Solar eclipse 2017: The best photos from across the US as the sun blocks out the moon.
Some show the stunning celestial sight. Others celebrate the ingenuity and inclusivity of people gathering to watch it. The eclipse has passed over all of the US. It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment – but one that can thankfully be relieved again and again.
As well as being the most viewed eclipse in history – by people who made it also the biggest movement of people for tourism ever – it was also the most photographed. And some of those photographs are truly stunning. (Source: The Independent)
This spectacular phenomenon, which occurs sometimes in remote areas of the world, occurred this time in parts of America which could be observed by crowded masses. Of course, this could not be neglected due to its overpowering impact on the human psyche. Media outlets all across the world reported the total solar eclipse. NASA even did a live-coverage by broadcasting this event online. From their perspective, this spectacle was nothing more than a mix between science and entertainment.
The scientific part of this intrusive occurrence can’t be neglected. Both the sun and the moon have their own orbits and are running according to a certain fixed calculation. And when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, it blocks exactly the disk of the sun fully at a total solar eclipse even though the sun’s distance to the earth is 400 times the moon’s distance. This is because the moon’s diameter is 400 times smaller than the sun’s diameter. So, they match perfectly when they are in line whereby only the coronal is visible which gives the impression of a big reddish eye looking from the sky.
This and the darkness during daytime which follows an eclipse put fear in the hearts of the inhabitants of the earth and push them to think and reflect about the creation and their position in this universe only when the natural inclination, which leads the human to acknowledge its limitations and weaknesses, is not polluted and hasn’t become arrogant, thinking he is grand and magnificent. This causes him to think superficially and narrowly about life and the creation which surrounds him from all corners, deluding him about vital issues which he sees as mere entertainment when, in reality, it should lead him to serious thinking and contemplating about the matter and what is beyond the creation.
In the Quran, there are numerous ayaat that are dedicated to these arrogant people who mock the signs and the threats of The Creator and see this life just as a place for playing and entertainment.
فَقَدْ كَذَّبُواْ بِالْحَقِّ لَمَّا جَاءهُمْ فَسَوْفَ يَأْتِيهِمْ أَنبَاء مَا كَانُواْ بِهِ يَسْتَهْزِئُونَ
“So they have indeed rejected (the truth), therefore the news of that which they mock shall soon come to them.”.
وَمَا هَذِهِ الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا لَهْوٌ وَلَعِبٌ
“And this worldly life is not but diversion and amusement…”
The serious question the Muslims should ask themselves is how it is possible that an ideology which is using this superficial way of thinking, cutting and ignoring all ties with a Creator and ignoring the reason of existence can dominate the world?
How can such an incompetent ideology, which is incompatible with the reality of life, man and universe, lead humanity? Isn’t it time that the Deen ul Haqq which has come from the Creator, Allah (swt), overthrows this weak spider web of kufr and dominates the world once again?
مَثَلُ الَّذِينَ اتَّخَذُوا مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ أَوْلِيَاء كَمَثَلِ الْعَنكَبُوتِ اتَّخَذَتْ بَيْتًا وَإِنَّ أَوْهَنَ الْبُيُوتِ لَبَيْتُ الْعَنكَبُوتِ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ
“The example of those who take allies other than Allah is like that of the spider who takes a home. And indeed, the weakest of homes is the home of the spider, if they only knew.
Media Representative of Hizb ut Tahrir in The Netherlands