Herein is indeed a sign yet most of them are not believers. Ask the followers of the Reminder if ye know not? But truly many of mankind are disbelievers in the meeting with their Lord.
Why has the Light of God been compared to a man-made lamp instead? Even if man was to extend his imagination and thought to their limits or to use his formidable powers of reason — which are able to reveal the mysteries of the entire natural world — to deliberate and consult with his fellows, he still would not have the requisite tools to reach his objective.
There are unconfirmed reports that early Muslims did make sujood at this verse, but others cite a lack of evidence. Thus, His Essence infuses the universe with life, while His Light illuminates it with guidance.
Those who were given knowledge before it, when it is recited to them, fall down on their faces in humble prostration. Other references are to miracles or to the rewards of belief and the fate of unbelievers. The first ayahs after the opening surah are Alif Lam Mim.
And He knoweth what is in the land and the sea.