Violets, hyacinths, daisies, roses and other flowers are such sweet-smelling
natural wonders. Cherries, peaches, apples, grapes, strawberries, oranges
and other fruits offer their wonderful flavors and caches of vitamins.
Pines, cypresses, poplars and other trees supply oxygen for living things.
These are among the wonderful blessings that God has given to human beings.
Every one of these plants displays the wonders that God has created with
His eternal power. They are too beautiful, have systems too complex, and
provide advantages too indispensable for them to be in the least attributable
to chance. This is as true for a tiny seed as for the tree that will grow
from it to a height of several hundred meters.
In the Qur'an (55: 10-13), God speaks to those who claim that these beautiful
things are the work of blind, unconscious processes:
He laid out the earth for all living creatures.
In it are fruits and date-palms with covered spathes, and grains on leafy
stems and fragrant herbs. So which of your Lord's blessings do you both
"Have you thought about what you cultivate? Is it you who make
it germinate or are We the Germinator? If We wished We could have
made it broken stubble . . . ." (Qur'an 56: 63-65)
The tiny seeds you see in these pictures contain 60 times more
information than in all of the Encyclopedia Britannica. When planted
in the ground, the information in the seed will later turn it
into a lily or a willow tree, a violet or an oak. From every seed
emerges a plant different in taste, smell, color and size than
every other. To imagine that such extraordinary information has
come into this seed by chance is nonsense.
Together, black soil and a small seed can produce colorful flowers,
sweet-smelling aromas and perfumed fruits. That is just one of
the creative miracles of Almighty God.
"As for the earth, We stretched it out and cast firmly embedded
mountains in it and made everything grow in due proportion on
it." (Qur'an 15: 19)
Israeli biophysicist Lee M. Spetner writes:
Plants do not proliferate in
a field to the point where they become crowded. They do not engage
in a "struggle for existence" where natural selection would preserve
the strong and destroy the weak. Plants tend to control their
populations by sensing the density of the planting. When the growth
is dense, plants produce less seeds; when growth is thin, they
produce more seeds.11
"And We put livelihoods in it both for you and
for those you do not provide for." (Qur'an 15: 20)
"And the earth: how We stretched it out and cast firmly embedded
mountains onto it and caused luxuriant plants of every kind to grow
in it, an instruction and a reminder for every penitent human being."
(Qur'an 50: 7-8)
"We sent down cascading water from the clouds so that by it We might
bring forth grains and plants and luxuriant gardens." (Qur'an 78:
"The keys of the Unseen are in His possession. No one knows them
but Him. He knows everything in the land and sea. No leaf falls
without His knowing it. There is no seed in the darkness of the
earth, and nothing moist or dry which is not in a Clear Book." (Qur'an
The diversity of plants that appeared suddenly in the fossil record
put evolutionists in a great difficulty. This problem even left
Darwin stunned, and he admitted as much:
Nothing is more extraordinary
in the history of the Vegetable Kingdom, as it seems to me, than
the apparently very sudden or abrupt development of the higher
"He Who created the heavens and the earth
and sends down water for you from the sky by which We make luxuriant
gardens grow-you could never make their trees grow. . . ." (Qur'an
The wide variety of plants in the natural world is only one of
the proofs that they are not the work of chance. The flawless
systems and extraordinary design of these esthetic, sweet-smelling
plants couldn't be formed by the chance agglomeration of atoms.
This claim would be as nonsensical as the assertion that clothes
in a store could make themselves by the accidental coming together
of fabric and thread.
"It is He Who produces gardens, both cultivated
and wild, and palm-trees and crops of diverse kinds, and olives
and pomegranates, both similar and dissimilar. . . ." (Qur'an
Dr. Eldred Corner of Cambridge University is forced to admit the
all-too-clear fact of creation:
... I still think that, to the unprejudiced,
the fossil record of plants is in favour of special creation.
If, however, another explanation could be found for this hierarchy
of classification, it would be the knell of the theory of evolution.
Can you imagine how an orchid, a duckweed, and a palm have come
from the same ancestry, and have we any evidence for this assumption?
The evolutionist must be prepared with an answer, but I think
that most would break down before an inquisition.13
". . .He created all things and He has knowledge
of all things. That is God, your Lord. There is no god but Him,
the Creator of everything. So worship Him. He is responsible for
everything." (Qur'an 6: 101-102)
For millions of years, the countless, varied plants on the Earth
have known what they must do and when they must do it, thanks
to a program stored in their seeds; and they remember this program
and carry it out without error. A peach tree never grows from
a cherry pit, nor does a strawberry ever come from the seed from
a lemon tree. It is surely impossible for a piece of wood with
no brain, eyes or intelligence to put such a perfectly working
program into operation by itself. The idea that this system can
have been functioning perfectly for millions of years due to the
success of chance occurrences is a fantasy that all sensible people
will find ridiculous. It is God Who creates plants.
Dr. Lee Spetner writes:
How does an acorn know it has
to grow into an oak tree and not into a sunflower? . . . The science
of biology took a pivotal turn about 40 years ago when biologists
began to learn how information plays its role in living organisms.
We have discovered the location of the information in the organism
that tells it how to function and how to grow, how to live and
how to reproduce. The information is in the seed as well as in
the plant; it's in the egg as well as in the chicken. The egg
passes the information to the chicken it becomes, and the chicken
passes it to the egg it lays, and so on.14
11. Dr. Lee Spetner, Not By Chance:
Shattering the Modern Theory of Evolution, The Judaica Press, NY, 1998, p. 16 12. Francis Darwin, The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin,
"From Charles Darwin to J. D. Hooker, August 6, 1881," p. 248 13. Dr. Eldred Corner, Evolution in Contemporary Botanical
Thought, Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1961, p. 97 14. Dr. Lee Spetner, Not By Chance, p. 23