Never Plead Ignorance About The Miraculous
Features of Living Beings Surrounding You
As is dealt with in depth in the previous sections
of this book, it is evident that it is not possible to say that even a
single cell came into existence by coincidence. Let's consider the following
then: since even a single cell could not have come into existence by chance,
is it possible to say that a variety of living beings came into existence
by coincidence? The answer is certainly "No."
you ever thought about the variety of living beings surrounding you? Let's
think about all the plants we see in books, or in documentary series on
television, all the carnations, roses, daisies, water lilies, giant tropical
plants, pineapples, acacia trees. Let's remember their individual leaf
structures, tastes, colours, scents, the methods of photosynthesis they
employ, and all other details pertaining to them.
Let's also consider animals; let's think about giraffes, antelopes, elephants,
chickens, all types of fish, sparrows, peacocks, ostriches, rabbits, butterflies,
and various insects. Let's think about their mechanisms, their habitats,
and the way they hunt or reproduce.
Even such brief reflection would make us realise the variety of living
beings on the earth on which we live.
There are 200 thousand butterfly species on earth. Furthermore, naturalists
have found that these species embody 1 million types of butterflies, all
having highly complex and remarkable individual systems which employ amazing
camouflage techniques. Some, for instance, imitate a leaf to protect themselves
from their enemies. Others, on the other hand, have eye-shaped patterns
on their wings for the same purpose.
Consider the variety of these remarkable designs, and never PLEAD IGNORANCE
of the fact that millions of living-beings, each so unique in their design,
could not have evolved from each other.
A person who makes a conscious effort to understand the miraculous attributes
of living beings would easily find the answer to the question "how did
these beings emerge?" Allah furnishes all living beings with extraordinary
features and shows men the evident signs of His existence and might.
Never PLEAD IGNORANCE of this obvious fact that is so
easy to see.
He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth. How could He have
a son when He has no wife? He created all things and He has knowledge
of all things. That is Allah, your Lord! There is no god but Him, the
Creator of everything. So worship Him. He is responsible for everything.
(Surat al-An'am: 101-102)
Apart from this variety, a number of living beings in nature are equipped
with astonishing systems and complex mechanisms by which they perform
complicated tasks. These are actually tasks that are not even accomplished
by human beings. The extraordinary designs that prevail in these mechanisms
can by no means be explained by chance, as the theory of evolution suggests.
Each living being is designed specially thus enabling it to survive in
its particular habitat. It is unlikely that living beings could design
these systems themselves. These flawless systems are inherent in their
In this section, we will review only a few of these miraculous mechanisms
observed in plants and animals.
While reading these examples, ponder deeply, and never PLEAD IGNORANCE
of the fact that these mechanisms are so perfect that they could not have
come into existence by themselves.
When we say "the flawless structures of animals", some people may think
that we are talking about the interesting attributes of as yet unheard,
uncommon living beings. However, everyone is familiar with the attributes
we are talking about. There is great design in the body of an insect or
a tiny bird. This design is so complex that, so far, no human being has
ever accomplished the production of such a design. An attentive eye would
have no difficulty in recognising that this design, which is obvious in
all nature, provides solid evidence of creation.
The extraordinary design discernible in the wing of a fly, flapping
its wings 500 times a second.
For instance, it takes an enormous amount of energy for a fly to fly.
That is why the fly has an entirely different respiratory system. Special,
fine air tubes in their bodies directly transmit oxygen in the air to
the cells, enabling the rapid combustion of oxygen. This, however, is
only one of the miraculous attributes of a fly. Allah draws our attention
to the superior design evident in the creation of fly:
Mankind! an example has been made, so listen to it carefully.
Those whom you call upon besides Allah are not even able to create a single
fly, even if they were to join together to do it. And if a fly steals
something from them, they cannot get it back. How feeble are both the
seeker and the sought! (Surat al-Hajj: 73)
Let's consider bees. Everyone
is familiar with the social nature of bees or the hexagonal structure
of honeycomb. However, the attributes of bees are not limited to these
alone. Care for the hive is an essential part of the bee's life. Worker
bees control the temperature, and manage the security and cleaning of
the hive. Whatever the temperature outside, honeybees keep the temperature
of the of the hive - especially the brood chamber - constant. In the chill
of early morning, workers cluster over the comb, incubating the brood
with body heat. As the day warms, the tightly knit cluster gradually disperses.
