Reaching for the light

Flowers reaching for the light

By Wael Abdelgawad for

Click on the image above and allow yourself a few minutes to do nothing but gaze at it. Really think about what you are seeing. Isn’t it beautiful and astounding? SubhanAllah.

To me, the amazing thing is that it’s a simple image of a small (some might say insignificant) creature in Allah’s universe. It’s not a big-budget film popping with special effects and designed to elicit a canned emotional response, or a classic novel, or a grand symphony, or a skilled musician playing a soul-stirring solo on a guitar.

It’s just a capture of the light shining on a little flower that most of us would probably pay no attention to if we walked past it.

Rather than insert my thoughts here, I would like to ask you:

What does this image do for you? What does it make you think? How does it make you feel?

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Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in Fresno, California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including and, and also of various technology and travel websites. He is a writer and poet, and has been a web developer since 1997. This project,, is very dear to his heart, as it has allowed him to express ideas that have growing inside him for many years. Wael is divorced and has one lovely young daughter. He practices and teaches martial arts (somewhat obsessively), and loves Islamic books, science fiction, and vanilla fudge ice cream. Wael is an advocate for human rights and blogs about these issues at He is also a volunteer with the MyDeen Muslim youth organization in Fresno. Wael tagged this post with: , , , , Read 266 articles by
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  1. Striving Soul says:

    It reminds me of the Beauty of Allah. It reminds me that Allah has given us beautiful things through His Creation – for our benefit. We take pleasure from looking at the wonderful, warm and colourful flowers, the golden reddish sun as it rises and sets, the beauty of the perfectly created birds with their amazing patterns and yet again more colours. And in this simple picture – the flower is happily stretching up towards the sun…its a very warm image. Lol, it also brings a mother and baby to mind…

    What is colourless, yet through it we recieve many colours?

    Allah says in Surah Fatir:

    V 27. See you not that Allâh sends down water (rain) from the sky, and We produce therewith fruits of varying colours, and among the mountains are streaks white and red, of varying colours and (others) very black

    V 28. And likewise of men and Ad¬Dawâbb (moving (living) creatures, beasts), and cattle, of various colours. It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is All¬Mighty, Oft¬Forgiving.

  2. wael says:

    Very interesting thought about water being colorless, and yet it produces many colors. I never looked at it that way.

    As you said, these flowers are stretching toward the sun, and to me it is a metaphor for the way we yearn for Allah’s light and guidance. Every living thing inclines to Him, every living thing reaches for His light in one way or another.

    You see, I actually did have thoughts about this! Ha ha. But I knew that the readers would have equally interesting and valid thoughts, just as you did, Alhamdulillah.

  3. Striving Soul says:

    Lol Brother Wael, I thought the same too – the flowers are stretching towards the sun as they are ‘in need’ of it’s light and heat which is from Allah.

    We are all ‘in need’ of something from Allah and this thought should hopefully always bring us back to earth and take away any arrogance or feelings of independence that we may be harbouring.

    Hence we are all ‘fakir’ – meaning that the understanding of real ‘poverty’ is about the need to have a strong connection with Allah(swt).

    It should make us humble… : )

    PS, that colour thing is meant to be a riddle…

  4. Rebecca says:

    Asalaam alaikum,

    For me, it is a visual reminder of how everything is nurtured and loved…even the smallest little flower. SubhanAllah. The intricacies that Allah (swt) created in nature are incredible.

    Thank you for sharing this–and for all your heartfelt and insightful posts. JazakAllah khair.

    • wael says:

      Rebecca, thank you for your kind comment. I took a look at your website and I really loved some of your poems, including “Soul Unleashed” and “A Gentle Breeze”.


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