Magical Animal mention in the Quran

Quran is a Muslim holy book that will always maintain its purity until the end of time. Therefore, the Quran must be used as our guidebook so that we are safe in this world and in the Akhirah.

Although the Quran is a holy book, it does not only contain religious rules. Even in it there are various kinds of science and historical stories in the past.

In the Quran, things that smell magical are common. Because, Muslims believe that everything that happens is because of the power of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

As is the case with the strange animal stories told in the following Quran, if we only look from the logical side, of course we will not believe that there are Animal that can speak, born from stone, etc.

But, once again this can happen thanks to God’s power. And here are some strange Animal told in the Quran.

1. Camel of Prophet Saleh in Quran

The prophet Saleh was a prophet and apostle sent to the people of Moses. In carrying out his prophetic mission, The Prophet Saleh always had opposition and ridicule from his people, namely the people of Tsamud.

One day, The Prophet Saleh was challenged by his people to show them miracles in order for them to believe that The Prophet Saleh was truly a person sent by Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

The Naymuds asked The Prophet Saleh to bring a camel from a large stone, because they were sure that the Prophet Saleh would not be able to comply with their request.

Then, The Prophet Prayed and asked Allah for the request of the Tsamuds to be granted. And, Allah finally granted the prayer of The Prophet Saleh by removing a female camel from a very large stone.

They were astonished to see the event, and some of them finally believed in The Prophet Saleh, but others still did not believe and considered Prophet Saleh to use witchcraft.

This story is enshrined in the Quran as follows:

وَيَا قَوْمِ هَذِهِ نَاقَةُ اللّهِ لَكُمْ آيَةً فَذَرُوهَا تَأْكُلْ فِي أَرْضِ اللّهِ وَلاَ تَمَسُّوهَا بِسُوءٍ فَيَأْخُذَكُمْ عَذَابٌ قَرِيبٌ

O my people, this is the She-camel of God, to be a sign for you. Leave her that she may eat in God’s earth, and touch her not with evil, lest you’ be seized by a nigh chastisement.’ [QS. Hud verse 64]

2. Fish That Ate The Prophet Jonah

The very famous story of Jonah is when he entered the belly of a very large fish. The fish that ate Jonah was a fish that saved Jonah.

While in the belly of the fish, The Prophet Jonah cried out as narrated in the Quran,

وَذَا النُّونِ إِذ ذَّهَبَ مُغَاضِبًا فَظَنَّ أَن لَّن نَّقْدِرَ عَلَيْهِ فَنَادَى فِي الظُّلُمَاتِ أَن لَّا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

And [mention] the man of the fish, when he went off in anger and thought that We would not decree [anything] upon him. And he called out within the darknesses, “There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.” [QS. Al-Anbya verse 87]

Allah then ordered the fish to remove Jonah from his stomach, and Jonah came out of the belly of the big fish in a state of weakness and pain. Then God planted a tree for him to rest until he was healthy again.

11 Animals Mentioned In The Quran

3. The Bird of The Hud-hud of Prophet Solomon

In the Quran it is narrated in Sura An-Naml verses 22-23 :

إِلَهُكُمْ إِلَهٌ وَاحِدٌ فَالَّذِينَ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِالآخِرَةِ قُلُوبُهُم مُّنكِرَةٌ وَهُم مُّسْتَكْبِرُونَ ﴿٢٢﴾

Your god is one God. But those who do not believe in the Hereafter – their hearts are disapproving, and they are arrogant.

لاَ جَرَمَ أَنَّ اللّهَ يَعْلَمُ مَا يُسِرُّونَ وَمَا يُعْلِنُونَ إِنَّهُ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْمُسْتَكْبِرِينَ ﴿٢٣﴾

Assuredly, Allah knows what they conceal and what they declare. Indeed, He does not like the arrogant.

The story illustrates that the hud-hud bird is an animal that has the intelligence and brilliance of thinking so that in its odyssey to find food not only for worldly purposes, but for the spread of religion.

The hud-hud bird, in between its times, took advantage of the opportunity to seek the news and news of a people because he wanted to convey the message of Islam to them.

Through the presentation of the glorious hud-hud bird and courage in expressing uzur (delay), Prophet Solomon was able to invite the Sabaeans to martyr Allah.

4. The dog of Ashabul Kahfi in Quran

Ashabul Kahfi is the story of 7 young men and a dog named Qithmir who fell asleep soundly in a cave for approximately 300 years.

Qithmir the dog that accompanied Ashabul Kahfi is believed to be the only dog that entered heaven.

The story of Ashabul Kahfi and his dog is told in the Quran as follows,

وَتَحْسَبُهُمْ أَيْقَاظًا وَهُمْ رُقُودٌ وَنُقَلِّبُهُمْ ذَاتَ الْيَمِينِ وَذَاتَ الشِّمَالِ وَكَلْبُهُم بَاسِطٌ ذِرَاعَيْهِ بِالْوَصِيدِ لَوِ اطَّلَعْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ لَوَلَّيْتَ مِنْهُمْ فِرَارًا وَلَمُلِئْتَ مِنْهُمْ رُعْبًا

And you would think them awake, while they were asleep. And We turned them to the right and to the left, while their dog stretched his forelegs at the entrance. If you had looked at them, you would have turned from them in flight and been filled by them with terror. [QS. Al-Kahfi verse 18]

These are the magical Animal told in the Qur’an, may the above stories add to our faith in Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, God Almighty.

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