Were they created of nothing, or were they themselves
Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Surely, they have no firm
Or are the treasures of your Lord with them, or have they control over
them? (At-Tur, 35-37)
The first error a prejudiced person makes is trying
to evaluate religion without giving thought to Allah. Sociologists, for
example, who do research on religion, can write thousands of books on
how religions arose and how they affected societies sociologically. Yet,
in spite of all these great academic studies, they cannot understand religion
even to a minute extent when compared with those who lead their lives
within the boundaries of religion.
Such people are not capable of comprehending the reality of Allah’s
unity, which is the basis of religion. Anyone who decides to learn about
Islam needs first to understand the existence of Allah. If he does not
believe in Allah, he will simply be investigating the Qur’an and Muslims
in terms of his own limited vision of life.
The Qur’an thus expresses disapproval of such people: “They disbelieve
what they cannot grasp, for they have not yet seen its prophecy fulfilled.”
(Yunus, 39) Islam is not a man-made ideology about which half-baked
ideas and baseless conclusions can be put forth from the outside. The
individual can understand what Islam is about only when he understands
the existence of Allah and lives his life as enjoined in the Qur’an.
Essentially, the existence of Allah and the reality that there is no
deity other than Allah are crystal clear facts. But in “the society of
ignorance” where people fail to use their reasoning due to their habit
of indifference and indolence, they grow blind and cannot comprehend this
reality. As a matter of fact, that is the reason why they were stigmatized
as a “society of ignorance” (Jahilliyah).
One of the many Qur'anic verses about pondering on the existence of
Allah records the Almighty’s advice to the Prophet on how he should address
“Say: ‘Think, you, if Allah took away your hearing
and your sight, and sealed up your hearts, who - a god other than Allah
- could restore them to you?’” The same verse goes on to say: “See how
We explain the signs by various symbols; yet they turn aside.” (Al-Anaam,
A brief example can help us enrich our views and remove our innate ignorance.
Let’s assume that there is a person from whose memory everything, including
the knowledge of his self-being and his body, has been wiped out. If he
found himself on a place like earth, what would he feel like? He would
undoubtedly be so amazed and so astonished as to lose his mind out of
curiosity. The first thing he would notice would probably be his body.
He would not be aware that his body in fact belonged to him in the first
place, thinking of it as an external object, like the other things in
the scene. Then it would be very interesting for him to be able to control
his body parts and make them do what he wanted them to do. He would probably
try to figure out the use of his arm by moving it up and down for a while.
He would find very suitable surroundings for his body, the reason for
the existence of which would still be unknown to him. There would be safe
ground to stand on, a clear image to view, beautiful fragrances to smell,
various animals, a proper air temperature exactly suitable to the body,
an atmosphere suitable for breathing, and thousands of other sensitive
balances. Edible fruits to satisfy his hunger, pure and clear water to
cool his parched throat and many more things.
For a moment, let us put ourselves in his position and reflect for a
while. In a place like this, would we just go and enjoy ourselves, or
be wise enough to ask ourselves some very crucial questions? Would we
try to understand who we were, why we were there, what the reason for
our existence was, what the reason for the existence of the present order
was or, would we simply ignore these questions and be concerned with how
much we enjoyed our lives? Would not the first questions come to our minds
be as follows:
Who am I?
Who has created me, who has created this perfect body of mine?
Who has created this great order which surrounds me?
What does He, who created everything, want from me? What does He
want to show me?
Even an individual with a weak mind would think that there is nothing
more important than finding answers to these questions. Someone who pays
no attention to them, preferring rather to spend his life in fulfilling
his physical needs, amusing himself during the day and sleeping at nights,
would undoubtedly be a creature of no understanding at all. Someone must
have created his body and his surroundings, and they must have come into
being all of a sudden. Once he was created, every second of the rest of
his life must also have been dependent on that Superior Being, Who had
initially created him. What could be more important than knowing about
this Superior Being, Who obviously possesses a great power?
