You are the best nation ever to be produced before
mankind. You enjoin the right, forbid the wrong
and believe in Allah.
(Surah Al 'Imran: 110)
Whoever is not merciful towards
will not be treated mercifully by Allah.
(Ahmad ibn Hanbal)
MIRACLES OF THE
HEARTS FIND PEACE IN THE REMEMBRANCE
According to research by David B. Larson, of the American
National Health Research Center, and his team, comparisons of devout and
non-religious Americans have given very surprising results. For instance,
religious people suffer 60% less heart disease than those with little
or no religious belief, the suicide rate among them is 100% lower, they
suffer far lower levels of high blood pressure, and this ratio is 7:1
It was reported in one study published in the International
Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, an important scientific source in the
world of medicine, that people who describe themselves as having no religious
beliefs become ill more frequently and have shorter life spans. According
to the results of the research, those with no beliefs are twice as likely
to suffer stomach-intestine diseases than believers, and their mortality
rate from respiratory diseases is 66% times higher than that of believers.
Secular psychologists tend to refer to similar figures as
“psychological effects.” This means that belief raises peoplesâ€™
spirits, and this contributes to health. This explanation may indeed be
reasonable, but a more striking conclusion emerges when the subject is
examined. Belief in Allah is much stronger than any other psychological
influence. The wide-ranging research into the connection between religious
belief and physical health carried out by Dr. Herbert Benson of the Harvard
Medical Faculty has produced surprising conclusions in this area. Despite
not being a believer himself, Dr. Benson has concluded that worship and
belief in Allah have a more positive effect on human health than that
observed in anything else. Benson states that he has concluded that no
belief provides as much mental peace as belief in Allah.
What is the reason for this connection between belief and
the human soul and body? The conclusion reached by the secular researcher
Benson is, in his own words, that the human body and mind are regulated
to believe in Allah.
This fact, which the world of medicine has slowly begun to
appreciate, is a secret revealed in the Qurâ€™an in these words: “…
Only in the remembrance of Allah can the heart find peace.”
(Qurâ€™an, 13:28) The reason why those who believe in Allah, who pray
to and trust in Him, are psychologically and physically healthier is that
they behave in accordance with the purpose of their creation. Philosophies
and systems which contradict human creation always lead to pain and unhappiness.
Modern medicine is now tending towards the realization of
this truth. As Patrick Glynn put it: “[S]cientific research in psychology
over the past twenty-five years has demonstrated that,… religious
belief is one of the most consistent correlates of overall mental health
(For further reference, please see, Miracles
of the Qur'an, by Harun Yahya)
THE END TIMES
AND THE EMERGENCE OF THE MAHDI
SIGNS OF THE MAHDI'S EMERGENCE:
The situation before the Mahdi's emergence
• The Mahdi will only appear at a time
when people are experiencing great fear and are afflicted by disturbances
and civil war and other disasters.(Reported by Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn
Most hadiths about the Mahdi's advent focus on the prophecy
that turmoil, insecurity, and disorder will rule the world before his
coming. Massacres, wars, and confrontations are one of the major features
of such a period. Besides, the hadith draws attention to the fact that
massacres will occur all over the world.
During the two world wars of the twentieth century, an estimated
65 million people were killed. The number of the civilians slaughtered
for political reasons during the same century is estimated to be well
over 180 million. This is an extraordinarily high figure compared with
• The Mahdi will not emerge unless innocent
people are massacred, and he will appear when those on Earth and up in
the sky can no longer put up with such massacres... (Ibn Hajar al-Haythami,
Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi `Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntazar, p. 37)
While the hadiths about his emergence mention such massacres
as commonplace, they also emphasize that such massacres will target innocent
people. As we discussed earlier, almost all of the wars today target people.
So, civilians and such innocent people as children, the elderly, and women
are slaughtered. Targeting these defenseless people in particular has
resulted in more comprehensive massacres, while the number of people dying
as a result continues to climb.
Since terror seeks to spread fear and horror, the very group
on which such attacks focus are often innocent civilians.
