When the Israelis refused to accept the teachings of Jeremiah, he predicted their subjection to Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar invaded the holy land of Jerusalem and damaged the Doom of the Rocks, all the copies of Old Testament were burnt away and many Israelis were made captive and taken to Babylon. Young Azariah was also among the captive. Daniel looked after him and coached him in the days of captivity. Azariah of Old Testament is mentioned in the holy Quran as Uzair.
Nebuchadnezzar wished to appoint few wise and knowledgeable Israelis as councilors in his court and selected" four persons; namely, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. He arranged to teach them the language of Chaldeans, provided them the proper attires and made them to eat at the table of the king. The table had that meat, which they couldn’t eat. When the king came to know of their refusal of eating the meat, he summoned them and talked to them. Uzair talked about the manners and ethics, which impressed the king and he appointed Uzair governor of Babylon.
The valley of Euphrates and Tigris had remained a center of great civilizations including the Babylonian Civilization. Babylon was the capital of the Babylonian and the most ancient and grand of all Ashorian cities. Area of the walled city was 56 sq miles; the city wall was 320 feet high having a width of 80 feet with 100 bronze gates. The city wall had a 25 ft thick wall that ran parallel to it at a distance of 38 ft, which was further reinforced with another 12 ft thick wall. The gap of the inner two walls was ﬁlled up with earth and debris to make a passage for patrolling of the guards on it. There was a 27 feet high guard tower at every 165 feet along the inner wall and thus there were 360 such towers in total.
A grand road ran through the center of the city from north to south. This was 73 feet wide and had thick walls on both of its sides, which were covered with glazed decorative tiles of red and yellow colors in the blue background. The brick paved road enforced with asphalt had limestone tablets with this inscription upon them. “I, Nebuchadnezzar Bin Biliah, the king of Babylon have constructed this avenue with the slabs of stars for the procession of our god Marduk, our lord god.”
Procession of hundreds of priests of Marduk along with the sacriﬁcial animals, in the company of singing bands, on the avenue offered a scenic view. This avenue also had its strategic signiﬁcance. It led the way from the city wall towards the inner fort of the city. Any invading army in order to advance towards the fortress of the city had to walk through this holy avenue but because of the high walls on both sides of the passage forced them to walk in ﬁles, which made them easy targets for archers positioned on these high wall.
The holy avenue led up to the Gate of Ashtoreth' chief goddess of Babylon. This large gate was decorated with the glazed pictures of bulls and other animals.
Hanging Gardens of Babylon known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, were situated near the Gate of Ashtoreth. These gardens were not actually hanging but appeared to be hanging in the air as those were grown over the roofs- of the palaces of the city. Nebuchadnezzar built those gardens for his young wife to please her. Water lifted, up to 350 feet, using a wonderful system of rising steps of canals from Euphrates, irrigated these gardens.
was a lofty tower in Babylon, which was considered to be the most sacred place in the city. This tower was erected in amidst many small temples and was 288 feet high. A 48 feet high temple was built upon the top of this tower that had a great statue of Marduk and other pieces of decoration embedded with diamonds and other precious stones. Walls of this temple were decorated with gold plates and blue glazed tiles. When the sunlight would fall upon the peak of the tower, the entire city of Babylon would light up from the reflection of this temple.
Uzair after becoming the governor forbid the idol worshipping. Nebuchadnezzar summoned him in the court and asked the reason for such an action. Uzair said, “ Worthy of our worships is only God, our Lord.” This infuriated the king and he ordered to throw him in a blazing furnace. God helped Uzair and the ﬁre of furnace did not harm Uzair. Seeing this miracle Nebuchadnezzar said, “Blessed is the God of Uzair, Who sent an angel to save Uzair. Indeed no god other than Him is worthy of worshipping.” And, Uzair was reinstated as the governor of Babylon.
Upon reaching Jerusalem, Uzair started the construction of the Doom of Rocks. Cyrus bore all the expenses incurred in this regard.
Since all the copies of Old Testament were destroyed, Israelis after having freedom from captivity of seventy years, wanted to inhabitation that, too, had been revived and had taken the form of a city with all its hustle and bustles.
And didn’t ye consider the one who passed by a hamlet all in ruins to its roof He said, ‘Oh, how shall God bring it ever to life, after this? But God caused him to die for a hundred years, then raised him up again. He said, “How long did ye tarry thus?” He said, "Perhaps a day or part of a day. ” He said, “Nay, thou has tarried thus a hundred years but look at thy food and thy drink. They show no signs of age and look at thy donkey and that We may make of thee a sign up to the people, look further at the bones, how We bring them together and clothe them with ﬂesh. Then this was shown clearly to him, he said, "I know that God has power over all things. ” (S: 2,V: 259)
Nowadays almost everyone is familiar with deep freezers and refrigerators. We know, when the things are cooled down to freezing point, they do not perish. A particular gas circulating in these appliances keeps things preserved as long as those stay below freezing point.
