The Lord Most High informs us in His Final and Universal Revelation to mankind, the Holy Qur’an, of His Bounties, especially the dry earth which He raised from underneath the salty waters and spread it out in the shape of continents on which mountains were raised and through which rivers and springs of fresh water flowed to make the earth green with pastures and orchards of fruits and cereals, so that the best of His creation, that is, mankind, could enjoy these blessings by being thankful to the One and Only Creator.
Today modern science has acknowledged the fact that the oldest part of dry earth is Mecca in Arabia, especially the spot on which the Holy Ka’ba stands and its immediate surroundings.
Glory to God for having granted us faith in His Last and Greatest Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (SAWA), and the Infallible Imams of his progeny! It is them, through whom we had learnt the facts of creation over a millennium before modern man began to discover through trial, error, and experiments.
Our religious texts say that the 25th of the month of Zi’l-Qa’dah is the anniversary of “Dahw al-Ardh” or the day on which the first dry spot of land emerged from underneath the water to catch the sun’s rays for the first time, and to gradually expand and spread above the surface of oceans, in order to serve as the cradle for transforming Planet Earth into the brilliant bed of civilization through the efforts and brains of the intelligent two-legged perfectly-moulded human race.
Today is that blessed day, on which the faithful, many of them in the state of fasting, after performing a special ritual prayer to thank God for His infinite Favours that no human brain or the most advanced product of the brains of the intelligentsia, that is, the computer, cannot enumerate, supplicate to Him by reciting the special supplications for this day.
The spectacular progress of mankind, the wonders of science and technology, the venture into outer space after having explored the depths of the oceans, are all indeed indebted to this day, when dry land in harmony with water made Planet Earth hospitable for life, unlike the barren spherical bodies orbiting the Sun.
“Have they not reflected in their own souls? Allah did not create the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them except with reason and for a specified term. Indeed many of the people disbelieve in the encounter with their Lord.” (Holy Qur’an 30:8)
Yes, it is Islam, the set of belief decreed for the entire human race by the All-Loving Creator, which enlightens us with these dynamic facts, including the exact location of the first spot of dry land to emerge.
It was on this spot that the first man was commanded by the Almighty to build the first house. Adam did not built it as his own abode, but as the symbol House of the Unseen but Omnipresent Lord, Who has neither shape or form, nor is bound by time and place.
Now we understand why the holy Qur’an refers to the holy Ka’ba as the First House. We also begin to realize why the pilgrims from all over the globe start their journey towards it in this sacred month of Zi’l-Qa’dah, so as to be present in time in the initial days of Zi’l-Hijjah for performing the annual Hajj at the place that was rebuilt by Prophet Abraham (AS) and institutionalized as the focal point for all humanity by the Last and Greatest of God’s Messengers, Prophet Muhammad (SAWA).
“Indeed the First House to be set up for mankind is the one at Bakkah (Mecca);, blessed and guidance for all nations. In it, are manifest signs [and] Abraham’s Station, and whoever enters it shall be secure. And it is the duty of mankind toward Allah to make pilgrimage to the House —for those who can afford the journey to it... (3:96-97)
For the information of our readers, it was on the eve of 25th Zi’l-Qa’dah (Dahw al-Ardh) that Abraham was born in antiquity, while over two millenniums ago, on this same night the Virgin Mary (SA) gave birth to Prophet Jesus (AS).
Another interesting fact is that, it will be this very day on which Prophet Muhammad’s (SAWA) 12th and Last Infallible Heir, Imam Mahdi (AS) will reappear to establish the global government of peace, prosperity and justice.
Here is a passage from the special supplication for this day in the Divine Court:
“O Pardoner of slips, pardon my failings! O Answerer of supplications, grant my supplication! O Hearer of all sounds; hear my cry; have mercy on me; and overlook my misdeeds and faults. O Majestic and Munificent One!”
Courtesy – Kayhan International, Iran’s English Language Daily