Programme – GIANTS: Mystery and the Myth
Some people more readily than others, will brush aside such questions, “Did giants really exist?” considering it to be silly or even nonsense. Dismissing it as ‘the playground of the paranormal enthusiasts’. Whilst others will question the sanity of a person who even dares to ask such a question. However, the overwhelming evidence which leans in favor of such an idea ‘Did giants really exist?’ is staggering! Not only do the scriptures of all divine religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, mention or talk about giants in some way or other. There are now undeniable archeological evidences which back-up or prove the scriptures. Even if one or two cases of the graves of giants is found to be hoaxes, the overwhelming majority of cases easily dismisses this idea. Throughout the world, from ancient civilisations to world religions there are recorded anecdotes of giants having walked the earth at one point. For example, in the Islāmic scriptures, the Quran and hadith, we learn that previous prophets, like Adam (a.s), were tall people:
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “Allah created Adam, making him 60 cubits tall. When He created him, He said to him, “Go and greet that group of angels, and listen to their reply, for it will be your greeting (salutation) and the greeting (salutations of your offspring.” So, Adam said (to the angels), As-Salamu Alaikum (i.e. Peace be upon you). The angels said, “As-salamu Alaika wa Rahmatu-l-lahi” (i.e. Peace and Allah’s Mercy be upon you). Thus the angels added to Adam’s salutation the expression, ‘Wa Rahmatu-l-lahi,’ Any person who will enter Paradise will resemble Adam (in appearance and figure).(Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 55, Number 543)”
People have decreased in stature since Adam’s (as) creation.
The idea of giants walking the earth is not a strange one to a muslim. In fact, we learn that our true stature as humans will be far greater in paradise than what it is now. Resembling the heights of our Father Adam (as):
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “The first group of people who will enter Paradise, will be glittering like the full moon and those who will follow them, will glitter like the most brilliant star in the sky. They will not urinate, relieve nature, spit, or have any nasal secretions. Their combs will be of gold, and their sweat will smell like musk. The aloes-wood will be used in their centers. Their wives will be houris. All of them will look-alike and will resemble their father Adam (in statute), sixty cubits tall.” (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 55, Number 544)”
The programme, ‘GIANTS Mystery and the Myth’ is a fascinating attempt at drawing out these mysteries of giants which are scattered all around the world. Showcasing some of the ancient megalithic structures towering as high as a 50 story building, built with 100 tonne stone blocks in some cases! Even in our 21st century modern age, there are no technologies which can lift 100 tonne blocks of stone, let alone then rearrange them into building blocks. As usual, the programme ‘GIANTS Mystery and the Myth’ does have fabricated and sensational stories woven in with the more factual evidences of giants and megalithic structures. But, aside from this, the programme sheds light on an interesting series of discoveries which have now for some reason, been buried (excuse the pun) from public knowledge. As a side note, it is also interesting to note the programme makes references to “arab” traditions of Nimrud. – A group of people said to have built huge megalithic structures or their king Nimrud.
Lastly, before you dismiss the contents of the programme as “sensationalism”, my advice is, don’t be quick to draw conclusions. As wild and fanciful an idea it may seem, there will be some truths in among the clattered build up of fairy tales included in the programme. After all, weren’t all ideas considered strange, silly and nonsense at one point? Before it became the widely known and accepted text-book knowledge?
Moreover, looking at it purely from a religious point of view, what we once again see is the scientific backing of Allah’s words. People in our age are quick to brush aside the stories, lessons and historical knowledge found in our scriptures as “fables of old”. Stories which are untrue and something which has no scientific background. What the new archeological discoveries and scientific knowledge goes to show is reaffirming the words of Allah. So, If the prophet (saw) says, there were people as tall as “60 cubics long”, then (as archeological discoveries are clearly demonstrating), there were people really that tall. Another thing which the programme covers is the great flood, more commonly known as the Noah’s (as) flood. This flood was a cataclysmic level of disaster and destruction; which literally changed the face of the entire planet. Wiping out these giants from the face of the earth along with dismantling the continental plates to the way they are now.
All the previous civilisations which existed, (most probably of giants) were destroyed. Again we have the Quranic ayah (verse) which tells us this happened:
There are many ayahs in the Quran which draws our attention to this fact; there were greater previous nations built by a far greater people (giants), which were destroyed by Allah! Due to their persistence in committing sins and evil!
Allah, the Exalted, says,
(Is it not a guidance for them…) This is addressed to those who reject what the Prophet came to them with: `We destroyed those who denied the Messengers from the previous nations before them. They showed open hostility, so now there is not trace of them and none of them are left. This is witnessed by the empty homes that these people left behind, and which others have now inherited, moving about in the dwellings of those of the past.’
﴿إِنَّ فِى ذلِكَ لأيَـتٍ لاٌّوْلِى النُّهَى﴾
(Verily, in this are signs indeed for men of understanding.) This means those who have sound intellect and correct understanding. This is as Allah says,
﴿أَفَلَمْ يَسِيرُواْ فِى الاٌّرْضِ فَتَكُونَ لَهُمْ قُلُوبٌ يَعْقِلُونَ بِهَآ أَوْ ءَاذَانٌ يَسْمَعُونَ بِهَا فَإِنَّهَا لاَ تَعْمَى الاٌّبْصَـرُ وَلَـكِن تَعْمَى الْقُلُوبُ الَّتِى فِى الصُّدُورِ ﴾
(Have they not traveled through the land, and have they hearts wherewith to understand and ears wherewith to hear Verily, it is not the eyes that grow blind, but it is the hearts which are in the breasts that grow blind.) ﴿22:46﴾ Allah also said in Surah Alif Lam Mim As-Sajdah,
﴿أَوَلَمْ يَهْدِ لَهُمْ كَمْ أَهْلَكْنَا مِن قَبْلِهِمْ مِّنَ الْقُرُونِ يَمْشُونَ فِى مَسَاكِنِهِمْ﴾
(Is it not a guidance for them: how many generations We have destroyed before them in whose dwellings they walk about) ﴿32:26﴾ Then, Allah, the Exalted, says,
﴿وَلَوْلاَ كَلِمَةٌ سَبَقَتْ مِن رَّبِّكَ لَكَانَ لِزَاماً وَأَجَلٌ مُّسَمًّى ﴾
(And had it not been for a Word that went forth before from your Lord, and a term determined (their punishment), must necessarily have come (in this world).) ﴿20:129﴾ This means that if it were not for the Word that had already preceded from Allah — that He would not punish anyone until the proof had been established against him and the punishment would take place at an appointed time that He has already determined for these rejecters — then the punishment would certainly seize them immediately.