Let us continue with our example and assume that he reaches a city after
walking through the land for a while. There are various types of people
there, most of whom are pretty vulgar, ambitious and insincere. And almost
nobody is thinking about his Owner or the place he is living in. Although
everyone has a job, an aim or an ideology, the people of the city cannot
bring good order to the city, with which everyone would be content.
Let’s assume he meets some people whom the denizens of the city dislike,
and towards whom they feel rage and enmity. As to what these people are
like, he sees that they are significantly different from the others in
many ways. He feels that, as human beings, they are amiable reasonable,
and trustworthy. They look humble and they speak in a clear, moderate
and sensible manner. He can easily see that there is nothing wrong with
them, so he becomes confused and has doubts as to why the citizenry think
Let’s assume he starts a conversation with them and they tell him: “We
have a different view of life and think differently from other people
because we are aware that there is an Owner of this place and everything
in it. We are also aware that His power is above everything and He has
created this place and everything else to test and educate us until the
day comes when we will leave this place. We have a book which we have
received from Him, and we are leading our lives in accordance with this
In such a situation, he might not be a hundred per cent sure whether
these people were really telling the truth or not. But he would probably
understand that what they were talking about was quite important. He would
feel there was nothing more important than obtaining further information
about these people at that moment, and he would be extremely curious about
the book they were talking about, would he not?
The only thing that stops us from being as sensible as the person in
this example is our having been on this earth for a longer period of time.
We have experienced a growth process instead of coming into being as an
adult all of a sudden, like the person in the story. Consequently, we
have to admit that most of us are in a position similar to that of the
town people in the example due to our disregard of such questions in our
lives. What we should further bear in mind is that almost none of the
people in this city actually thought about the questions cited above,
found some consistent answers on their own, and finally turned away from
the Superior Being, Who created them. In fact, most of them did not even
go through these steps, but simply pushed these questions aside and stopped
thinking about them, because of their “collective ignorance”.
Are we aware of the fact that the “society of ignorance” we are living
in prevents us from answering those crucial questions mentioned above
by keeping us occupied with questions like: “What shall I eat tonight,
which dress should I wear tomorrow?” or “What is she thinking about me,
what should I say to him?”? Unfortunately, this shows nothing but abysmal
ignorance although we claim to be living in the “information age”.
Now, you have a chance! Think about the complete ignorance you might
have been exposed to by such a “society of ignorance” and ask yourselves
the following question, which so far you might not have thought over,
or might have brushed aside with insufficient explanations: How did I
come into existence?
In order to be able to answer this question, it would be useful to start
with the physical beginning of our existence and think about that extraordinary
event - “birth”.
The brief history of birth can be summarized as follows:
Sperms are produced literally ‘outside’ of a man’s body. The reason
for this is the fact that sperm production can occur only in a suitable
environment with a temperature of about 35 degrees Celsius, which is two
degrees below the average body temperature. Male testicles are the only
body parts with this temperature, as they are rightly placed outside of
the body. To bring the temperature to the required level, another mechanism
is activated. The skin covering the testicles shrinks when it is cold
and sweats when it is hot to keep the temperature of this area stable.
Approximately a thousand sperms are produced per minute, and they have
a special design that eases their long journey from the man’s testicles
to the woman’s egg. A sperm comprises a head, a neck and a tail by the
use of which a fish-like movement towards the mother’s uterus takes place.
The head part, which carries the genetic code of the future human being,
is covered with a special protective armour. The benefit of this armor
is noticed at the entrance of the mother’s uterus. This place is very
acidic to protect the mother from microbes and other alien particles like
sperms, but by the use of this armor, most sperms manage to stay alive.
