Monday, October 27, 2008

One lightning strike, 52 baqarahs down in a saf

In this picture released by the police department of San Jose, some of the 52 cows that were killed by lightning lie along a fence on a ranch in Valdez Chico village near San Jose, Uruguay, Wednesday,Oct. 22. The cows were killed when lightning hit the wire fence during a fierce storm, according to police.(AP)

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay: Lightning struck only once – but 52 cows are dead at a Uruguayan ranch.

Newspaper El Pais reported that the cows had pressed themselves against a wire fence during a storm when the lightning bolt struck in the northern state of San Jose.

A photograph released by the San Jose Police Department shows the black and brown cows lying dead in a row.

The newspaper said on Friday that vets at the scene confirmed the cause of the deaths, which happened on Wednesday.

The experts also said that cows often crowd around fences to seek protection during

Meteorologist Fernando Torena said he was not surprised that a single lightning bolt killed so many cows. But he called it "very bad luck".
-- chinapost/AP Sunday, October 26, 2008 10:17 am
‘Nay, thunder repeateth His praises, and so do the angels, with awe: He flingeth the loud-voiced thunder-bolts, and therewith He striketh whomsoever He will…' [13:the Thunder:13]

Thunder is a beneficent force, created by Allah, and like the rest of creation praises and glorifies the creator. Thunder, the name of the 13th surah of the Qur’an, is really a submissive instrument of good in Allah's hand. Man is advised to look to good, not to evil; to mercy, not to punishment; to the hope of abundant crops in the rain which comes behind the lightning clouds; and not to fear the fire in the thunder.

It was not beneficence but wrath that the polytheists attributed to their false gods.

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