The world is a boundless festival of mystery, splendour and beauty. The heavens, the earth, the planets, the stars, the galaxies, are all floating along their decreed orbits with incredible harmony, in a vast expanse of limitless space of dizzying dimensions. Man has been fascinated by this vast gallery of wonders long before he was able to get a glimpse, through study and science, of how it works and what lies behind it.
The cycle of day and night and the alternation of light and darkness, dawn and dusk, have sent a million shivers through the hearts and souls of men everywhere. For the believing heart, it is a daily marvel to behold, despite its familiarity; a constant reminder of God’s magnificence and glory.
—The Qurʾānic commentator and author Sayyid Quṭb [d. 1387AH/1966CE]
Pg 162-3, In The Shade of the Qurʾān. The Islamic Foundation, UK. 1999.