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Phenomenon of lightning

Is a clear evidence that prophet Mohamed is sincere

Peace be upon him

Written by: RAMADAN ABDALLA E-mail: rame.metoo@gmail.com

Prophet Mohamed peace be upon him says:

(don't you see that the lightning comes and

back in an eye blink).[Narrated by Muslim]

Summary of the Research

In this research we will see how prophet Mohamed talked precisely about phases of lightning as there is a complete

conformance between his saying and recent discoveries

concerning the lightning as recent scientists found that the lightning strike happens in a fractions of a second ! This scientific fact was discovered by the use of an advanced camera which is able to capture one thousand photo per second. The question is who told our illiterate prophet this scientific information 1400 years ago?

Lightning is terrifying, beautiful and confusing phenomenon

Lightning in ancient legends

For many years, people used to believe that lightning

is a holy event which is related to gods that punish

those people who disobey them. In the seventh century when prophet Mohamed was living, people believed

that Zeus is the god of lightning ,at that time the

smartest man used to believe in these myths.

ZeusGod of the Lightning!!!!

The first one to study this phenomenon

In the eighteenth century and after eleven centuries

from the time of prophet Mohamed, many scientists

started to study the phenomenon of lightning and the one who made the initiative was professor Franklin who used his famous kite when he connected it to a metal wire and sent it up between the clouds, a strong spark was released when the electricity moved through the wire when it touched the ground!

Franklin is the first one who proved that the lightning is an electric spark


Simply, lightning is the meeting of negative charges with positive charges

negative charges

positive charges

A historical fact

The knowledge about the lightning was rare till the end of

the twenty century when the scientists discovered the

digital camera as they became able to capture 1000 photo per second which enabled them to understand some

secrets about the lightning but details still unknown!

The question is: where does the lightning happen ?

The lightning needs special kind of clouds during the thunder storms

Lightning in numbers around the world

A satellite photo

There are 100 lightning strike per second .

There are 8 million lightning strike every day.

In America the lightning kills 100 person every year.

Marvelous numbers!

Temperature of the lightning beam is 30000 Celsius so it is five times greater than the temperature on the surface of sun!!

The volt per beam is: 1000 million volt. Electricity is: 200 thousand ampere

A lightning flash at midnight

The above photo shows lightning flash at midnight , if you exposed to that flash you may became a permanently or temporally blind according to the distance between you and the flash.

In a holy verse Allah Almighty describes what

happens in the sky as He says:(Or like a rainstorm

from the sky, wherein is darkness, thunder, and lightning){Srat Al-Baqarah-the cow-verse19}. And in the next verse He Almighty tells us how the lightning flash may affects us as He says:(The

lightning almost snatches away their sight)

{Srat Al-Baqarah-the cow-verse20}.

Who told our prophet this scientific information?

The scientists are studying the lightning.how?

The scientists are choosing a perfect cloud to study ,time of the lightning flash and the time between each phase as those scientists believe that the lightning flash differs from

a cloud to another according to how far it is from the

ground, amount of electrical charges in the cloud and on the ground ,temperature ,wind speed and humidity.

An ideal cloud 3 kilometers far from the ground

How does the lightning occur?

The lightning occurs in phases

The scientists discovered that the lightning occurs in two main phases which are the crossing phase and the returning phase, and they captured photos for these two phases and said with certainty that the lightning descends from the cloud and returns again!!

The first phase

A negative charge descends from the cloud toward the ground in part of a second.

The second phase

The positive charge on the ground meets with that negative charge.

The third phase

As a result, a strong electric spark generates and goes toward the cloud.

The fourth phase

Here we can see the returned electric charge and that is the lightning beam, all of these four phases happens in 25 Millisecond.

A millisecond is a thousandth (1/1,000) of a second

A simple drawing demonstrates the Mechanism of lightning

The lightning strikes plan

After all of these scientific facts, we have to ask a simple question: How did prophet Mohamed peace be upon him deal with this complicated phenomenon? was he affected by all of the different myths and

legends at that time?

Prophet Mohamed peace be upon him tells us that the believers will pass quickly on As-Sirt which is

the hair-narrow bridge that every person must pass

on day of resurrection to enter Paradise as he says: (you will pass on As-Sirt like the lightning) and in

the same hadith he says about the phenomenon of

the lightning :(don't you see that the lightning comes and back in an eye blink) [Narrated by Muslim].

This prophetic hadith contains many scientific signs!

A sign that the speed of the lightning is very high

Prophet Mohamed peace be upon him says : (you

will pass on As-Sirt like the lightning) which is a

clear sign that the speed of lightning is very high

A sign that the lightning occurs in phases

The prophet says: (don't you see that the lightning comes and back) , here is a clear sign that the lightning occurs in two main phases which are the

crossing phase and the returning phase exactly as

what recent scientists say about the lightning!!

A sign to the time of the lightning

The prophet say that the lightning strike occurs:(in an eye blink) ,from the scientific point of view that saying

is right because the eye blink takes only milliseconds.

The scientists at NASA are using

the same prophetic expression

Steve Goodman, a scientist in NASA says about the lightning: A lightning strike can heat the air in a fraction of a second. When air is heated that quickly, it expands violently and then contracts, like an explosion that happens in the blink of an eye.
[Steve Goodman, A Lightning Primer, www.nasa.gov]

Also he says : the type of lightning NASA is researching occurs within clouds, invisible to the naked eye by day. To properly monitor this type of lightning takes special equipment like NASA's Lightning Imaging Sensor, The sensor tracks worldwide lightning strikes and their relationship to storm centers.

All of the above was summarized by prophet Mohamed in

just a few words by saying: don't you see that the lightning comes and back in an eye blink !!

The point of inimitability in the Hadith

This hadith is a clear evidence that prophet Mohamed peace be upon him is sincere and he is a prophet from Allah Almighty. Also the hadith preceded all scientific

researches as no one on earth in the seventh century

ever talked about lightning in that precision .

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Allah Almighty says in the holly Quran about prophet Mohamed peace be upon him:
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Nor does he speak of (his own) desire*It

is only an Inspiration that is inspired
(Srat An-Najm-The Star-verse 3-4)

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