Food, in our times, is preserved either by freezing or by packing it in a vacuumed container or by adding certain chemicals as preservatives, which enable the food to last for a certain period of time.
Below freezing point the movement of the molecules of food slows to their lowest ebb. Under normal temperature the movement of the molecules is very fast and this fast movement results in extra contacts with the air. And, this increases the rate of decomposition in organic compounds containing nitrogen and carbon like meat, vegetables and other food items.‘ Rate of chemical actions also drops with dropping of temperature. If somehow or the other, we could stop or reduce the speed of the molecules in items like these, as is done in the case of deep freezing or refrigeration, the food will not perish or its decomposition would be delayed considerably.
Time is also related to with movement. If motion of a body were decreased hundred times from its normal speed, the speed of passing time for that particular object would also be decreased hundred times. For instance, we breathe at a speed of eighteen breaths per minute and if we would just have one breath in a minute, we would require eighteen minutes to complete eighteen breaths, or to say, slow breathing, in this case, increased the duration of the same number of breaths to eighteen times.
Thus Uzair had those many breaths in One hundred years as many breaths are taken in a day; for this reason when he was asked as to how long did he sleep, he said a day or less than that.
Sadhoos, knowing this control, decrease the rate of breathing to increase their life. Similarly, in case of Uzair’s food when the motion of the molecules decreased, the time passing for those molecules also slowed down, almost coming to a halt, and the food did not perish. But, in case of the donkey, the time kept on ﬂowing at its normal pace and in the meantime it perished and decomposed like any normal living thing, as it should have in the period of one hundred years.
The same laws became active in case of the Companions of the Cave. Another example concerning the speed of time is that of a cricket match witnessed on TV. In which the ball is occasionally shown in slow motion, Now the ball that reaches the batsman in one second, reaches him in five seconds when shown moving in slow motion. This means that decrease in speed of movement of the motion requires more time from the completion of the same movement, that is, the unit of time is related to with the speed, if the speed is decreased the time to complete a task would also increase.
We think that in a Pyramid, too, time slows down or to say the movement of the molecules slows down and the process known as decay decreases to a stoppage.
Those who perform Muraqba; the act of Meditation, in a pyramid, do it in an atmosphere which is free from spatio- temporal restraints, and it takes them closer to their Unconscious. Meditation in a pyramid always gives very good results.
Another example in this regard is that of a Microwave Oven. When some frozen food is placed in a Microwave Oven, it increases the speed of the motion of the molecules using the energy of the microwaves. Increase in the motion of molecules is’ so rapid that food heated on an ordinary oven for ten minutes can be heated in about a minute or so. Or to say, increase in the motion of the molecules, caused to shrink ten minutes time to just one minute.
This brings these points before us:
1) Uzair slept for one hundred years but ‘upon awakening he had the realization of just a portion of a day.
2) The ass of Uzair died and it suffered all those affects that a dead body experiences for one hundred years‘ the food in its wrapping cloth remained as it was.
All these three events took place in the same one place in the similar atmosphere, now the question is that how did it all happen?
The life as normally considered is "It depending upon the Oxygen only because it is our common observation that only one person in a family often dies and nine survive. If one’s survival had anything to do with the oxygen, the oxygen remains available for everyone but in spite of this availability of oxygen 0n6 breathes his last.
Life depends upon burning of oxygen in a body and the burning of oxygen is associated with carbon. When the oxygen is inhaled through nostrils and reaches the lungs, the carbon in the lungs spongy layers helps in it‘s burning and this burning produces carbon dioxide. It means that life does not depend only upon oxygen but the oxygen works as a fuel for life.
Every particle of this universe, according to the Divine Books, is ordained with consciousness, which means that every particle has understanding and intelligence. It guards its life and fulﬁlls its duty in the life of others. Whether it is a human being, an animal, a plant or tree, it’s a star or planet everything is made of carbon. Actually life is composed of hundreds of thousands layers. Carbon is burning because of oxygen and the oxygen is providing energy like fuel to life.
Food does not perish in places where the temperature is very low, for instance, in Iceland, where it snows the food does not rot even if it is left in the open, because molecular movement of the food items is lesser in those areas. Deep Freezers and Refrigerators are artiﬁcial methods invented to reduce the molecular movements of perishable food items.