• Corruption that no one can escape
will occur and spread immediately to another place from where it stays.
(Ibn Hajar al-Haythami, Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi `Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntazar,
The term 'corruption (fitnah)' also means 'war, disorder,
quarrel, dispute.' Thus, civil and other wars and disorder, 'which spreads
to another place from where it stays,' continues unceasingly all over
the world during the current century. In particular, the twentieth century
is remembered as 'the century of wars.' And, this new century started
off with wars and terror that continues.
(For further reference, please see, The
End of Times and the Mahdi, by Harun Yahya)
THE EVOLUTION DECEIT
WHY IS IT MISTAKEN TO THINK THAT GOD
COULD HAVE CREATED LIVING THINGS BY EVOLUTION?
The Qur'an contains not one verse about creation
being based on evolution.
While it has been scientifically proven that the magnificent
design apparent in all living and non-living things in the universe could
not have come about by the blind forces of nature and chance, some people
nevertheless claim that there is indeed a Creator, but that He created
life through an evolutionary process.
It is evident that God, the Almighty, created the whole
universe and life. It is His decision whether creation should be instantaneous
or by stages. We can only understand how it happened by means of the information
God has given us (in other words, from the verses of the Qur'an), and
the scientific evidence apparent in nature.
When we look at these two sources, we see no case for "creation
God has revealed many verses in the Qur'an which deal with
the creation of man, life, and the universe. None of these verses contains
any information about creation through evolution. In other words, not
one verse indicates that living things came about by evolving from one
another. On the contrary, it is revealed in those verses that life and
the universe were brought into being by God's command "Be!"
Scientific discoveries have also revealed that "creation
by means of evolution" is out of the question. The fossil record
shows that different species emerged not by evolving from one another,
but independently, suddenly, and with all their individual structures.
In other words, creation is different for every species.
If there were such a thing as "creation by means of
evolution," we should be able to see the proof of it today. God has
created everything in a particular order, within a framework of causes
and laws. For instance, it is most certainly God Who makes ships float
on water. However, when we look for the cause of this, we see that it
is the creation of the supporting power of water. It is nothing other
than the might of God that allows birds to fly. In fact, when we examine
how it happens, we find the laws of aerodynamics. For this reason, if
life had been created by a process of various stages, there would obviously
be systems that provide the laws and advances in genetics to explain it.
Furthermore, other physical, chemical, and biological laws would be known.
There would be proof from laboratory research to show that one living
species could turn into another. Yet again, it should be possible thanks
to that research to develop enzymes, hormones, and similar molecules that
a species lacks in order to bring advantages to it. In addition, it would
be possible to create new organelles and structures that the living thing
in question had never possessed before.
Laboratory studies would be able to show examples of creatures
that had been mutated and actually benefited from the process. We would
furthermore see that these mutations could be passed on to subsequent
generations and actually become a part of the species. Then again, there
would be millions of fossils of intermediate forms that had lived in the
past, and there would be living things in our time that had not yet completed
their transition processes. In short, there should be countless examples
of such a process.
The fossil starfish on the left is 100-150
million years old. It is no different from the modern starfish above.
However, there is not a single piece of evidence that one
species transmutates into another. As we have already seen, fossil data
show that living species emerged all at once, with no ancestors behind
them. In the same way as this fact destroys the theory of evolution, which
claims that life came about by chance, it also shows the scientific invalidity
of the claim that God brought life into being and then it evolved by stages.
God created living things in a supernatural way, by the single
command "Be!" Modern science confirms this fact, and proves
that living things emerged suddenly on the Earth.
Those who support the idea that "It is possible that
God created living things by means of evolution" are actually trying
to build "reconciliation" between creation and Darwinism. They
are making a fundamental mistake, however. They are missing the basic
logic of Darwinism and the kind of philosophy it serves. Darwinism does
not consist of the concept of the transmutation of species. It is actually
an attempt to explain the origin of living species by material factors
alone. To put it another way, it tries to gain acceptance for the claim
that living things are the product of nature, by giving it a scientific
veneer. There can be no "common ground" between that naturalistic
philosophy and a belief in God. It is a grave error in an effort to seek
to find such common ground, to cede ground to Darwinism, and to agree
with the false claim that it is a scientific theory. As 150 years of history
have shown, Darwinism is the backbone of materialist philosophy and atheism,
and no search for common ground will ever change the fact.
