Unique features of the camel

2016-02-24 06:00

AMONG animals, the camel has certain peculiar characteristics that can be a reflection of divine wisdom and power.

It is the largest most robust and durable animal, and although elephant is a much larger animal than the camel the Almighty has mentioned the camel rather than the elephant because the Arabs knew camels and scarcely saw an elephant.

Despite the fact that a camel is such a huge animal, a Bedouin Arab will not find it difficult to look after it even if he is poor. He is unable to gather or afford it and it has to be let loose and will gather its own nutriment and live on leaves. It has a long neck to reach the tops of the high trees. The food of elephants and other animals are expensive.

In Arabian deserts water is a scare commodity and is not available everywhere, yet the camel can survive for about week without water as the Almighty’s power has provided it with a small narrow mouthed pouch in its paunch to store extra water which it uses up gradually for seven to eight days. Thus it is a superb draught beast.

Nature has created it uniquely, so that it is perfectly adapted to survive the hazards of the harsh climate of the desert. There is no need to set up a ladder to climb up the high animal because the Almighty has divided its legs into three levels. Each leg has two knees that it manoeuvres to sit down so it becomes easier for riders to climb up and down.

It is the chief beast of burden in desert and as such is able to carry large loads. It is most difficult to travel in daytime in Arabia because of scorching sunlight and the Almighty has made it possible for the camel to travel throughout the night. Camels are so obedient that even a child can lead them along anywhere. Camels are very valuable in many ways and teach man the Almighty is omnipotent and has consummate wisdom.


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