A Muslim has a firm grasp of the most important secrets of life. He is a person who comprehends what purpose the universe was created and why he is on Earth. He knows that this world is only temporary and that life will end when Allah destines and he lives in accordance with this fact. He is fully aware of the fact that everything happens by Allah’s will and not a single leaf is able to fall but with His Knowledge as affirmed in the Holy Qur’an. He sees Allah wherever he turns, celebrates His praises and glorifies Him. His heart is always with the One Who created him in the first place and Who continuously grants him with uncountable blessings. Nothing can prevent him from glorifying Allah. While he is dealing with any good action or deed, his attention is always on Allah and His signs. Allah, the Almighty, announces this distinguishing trait of Muslims in a verse of the Holy Qur’an:
Those who remember Allah, standing, sitting and lying on their sides, and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth: “Our Lord, You have not created this for nothing. Glory be to You! So safeguard us from the punishment of the Fire.” (Surah Al’ Imran, 191)
Undoubtedly, this is the characteristic of those who are in love with Allah, who keep His will above everything else, who fear Him with great awe, who have no expectations from their life on Earth and whose hearts are filled with pure love for Allah. Certainly, this is a state that only a person could achieve by his own free will which Allah has blessed and created him with, therefore, it is a sign showing that through this gift (i.e free will), he has chosen Allah’s commands and the Hereafter over this world with great pleasure, love and deep enthusiasm. Whoever connects his heart to Allah, whoever tries to be closer to Him, to attain deeper faith whoever tries to attain His compassion and to reach Paradise, then Allah will guide him to success in his efforts. Allah, the Almighty, announces this fact in another verse of the Holy Qur’an:
If anyone desires to cultivate the Hereafter, We will increase him in his cultivation. If anyone desires to cultivate the world, We will give him some of it but he will have no share in the Hereafter. (Surat ash-Shura, 20)
Adélie penguins is a species of penguin living along the Antarctic coast in little islands. They spend the winter time in seas enclosing the Antarctic ice.
Adélie penguins feed mainly on krill, fish, and calamari. In order to find their prey they can dive into 175 meters depth but generally, they feed on more shallow waters half of this depth.
They are talented swimmers like other penguin species. Only to find their lunch, they can easily cover approximately 300 kilometers.
At the start of the spring which is the breeding period, they settle on the rocky coasts of Antarctica in crowds. While on land they build their nests and specify their respective zones with little rocks. Although they have the typical waddling penguin walk, they can walk long distances. During the first weeks of the spring when ice is still intact, they need to walk for 50 kilometers to reach open seas. It is almost impossible to distinguish the male of this penguin species from its female. Once the female lays its eggs (it has a pair of eggs) the female and male penguins take turns incubating their eggs. If there is any trouble with food, only one of the two chicks can survive. Three weeks later parents leave the chicks alone but chicks still remain in groups for their security. The young Adélie penguins start to swim alone within 9 weeks.
Allah inspires male and female penguins to protect their eggs in solidarity and cooperation under the most severe conditions. It is Allah, the Lord of everything on earth, in the heavens and everything in between, Who creates every living being from nothingness, supervises them and orders them to act in a specific manner. Allah relates this fact in the Qur’an as follows:
I have put my trust in Allah, my Lord, and your Lord. There is no creature He does not hold by the forelock. My Lord is on a Straight Path. (Surah Hud, 56)