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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Nyamuk . Namus . Mosquitoes . Ba'udhah

"A female mosquito sucks about 2.8 mg (0.0001 ounce) of blood in one go, and this takes about 2.5 minutes. When the sucking finishes, the blood is sent to the midgut by suction pumps located in the fore-section of the digestive system. The abdomen fills with blood as far as the digestive system. It takes 3-4 days to digest the blood and then the sucking process is repeated." by Harun Yahya

Hani (Mun's little sis) once asked, " Since Allah created mosquitoes, why do we have to kill them??"

This questions lingers in my head, and it actually surprises me.. that the fact a toddler can ask this sort of question. Me at the age of 25, have never ever thought of asking this :P

Today I asked hubby about this, and he explains that Allah created these little things for us to think, to ponder, to ask and to gain more knowledge.
It made us realize that it is Allah, the Lord of the Universe, Who controls all and creates everything to perfection. This is expressed as follows in a verse of the Qur'an:

This is God's creation. Show me then what those besides Him have created! The wrongdoers are clearly misguided. (Qur'an, 31:11)

Observing one of the mosquitoes that accidentally landed on my hand, I figured that even one of it's wings is not enough for a lifetime of research..
Or, has anyone actually managed to reconstruct them exactly as how Allah created? I doubt it :)

As revealed in the Qur'an:

Humanity! An example has been made, so listen to it carefully. Those whom you call upon besides God are not even able to create a single fly, even if they were to join together to do it. And if a fly steals something from them, they cannot get it back. How feeble are both the seeker and the sought! They do not render to God the homage due to Him. Yet God is Powerful, Almighty. (Qur'an, 22:73-74)
Then I searched some more

Why do we kill Mosquitoes?? Coz they bite!!
Why do they bite??

Mosquitoes bite to make more mosquitoes. Wayne Kramer, an associate professor of entomology at Louisiana State University in buggy Baton Rouge, explains that mosquitoes snack on us — and other animals — to fuel reproduction. Blood is like a fertility drug for these insects.

North America is home to more than 100 species of mosquitoes that vary by habitat, size, and what they prefer to nibble on — mammals, including people; birds; even reptiles and amphibians. One thing they all have in common is that only females bite, and only blood meals are converted to energy earmarked exclusively for egg production. (For everyday metabolic energy, both male and female mosquitoes rely primarily on plant sugars.) In other words, each bite you suffer helps spawn a new generation of mosquitoes, ensuring the disruption of many future backyard barbecues.

While heat, movement, moisture, and color all play a role, mosquito attraction is mostly about scent. Most mosquitoes home in on prey by sensing chemicals, notably carbon dioxide, which we exhale with every breath. If we could just stop breathing, we'd avoid a lot of bites.

How did the mosquito find me when I'm sleeping in the dark??

The answer reveals another superior design to us: The mosquito is equipped with a complex system that enables it to find its prey. This system consists of receptors sensitive to heat, gas and various chemical substances. By this means the mosquito can easily identify its prey in the dark.

The use of heat-sensitive receptors is a somewhat effective method that is frequently used nowadays in military technology, particularly in the dark. A very sensitive heat receptor is also found in the body of the mosquito. This organ, known as the "tarsi," is located in the forelegs of the mosquito. When these organs detect the heat waves coming from a body, the mosquito is drawn by them and reaches its target unerringly. Furthermore, thanks to this heat detector, it can easily find the regions under the skin where there is the most blood, as veins are warmer than tissue.

In other words, a mosquito entering a pitch-dark bedroom can accurately perceive the exposed parts of a sleeping person's body, even to the point of finding the veins close to the skin.

Why do mosquitoes bite me, not my friend??

Recently, scientists at Rothamsted Research in the UK discovered that some people produce chemicals that smell bad to mosquitoes, masking the chemicals that usually attract the mosquitos.

What can we get from these insects apart from horrible disease?

Knowledge. Through them, we learn to appreciate the Qur'an more, the scientist gains more so they are able to explain to us regarding the miracle of Allah's creations
Other than that, they are an important part of the ecosystem. Mosquitoes are food source for many different animals- both the adults and the young (larvae). They feed creatures such as birds, bats, and frogs (just to name a few).

So in short, these mosquitoes are not just pests after all hehe..

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