The Sundial: When the Sun Set in My Watch

“Sure, sunset is beautiful but it holds so many reminders too.”

As I saw the sun setting in the dial of my watch…
“Wow. The Sundial.”

I smiled and captured them both in the shot of my camera.
I was sitting with my chair facing towards the valley. At my left, towards the back, the sun was ready to sink down. Both sides were like a painting in progress. The life in the valley was getting glitzier with light bulbs turning on as the sun was setting and the sky was turning colors bidding the sun bye.

As I looked back at the astonishing sky at my left, I found two suns, one in the sky and one in my watch. Intrigued, I started playing with both of them adjusting my wrist slight-up, slight-down, a-bit-left, a-bit-right trying to fit it in the dial, then to make it appear like a well of molten lava or to simply reflect its rays from my hand.

As the sun was setting in, it was the time to say evening adhkaar (words of evening remembrance) too. With remembrance on the tongue, sky in the eyes, awe in the soul, there were two components in the picture of mind; sun and time. While everybody else around was saying how beautiful sunset was, I was thinking…
“Sure, sunset is beautiful but it holds so many reminders too.”

Allah says in the Quran, “It is He who made the sun a shining light and the moon a derived light and determined for it phases – that you may know the number of years and account [of time]. Allah has not created this except in truth. He details the signs for a people who know.” [al-Qur’an; 10:5] 

Allah has given us numerous blessings and night and day is one of the blessings that stand out the most. Allah says that the sun and the moon have the ability to tell us about the day and night and about the start of a day and the end of a day. We can determine the length of days through the sun and in turn determine the length of the months and years.

From ages we human beings were using sundials. Recently when I visited a museum, I was so amazed to find out the techniques our ancestors were using to calculate time. Mindboggling! The earliest sundials known from the archaeological record were the shadow clocks from ancient Egyptian astronomy and Babylonian astronomy. Presumably, we were telling time from shadow-lengths at an even earlier date (and, Allaah knows best).

SubhanAllaah ❤️!
Allah has given us this convenience of trying to understand how the sun and moon works by telling us this specifically in the Quran, making the book the complete source of guidance.

Behold! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day, there are indeed Signs for men of understanding. [al-Qur’an; 3:190] 

SubhanAllaah ❤️!
Just by looking at this beautiful sunset shouldn’t our souls expand in the worship of our Creator?

Just ponder at the beautiful sky, the sun who is setting in on its course from billion and billion of years, beautiful every night…

Just look at the watch on your wrist, the ease Allaah has put in our lives by giving us knowledge of time…

Just reflect on the words of remembrance we read in the evening, the guidance they provide us daily…

I read somewhere, “Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn ❤️”.
Yes, but till a term appointed.

Allaah SWT mentions in the Qur’an describing the movement of the sun…
“And the sun runs on its fixed course for a term (appointed). That is the Decree of the All Mighty, the All Knowing” [al-Qur’an; 36:38] 

Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn. However, one day the dawn won’t be the same. And, it would have been very late by then.

It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said…
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “The Hour will not begin until the sun rises from its place of setting. When it rises from its place of setting, all people will believe, but on that day ‘no good will it do to a person to believe then, if he believed not before’.”

Wake Up Before It’s Too Late.
Sisterly Yours
The Might of Pen

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