:jz: This is a really nice explanation, in particular of ‘aalameen and all the different derivatives. In Urdu, an ‘alaamat, from the same root, is indeed a sign.
With regards to Lord of the worlds, something no one 1400 years ago could have known:
“Nasa has found a distant star circled by eight planets, equal to the complement in our own Solar System. It's the largest number of worlds ever discovered in a planetary system outside our own.”
“Some 3,500 exoplanets - worlds circling other stars - have been documented in recent decades.”