If the temperature continues to climb, some of the workers begin to fan
their wings, directing a cooling flow of air through the hive entrance
and over the combs. On an extremely hot day, the bees must resort to an
even more drastic cooling measure: They place drops of dilute honey at
the openings of empty cells, evaporating the liquid in the airstream created
by their wings. This cooling system reduces the hive temperature dramatically.
If, however, there is still not enough fresh, unconcentrated honey on
hand, the foragers begin to scout for water.4
Bees working to keep the heat of the hive
at a constant temperature.
Flawless conscious design is inherent in the living beings surrounding
us. The attributes mentioned here are no doubt only a small part of their
extraordinary features. These are evident signs for people of understanding
of Allah's existence and of His might.
Nevertheless, the majority of people never think about these or they
ignore the miraculous attributes of living beings. Yet, NEVER
PLEAD IGNORANCE about the superior creation and the unique art of Allah.
The superiority and uniqueness
of the creation of Allah are also displayed in living beings that we do
not observe. A striking example is the Sybrian salamander. These living
beings can remain in the depths of frozen soil for years and return to
their ordinary way of living when weather conditions improve and the ice
melts. These salamanders can survive even at -50o C, thanks to an anti-freeze-like
material produced in their bodies protecting them against freezing cold.
This anti-freeze material replaces water in blood cells, preventing the
tissues from damage caused by ice-crystals.5
Fireflies, excelling modern technology, with
their inherent systems.
There is an important feature
of the light emitted by fireflies: this light has no heat, a condition
called "cold light." In today's world, this would be considered a major
technological breakthrough and is largely thought unattainable. An ordinary
bulb transforms only 3-4% of its electrical energy into light. The remainder
is transformed into heat. Fireflies, however, transform 100% of its energy
into light, without the dissipation of any in the form of heat.6
Diving tanks in a submarine
filled with water make the submarine heavier than water, enabling it to
sink to the bottom of the ocean. If water in the tank is emptied by pressurised
air, the submarine floats again. Nautilus, a marine animal, also employs
exactly the same method. A spiral organ shaped like a snail shell, and
19 cm in diameter, Nautilus embodies 28 interconnected "diving cells".
How does Nautilus, then, find the pressurised air necessary to expel the
water? Hard to believe, but Nautilus, through biochemical means, produces
a special gas, which is conveyed to the cells through its bloodstream.
This gas eventually expels the water in the cells. Nautilus pumps out
the amount of water necessary to sink or float and hence performs essential
functions like hunting or protecting itself against its enemies. A submarine
dives to 400 metres while a Nautilus can dive to 4,000 metres.7
Nautilus, an interesting marine animal.
It is actually not man who
invented cooling systems. Every warm-blooded living being possesses various
mechanisms for temperature control. The gazelle, a fast running African
animal, must often sprint to protect itself against its enemies. Such
effort raises the body temperature. However, to survive, it is essential
that the gazelle should keep its brain cool.
(Left) The shematic picture of the skeletal
structure of gazelle. (Right) A gazelle prepared to escape its enemy.
For this purpose, the gazelle has its own cooling system built right
into its head. Gazelles have hundreds of small arteries that divide and
pass through a large pool of blood lying next to its breathing passages.
Air taken in by the animal cools this nasal pool, so the blood passing
through the tiny arteries in it is cooled, too. Then, the tiny arteries
come together in a single blood vessel that carries blood to the brain.
In the absence of such a system, the gazelle simply could not survive.8
Hunting birds have keen eyes that enable them to locate their prey and
protect themselves against them. Yet in this sense, no hunting bird is
better equipped than the owl. Some species turn their heads through one
hundred degrees, an ability very useful for extending the angle of vision
of the owl's eyes.
No doubt, the most remarkable
feature of the owl's eyes is their size. These big eyes cover a considerable
part of the face and are separated only by a thin bone. The eyes rest
tightly in the eye cavity and leave almost no room for muscles. They are
unable to move and force the owl to use its flexible neck and turn in
Once the owl locates its prey's
position, it should lose no time in attacking it. However, the majority
of birds make noise while flying. The noise of the wings of an eagle,
for instance, can be heard miles away, as can the wings of many other
big birds. Noisy wings are obviously disadvantageous for a night hunter.
