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When Muslims are awestruck by a beautiful, amazing creature such as the cheetah, we say, “Subhan Allah!” Glory to Allah!
The whole of creation is an unfathomably amazing sign. A sign that contains within it countless more signs. We are reminded over and over in the Qur’an that we are among signs, for those who reflect. The word we translate as “verse” (ayah) means “sign.”
And it is He who spread the earth and placed therein firmly set mountains and rivers; and from all of the fruits He made therein two mates; He causes the night to cover the day. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.
Despite the wonder all around, once in a while, something really strikes me. Most recently, that honor goes to the cheetah. I happened to see some footage of a cheetah running and became enthralled and fascinated. The cheetah is truly amazing.
Features of the Cheetah
Not only is this animal strikingly beautiful, the cheetah is built to run like no other creature on earth. This big cat is the world’s fastest land animal, reaching speeds of up to 75 miles per hour.
Even more amazing is the incredible rate of acceleration. The cheetah can go from 0 to 60 in as little as 3 seconds. A Honda Accord sports sedan takes twice as long! If you want to accelerate from 0-60 alongside the cheetah, think Tesla, Porsche or Lamborghini!
What about this animal’s design makes this amazing speed possible? Check out this 3-minute video and see for yourself.