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Passion Islam I September 2008 SPECIAL FEATURE I 21
Fasting of the Spider
body. (peace and blessings be upon him) was
There is a Surah in the Noble born.
Qur’an called “Al-Ankabout”, Spiders fast during the period of laying
meaning “The Spider”. There Allah eggs and incubating them. At that time
says: “The likeness of those who they do not have any sort of food. Female
choose other patrons than Allah is spiders spin nests and coccoons and lay
as the likeness of the spider when their eggs. Then they remain there all
she taketh unto herself a house, the time to protect the eggs till the young
and lo! The frailest of all houses is emerge. The length of incubating varies
the spider’s house, if they but knew.” from one species of spider to another.
[Al-Ankabout 41] But in all cases, this term is spent without
Spiders played a great role any food, which makes the spiders very
in hiding the Prophet (peace and weak.
blessings be upon him) and his From specific glands the spiders
Companion Abu Bakr (may Allah be release some liquids that are necessary
pleased with him) when they were for feeding the young, who are not able to
in the Cave of Thawr on the way seek their food by themselves until they
to Al-Madinah during the course grow up. So they take these juices until
of the Hijrah (the Prophet(saw)’s they are able to hunt their food from the
There are many types of spiders in the
emmigration from Makkah to surrounding environment.
world. Spiders have eight legs, mandibles
Madinah). Spiders spun a great web At that time mother spiders break
converted into poison fangs, two feelers,
across the entrance of the cave, and this their fast and return back to their normal
and a large unsegmented abdomen
misled the polytheists who were seeking life. This is another demonstration of
bearing several spinnerets that produce
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings Allah’s Power manifest in His creatures.
the silk used to make nests, cocoons,
be upon him) and his Companion. They Chance has nothing to do with such
or webs for trapping insects. Spiders
thought that the spiders had spun their demonstrations of Allah’s Might. Rather it
have six or eight eyes on the back of the
web years before Prophet Muhammad is the ultimate truth of creation.
cephalothorax, the upper part of their
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