The 12th Day
|THE AYAT AND THE HADITH OF THE DAY
THE SUBMISSION OF PEOPLE OF FAITH TO DESTINY
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"Say: 'Nothing can happen
to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is Our Master. It is in
Allah that the believers should put their trust.'" (Surat at-Tawba,
As it is stated in the verse "Indeed, all things
We created with predestination." (Surat al-Qamar, 49), Allah
has created every thing, living or non-living, with its own destiny. This
destiny that Allah ordained is invariable; any good or evil that is preordained
can in no way be prevented or diverted by anyone. The people of perfected
faith are those who are aware that "nothing can happen to them except
what Allah has ordained for them."
This fact is, in actuality, a source of infinite comfort.
Each event on earth, whether important or insignificant, is planned, in
all its details, by an infinite intelligence. Therefore, each one of them
develops in a controlled way, to bring the best of benefits to believers.
Aware that Allah creates each event to the advantage of the
religion and for the benefit of the believers' lives in the hereafter,
the people of perfected faith live in sincere submission to Allah's eternal
wisdom and the destiny He has preordained. As the verse, "...
Allah will not let the disbelievers triumph over the believers" (Surat
an-Nisa', 141) makes clear, all events culminate in a way which is, in
all cases, in favour of believers. "... Allah will certainly help
those who help Him," (Surat al-Hajj, 40) for Allah is the friend
and protector of believers.
The people of perfected faith who take Allah as their Protector
and put their trust in Him never despair of Allah's help. Especially in
the case of a seemingly disadvantageous situation, they never swerve from
this stance, aware that there is goodness in whatever happens.
The world is a setting in which Allah puts human beings to
the test. The majority of the people display submission to Allah and feel
grateful to Him when they receive some form of goodness or blessing, thinking
that it is bestowed upon them by Him. But when it comes to an unfavourable
event that is not going their way, they suddenly lose their submissive
attitude. They display mistrust and ungratefulness that may at times be
as serious as rebelling against Allah.
The people of perfected faith, however, have grasped the
secret revealed by the verse, "
We put you to the test with
both good and evil. And you will be returned to Us." (Surat al-Anbiya',
35) Never forgetting that any event that seems favourable or unfavourable
is specially created to test their faith, they are never lacking in the
submission they display to the will of Allah and their trust in their
Creator never lessens. They know that any seemingly unfavourable event
befalling them may, in actuality, produce very good results when the next
life is considered, since Allah creates every event with many hidden purposes
that man fails to see.
An event might seem to be unfolding unfavourably; but never
forget that it may well be a trial of one's submission to Allah. This
event may turn out to be a great blessing at some time. People failing
to put their trust in Allah initially forget this fact and thus suffer
great loss. Those, on the other hand, having perfected faith, and displaying
a good attitude, both gain the pleasure of Allah and ultimately enjoy
the beneficial consequences of so doing.
The Qur'an provides us with some excerpts from the lives
of those prophets, who became role models for all humanity in the perfected
faith they displayed. One of these concerns the seemingly hopeless situation
of the Prophet Musa (as), who led his people out of Egypt to escape the
Pharaoh's oppression. As they reached the shore, Pharaoh and his army
were almost upon them. This difficult situation, which in no way inspired
the faintest hope of salvation, became a means by which those who sought
goodness in destiny under all circumstances and the ones who doubted were
set apart from each other. In the Qur'an, Allah relates this event as
So they pursued them towards the east. And when
the two hosts came into sight of one another, Musa's companions said,
"We will surely be overtaken!" He said, "Never! My Lord
is with me and He will guide me." So We bade Musa strike the sea
with his staff, and it split in two, each part like a towering cliff.
In between We made the others follow up. We rescued Musa and all those
who were with him. Then We drowned the rest. There is certainly a Sign
in that, yet most of them do not believe. (Surat ash-Shu'ara', 60-67)
As the verses also inform us, some of the Prophet Musa (as)'s
people quailed and thought, "We will surely be overtaken." The
Prophet Musa (as), however, did not despair for a moment. He remembered
that Allah's help was at hand. Following this trial, Allah miraculously
divided the waters of the sea, leaving a dry path in the middle, and guided
them to the other shore. Meanwhile, the waters suddenly began to close
in on the Pharaoh and his soldiers, who blindly set foot on the same path,
and they all drowned. Once the submission of believers became obvious,
Allah turned a bad situation into a great blessing.
In times of difficulty, the Prophet Muhammad (saas) put his trust in Allah
and called upon his companions to be submissive to Him. People faith take
the Prophet (saas)'s good conduct as their example. Never swerving from
this standard of moral perfection, they meet every difficulty they face
with the words:
"Allah is enough for me. All
those who truly trust put their trust in Him." (Surat az-Zumar, 38)
(For further reading see, "Perfected
Faith " by Harun Yahya.)
