In recent times, research has shown us several facts about the lifestyle of ants, which were not known earlier to mankind. Research has shown that the animals or insects whose lifestyle is closest in resemblance of the lifestyle of human beings are the ants. This can be seen from the following findings regarding ants:
a. The ants bury their dead in a manner similar to the humans.
b. They have a sophisticated system of division of labor.
c. Once in a while they meet among themselves to have a ‘chat’.
d. They have an advanced method of communication among themselves.
e. They hold regular markets wherein they exchange goods.
g. They store grains for long periods in winter and if the grain begins to bud, they cut the roots, If the grains stored by them get wet due to rains, they take these grains out into the sunlight to dry, and once these are dry, they take them back inside. Consider the following Qur’anic verses:
At length, when they came to a (lowly) valley of ants, one of the ants said: ‘Oye ants, get into your habitations, lest Solomon and his hosts crush you (under foot) without knowing it.’ (An-Naml 27:17-18)
In the past, the so called ‘rationalist’ would have probably laughed and mocked at the Qur’an, taking it to be a fairy tale book in which ants talk to each other and communicate sophisticated messages!
C.P. Haskins in “The Ants and Her World” writes: “In fact ants are little chemical factories continuously producing an array of substance called pheromones that serves the ant language. Through these pheromones the ants convey messages ranging from location of food to the presence of danger”.
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