Not only sperms are ejaculated to the uterus. Semen is a mixture that
consists of many other liquids. These liquids contain sugar that supplies
energy to the sperms. Semen, which is a base in its chemical form, neutralizes
the acidic environment at the entrance of the uterus and creates a safe
environment for sperms. It also makes the environment slippery so that
sperms can move along easily. Sperms make a difficult journey inside the
body of the mother until they reach the egg. No matter how hard they try
to survive, only a thousand sperms out of 200-300 million can make it
to the egg.
In the light of this brief information, let’s try to find the answers
to some questions that cross our minds: How can a sperm make itself so
suitable for entry into the mother’s uterus, about which it knows nothing
beforehand? How can a sperm be produced in the male body in a way that
it can survive and find its way to the egg in the female uterus in spite
of the protective mechanisms of the female body, about which the sperm
had no previous idea? How can this happen?
Since a sperm lacks the ability to adapt itself to an unknown environment
in advance, the only possible answer to these questions is that it is
actually created that way.
Let’s continue with the brief story of birth:
An egg is about half the size of a salt grain. The place where an egg
and a sperm meet is called the Fallopian tube. The egg secretes a special
fluid that leads the sperms to the egg. As they come closer to the egg,
their protective armor is melted by another fluid secreted by the egg.
As a result, solvent enzyme sachets appear on the cover of the sperms’
heads. By the use of these enzymes, the sperm that is to fertilize the
egg, penetrates the membrane of the egg. When the sperms surround the
egg, they race one another to enter to the egg. Mostly, only one sperm
fertilizes the egg and from that time on, there is no possibility for
another sperm to enter it. Before fertilization, the electric charge of
the sperms and the egg are opposite, therefore they attract each other.
However, after the entrance of the first sperm, the electrical charge
of the egg changes, acquiring a pushing effect on the rest of the sperms.
Finally, the DNA of the male present in the sperm combines with the
DNA of the female. At this moment, there forms a new cell (the zygote),
that is, a new human being inside the mother’s womb.
After considering this bit of information, a new question comes to our
minds: How is it that an egg is prepared to welcome a sperm as if it “knew”
that it would meet the sperm? How can this happen? The only possible answer
to this question is that the egg is created to be suitable to the sperm
by the will of a Creator who has also created the sperms and controls
both the sperm and the egg.
The extraordinary nature of birth does not finish with all this.
The fertilized egg clings on to the womb by its special knobbly surface.
The small protuberances on the surface of the egg jut out and penetrate
deep into the mother’s womb like the roots of plants in the ground. The
zygote starts to develop through hormones secreted by the mother. The
egg keeps receiving nutrition provided by the mother.
With time, the cells divide and grow in number by the two-four-eight-sixteen
model. In the beginning, all cells that are formed by the division of
old ones have the same properties as each other. Then, all of a sudden,
newly formed cells somehow start differentiating, showing separate characteristics,
as they are to form different organs of the fetus. The science of today
still lacks the competence to give a satisfactory answer to the question
of why and how exactly this differentiation of cells takes place and how
they form different organs with such perfect organization.
As time passes, a drastic change takes place in the jelly-like fetus.
Relatively rough bones start to form inside that soft structure, all of
them surprisingly, in their proper places. What’s amazing here, is that
while all the cells carry exactly the same characteristics at the beginning,
through the differentiating process, some of them turn out to be eye cells
sensitive to light, others become nerve cells that perceive heat while
yet others form those cells that detect sound vibrations.
Finally the fetus’ construction is completed and a new baby is born
into the world. At this stage, it is 100 million times bigger and 6 billion
times heavier than its initial form when it was a fertilized egg.
This “brief history” mentioned above concerns us, because it is the
story of how we came into being. For us, what can be more important than
finding the ultimate Cause and Owner of that great, extraordinary and
complex event of our existence? When we glance at this short history,
we come across many other questions to which science, which is under the
influence of materialism, has not yet found any answers.
But there are still many questions that need to be answered. One of
these is: How can cells of the same structure start to gather in groups
and form different organs of the body while they multiply?