However, the owl's soft feathers with their tassel-like structures at
the ends allow the owl to fly noiselessly. The surface of the wings' velvet-soft
feathers efficiently absorbs noise.10
Rattlesnakes, with their eyes sensitive to
heat, can see warm-blooded animals even in pitch darkness.
Rattlesnakes are able to locate
warm-blooded animals - a rat, for instance - even in pitch darkness. The
rattlesnake can still sense a rat only 15cm away, although the rat causes
a minor temperature change of only 0.005°C. Information regarding the
prey is conveyed to the brain, assessed and responded to by the snake
in less than 1/20th of a second. When we consider that one second is just
as long as the blink of an eye, the incredible speed of the snake is better
understood. The rattlesnake, finding the location of its prey without
error, attacks and kills it with its poisonous teeth.11
Sea otters comb their fur
with their feet, a method they employ to clean and groom their fur with
the oil made in their skin. This operation is a unique way of airing the
fur since it enables tiny bubbles of air to be trapped by the thick underfur.
In the freezing cold of the Pacific, the air bubble-holding capacity of
the fur has an essential role in the perfect adaptation the sea otter
has to unfavourable weather conditions. These bubbles simply protect sea
otters against freezing. Matting of the sea otter's hair - usually caused
by fuel waste products - simply means death.12
A sea otter, protecting itself against the
freezing cold of the Pacific by a special method.
The Wedel seal can survive
in the freezing waters of the Antarctic, even when the temperature drops
below -26°C. It is not affected by intense and sudden changes of pressure
when it dives to the bottom of the ocean, since before a deep dive, the
seal makes several short dives. Opening and closing its rib bones and
diaphragm, it lets out the air in its lungs and closes its lungs. After
a while, when no air is left in the lungs, nitrogen does not dissolve
and loses all possibility of entering the bloodstream. This is a process
that enables the animal to survive. Contrary to the majority of mammals,
seals have a flat oval-shaped trachea, rather than a round one, which
easily closes under high pressure. Such a structure grants the seal perfect
adaptation to its environment.13
During the day, the heart
of a hummingbird beats between 500 and 1,200 times a second. In the evening,
its heartbeat slows down so much that its throb is virtually undetectable.
Nor does the bird appear to be breathing. In effect, it is doing what
a hedgehog does when winter approaches. It is hibernating. The hummingbird,
however, has to hibernate 365 times every year.14
These are only a few examples of the divergence
of living beings. However, these examples are enough to reveal the design
inherent in them. It is unlikely that these elaborate systems could have
occurred by chance. Coincidences have no consciousness; they can devise
no plans. All these living beings are surely the product of conscious
design. This flawless design is only one of the signs showing that all
living beings are created. Allah, the Sustainer of all the worlds, granted
these attributes to them. A subtle art and wisdom are displayed in His
So, NEVER PLEAD IGNORANCE of the fact that
these miraculous systems are only products of the superior creation of
Take a plant and look at its leaves closely. Examine the arrangement
of its leaves, and its colour and brightness. Just consider how leaves
of the top branches of trees hundreds of metres above sea-level remain
green all year round? Then, turn and look at birds flying in the sky.
Take a feather and analyse it under a microscope. Such an analysis reveals
that birds' feathers are made up of thousands of tiny tendrils attached
to one another by hooks.
Even the unique design of the feather is an
indication of creation.
Analysis of various other living beings makes us arrive at the same conclusion:
a detailed design is evident in all living beings. How did these feathers
come into existence? Is it possible that these complex designs can be
attributed to blind chance and coincidences?
Let's provide the answers to these questions by asking other questions.
Is it possible for a plane to be constructed without conscious intervention?
Alternatively, does a random arrangement of tiles make up a factory? The
answer is obvious. Technological products supported by highly complex
structures are designed and produced by intelligent men. Similarly, the
flawless design observable in nature is the end product of an exalted
Creator. This is an OBVIOUS fact.
Pierre Grasse, a prominent French zoologist and the former president
of the French Sciences Academy states the following:
A single plant, a single animal
would require thousands and thousands of lucky, appropriate events. Thus,
miracles would become the rule: events with an infinitessimal probability
could not fail to occur. There is no law against daydreaming, but science
must not indulge in it.15
The thought that living organisms could come into existence by chance
is only a figment of the imagination.
