Let us ask a question about something we all know very well, the "seed."
What is the difference between a seed, in its shell as hard as tree bark,
and tree bark itself? Questions like this are rarely asked, because tree
bark and seeds are insignificant details for people in their busy daily
lives. The commonly held view is that there are more important and essential
things to worry about in the immediate environment.
This logic is quite widespread among people who only cast a superficial
eye over their environment. For these people, knowing enough to meet their
needs-regardless of the subject-is quite sufficient. According to this
shallow thinking, everything going on around us is familiar and ordinary,
and there is definitely a "known" and "familiar" explanation for everything.
Flies fly because they have wings, the moon is just always in the sky.
The earth is protected from threats that might come from space because
it has an atmosphere. The oxygen balance never goes wrong. People feel,
But one who, abandoning this narrow view and looking at whatever is going
on around him as if he were coming across everything for the first time,
and lifting the curtain of familiarity which restricts his view, will
see a wide horizon open up before him. He will start to think, asking
the questions "why", "how", "for what?" more frequently, and will observe
the world around him from this perspective. Explanations which used to
satisfy him will no longer be sufficient. He will begin to grasp that
there is something extraordinary in everything, in what goes on in the
environment, in the features living things possess. As he begins to think,
familiarity will give way to wonder. In the end he will see that everything
was created and planned in a superior and perfect way by a Creator possessing
endless power, knowledge, and wisdom. From that moment he will be able
to see the power and sovereignty of God, the Lord of all the worlds, over
all the living creatures He has created.
In the creation of the heavens and earth, and the alternation
of the night and day, and the ships which sail the seas to p eople's benefit,
and the water which God sends down from the sky-by which He brings the
earth to life when it was dead and scatters about in it creatures of every
kind-and the varying direction of the winds, and the clouds subservient
between heaven and earth, there are Signs for people who use their intellect."
(Surat al-Baqara: 164)