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The Unparalleled Strength and Durability of Iron and Steel

March 11, 2023
Iron and steel have played a critical role in the development of the modern world, from small accessories to large machinery and weapons. The Quran also emphasizes the importance of these materials in various contexts. Developing countries should prioritize the development of their steel and iron industries to ensure a secure and prosperous future.
Importance of iron and steel in modern world

The importance of steel and iron throughout the ages cannot be understated. From clothing accessories such as needles to large engineering and industrial machinery, iron and steel are ubiquitous in the modern world. Not only are they used to manufacture the aforementioned items but they are also integral in the production of arms and ammunition, military vehicles, armoured vehicles, fighter jets, submarines, naval ships and nuclear facilities. In many cases, steel and iron are the only elements suitable for such purposes due to their innate strength and durability.

Moreover, the Quran devotes an entire chapter to the importance of steel and iron. In Chapter 57, Verse 25, Allah says, "Indeed We have sent Our Messengers with clear proofs, and revealed with them the Scripture and the Balance (justice) that mankind may keep up justice. And We brought forth iron wherein is mighty power (in matters of war), as well as many benefits for mankind, that Allah may test who it is that will help Him (His religion), and His Messengers in the unseen. Verily, Allah is All-Strong, All-Mighty." This shows that iron and steel can be used even in places and societies where the justice system is weak and lawlessness is pervasive.

The Quran further references the making of metal coats of mail (for battles) in Chapter 21, Verse 80 and the softening of iron for Prophet David in Chapter 34, Verse 10, indicating that iron and steel have been used to protect yourself during the war.

Why steel is important?

  • Steel has an impressive stress yield of 50,000 pounds per square inch, making it a prime choice for building materials.
  • Steel is nonflammable and resists buckling or warping, making it ideal for earthquake-prone areas.
  • Advances in steel technology have made it possible for the metal to be sculpted into various forms, including those lighter than wood and with greater precision.
  • Steel's predictable nature makes it a perfect fit for design software, allowing for greater efficiency and less waste in construction.
  • Steel is increasingly popular in the residential construction sector, offering a balance between reasonable prices and unparalleled durability.
  • Exposed steel frames in buildings can lend a sense of rugged beauty and demonstrate the material's durability.
  • Steel comes in a wide range of colours and textures, adding an air of sophistication to any structure.
  • Steel is considered an eco-friendly material for manufacturing, with over 80 per cent of today's steel made from recycled materials.
  • Demolition teams will pay for the steel from demolition sites, limiting waste going into landfills from buildings with steel frames.
  • Steel's popularity and usefulness have been secured for many years to come due to its key advantages and continuing advancements in steel manufacturing.

In conclusion, iron and steel are invaluable elements in the development of modern cities and villages, as well as in the maintenance of justice and order. Poor and developing countries must take revolutionary steps to boost their steel and iron industries in order to ensure a secure and prosperous future.

This article is originally written by Muhammad Aslam Ch. in Urdu and translated by Usama Zulfiqar.

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About Author | Muhammad Aslam Ch.
Aslam has more than 35 years of experience as a former government electrical engineer and has worked for a number of both public and commercial enterprises. He has read more than 4,000 books, studied the Holy Scriptures, and researched the most recent scientific discoveries.

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