(For further reading, see “The
collapse of the theory of evolution in 20 questions”
by Harun Yahya)
WAY OF SPEAKING
SPEAKING WITH TOLERANCE AND FORGIVENESS
In a verse of the Qur'an, Allah tells us that a well-spoken,
tolerant and forgiving manner of speech is expected of the faithful: "Correct
and courteous words accompanied by forgiveness are better than giving
charity followed by insulting words. Allah is Rich Beyond Need, All-Forbearing."
(Surat al-Baqara: 263)
To live according to this moral code, as defined in the Qur'an,
requires a sincere faith and fear of Allah, because, to demonstrate a
superior morality, one of the most difficult responsibilities is in forgiving
somebody against whom one has a valid complaint.
To forgive someone who has committed an injustice against
us, and to, though we may be in the right, adopt a gentle manner of speaking,
is only possible through the reformation of the soul and conscience gained
by the fear of Allah. In areas of the world where the morality of the
Qur'an is not observed, people are only tolerant towards others when they
expect a benefit in return; only for such a reason would they forgive
others with calm, measured and tolerant speech. However, this is only
on the surface—on the inside, instead of tolerance, they harbor
hatred and anger. When they have obtained the benefit they had been hoping
for, and there is a conflict of interest, or when they reach the limits
of their patience, then they let out that hatred and anger.
In some cases, after resorting to a malevolent, intolerant
and aggressive way of speaking, people say they have forgiven the other
party using words like, "Let me be big hearted." However, first
giving way to the provocations of the lower self, then expressing anger,
and only afterwards forgiving the other person, so as to place him under
a debt of gratitude, is not genuine tolerance. What is important is to
be able to adopt this superior morality. Our Prophet (saas) pointed out
the importance of this to the faithful with these words: "The strong
man is not the good wrestler; the strong man is only he who controls himself
when he is angry." (Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim)
For this reason, the faithful, even in circumstances where
they are most in the right, remain modest, tolerant and forgiving, in
accordance with the morality of the Qur'an, because they know that what
is most acceptable is that they show firm patience when they find themselves
in conflict with their own lower-selves. They know that to gain Allah's
approval they need to maintain good morals, not from time to time, but
in all times, without interruption, and through to the end of their lives.
In addition, just as they appear gentle, principled and compassionate
on the outside, so, too, do the faithful have the same compassion within
themselves. If they adopt a forgiving manner of speech, it is because
the forgiveness is genuine. There is nothing in their hearts of hatred
or anger. When they are in a situation of conflict with their own selves,
they know that it is their responsibility to Allah not to deviate from
the morality of the Qur'an by resorting to a belligerent manner of speech.
For this reason, they remain firm in their morality with those they meet
and speak in a tolerant, compassionate and forgiving way, in order to
gain the approval of Allah. In this verse, Allah advises the faithful:
Practise forgiveness, command what is right, and turn away
from the ignorant. (Surat al-A‘raf: 199)
AVOIDING A WAY OF SPEECH WHICH GIVES
RISE TO DOUBTS
Another way of speaking which Muslims must avoid is that
peculiar to hypocrites, which is full of doubt and causes doubt. Because
hypocrites are in serious doubt about the existence of Allah, about the
afterlife and about Allah's promises, their speech reflects these doubts
and insecurities. They are never able to explain the morality of the Qur'an
as openly, clearly and definitely as the faithful can. This deep-seated
doubt, which reflects itself in their speech, aims also to cast doubt
in the hearts of those who listen to them. However, the faithful, who
believe sincerely and with certainty, are not affected by their speech,
because they are convinced that the Word of Allah is true. If there is
one who speaks in a way to reflect these doubts, they know it is the result
of the person's insincerity and corrupted way of thinking.
