Ants live in colonies and a perfect division of labor exists amongst
them. When we take a closer look at their systems, we shall also see that
they have a pretty interesting social structure. It will also come to
our attention that they are capable of sacrifice at a much higher level
than humans are. One of the most interesting points is that - compared
to humans - they do not know the concepts such as the rich-poor discrimination
and the fight for power that are observed in our societies.
Many scientists, who for years have been doing extensive research on
ants, have not been able to clarify the subject of their advanced social
behavior. Caryle P. Haskins, Ph.D., the president of the Carnegie Institute
at Washington has this to say:
After 60 years of observation and study, I still marvel
at how sophisticated the ants' social behavior is. …The ants thus make
a beautiful model for our use in studying the roots of animal behavior.
(National Geographic, vol.165, no.6, p. 775)
Some colonies of ants are so extensive with respect to population and
living area, that it is impossible to explain how they can form a perfect
order over such a vast area. Therefore, it is not easy not to concur with
As an example of these large colonies we can give the species of ant,
called Formica Yessensis that lives on the Ishikari coast of Hokkaido.
This ant colony lives in 45,000 interconnected nests over an area of 2.7
square kilometers. The colony, which is composed of approximately 1,080,000
queens and 306,000,000 workers, has been named the "Super colony"
by the researchers. (Bert Hölldobler-Edward O.Wilson, The Ants,
Harvard University Press, 1990, p. 1.) It has been discovered that all
production tools and food are exchanged in an orderly fashion within the
It is very hard to explain how the ants have maintained this order without
any problems, considering the vast area they are living in. We must not
forget that various security forces are needed for enforcing law and maintaining
social order, even in a civilized country with a low population density.
And there is an administrative staff leading and managing these units.
Sometimes, it does not become possible to maintain the required order
without problems despite all these intense efforts.
Yet in ant colonies there is no need felt for police, gendarmerie or
guards. If we consider that actually the duty of the queens, whom we think
of as the leaders of the colonies, is just to maintain the species, they
do not have a leader or a governor. There is thus no hierarchy based on
a chain of command amongst them. Then who is it that lays down this order
and maintains its continuity?
The fact that ants can establish such a great and perfect order is
proof that they are acting on the inspiration of a certain "supervisor".
The verse below fully confirms that God is the master and supervisor of
everything and that every living creature acts on His inspiration:
I have put my trust in God, my Lord and your Lord.
There is no living being He does not hold by the forelock and inspect!
My Lord is on a straight path. (Surah Hud: 56)