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The Miracle in the Ant

HARUN YAHYA

Collective work, military strategy, an advanced communications network, an astute and rational hierarchy, discipline, perfect city planning.... These make up only a summary of the lives of ants. The life of these minute living beings, which we do not attach any importance to in our daily lives, is full of wonders. These living beings, with the densest population in the world perfectly fulfil all the requirements of social life. In many fields in which human beings fail, they perform quite successfully.

The ants have a highly developed and planned organisation. These animals, with their very strong communication network, are so superior as not to be compared to any other organism, with respect to social organization and specialization. Ants care for their young, protect their colonies and fight as they produce and store their food. There are even colonies that do "tailoring", that deal in "agriculture" or "animal husbandry".

As is known, establishing a social order requires faculties like intelligence, wisdom, knowledge and experience. Both those who will establish this order and those who will understand and abide by it must possess all of these features.

How is it possible that ants of just 1-2 centimetres maintain such an established social order? How did they decide to form this order? Why have they preferred to live by relying on others and cooperating with them rather than living freely by themselves? How is it possible that thousands of ants in a colony manage to behave as a single body?

Evolutionists, who are not able to answer these and other similar questions, claim that ants evolved 80 million years ago from an archaic species of wasp. According to them, 65-140 million years ago, ants all of a sudden and of their own will started to live in harmony, which led to the appearance of the first social insects on earth.

However, they can never explain the reasons for and formation of this socialization. That is because one of the basic mechanisms of evolution is based on fierce struggle among living beings. Since the strong always win, struggle, rather than cooperation, must rule among individuals.

Contrary to what evolutionists claim, however, there is a perfect division of labour and co-operation in ants as well as all other social insects. Ants always collaborate; they share their food, care for their young and fight against their enemies together. Such features of living beings are a total dead end for the defenders of evolution.

One ant species which is a dead end for the defenders of evolution is the honey ant.

Many types of ants are fed with the digestive wastes of aphids called "honey". This substance contains a high proportion of sugar. Thus, the workers of this species, called honey ants, collect honey from aphids, coccidae, and flowers. The ants' method of collecting honey from the aphid is very interesting. The ant approaches the aphid and starts shoving its belly to make it secrete digestive waste. The aphid then gives the ant a drop of digestive waste. Later on, this nutritious secretion will be very beneficial for the ant, but how?

Some ants, nicknamed honeypots, serve as pots and use their own bodies to store the sweet liquid food collected by other workers. After the worker bees swallow and carry the nectar to their nests, they regurgitate it to the mouths of the young workers that will store the honey. Honey-storing ants fill their lower abdomens with honey, using them as honey pots. They are continually fed with nectar and almost act like a "barrel". Sometimes they even swell up to the size of blueberries. Then, 25-30 of them dangle like amber globes from the ceilings of their chambers to keep the honey steady. While attached to this ceiling, they look like a small and translucent bunch of grapes. Honey in the honey pots weighs almost 8 times as much as an ant.

In winter, or in the dry season, ordinary workers visit the honey pots to meet their daily food demands. The worker ant places its mouth on to the "pot's" and the pot exudes a small drop of honey from its store by contracting its muscles.

It is an interesting and awe-inspiring situation for a living being to reach a weight 8 times its normal weight having decided to serve as a honey pot, and to be able to live hanging from its feet without any harm coming to it. Why have they felt the need to accept such a difficult and dangerous position? Have they thought up this unique storage technique themselves and controlled their bodily development accordingly?

Honey ants display behaviour that the theory of evolution cannot explain. It is totally illogical to maintain that they developed the honey storage method and the organs required for it by chance.

Related to this issue, Prof. Etienne Rabaud, Director of the Institute of Biology of Paris University has the following explanation:

These examples (for instance honey ants) show clearly that various organs have not been developed for performing certain functions by the living beings, although their prior existence has sometimes led to certain acts and tasks to be performed and sometimes not. This shows that the organs have not developed out of the adaptation by living beings to life conditions, but life conditions have arisen out of prior existence of such organs and out of their functions as we have seen. The following question may be asked as Darwin did: Does the event of clearing, or weeding out of one who loses the capacity to live, or the adaptation of organs to new conditions take place in this evolution? We contend that events have proven that such an evolution, or such a change, has not occurred. In fact, a totally different phenomenon has taken place.

These explanations given by Professor Rabaud clearly show us a conclusion that anyone may arrive at by thinking with his conscience for just a very short time. A sole Creator Who is the real source of knowledge and intellect has created all living beings with their faultless organs and perfect behaviour. This truth has been expressed in the Qur'an as follows:

He is God, the Creator, the Maker, the Giver of Forms. To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names: Everything in the heavens and earth glorifies Him. He is the Almighty, the All-Wise. (Surat al-Hashr: 24)





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