Have you ever thought about the vastness
of the universe in which we live? Perhaps you have not given
much thought to this subject until now. Even if you have,
one can still hardly imagine the huge size of the universe.
Let us try to explain how big it really is with an example.
What is the biggest width you can think of? The distance from
one side of the city you live in to the other may seem pretty
big to you. Alternatively, it may well be that you have travelled
all the way from the east to the west of your country and
couldn't help but be amazed by how big it was. Some of you
might have travelled to distant countries. Nevertheless, always
keep in mind one important fact! Even if you travelled all
around the whole world, that would still be too tiny to help
you imagine the enormous size of the universe. That is because
the size the Earth occupies in the entire universe barely
compares to the size of a speck of dust.
This might surprise you, but it is the
truth; the planet Earth is only a speck of dust in comparison
to the whole universe.
cars placed on a ball topple over on to the floor. Have
you every wondered how we stand on our Earth?
Dear children! Now think about our Earth,
a tiny speck in this enormous universe. Every day you wake
up in your homes on this round ball. The roads that take you
to school are also built on it.
Now consider this for a moment! If you
put toy cars on top of a ball in your hand, would they be
able to stay on it? Certainly not. And yet you spend all your
day on this round planet, playing and enjoying yourself with
your friends without falling off!
Now, think about the Sun. How could you
warm yourselves, and where would your light come from without
this yellow ball of fire? Would you be able to go swimming
and have a dip? Would you be able to go on picnics with your
family or classmates? Absolutely not! You wouldn't be able
to do any of these things, because without the Sun, there
would be no living things on Earth. Not only the plants, trees,
birds, insects and the pets that you love so much, but also
your mother, father, friends, brothers or sisters and even
you yourself would not be around.
two examples about the Earth and Sun reveal the importance
of the heavenly bodies and their features for our lives. We
are going to give you plenty of similar interesting examples
in this book. It is very exciting to learn about the universe
through these examples. You must also share what you learn
with your mother, father, family and friends. They will also
enjoy learning about these thought-provoking topics.
As you read this book, you will see that
Allah our Creator created our universe and all the creatures
in it. You will also see that Allah has created the Sun, Moon
and Earth and everything in the universe, so that we could
lead our lives most enjoyably and comfortably, and to test
us and try us.
Now, let's start our wondrous journey through