THE RETURNING SKY
The verse 11 of Surat at-Tariq in the Qur'an, refers to the "returning"
function of the sky.
[I swear] by Heaven which returns. (Qur'an, 86:11)
The word "rajaai" interpreted as "return" in Qur'an translations
has meanings of "sending back" or "returning." As is known, the
atmosphere surrounding the Earth consists of many layers. Each layer
serves an important purpose for the benefit of life on Earth. Research
has revealed that these layers have the function of turning the
materials or rays they are exposed to back into space or back down
to the Earth. Now let us examine, employing a few fitting examples,
this "returning" function of the layers encircling the Earth.
of water is essential for life on Earth. One of the factors
acting in the formation of water is the Troposphere, one of
the layers of the atmosphere. The troposphere layer enables
water vapour rising from the surface of the Earth to be condensed
from whence it returns to the Earth in the form of rain.
layer that blocks the rays that might be fatal to life on
Earth is the Ozonosphere. The Ozonosphere turns harmful cosmic
rays like ultraviolet back to space, hence preventing them
from reaching the Earth and harming life.
Each layer of the
atmosphere has beneficial attributes for human beings. For
example, the Ionosphere layer, one of the upper layers of
the atmosphere, reflects radio waves broadcast from a certain
centre back down to the Earth, thus enabling broadcasts to
be received from long distances.
The troposphere, 13 to 15 kilometres above the Earth, enables water
vapour rising from the surface of the Earth to be condensed and
turned back as rain. The ozone layer, the lower layer of stratosphere
at an altitude of 25 kilometres, reflects harmful radiation and
ultraviolet light coming from space and turns both back into space.
The ionosphere reflects radio waves broadcast from the Earth back
down to different parts of the world just like a passive communications
satellite. Thus, it makes wireless communication, radio, and television
broadcasting possible over long distances. The magnetosphere layer
turns the harmful radioactive particles emitted by the Sun and other
stars back into space before they reach the Earth.
The fact that this property of the atmosphere's layers, that was
only demonstrated in the recent past was announced centuries ago
in the Qur'an, once again proves that the Qur'an is Allah's Word.