Actually, there is no answer to these questions about birth other
than accepting the presence of a Creator. It would be a great mistake
to think that all of these complex operations occur on their own or by
chance. How can cells agree to form “human organs”? Let’s think
about this a little further. Let’s assume that there are two wise adults
who come together and decide to work on an engineering project. Even between
these two persons, some misunderstandings will unavoidably occur and this
will put the success of the project at risk. Then, how can thousands and
millions of cells work together to form an absolutely perfect organization
without any mishap? Who would dare to say an answer to this question:
“It may be possible by chance”? Some atheist “scientists” of today explain
this marvelous occurrence as the “magic of nature”. What does this mean?
Who or what is nature? Has not nature also been created?
Another attempt to answer this question might be to refer to the mother
and the father—which would be meaningless. The role of parents in this
event is in fact, neglible. Neither mother nor the father is aware what
goes on within them in the production of gender cells, fertilization and
development of fetus. The exact date of birth is unknown to mother who
has no control over delivery. In spite of this, mother and father are
seen as the “origin of one’s life”? But are they so?
The mother and father are very important to their child, as they play
a role in his existence. On the other hand, one never, or only rarely,
thinks about ones real Creator. Is not the real Creator, who has the ultimate
power and control ones everything including birth, life and death, worth
more love and respect? His existence is clear and the existence of any
other thing without Him is not possible. No one but Allah can create anyone
or any matter on his own, while He neither begets nor is begotten as is
stated in the third verse of Al-Ikhlas 3.
The creation is explained in the Qur’an as follows;
“We created man from a quintessence (of clay);
Then We placed him as (a drop of) sperm in a place
of rest, firmly fixed;
Then We made the sperm into a clot of congealed
blood; then of that clot We made a (fetus) lump; then We made out of that
lump bones and clothed the bones with flesh; then We developed out of
it another creature. So blessed be Allah, the noblest of Creators!” (Al-Mumenoon,
This being so, it is clear that there is no difference between ourselves
and that man in the story, who was “suddenly” created and become curious
about who had created him and everything around him. Of course, he found
himself as an adult and without any parents who gave birth to him and
raised him. But now that we also know that our coming into existence can
in no way be explained by parents, we can consider our situation similar
to that of the man in the story.
In such a situation, the most important thing to do is to search exclusively
for the truth, to listen to those who claim they have knowledge and evidence
about the truth and then to think over what we have been told. Take the
man in the story again. As we know, he meets some people in the city who
tell him that they can make known to him the Creator Who has created himself
and everything around and that there is a book from Him. What do you think
he would do? Would he listen to them, or would he simply turn away from
them and prefer to be involved with such ordinary, everyday questions
like: “What shall I wear tonight, what shall I say to him?” that are daily
repeated and will one day become meaningless when death comes to him.
Which one of these two choices is the more rational, logical and conscientious?
You, without doubt, know the correct answer for this man. But, what about
What leads up to the event of creation is specifically described in
certain other verses of the Quran;
“Does man think that he will be left uncontrolled,
Was he not a drop of sperm emitted in lowly form?
Then he became a leech-like clot; then Allah made and fashioned him in
due proportion. And of him He made two sexes, male and female.
Has not He, the same, the power to give life to the dead?” (Al-Qiyama,
“Allah created you from dust; then from a sperm-drop;
then He made you in pairs. No female conceives, or lays down her load,
but with His knowledge. No man is long-lived, nor is a part cut off from
his life, but in accordance with His Decree. All this is easy to Allah.”
The human is a being created by Allah and as a created entity, he cannot
change this fact. He cannot bring any other explanation to his own existence.
Since he has been created, he would not be left uncontrolled and irresponsible
as emphasized in the above verses. There is, of course, a purpose for
creation. Where then will he find the answer?
There is only one answer to this question and that is in the book that
Allah has sent down to him.
TAKEN FROM "EVER
THOUGHT ABOUT THE TRUTH"
BY HARUN YAHYA, GOODWORD PRESS, INDIA, 2000