Yesterday I have added couple of images from Flickr to the Wonderful Images section of this site. I searched for images based on their popularity on Flickr. I looked at the displayed results, selected the ones I found interesting and added them to the site. I enjoyed the search much. As I worked on the images, a sense of inner tranquility found its way to my heart. I said to myself "This must be a gift from God, it looks like I used the time in a manner that satisfies God". Well, I knew that from before but it looks like it has been a while since I spent some time to ponder over the creation of the heavens and the earth. Usually I do that, on my way to work, in breaks at the schools where I work or at the office.. But yesterday I studied creatures and places far away from here. In the Holy Quran, God encourages us to think about His creation. He says in chapter Al-Imaran (Family of Imran) :
190. Verily, in the creation of the Heavens and of the Earth, and in the succession of the night and of the day, are signs for men of understanding heart; 191. Who standing, and sitting, and reclining, bear God in mind, and muse on the creation of the Heavens and of the Earth. "O our Lord!" say they, "thou hast not created this in vain. No. Glory be to Thee! Keep us, then, from the torment of the fire. 192. O our Lord! surely thou wilt put him to shame whom thou shalt cause to enter into the Fire, and the wrong-doers shall have none to help them. 193. O our Lord! we have indeed heard the voice of one that called. He called us to the faith - 'Believe on your Lord' - and we have believed. O our Lord! forgive us then our sin, and hide away from us our evil deeds, and cause us to die with the righteous. 194. O our Lord! and give us what thou hast promised us by thine apostles, and put us not to shame on the day of the resurrection. Verily, Thou wilt not fail thy promise."
Source: The Holy Quran - (3) Family of Imran, verses 190-194, translated by John Medows Rodwell (1861)
As someone once said: "Reflection on the creation of God, is one of the shortest paths to Him".