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According to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, a rapid succession of coronal mass ejections—the most intense eruptions on the sun—sent a pulse of magnetized plasma barreling into space and through earth’s orbit. The massive magnetic storm had a speed of 3,000 km per second—enough to circle earth five times in one minute. The eruption of the sun took place on July 22, 2012. Had the eruption come nine days earlier, when the ignition spot on the solar surface was aimed exactly at the earth, it would have hit the planet.

In a paper appearing on March 18, 2014, in the journal Nature Communications, researchers say that the solar burst tore through earth’s orbit but, fortunately, earth and the other planets were on the other side of the sun at the time. Had the earth been in the line of sight, it would have suffered severe magnetic storms as the magnetic field of the outburst would have tangled with the planet’s own magnetic field. This would have wreaked havoc with the electrical grid, disabling satellites and GPS, and disrupting our increasingly electronic lives. According to this report, the massive magnetic storm that erupted on the surface of the sun may have proved to be destructive for the planet earth. But, luck saved us from this havoc. And, that luck was that earth was on the other side of the sun at that time.

What was this “luck”? In fact, it was an intervention by the Lord of the Universe. In the vast space, these havocs happen very often. However, every time our planet remains safe from danger. This phenomenon is proof that there is a high control of check and balance in the universe. It is this control that saves us from becoming victims of that havoc. This universal management has been mentioned in the chapter Al-Anbiya’ (The Prophets) of the Qur’an in these words: Say, ‘Who will save you from the Most Gracious, by night and by day?’ Yet they turn away from the remembrance of their Lord. (21:42)

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