"And the earth We have spread out; set thereon mountains firm and immovable; And produced therein all kinds of things in due balance.
"And We have provided therein means of subsistence for you, and for those whose sustenance ye are not responsible.
"And there is not a thing but its treasures are with Us; but We only send down thereof in due and ascertainable measures.
"And We send the fecundating winds, then cause the rain to descend from the sky, therewith providing you with water. Though ye are not the guardians of its stores.
"And verily it is We who give life and Who give death: it is We who remain inheritors.
"To Us are known those of you who hasten forward and those who lag behind.
"Assuredly it is your Lord who will gather them together for He is perfect in Wisdom, Knowledge."
Holy Qur'an 15:19-25
Nothing can compare to the beauty of the Qur'an. This morning before Fajr I came across this and it gave me a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the widsom of these verses that describe how everything placed by Allah swt on the Earth is set in a delicate balance, that he gives us resources on the Earth to use for our subsistence, but that everything should be used in its due measure.
Look at the amazing description of the fecundating winds, rich with seeds to be spread over the soil and the rain that is sent after it to make the seeds grow and provide us with drinking water. We are also pointedly reminded that Allah swt is the sole guardian of fresh water - neither our scientific knowledge or our technology can avert a devastating flood or bring an end to drought.
The Qur'an tells us that our natural surroundings are Ayat (signs) but that most take no heed of them. It is when I am surrounded by natural beauty, at the coast or in the mountains, or looking at a beautiful night sky, that is the time I feel the closest to Allah swt. I feel a beautiful sense of peace that washes over me, a wave of joy, a feeling that everything makes sense. I am at my happiest at these moments. I want to jump up and down and laugh and shout a declaration of love to the sea and the mountains and the sky. Which is considered strait-jacket behaviour among most individuals, but as long as I stop doing it before the police arrive I should be fine.
You can never have that feeling in the concrete jungle, where its inhabitants can be vicious, violent and vindictive. Kind of makes wild animals look like bunny rabbits in comparison... If I had to choose one or the other for companions, I know who I would choose.