Dear Children, Assalam Alaikum
ollowing on the teachings of Imam Ali(a) from his sermons on the creation of Moon, Sun, Earth and of small creatures such as ants and locusts, Imam Ali now moves on to describing birds.
He remarks how the birds are so amazingly subject to God’s commands. “God knows the number of their feathers…He has made their feet capable of standing on water and land… God knows all their different species.” And then he names them; the crow, the eagle, the pigeon, the ostrich…
In sermon 165 of the book Nahjul Balagha he talks about one of the most amazing wonders of the Creation, the Peacock. The Imam states that the Peacock is created in the finest and best form. Its colourful feathers and its long tail are arranged in total harmony, and the creation of the peacock is “an example of God’s delicate product, and marvel of His creation.”
Imam then refers to another of God’s creatures that manifests His deep Wisdom, the bat. He refers to an animal that is the opposite most beings in that it becomes active during the night and rests during the day. The bat has such weak eyesight that it can’t stand the day light. Although daylight brings everything to life, the bat is designed to sleep during the day and becomes lively during the night. Imam Ali(a) sees the grand work of God in the creation of bats. 24 24
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