to their camels in order to drive them faster.

A Camel Complains to Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam

Once while the Sahaabah were walking with Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, a camel carrying water passed by them. When the camel saw Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, it made a sound from its throat and lowered its neck. Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam stopped by the camel and said “Where is the owner of this camel?” When the owner arrived, Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “Sell it to me.” The owner said, “We would rather give it to you as a gift, although we are a family whose only way of earning a living is by this camel.”

Animal RIghts

Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam then said, “In that case, it’s fine. The camel complained to me that you make it work a lot and you do not give it enough food. So treat kindly.” (Ahmad)

Extracted from ‘Exploring the Animals of the Quraan

Islam is a perfect and complete way of life which does not advocate or promote injustice even to animals. We can just imagine how much more emphasis is placed on avoiding by all means oppression on the self, the body which is loaned to you by your Sustainer, daily indulging in sin breaking His commands and extend this to include the oppression caused upon those surrounding you.

May Allah Ta’laa give us all the ability to become His accepted servants. Aameen!

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