We see in our daily life that a person goes to sleep or dies. When a person sleeps for 36 hours, he does not know that he have slept for that long. Similarly, a person who remains in comma for three years, upon recovering his senses, cannot tell how long he remained in that state. He believes that he spent few hours in that condition.
Every creation is encased in a net of simple and compound waves of light. The gases are no exception to this law. The web of lights enveloping a gas ascertains type and quantity of the gas. Life and death of every individual depends upon certain ﬁxed quantities. When God wanted to disclose the secrets of life and death upon one of his servants; Uzair, the gases that reduce the speed of the molecules became active and Uzair and his food did not decay.
Any invention or any advancement of any science is possible only because it already exists in the Unseen Realm. This is the reason that first we conceive the idea of an invention and then that invention is manifested after continuous research. It is not possible to make an invention without having a thought or thinking about it. First an idea comes to the mind of a scientist and then he focuses all his attention towards that idea. Finally, when his concentrative attention focuses upon the covering of lights enveloping that thing, it materializes.
Man, according to the teachings of the holy Quran, is alternating between the Conscious and the Unconscious. In the Conscious the Time & Space grip upon him and when he is under the inﬂuence of his Unconscious, he feels himself free from the clutches of Spatio-temporal restrains and limitations. He feels so, in actual effect, he is not totally liberated from them.
"Thou causes the night to gain on the day, and thou causes the day to gain on the night; Thou brings the Living out of the dead, and Thou brings the dead out of the Living," and Thou gives sustenance to whom Thou pleases, without measure."
(S: 3, v: 27)
He draws the night as a veil o'er the day, each seeking the other in rapid succession: He created the sun, the moon, and the stars, all governed by laws under His command. Is it not His to create and to govern?
(S: 7, VI 54)
He draws the night as a veil o'er the Day. Behold, verily in these things there are signs for those who consider.
(S: 13, V: 3)
That is because God merges night into day, and He merges day into night, and verily it is God Who hears and sees all things.
(S: 22, v; 61)
It is God Who alternates the Night and the Day verily in these things is an instructive example for those who have vision!
(S: 24, V: 44)
And it is He Who made the Night and the Day to follow each other: for such as have the will to celebrate His praises or to show their gratitude. (S: 25, v; 62)
Seest thou not that God merges Night into Day and he merges Day into Night.
(S: 31, V: 29)
And a Sign for them is the Night: We withdraw there from the Day, and behold they are plunged in darkness.
(S: 36, V: 37)
He created the heavens and the earth in true proportions: He makes the Night overlap the Day, and the Day overlap the Night.
(S: 39, V: 5)
And by the Night as it retreats. And by the Dawn as it shines forth.
(S: 74, v: 33)
By the Day as it shows up the Sun ’s glory. By the Night as it conceals it.
(S: 91, V: 3)
By the Night as it conceals the light. By the Day as it appears.
(S: 92, v; 1-2)
Man and every creature of the universe keeps on alternating in two states of life and death, i.e., life and death of creature is having two sides. One is the Night (The Free Senses) and the Day (The Restricted Senses). Both these two aspects of life remain active throughout, all the time. One experiences change in Space only because of the intervals of the senses. For example life of a person, who is awake, passes through different spades Here sighting is also a space, hearing, too, is a space, walking is.a1sO a space, thinking is also a space, i.e., no creature can go out of the sphere of spaces. Passing of moments of activities of life in Space is Time. For instance, a person is walking. Before starting walking, he stands still keeping both feet aligned on the ground. When he starts walking, to take a step, he lifts one foot and places it on the ground at a distance. As soon ‘as the ﬁrst foot touches the ground, he lifts the second foot. This lifting of the foot and its movement in the air (space) is the time and the distance covered in between the two feet is the space. Now, if a person walks ten steps, he covers the distance of ten units of space and in covering this distance he spends time of ten seconds.
When a person is sleeping, his physical body does not move around on the ground therefore, it can be said that his life is passing in Time. In that state, since steps have not covered any distance, the time cannot be measured. When a person sleeps he travels in Time and when one is awake he travels in Space and the Time moves along.
When Uzair slept, according to the laws of God, his senses infused in Time and since his physical body did not move around, he said that he had slept for a day.
And, in the case of donkey, when carbon did not burn the Oxygen entering its body, it expired.
The reason for not decaying of food is that the movement of the molecules had stopped because of God’s command. And, this could be exempliﬁed that the food was surrounded by such waves that froze it just like a small freezer.
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