Significance of Spiders in Science and Religion: An Overview

Muhammad Abid Nadeem *
Associate Professor, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Government College University Lahore, Pakistan.

Junaid Nadeem **
Wildlife & Parks Department, Government of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.

Abstract

Spider and its silk have been a subject of great intrigue for the scientific community. The wide variety of applications of silk has catapulted it to the center stage of research in biopolymers. However, this interest in spiders is not merely limited to the scientific world. This tiny arthropod has been revered as a deity among various ancient civilizations of the world. In mythology and folklore, the spider is often depicted in association with the deity of fertility and prosperity, thus it is held in great respect. Although the spider is no longer worshipped, it is still regarded with great respect. Islam and Judaism credit the tiny arachnid with saving the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and King David respectively. Moreover, the reference to spiders also occurs in the Holy Scriptures of Semitic religions. The spider and its web are used as a reference by God to convey guidance and warning. The central theme lies in the fragility of spider webs. The non-believers often rely on worldly allies and resources against God; however, their example is that of a fragile spider web that is easily blown away.

Keywords

Spiders, Islam, Bible, Science, Semitic religions

Al-Wifaq

Vol 5

Issue 1

January – June 2022

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