Imagine a social media influencer who is proud over his 1 million Facebook followers. That figure is a relatively small circle when we look at the number of people on the internet.
‘Despacito’ at the time of this writing has 7.1 Billion views on YouTube. There is a high probability that the reader has not seen the video or 3 out of randomly picked 10 persons have not come across it.
That social media influencer cannot be identified if he manages to take a picture with the estimated 7.8 Billion people on earth.
Those 7.8 billion people occupy land which is about 30% of the entire earth surface. Wow! Big earth, right?
This big earth would fit inside Jupiter more than a thousand times while Jupiter would fit inside the sun about a thousand times.
UY SCUTI, the biggest known star is said to be 1000 times bigger than the sun. In our own galaxy, the Milky Way, there are about 100 thousand million stars.
A 2013 research says that in this Milky Way Galaxy alone, there are about 400 billion planets.
In the observable universe, there are about 125 billion Galaxies!!!
The distance from earth to any side of the observable universe is 46.5 billion light years with the entire width being 93 Billion light heats across. A light year is about 9 trillion kilometers.
The stars in the observable universe are more than the grains of sands on earth. However, the entire universe is bigger than the observable universe.
Our fears, tears, pains, laughter, joys, anxieties, wars, peace, good, bad, culture, tradition, religion, politics etc., all in this small world that looks big.
Surah Al-Hadid, Verse 20:
اعْلَمُوا أَنَّمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا لَعِبٌ وَلَهْوٌ وَزِينَةٌ وَتَفَاخُرٌ بَيْنَكُمْ وَتَكَاثُرٌ فِي الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَوْلَادِ كَمَثَلِ غَيْثٍ أَعْجَبَ الْكُفَّارَ نَبَاتُهُ ثُمَّ يَهِيجُ فَتَرَاهُ مُصْفَرًّا ثُمَّ يَكُونُ حُطَامًا وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ وَمَغْفِرَةٌ مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانٌ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ
Know ye (all), that the life of this world is but play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting and multiplying, (in rivalry) among yourselves, riches and children. Here is a similitude: How rain and the growth which it brings forth, delight (the hearts of) the tillers; soon it withers; thou wilt see it grow yellow; then it becomes dry and crumbles away. But in the Hereafter is a Penalty severe (for the devotees of wrong). And Forgiveness from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure (for the devotees of Allah). And what is the life of this world, but goods and chattels of deception?
Reflect, reflect and reflect on these again. Perhaps, these figures are God’s ways of confusing the scientists in search of where He is.
Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman