Sunday, January 22, 2017

We are nothing | A mote of dust


If you have not seen this photo before, go ahead and try to locate where we are - we as in the Earth. A tiny dot is who we are. That's us from 4 billion miles away. At such a tremendous distance, we are only 0.12 pixel in size. The photo appeared in Carl Sagan's book "Pale Blue Dot". The photo was captured by a spacecraft (Voyager 1) in 1990.

Carl Sagan's caption to the photo is just a plain hard truth, methinks. He described our home, the Earth as "a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."

"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar", every "supreme leader", every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam." - Carl Edward Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Pic credit: Nasa/JPL
Clue: It's the tiny dot on the right-most/cream sunbeam

It warrants a deep reflection on who we really are, in the grand scheme of things created by Allah. What good is our big ego in relation to the vastness and richness of His creation? What good is our selfishness? What good is our pride?

Glory be to the Essence of Allah. Glory be to the Master Planner and Director. 

May Allah make us obedient servants while we are still here on this "mote of dust". May Allah make us useful for the good of mankind while we are still suspended in midair on this "mote of dust".

Let every word we utter be truthful and beautiful so that its branches would grow high beyond the "mote of dust" and reach up to the Heavens.

May Allah grant pardon to our families and friends who used to occupy this good ol' Earth. May Allah accept their good deeds. May Allah grant pardon to us who are still wandering about this planet. May Allah make us wander meaningfully in the way that is pleasing to Him. May Allah help us leave a good mark to the "Pale Blue Dot".

Allah Al Kabir is He.
Allah Al Wasi' He is, indeed!

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