The Miracle Of Migration In Animals
Different species migrate for different reasons. Some set off on their journeys to find food, while others set off to reach their breeding grounds. Others abandon the environment where they were born when living conditions change. However diverse the reasons behind animal migration, there is one common factor: In each and every animal species from great to small, and in each kind of migration, great order and skill is evident.
First, in order to go from one place to another, a creature must know three things: its current location, its destination or target, and the route that it must follow to get there. In addition, migrating animals need to have sound knowledge of their current habitat’s location, since they must use this information on their return. They must also know what conditions will be awaiting them when they reach the end of migration, sometimes tens of thousands of kilometers (hundreds of miles) away.
Historically, human explorers and seafarers have used the Sun and the stars to establish their location. In our day, fine measurements can be made using satellite-based technology. Migrating animals have been created to possess this technology from the moment they enter the world. They successfully complete long journeys using the special systems created for them by God, and with His inspiration.
This book will demonstrate the magnificence of God’s creation in the remarkable migratory journeys that animals undertake. Once again, we can witness the endless power of our Lord. As it is revealed in the Qur’an:
We will show them Our signs on the horizon and within themselves until it is clear to them that it is the truth. Is it not enough for your Lord that He is a witness of everything? What! Are they in doubt about the meeting with their Lord? What! Does He not encompass all things? (Qur’an, 41:53-54)