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Why whales? August 5, 2008

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What does Finding Nemo have to do with Islam?

While I ride the spin cycle at home I usually turn on the TV. I feel like 20 minutes passes by quicker when I’m watching something on TV. Yesterday I couldn’t find anything on, except Finding Nemo.

Finding Nemo is actually a very interesting movie. I’m sure almost everyone has seen it. The part that I watched yesterday was when Marlin (Nemo’s dad) and Dory got eaten by a whale.  Here’s the part of the movie that I saw:

While watching Marlin struggle to get out of the whale (blue whale i think) was sad, I thought of Allah’s creation. Allah tells us in numerous places in the Quran to reflect upon His creation. It’s amazing how the blue whale is the largest animal on the Earth, however all it eats is krill and other small fish!! To put this into perspective a blue whale can be up to 110 ft long! Their heart is the size of a car! Here’s a diagram and a short clip from Blue Planet about whales:

Krill on the other hand range in size from 1 to 2 cm (⅜–¾ in) (about the size of a pen cap), the largest being 6 to 15 cm (2¼–6 in). Subhan’Allah!! It’s amazing that such a small creature can sustain the life of such an enormous giant. I find it hard to believe that us as humans, eat almost anything and everything, from whole camels to whole cows, while other creations of Allah eat such small amounts and still survive. Allah talks about the creation and how they rely upon Him for sustanence in Surah Hud, Aya 6:

وَمَا مِن دَآبَّةٍ۬ فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ إِلَّا عَلَى ٱللَّهِ رِزۡقُهَا وَيَعۡلَمُ مُسۡتَقَرَّهَا وَمُسۡتَوۡدَعَهَا‌ۚ كُلٌّ۬ فِى ڪِتَـٰبٍ۬ مُّبِينٍ

“There is no creature on the earth which is not dependent upon Allah for its provision. He knows where it lives and where it dies. They are all in a Clear Book.”

These animals are a sign of Allah’s Power over Creation.

This part of the movie also reminded me of the story of Yunus (as). He was sent to the people of Ninevah, a town located on the Tigris river. He called the people to the pure worship of Allah alone(Tawheed), however they turned away. As with any prophet, Yunus (as) was a human and had human emotions and feelings. He became impatient with the people and left them without the permission of Allah. He left the town and embarked on a boat. The boat got caught in a storm and the people on the boat with Yunus(as) drew lots and ended up throwing Yunus(as) overboard. He was then swolled whole by a giant fish. Prophet Yunus(as) realized that he had disobeyed Allah and repented and supplicated to Allah. The whale then threw Yunus(as) out onto the shore.

“And verily, Yunus is among Messengers. When he went away towards a laden boat. And cast lots and was of the pushed ones. Then the fish swallowed him and he was blaming himself. And had he not been of those who glorify Allah. He would have necessarily remained in its belly until the day when the people shall be raised. Then We cast him on a bare place and he was sick. And We caused to grow over him a tree of gourd. And We sent him towards a hundred thousand rather more. And they believed, then We allowed them to enjoy for a time.”  [37:139-148]

Maybe living in this fast paced world has made us heedless to the Signs Allah has placed all around us. I think it’s good to stop, take a break and reflect upon what Allah has created so that we may strengthen our eman and increase our love and fear of Allah.

Wow I didn’t know Finding Nemo could be so deep…Hope you enjoyed reading! 🙂