In Every Design There is A Sign

As the seasons change it is a cause for reflection, like in the “alternation of Night and Day”, these are “indeed signs for those of pure understanding” (Al-Imran; 3:190). Like in the very “creation of the heavens and the earth” and “the sailing of ships upon the sea”, and “the rain which Allah sends down from the skies”, and “and the beasts of all kinds”, and in ”the change of the winds and the clouds which they trail like their slaves”. These indeed are signs “for a people that are wise” (Al-Baqarah; 2:164).

To what knowledge is it that these signs do point, and who are the “wise” that can read them with “pure understanding”?

The Qur’an repeatedly calls our attention to the universe and the many signs around us, but how do we read them?

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