Such errors are never found in the speech of Muslims; because
there is no doubt in their hearts, their words are definite and unambiguous.
Nevertheless, they take care not to speak in a way such as to give rise
to any misunderstandings among their listeners, because sometimes, even
with the best of intentions, several sentences set together or two subjects
mentioned successively may be open to different interpretations.
Even if it is not intended, speech may give rise to uncertainty
amongst the listeners. Thus, the Muslim way of speaking requires using
a manner of speech which will not give rise to confusion by taking into
consideration of how each word, one by one, may be interpreted, what types
of connotations may arise, and the context of the situation. A contrary
approach would reflect a disposition peculiar to the "secretly doubting
character" of hypocrites. For this reason, taking great care to not
make speeches that are particular to hypocrites, even without intending
to do so, is a requirement of faith.
In addition, using expressions like "If only that hadn't
happened," "Damn, we lost," and "Oh, what a shame,"
which do not demonstrate acquiescence to Allah's will, reflects again
another hypocritical way of speaking. We are told in the Qur'an that the
hypocrites in the midst of the believers try to break their resolve by
acting as bearers of bad news:
Say: "I seek refuge with the Lord of mankind, the
King of mankind, the God of mankind, from the evil of the insidious whisperer
who whispers in people's breasts and comes from the jinn and from mankind."
(Surat an-Nas: 1-6)
Allah warns against such vile morality, and advises the avoidance
of khannas; that is, from being of those who "whisper evil into the
breasts of mankind." Hypocrites are those who have assumed the role
of the khannas to the faithful; through furtive, secretive and ill-intentioned
methods, they act as Satan's spokesmen, and try to sow seeds of doubt
in people's hearts. As for the faithful, they carefully avoid a way of
speaking which may reflect such deviance and instead take refuge in Allah
from speech which gives rise to doubts.
(For further reference, please see, Muslim
Way of Speaking, by Harun Yahya)
NAMES OF ALLAH
The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
And Ayyub, when he called out to his Lord: “Great
harm has afflicted me, and You are the Most Merciful of the merciful.”
(Surat al-Anbiyaâ€™, 21:83)
As is the case with all other beings, we also exist in a
state of need. Our existence depends on many conditions: oxygen to breathe,
water and nutrients for our bodiesâ€™ physical functions, for example.
The list is endless, for an infinite number of details are essential for
maintaining each personâ€™s physical existence.
However, all people can survive without giving much thought
to meeting their needs. Everything they need for their bodies and their
survival has already been provided and put to use. The first example that
comes to mind is breathing. Oxygen is essential for survival, but who
provides the right ratio of oxygen in the atmosphere? Or, who places the
system that takes in this oxygen and processes it so that it can be conveyed
to each cell? None of these can be attributed to anyone, for no one has
any part in forming the atmosphere or oneâ€™s respiration system.
This vital need being the foremost, every detail is designed
in its most perfect and feasible form. At this point, we encounter a superior
wisdom that designs all details and the infinite compassion that the Owner
of this wisdom—Allah, the Most Merciful—shows to us.
Allahâ€™s mercy is not limited to meeting peopleâ€™s
physical needs. Allah created people, placed them in the most suitable
place, and, in return, only asked them to serve Him. He also told people
how to do this and sent down books and Prophets for this very purpose.
This way, Allah made Himself known and called them to religion and moral
excellence. These are obvious signs of our Lordâ€™s infinite mercy.
(For further reference, please see, Names
of Allah, by Harun Yahya)
DOES ALLAH PUNISH THE UNBELIEVERS IN
Allah states: "As for those who
do not believe, I will punish them with a harsh punishment in this world
and the Hereafter. They will have no helpers." (Surah Al `Imran,
56) In this verse, Allah informs us that He will recompense the unbelievers
in this world too. The Qurâ€™an points out that these people may experience
both a physical and a spiritual punishment. As outlined in the verse "Do
they not see that they are tried once or twice in every year? But still
they do not repent. They do not pay heed," (Surat at-Tawba,
126) Allah mentions that He sometimes strikes the unbelievers with various
afflictions in this world. In addition, the Qurâ€™an contains accounts
of past nations that suffered such punishments as earthquakes, drought,
scarce crops, flood, lightning, or perishing all together at the same
On the other hand, their spiritual punishment continues as
long as they are alive. These people, who do not follow the right path
to which their consciences guide them, can never escape their remorse.
