Tuesday, 8 May 2012

The Fate Of The Sun

"When the sun (with its spacious light) is folded up" [Quran 81: 1]

This is a suitable metaphor for causing the sun to lose its light. Takwir means to fold up; hence takwir al-`amamah for folding up the turban on the head. Here, the light which radiates from the sun and spreads throughout the solar system has been likened to the turban and it has been said that on the Resurrection Day the turban will be folded up about the sun and its radiation will fade.

The sun contains huge amount of matter. All of that matter produces a huge amount of gravitational force that squeezes the star inwards. In order to combat the inward crush resulting from the gravitational force, The Sun utilizes fusion power to hold itself up. This is the way the sun sustains its life and escapes collapse.

The sun will one day become a red giant, so large that it will engulf the whole planet in Solar system. When the times come, earth may destroy and the Day of Judgment is finally arrived. Until that days come, as long as the Hydrogen fusion reactions are functioning as they have in the past; the Sun is safe from gravity and can continue to serve as a source of heat and light for Earth.

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