How many people do you know in your life who have a passion for photography? Many, right? Out of those, how many photographers do you know who don’t have any picture of the sun in their portfolio? No one, you say? Exactly!
After all, who can resist taking a picture of the sun rising or setting behind the clouds, in a clear blue sky, behind the trees, above water or at the roadside? Every single sunrise and sunset is different from the previous one. Every single one of them has their own beauty, their own uniqueness.
Not only do we enjoy photographing the sun, but we also enjoy the sunlight in winters and benefit from it in various uncountable ways throughout the year. Today we know that not getting enough sunlight can cause a deficiency of vitamin D in our body.
Even if we don’t ponder over these facts often, we know that the sun rises everyday and brings morning with it and its setting is the onset of night. Engrossed in our routines as we are, fretting about an assignment not completed, about an employee being on leave, about a family member being ill, we don’t for a moment doubt that today the sun might not rise or set way too early. We trust that even though our own faculties or are loved ones may deceive us, but the sun won’t. This trust, don’t you think is actually on the One who causes the sun to rise and set? We just know He won’t forget or make a blunder like we humans do. Yes, the sun functions by the permission of its Creator.
Well, here’s the surprise! One day the sun won’t rise as usual from the East, but it will rise from the West. That will be a scary day. It will be the day when the end of this world will be very close, and when seeking forgiveness won’t benefit any more.
This has been mentioned in Sahih Bukhari, 3199:
Narrated Abu Dhar:
The Prophet (ﷺ) asked me at sunset, “Do you know where the sun goes (at the time of sunset)?” I replied, “Allah and His Apostle know better.” He said, “It goes (i.e. travels) till it prostrates Itself underneath the Throne and takes the permission to rise again, and it is permitted and then (a time will come when) it will be about to prostrate itself but its prostration will not be accepted, and it will ask permission to go on its course but it will not be permitted, but it will be ordered to return whence it has come and so it will rise in the west. And that is the interpretation of the Statement of Allah: “And the sun Runs its fixed course For a term (decreed). that is The Decree of (Allah) The Exalted in Might, The All- Knowing.” (36.38)