Likewise, since they do not live by the Qurâ€™anâ€™s morals, they
can never experience true happiness, friendship, love, and loyalty. The
people around them also do not adhere to the Qurâ€™anâ€™s morals,
and so live in a world of disorder, chaos, and anxiety. Although Allah
gives them many blessings in this world, the Qurâ€™an points out that
they are created only to try them:
Do not let their wealth and their children impress you.
Allah merely wants to punish them by them in this world, and for them
to die while they do not believe. (Surat at-Tawba, 85)
CAN ANY REWARD BE EXPECTED
FROM PEOPLE IN RETURN FOR CONVEYING THE RELIGION'S MESSAGE?
The believers convey this message in order to earn
Allahâ€™s good pleasure and to fulfill the related Qurâ€™anic
command. In return, they expect no worldly wage, but only Allahâ€™s
good pleasure and Paradise. All Prophets strove with this purpose in mind
until the end of their lives; however, they never asked for any worldly
recompense from the people and made it clear that they expected none.
This greatness of spirit is exemplified in the Qurâ€™an, as follows:
So heed Allah and obey me. I do not ask you for any
wage for it. My wage is the responsibility of no one but the Lord of all
the worlds. (Surat ash-Shu`araâ€™, 179-180)
(For further reference, please see, Quick Grasp of Faith 1,
by Harun Yahya)
IDEALISM, THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE MATRIX
AND THE TRUE NATURE OF MATTER
By Harun Yahya
... A Light has come to you from Allah and a Clear Book.
By it, Allah guides those who follow what pleases Him to the ways of Peace.
He will bring them from the darkness to the light by His permission, and
guide them to a straight path. (Qur'an, 5: 15-16)
A call to all people of conscience...
The wars and conflicts taking place in our world are a case
in point. When a country is first occupied and a slaughter or genocide
first begins, this can lead to violent protests worldwide. When people
first see such images, they often talk about their feelings of outrage
and say they want to do something. However, over time the never-ending
stream of horrific reports ceases to attract their attention anymore.
A true believer, however, is responsible for all that he
hears and sees. Allah calls on Muslims in the Qur'an:
What reason could you have for not fighting in the Way of Allah -
for those men, women and children who are oppressed and say, "Our
Lord, take us out of this city whose inhabitants are wrongdoers! Give
us a protector from You! Give us a helper from You!" (Qur'an, 4:
It is impossible for a Muslim to sleep irresponsibly in his
comfortable bed, fritter away his time, and think only about his own pleasure
and interests when such violent cruelty is going on in the world. That
is because a believer knows that the fundamental solution to unjust wars,
massacres, cruelty, hunger and moral degeneration, in short to all of
the world's problems, lies in spreading the morality of the Qur'an. That
knowledge places a great responsibility on his shoulders: that of explaining
the religion of Islam and the beautiful things it brings with it, propagating
the morality of the Qur'an, and waging a war of ideas against atheism…
The intention behind this book is to lay bare the plight
of innocent Muslims all over the world, and to invite people of conscience
to consider this situation and seek a solution. This is not a time to
remain silent, behave uncaringly, dedicate ourselves to the petty benefits
of this world and kill time with pointless debates and squabbles.
SITE OF THE
MIRACLES OF THE QURAN
The Qur'an is the word of God and it
has many miraculous attributes proving this fact. One of these attributes
is the fact that a number of scientific truths that we have only
been able to uncover by the technology of the 20th century
were stated in the Qur'an 1,400 years ago. Of course the Qur'an
is not a book of science.
However, many scientific facts that
are expressed in an extremely concise and profound manner in its
verses have only been discovered with the technology of the 20th
century. These facts could not have been known at the time of the
Qur'an's revelation, and this is still more proof that the Qur'an
is the word of God.
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