Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Light and Life [Part 3]



*Starting from this section - the sharing is mostly derived from a program named Friendly Comparative Religion (Phase 1), a seminar "Does God Exist?" and reading of a book "The Elegant Universe" and also from few discussions and readings. Any misinformation or inaccuracy is highly appreciated to be corrected.

Insya Allah, in this part I will try to relate some of light's characteristics with Allah's attribute and how Quran is proven to be an unbeatable ancient book with a long line of continuous scientific accuracy. Not a single inaccuracy so far and will never be. We acknowledge that Allah is capable to bless some of His power to His creations - such as love of a mother, caring of a father, wisdom of a leader and many more. Starting from this section, I'll try to build a logical correlation that eventually will lead us to the fortification of our Iman. Insya Allah. As this knowledge had done this to me, I hope it will also do the same to you.


Of Light and Its Curious Self-Introduction to the World
[Source] Hai!
Photons. These small packets of energy decorate electromagnetic waves. Various spectra. Before 17th century, most scientists thought light travels at any distance at no time at all. Before, it is the public view that light was emanated from our eyes. Like the laser ray of Cyclops of X-Men, or the Psybeam of Alakazam. Later, they thought light as a type of waves, and should be traveling in a medium. Thus, they postulated a medium called ether. See how light make itself known to the world. And it's just about its speed only.. Subhanallah.

Galileo Galilei -1667
Until 1667 Galileo succeeded in postulating with scientific proof the speed of light. Galileo was known for his brilliant scientific approach. His method was quite clear. He and his assistant used lamps. Can be covered and uncovered. With two lamps far from each other with calculated distance, Galileo uncovered the lamp on his side. When his assistant saw the light, he uncovered his lamp. By measuring the elapsed time and distance - in which speed is equal to distance traveled over time, he concluded that the light was 10 times faster than the sound at least. His conclusion: "If not instantaneous, it is extraordinarily rapid".

Ole Roemer - 1675
While observing Jupiter's moon, he realized that the moons' orbits appeared differently relative to the distance of Earth and Jupiter. If Earth was closer, the moons' orbits appeared to speed up, and vice versa. He thought, there was no way that the orbital velocity of the moons varied because the distance between Earth and Jupiter, the change must be because of the extra time taken by light - led him to induce a calculation including Jupiter's distance and accepted diameter of Earth that time to calculate the speed of light = 200,000 Km/sec.

James Bradley - 1728
This English physicist used stellar aberration to estimate the speed of light. How? Stellar aberration is the ratio of the speed that the earth orbits the sun to the speed of light. You see the light tonight -that point. Tomorrow - oopss already there, sort of. Change in apparent position of the stars due to the motion of Earth around the Sun. He knew the speed of Earth, he knew the angle of aberration - he calculated and this was what he got. 301,000 Km/s. Cool..

Hippolyte Louis Fizeau - 1849
I don't really understand his method. French. He used a rapidly rotating toothed wheel and a mirror 5 miles away. He shone a light between those teeth and measured the time the light reflected back in the tooth. With varying the speed of the wheel, he calculated the speed of light 313,000 Km/s.

Leon Foucault - 1862
French also, he used the same method as Fizeau, but he calculated more accurately. He included the difference of angle between the point where the light started to shine and the point it hit back. He got 299,796 Km/sec.

[Source] Who wins?

Today, the well-accepted speed of light is 299762.458 Km/sec. In the vacuum. So, what does Quran say about this? I mean. The speed of light - is a very important thing for us. For me, and human history I guess. Since we live, light is the first thing we see. And light had involved very deeply in human affairs spiritually, physically, psychologically, and biologically. Well, Alhamdulillah, my personal search went a bit well. Allah led me to some readings and discussions. Weee...

299762.485 Km/sec = c. That is the speed of light. There is something special about light. It's speed is constant, even relatively. For example - if I'm moving towards you 2 m/s, and you are stationary, you'll see that I'm moving 2 m/s towards you. And if I'm moving 4m/s but you move away from me 1m/s, you'll see me moving towards you 3m/s. But, light acts a little bit different. If you stay stationary, you'll have light moving to you with velocity c. If you move about 290000km/s, weirdly light will move relatively with the same c towards you. Suppose to be normal, light should appear to move around 1000km/sec towards you, just as the first example of me and you, but that is light. It is unique and special.

“The velocity c of light in vacuum is the same in all inertial frames of reference in all directions and depend neither on the velocity of the source nor on the velocity of the observer” Second Postulate of Special Relativity Theory, Einstein

Known, light is the fastest moving thing in this world, so far. But, there are some info which may interest you.
1. There is one more theoretical particle, known as tachyon which has the ability to move through warped dimension of space and time. Like star wars - the 'jump'. It moves faster than light, theoretically still.
2. In the early universe, the explosion and expansion also move faster than light.
3. Light only born around 400,000 years after the Big Bang. Nice shot heh?

So [Allah] decreed them as seven heavens (one above the other) in two days and revealed to each heaven its orders. And We [Allah] adorned the lowest heaven with lights, and protection. Such is the decree of the Exalted; the Knowledgeable. Quran, 41: 12

Light has been given the privilege to decorate our sky..  :)


I have got some ideas lately. Just now, I'm reading, alone. Suddenly Jeng Jeng Jeng, I don't know if it was my granny's or foreign guests from Batu Caves. Haha. So, I got the ideas, to smooth my opinion in this matter. What matter? You know, I have read "The Lost Symbol" written by Dan Brown. I just think that perhaps the one he described in the book as soul, isn't soul at all. Quran said that soul is a matter of Allah, and I take it seriously. Days after I read the book, weeks though, I think and try to have other alternatives instead of believing that they actually managed to weigh a soul. There are so many mysteries in this world, why Allah chose soul as his affair? There must be some reasons. You can't weigh soul. Perhaps I deliberately close my eyes to science, as some people would call, but my faith in Quran is stronger. I've seen science facts been distorted. But, I'm not saying that this fact has been distorted. It's just, maybe the thing they weighed to the extent of using almost 200 hundreds ill-to-death persons isn't soul. I think it's something else. What is it?

And whosoever turns away blindly from the remembrance of the Most Gracious (Allâh) (i.e. this Qur'ân and worship of Allâh), We appoint for him Shaitân (Satan devil) to be a Qarîn (an intimate companion) to him. Quran, 43:36

Every individual among the sons of Adam has a jinn who has been appointed to be his constant companion (qarin). Ibn Mas`ud reports that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) says: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) says: ‘There is not one of you who does not have a jinn appointed to be his constant companion.’ They said, ‘And you too, O Messenger of Allah?’ He said, ‘Me too, but Allah has helped me and he has submitted, so that he only helps me to do good.’” (Reported by Muslim) Source

So, what do you say? Haha.. Let us leave the soul matter to Allah, not to 'touch' anything. By the way, Dan Brown has been a bit careless lately. With the Apotheosis concept, and the pluralism of Freemasonry brotherhood, better be more careful. It sounds pretty obvious though. With some stress in noetic science. Hm. Wallahu A'lam. Anyone who has another alternative, tell me. Still, I don't want to believe the thing they weighed was the soul, I would rather believe it was qarin, a Djinn. Weight losses after the subjects died, were weight of Qarin leaving the bodies. I would like to believe that. No way I'm going to believe they actually manage to weigh a soul. Although this thing filled my mind few weeks. Heh. After all, it is just my opinion only.

1 comment:

  1. This is a nice one, Asif. I've always being fascinated by the facts regarding light. Anyway, I would like to share a page which hopefully be beneficial...


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