Are vehicles like planes and trains meant by the expression, ‘things of what ye have no knowledge‘ in the following verse: "And (He has created) horses, mules, and donkeys, for you to ride and use for show.." (an-Nahl, 16/8)

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Are vehicles like planes and trains meant by the expression, ‘things of what ye have no knowledge‘ in the following verse: "And (He has created) horses, mules, and donkeys, for you to ride and use for show; and He has created (other) things of what ye have no knowledge." (an-Nahl, 16/8)
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The chapter of an-Nahl, verse 8: "And (He has created) horses, mules, and donkeys, for you to ride and use for show; and He has created (other) things of what ye have no knowledge."

He created many other things like horses, mules and donkeys so that you would ride them and as ornaments; therefore, you should not eat them; he will create many strange things that you cannot know now. In fact, we have seen many vehicles like trains, cars and planes that people who lived before us did not see. God knows, He has created and will create many more things that we do not know and will not know. (see Elmalılı Tafsir)

Allah created laws in the universe and examples so that people would invent means of transportation like planes, ships, trains and spaceships by using those laws. A duck swimming in water, a bird flying in the air can inspire man. The miracles of the prophets show the ultimate goals technology can reach. Technological advancements have been progressing continuously. Many more means of transportation will be invented and used by human beings in the future.

Badiuzzaman Said Nursi states the following in his book called “Sözler” (Words):

“One of Solomon's (pbuh) ministers who was versed in the science of attraction said to him in order to bring the throne of Balqis, "I will have the throne here before you can blink your eyes." Thus, the verse suggests that it is possible to make things present from long distances, either themselves or their forms. And it is a fact that Almighty God bestowed this on Solomon (pbuh), who was honored with kingship as well as his prophethood, in the form of a miracle so that as a means to his innocence and justice he might himself in person be informed of all the regions of his extensive realm and see the state of his subjects and hear of their ills. That means, if man relies on Almighty God, and asks it of Him with the tongue of his abilities like Solomon {Upon whom be peace) asked for it with the tongue of his chasteness, and if he conforms to His laws in the universe and of His favor, the world may become like a town for him. That is to say, while Balqis' throne was in Yemen, it was itself present in Damascus, or its form was present, and it was seen. And for sure the forms of the men around the throne were present and their voices heard. Thus, it indicates in magnificent fashion to the attraction of forms and sounds from long distances….(Sözler, 20. Söz, (256-257).)

As a matter of fact, the issues that Badiuzzaman mentioned have already taken place. Today, it has become possible to broadcast live through the INTERNET, RADIO or TELEVISION, closed circuit systems and smart cameras, to address people through projectors, to broadcast through monitors and satellites and to control the world. The world has been globalized and all kinds of activities have become common. So to speak, the world has become a small place like a building with its different floors and flats. What the verse indicated took place as a miracle, showing the immortality and the universality of the Quran.

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