European “World” view

My observation is that European’s world is very small: it is Europe! I bring in three domains to illustrate this:

  • World History: European (and by extension American or Australian) authors start world history text from Greece and make a big jump to renaissance ignoring what was happening in other civilizations especially in the middle east..
  • World Wars: Completely European matters forcing some colonies into the mayhem!!
  • World Cups: remember that during World War II, two world cups were cancelled

Conclusion: The best example I found in the Quran analogous to the European mindset is the people of ‘Aad, read 41:50

As for A’ad, they were arrogant in the land without right, and they said: Who is mightier than us in power? Could they not see that Allah Who created them, He was mightier than them in power? And they denied Our revelations.

It is yellow bright in color – pleasing to the observers

I came across this research paper on using yellow color in design.

here is an excerpt:

Here’s where it gets interesting. Seeing yellow is what happens when BOTH the green AND red cones are highly excited near their peak sensitivity. This is the biggest collective excitement that your cones ever have, aside from seeing pure white. Notice that yellow occurs at peak intensity in the graph to the right. Further, the lens and cornea of the eye happen to block shorter wavelengths, reducing sensitivity to blue and violet light. This, combined with the neuronal nirvana resulting from the overlapping sensitivity of the red and green cones, is why yellow appears to be the brightest color in the spectrum, making it a unique and useful color.

Immediately, verse 2:69 came to my mind: (shown three English translations)

Sahih International

They said, “Call upon your Lord to show us what is her color.” He said, “He says, ‘It is a yellow cow, bright in color – pleasing to the observers.’ “

Pickthall

They said: Pray for us unto thy Lord that He make clear to us of what colour she is. (Moses) answered: Lo! He saith: Verily she is a yellow cow. Bright is her colour, gladdening beholders.

Yusuf Ali

They said: “Beseech on our behalf Thy Lord to make plain to us Her colour.” He said: “He says: A fawn-coloured heifer, pure and rich in tone, the admiration of beholders!”

He gifts to whom he wants males!

I came across the news of a couple in Michigan having 12 son and still trying pregnancy one more time to see their luck with girls..

Immediately the verse 42:49 came to my mind…boy

To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; He creates what he wills. He gives to whom He wills female [children], and He gives to whom He wills males.

I will be waiting eagerly next May to see the outcome, if it turns boy again, then perhaps this family is among the second category in this verse “..and He gives to whom He wills males..”. So, no matter how many pregnancy they try it is gonna be always males :-)