LIVING BEINGS DID NOT COME INTO EXISTENCE BY CHANCE. Allah, the Sustainer
of the worlds, creates all of them. So, NEVER PLEAD
IGNORANCE of this obvious fact, which today must be comprehensible to
The wisdom, design and order we observe in nature prevail throughout
the universe. From the world we live in to all the heavenly bodies in
space, there is a flawless planning.
Our world is perfectly orderly. Countless billions of systems function
simultaneously yet in total harmony. There is an incredible equilibrium
within this gigantic network of systems, which reveals that life on earth,
which rests on a delicate system of balances, is specially designed. A
comparison between other planets in the solar system and the earth would
show this fact better. The earth is the only planet in the solar system
which supports life.
The delicate balances inherent in the planet make this possible. The
velocity of the earth's rotation about its axis is one of them. These
delicate balances make the earth a habitable place. For instance, the
atmosphere of the earth consists of gases in ideal proportions for the
survival of man as well as all other living beings (77% nitrogen, 21%
oxygen and 1% carbon dioxide and other gases). Let's take one of these
gases, oxygen, for instance. If the ratio of oxygen to the other gases
were a little higher than 21%, the cells of living beings would be severely
damaged. Moreover, the molecules of hydro-carbons and thus plants would
also have no chance of existing.
The only planet supporting life in the solar
system is the Earth. A section from the planet Mars (right). A comparison
between other planets and the earth would make man feel the astonishing
design inherent in this planet.
If the proportion of oxygen to other gases were
a little less, than breathing would be torture. Furthermore, the transformation
of nutriments into energy would become impossible. Similarly, if the proportion
of carbon dioxide in the air were greater, it would pose a threat to mankind
since the atmosphere would keep more heat, increasing the overall temperature
of the earth. A slight decrease in the amount of carbon dioxide, on the
other hand, would cause great temperature differences between day and
night, with the temperature falling below zero at nights. The proportion
of nitrogen in the air is so delicate that oxygen, a flammable gas, acquires
a vital importance for living beings.
The constant nature of atmospheric gases is another important factor
for life. Plants produce around 200 billion tons of oxygen a year by transforming
the carbon dioxide in the air into oxygen.
The mass of the earth, too, is ideal, and prevents the atmosphere drifting
out into space.
With regard to these balances in the atmosphere, it is essential that
the temperature of the surface of the earth should be relatively constant.
This constancy is closely related to the regularity of the orbit that
the earth follows around the sun, the size of the sun, the velocity of
rotation of the earth and the inclination of the earth's axis.
Life on earth exists on the "crust" of the
earth, a section of 7 layers with a distance of 670 km. The crust,
6,370 km deep, makes up only 1% of the depth of this section. Scientists,
drawing an analogy between an apple and the world, state that the
outer part of an apple is similar to the crust of the earth whereon
life exists, whereas the inner part of the apple is similar to the
planet's interior, an inner core of molten elements. Just considering
that 12km below the earth the temperature is about 60°C shows that
the world is anything but serene and still. Possessions, children,
career, and people's possessions, all belong to a life led on top
of this core of molten elements.
There are various other balances that enable earth to support life.
The current power of the gravitational force exhibits a delicate balance.
A slight increase in the gravitational force, would mean more ammonia
and methane in the atmosphere, which would be detrimental to life. In
the contrary situation, however, the atmosphere would fail to hold water,
changing the world into an uninhabitable place.
The thickness of the earth's crust and the ozone layer, the water and
nitrogen cycles on earth, the existence of mountains, the protective nature
of the atmospheric layers are essential for the continuance of life.
The majority of people, however, lead lives having no idea of the delicate
balances of the composition of gases in the atmosphere, the distance of
the earth from the sun or the movements of the planets. The vital importance
of such balances do not mean much to them. However, even a subtle change
in one of these balances would become a major threat to the continuance
of life. Furthermore, the above-mentioned are only a few among billions
of delicate balances existing on earth. However, it is an OBVIOUS fact
that even these are enough to show that they are all the products of a
So, NEVER PLEAD IGNORANCE of the fact that such delicate
balances could not have occurred by chance, and that only Allah the Almighty
has the power to establish such an order.