1] Vapor trail from Russian meteor February 15, 2013
Hundreds of people were injured when a meteorite shot across the sky and exploded over central Russia earlier today (Friday, February 15, 2013). Bright fireballs leaving large, thick vapor trails crashed to Earth, shattered windows and damaged thousands of buildings in six cities, according to media reports. Many amateur videos showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 a.m. local time in Russia (0320 GMT on February 15, or 9:20 p.m. last night in the central U.S.). Scientists later said that the Russian meteorite was not related to asteroid 2012 DA14, which came closest to Earth at 1:25 p.m. CST (1925 UTC) today. They said the two objects were moving in almost opposite directions. Also, the object that crashed over Russia was probably “the size of an SUV,” according to planetary scientist Dr. Richard Binzel of MIT. Meanwhile, asteroid 2012 DA14 is about half the size of a football field.
2]Dashboard camera captures the bright fireball that appeared over Russia this morning – February 15, 2013 – shortly before the meteorite struck.Details log-on=http://earthsky.org/space/video-meteorite-hits-russia-earlier-today-more-than-500-people-hurt
THE QURAN IS SAYING:-
15:[16,17,18] It is We Who have divided the heavens into many fortified spheres8 for the sake of administration and adorned and decked them out fair to the beholders,9 and guarded them from every accursed Satan.10 No Satan can pass through them except that an eaves-dropper might hear something,11 but a fiery flame pursues that eaves-dropper.12
8In the preceding verses (14-15) it was stated that the disbelievers had become so hardened against the Qur’an that they would not have believed in it even if they had ascended the Heaven and seen with their own eyes the Signs mentioned in it. Now in vv.16-22, some of the Signs arc being cited in order to convince there of its truth.
“Fortified spheres” (buruj) are Signs of Allah for it is not possible to pass through one sphere of the Heaven into another, as each sphere of the space has been fortified by invisible boundaries. In this connection, it may be noted that literally the Arabic word burj means “a fortified place” but as a technical term of ancient astronomy this stood for each of the twelve Signs of the Zodiac, which marked the sun’s path through the heavens. This has led some of the commentators to form the opinion that in this verse the word buruj refers to the same. But there are some others who think that it means “planets”. However, if we consider this word in the context of v. 19, we are led to the conclusion that probably it stands for “spheres”.
9“We have adorned and decked the “fortified spheres”: “We have placed a shining star or planet in each of these spheres and made them look beautiful”. In other words, it means; “We have not made the boundless universe dismal, desolate and frightful, but so beautiful that one finds marvelous order and harmony in it everywhere, and sights therein are. so attractive that each one of these charms hearts and minds. This wonderful structure of the universe is a clear proof of the fact that its Creator is not only Great and All-Wise but is also a perfect Artist”. The Qur’an has also stated this aspect of the Creator in XXXII: 7: “(Allah is) that God Who has created in perfect beauty everything He has created.”
10That is, “These spheres are so fortified that they are beyond the reach of every Satan, for all Satans including those of jinns, have been confined to that sphere in which the Earth has been placed and they enjoy no more access to visit other spheres than the other dwellers of this sphere. This has been mentioned in order to remove a common misunderstanding. The common people believed, .and still believe, that Satan and his descendants have a free access to every place in the universe. On the contrary, the Qur’an says that Satans cannot go beyond a certain limit and they have no unlimited power of ascension.
11This is the answer to the false claim of the soothsayers, diviners, hermits, conjurers and the like who pretended to receive communications from the Heaven. The Qur’an says that in fact they do not possess any means of obtaining information about unseen things. Satans, however, try to eaves-drop because they are by nature more like angels than human beings, but in reality, they succeed in obtaining very little information about it.
12In Arabic the word shihab-i-mubin literally means “fiery flame”. In XXXVII: 10, the same thing has been called shihab-i-thaqib (“flame that pierces through darkness”). ‘This may or may not necessarily be a “meteor” for it is just possible that it may be some type of rays such as “Cosmic Rays” or even a stronger type which we have not been able to discover as yet. Anyhow if the “fiery flame” that pursues Satans may be taken to be a meteor, a countless number of these can form a fortification around our sphere of the universe. Scientific observations made with the help of the telescope have shown that billions of these meteors are rushing from space in mass of “rainfall” towards the earth’s atmosphere. Such a scene was witnessed in an eastern pan of North America on November 13, 1833. This is so strong a fortification that it can prevent Satans from passing through any fortified sphere.
With the help of the above, one can form a mental picture of the “fortified spheres” . Though there is no visible “wall” to keep distinct and separate one sphere from the others, Allah has securely guarded each of these spheres by invisible “walls” against each other. That is why our “planet” has remained safe in spite of the occasional “rainfall” of countless meteors. For as soon as they cross the protective wall of our sphere, they are burnt to ashes. But sometimes a meteorite reaches the earth from outer space as if to warn the dwellers of this planet of the existence of the “power” of the Creator. For instance, the biggest of these weighs 645 pounds and it is obvious from this that if the earth had not been made safe and secure by means of “fortified spheres” the rain of the shooting stars would have utterly annihilated it long long ago. It is these “fortified spheres” which the Qur’an calls “buruj.”
37:[6-10] We have adorned the lower heaven with the adornment of the stars5 and have secured it against every rebel satan.6 These satans cannot hear the words of the exalted ones; they are darted at and driven off from every side, and for them there is a perpetual torment. However, if some one snatches away something, a flashing flame follows him.7
72: 8. ‘And we pried into the secrets of heaven; but we found it filled with stern guards and flaming fires. S P
72: 9. ‘We used, indeed, to sit there in (hidden) stations, to (steal) a hearing; but any who listen now will find a flaming fire watching him in ambush. S P C
Note- 72. 9:
C5734. What is the force of “now”? It refers to the early Makkan period of Revelation. It means that whatever excuse there may have been before, for people to try to seek out the hidden truths of the Unseen World through jinns, there was none now, as the perspicuous Qur-an had restored the Message of Unity and cleared religion of all the cobwebs, mysteries, and falsehoods with which priestcraft and pious fraud had overlaid it. The result is that such seekers after false hidden knowledge will find themselves confronted now by the flaming fire, which, like the shafts of meteoric light (see note), will lie in wait for and nip such priestcraft and black magic in the bud.
Yusuf Ali’s Commentary from QuranTrans,Yusuf Ali’s Quran Translation
[compiled by-sogood islam]