The amazing fact about the male emperor penguin starts soon after the female lays its egg in the chilly winter. The female penguin passes the eggs to the male and goes back to the sea to hunt for food in order to feed the little ones after they hatch.

The male penguins take the mission of incubating the eggs. Thus the male penguin puts the egg carefully on its feet and covers it with its fur. 

This unimaginable sacrifice is offered by the male who stands on its feet for a whole four months enduring bitter cold and darkness during winter on earth’s coldest continent, Antartica without getting any food.

Their only mission is to protect the egg from rolling away on ice. If the male needs to walk with the egg on its feet, it offers a special walk to guarantee that the egg stays on its feet and is covered with its fur.

As the temperature drops to minus 50 degrees centigrade, accompanied with snowy wind at a speed of 100 kilometers per hour, the males huddle in large groups for protection against the icy winds and storms. They make a circle, and their provision through winter is only their patience.

After four tough months, the eggs hatch and that pretty much marks the coming of spring in the South Pole.  The little chicks open their eyes to the new world while they are still on their father’s feet. They still need protection, because they do not develop a fat layer under their skin yet to protect them from the chilly weather.

The first meal the little chick gets is kept in its father’s crop for four months. Though the father is in dire need of this meal, it gives preference to the little chick’s need of food. This but gives us a lesson in raising our children.

Reflecting on Allah’s creations as well as the creation of  heavens and the earth is the shortest path to know Allah and the widest gate to get to Him, simply because it puts you face to face with the Greatness of Allah.

﴾ Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding* Those who remember Allah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): “Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire. ﴿ [Quran 3:190-191]

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