The Tale of the Clumsy Cicadas

Assalamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

Well people, this is a first for us.

A first in the sense that this is the first time we have embedded a video into the post for our wonderful readers to ogle!

The video shows the extraordinary emergence of insects called cicadas every 17 years! It shows an amazing system – a system whereby the emergence of these insects means a grand feast for all others. Where predators of all shapes and sizes are treated to such a meal that they are full to bursting, and there are still millions and millions of these creepy crawlies left!

Then, the cicadas do their business and multiply, and then?…..Well then they die! But even in their death Allah provides the forest floor with the biggest mass fertilisation that exists in the world.How amazing, that through their life and through their death, the cicadas become the means of sustenance for turtles, birds, snakes, frogs, trees – even the forest floor! How amazing is this system, this Hikmah (Wisdom) of Allah?Why does He make this happen every 17 years? How many other systems does Allah use to sustain His Creation? Only He in His Infinite Wisdom truly knows, but for us, all these systems, processes, or cycles are signs, signs of His existence, signs of His Greatness, signs out of many, so that we may recognise Him. Because Allah says in His Qur’an:

Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding. Q 3:191

So sit back, press play and and enjoy. May Allah give us all the understanding. Ameen.

And Allah knows best.

Ma’as-salaam

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3 Responses to “The Tale of the Clumsy Cicadas”

  1. Verily only Allah can do such a thing, makes you think and wonder at his creations. this is just “creepy crawlies” but to think of the human body and how that works- simply wow.
    Verily Allah’s greatness is all around us for us to ponder over and realize how great he truly is.

  2. Absolutely T you’ve got it spot on!
    And just think of all the other things out there – the solar system, the nitrogen and carbon cycles, the evaporation cycle, the different weather system – the list just goes on and on!!
    Jazakallah for your comment.

  3. whoa!!!

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