Let us appreciate for a moment the earth. A spherical blue and green planet, the only one that is capable of sustaining life. The inhabitants of 7 (nearing 8) billion people is testimony to this. How can all 7 billion people walk on the round earth at the same time without falling? Of course, there are forces in play, as explained by science but it is a wonder — what are the chances that in the whole universe only this planet can support us, add to that the fact that we don’t fall off of it!
How is it that while one part of the planet is under cover of night, the other is waking up to a new day? How can the earth be round, but at the same time flat to walk upon? Isn’t this one of the favours of our Lord? Shouldn’t we be thankful? He has made the earth accessible as a place to carry out our affairs, to go about our business, travel and rest upon. How can the earth be so stable and secure with all that is in it, and all that is on it, such as sky-high buildings?
Another point to contemplate is the earth’s beauty. Have you seen its wonders? The beauty in its very nature? Its lush green grass, tropical and exotic flora and fauna? Its clear blue waterfalls and rivers? These are reasons to travel more and travel often. Look upon the richness the world has to offer — that of plants, food, animals, nature. That in itself will be a means of reflection, and a sign of Allah’s power and might.
The following are the words of Allah about the earth:
“And the earth have We spread out, and have flung firm hills therein, and have caused of every lovely kind to grow thereon. A vision and a reminder for every penitent slave.”
Surah Qaf, verse 7–8 (Note: Pickthall translation)
“And He it is Who spread out the earth and placed therein firm hills and flowing streams, and of all fruits He placed therein two spouses (male and female). He covereth the night with the day. Lo! herein verily are portents for people who take thought.”
Surah Ar-Ra’d, verse 3 (translation as above)
“Have We not made the earth a receptacle. Both for the living and the dead,”
Surah Al-Mursalaat, verse 25–6 (translation as above)