Living beings have to reproduce to continue their species. However, reproduction
by itself often proves insufficient, because if living things fail to
provide adequate care for their offspring, the newborn cannot survive.
In other words, if living things did not feel the need to protect and
look after their offspring and did not do this successfully, newborn creatures
would not be able to look after themselves and would soon die.
When we look at nature, we see the majority of living things display
amazing self-sacrifice in order to protect and provide the best care for
their offspring, incomparable to any form of sacrifice shown by human
beings. Furthermore, these living things risk their lives for their young
without a moment's hesitation. So, how did such self-sacrifice in animals
Evolutionists claim that self-sacrifice displayed by living things, especially
that shown towards their offspring, is instinctive behavior. What then
does the word instinct mean?
Evolutionists define instinct as a sense of intuition inherent in living
things. They claim that an inner voice whispers to a spider, a bird, a
lion or a tiny insect to practice self-sacrifice to keep the generations
going. In reply to a question regarding the source of this voice, they
desperately say "mother nature". In the view of evolutionists,
every phenomenon in nature is a miracle of nature.
However, it is evident that this claim is futile and meaningless, because
nature itself, is already a created entity consisting of the stones, flowers,
trees, rivers and mountains familiar to all of us. It is obvious that
these entities cannot come together to furnish a living being with a new
trait, which is a product of intelligence.
As a matter of fact, even Darwin himself was aware of this logical failure
from the very beginning. In his book The Origin of Species, which
he wrote in 1859, he expressed his self-doubt about his own theory in
the following words:
So wonderful an instinct as that of the hive-bee making
its cells will probably have occurred to many readers, as a difficulty
sufficient to overthrow my whole theory. (Charles Darwin, The Origin
of Species, p. 233)
Research conducted by scientists on living things has revealed that they
live in an astounding harmony, coordination and collaboration with one
another. Wherever one turns in nature, one is likely to see examples of
this. For instance, some little birds utter a shrill alarm call when they
see a bird of prey like a hawk or eagle approaching their flock, to warn
their companions of the danger. Thus, they attract the attention of the
attacker to themselves. This behavior considerably reduces the chance
of survival of the bird who sounded the alarm. But despite this, the bird
puts its own life at risk for the hundreds of other birds in the flock.
A majority of animals undertake all kind of self-sacrifice for their
young. For example the incubation period of penguins is during the polar
winter. Female penguins lay only one egg, leave incubation to the males,
and return to the sea. During the four months of incubation, the male
penguin has to resist violent polar storms at times reaching speeds of
120 kilometers per hour. Making great sacrifices for four full months
without leaving the egg, the male penguin loses half of its body weight,
because it has no chance of going hunting. Although it goes without any
food for months, it does not go hunting, and resists the violent storms
without ever leaving the egg. After the end of the four months, the female
penguin shows up with a huge store of food. She has not wasted time in
the meantime, but has worked for her young and stored food for it. She
empties her stomach and takes over the job of caring for the young.
The care provided by the crocodile, a particularly savage animal, for
its offspring is also quite astounding. First, the crocodile digs a hole
for the incubation of its eggs. The temperature of the hole must never
rise above 30ºC. A slight rise in temperature would threaten the lives
of the offspring in the eggs. The crocodile takes care that the holes
in which it places its eggs are located in rather shady places and goes
to extraordinary efforts to keep the eggs at a constant temperature. Some
crocodile species build nests of weeds on cold water. If the temperature
of the nest still rises despite these measures, then the crocodile cools
the nest by sprinkling urea on it.
The time when the eggs hatch is most important, because, in the event
the crocodile failed to hear the noises coming from the nest, the young
would be suffocated. The mother crocodile brings the eggs out and helps
the offspring out of their eggs by using her teeth as tweezers. The crocodile,
with her razor-sharp teeth, avoids the slightest movement likely to injure
her young. The safest place for the newly born is the protective pouch
in its mother's mouth which is specially designed to shelter half a dozen
newly born crocodiles.
The meticulous care and concern a wild animal like the crocodile shows
its offspring is only one of the examples proving the invalidity of the
evolutionist claim of the struggle for life which maintains that the strong
survive while the others are defeated and disappear.
The dolphin is another animal known for its self-sacrificing behavior.
Dolphins raise their offspring with great care from the moment they are
born. As soon as the newborn dolphin is born, it has to go up to the surface
of the water for oxygen. To provide this, the mother dolphin shows amazingly
conscious behavior and, using the tip of her nose, gently pushes the
offspring above the surface of the water.
Just before birth, the movements of the mother dolphin slow down considerably.
For this reason, two other females always accompany the mother dolphin
during birth. Always remaining on either side of the mother, the assistant
dolphins assume the responsibility of protecting her from possible attacks
by sharks that might be attracted by the smell of blood.
How can this instinct, defined by evolutionists as "a drive observed
in animals but not completely understood", guide animals to become
civil engineers while building their nests, perfect soldiers while protecting
their young or colonies, and turn even the most aggressive species into
compassionate and gentle creatures towards their young?
Indeed, Darwin also had difficulties in answering this query, which he,
himself, put forward. He often left related questions unanswered too.
In his book The Origin of Species, he asks the following questions:
Thirdly, can instincts be acquired and modified through
natural selection? What shall we say to so marvelous an instinct as that
which leads the bee to make cells, which have practically anticipated
the discoveries of profound mathematicians? (Charles Darwin, The Origin
of Species, p.205)
As seen, Darwin's doubts on "Natural Selection" are quite precise.
Although Darwin himself confesses that Natural Selection is not a reasonable
explanation, the majority of evolutionists still insist on adhering to
Yet, every human being who observes nature with a clear consciousness
sees that living things are not brutal, tough or uncompassionate because
of the so-called struggle for life. On the contrary, living beings
are self-sacrificing because of the "inspiration" their Creator
bestowed upon them.
As expressed in the 68th verse of the Surat an-Nahl, which says "Your
Lord revealed to bees…", "God" the Lord of the heavens
and the earth and everything in between, the Infinitely Compassionate
and Oft-Forgiving has control over all living things. Their instincts,
which Darwin was unable to explain within the scope of evolution, are
actually the inspiration given by God to all living things.
All life in nature is created by God. All living things come into being
by the Will of God and behave in compliance with His inspiration. The
self-sacrificing behavior, kindness and care living beings display towards
their young are merely the reflection of God's name, the "Compassionate".
This is revealed in the 7th verse of Surat an-Nahl:
"Your Lord is All-Gentle, Most Merciful"