CREATION FOR THE 12th DAY
MINIATURE DATABASE: DNA
DNA is the database of the human body. Take a look at people
around you and try to think for a moment about what kinds of characteristics
they have. In fact, the color of their eyes, their height, the color and
type of their hair, their voice, and the color of their skin and all such
data is recorded in their DNA. This database contains all kinds of information
about the structure and needs of both the cell in which it exists and
of all other cells in the body. Comparing the human body to a structure,
we find a complete blueprint of the body, including each and every detail,
not excluding the slightest, in the nucleus of every cell within DNA.
DNA is carefully protected in the nucleus in the center of
a cell. When one remembers that the average diameter of a cell is one-hundredth
of a millimeter, one can better grasp an understanding of how small a
region is being discussed. This miraculous molecule is clear evidence
for the perfection and splendor of Allah's artistry in creation.
The information contained in DNA not only determines physical
characteristics but also controls thousands of different processes and
systems in the cells and the body. Having either low or high blood pressure,
for example, depends on the information contained in DNA.
Scientists have advanced different theories in order to emphasize
the amount of information contained in the genetic structure of man. The
information in DNA is so plentiful that if books containing this information
were stacked one on top of each other, they would reach sky-high, all
the way to 70 meters (230 feet). Scientists have also calculated how long
it would take to type the gene map of a human and they concluded that
a person typing 60 words per minute and working 8 hours a day would take
fully a half-century to complete this momentous task. They also stated
that approximately 200 telephone directories of 500 pages apiece could
be filled with the information contained in DNA.
A chain made up of atoms lined up side by side, each having
a diameter of one-millionth of a millimeter, has such an immense amount
of information and memory that a living creature can use it to carry out
all its life functions. This is evidence for creation. With the information
He put into DNA, Allah once again presents His boundless power and the
fact that He has no partner in creation. The boundlessness of Allah's
knowledge is related in a verse with the following comparison:
Say: "If all the sea was ink to write down
the Words of my Lord, it would run out long before the Words of my Lord
ran out," even if We were to bring the same amount of ink again.
(Surat al-Kahf: 109)
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THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION DAY BY DAY
CREATION AND SCIENCE
The theory of evolution is completely at odds with scientific
discoveries. This theory, born of the primitive level of science in the
nineteenth century, has been completely invalidated by successive scientific
Those evolutionists who are blindly devoted to the theory
look for a solution in demagogy, since no scientific foundation is left
to them. The most frequently resorted to of these is the clichéd
slogan that "creation is a faith, so it cannot be considered part
of science." The claim goes that evolution is a scientific theory,
whereas creation is just a belief. However, this repetition of "evolution
is science, creation is a belief" stems from a totally erroneous
perspective. Those who keep repeating that are confusing science and materialist
philosophy. They believe that science must remain within the borders of
materialism, and that those who are not materialist have no right to make
any statements at all. However, science itself completely rejects materialism.
Like contemporary materialists, Democritus
was deceived into thinking that matter had existed forever, and
that nothing existed but matter.
Let us first briefly define materialism in order to examine
the matter in more detail. Materialism is a philosophy that has existed
since Ancient Greece and is based on the idea that matter is all that
exists. According to materialist philosophy, matter has always existed
and will continue to do so for all time. Nothing exists apart from matter.
This is not a scientific claim, however, because it cannot be subjected
to experiment and observation. It is simply a belief, a dogma.
However, this dogma became mixed up with science in the
nineteenth century, and even came to be the basic foundation of science.
Yet science is not compelled to accept materialism. Science studies nature
and the universe, and produces results without being limited by any philosophical
In the face of this, some materialists frequently take refuge
in a simple word game. They say, "Matter is the only subject of study
for science, so it has to be materialist." Yes, science only studies
matter, but "studying matter" is very different from "being
a materialist." That is because when we study matter, we realise
that matter contains knowledge and design so great that they could never
have been produced by matter itself. We can understand that this knowledge
and design are the result of an intelligence, even if we cannot see it
For instance, let us imagine a cave. We do not know if anyone
has been in it before us. If, when we enter this cave, there is nothing
in it but dust, earth, and stones, we can infer that there is nothing
but randomly distributed matter there. However, if there are expertly
produced pictures in stunning colours on the walls, we may assume that
an intelligent entity has been there before us. We may not be able to
see that entity directly, but we can infer its existence from what it
Science studies nature in the same way as shown in that example.
If all the design in nature could only be explained by material factors,
then science could confirm materialism. However, modern science has revealed
that there is design in nature that cannot be explained by material factors,
and that all matter contains a design brought into being by a Creator.
For example, all experiments and observation prove that matter
could not by itself have given rise to life, for which reason life must
stem from a metaphysical creation. All evolutionist experiments in this
direction have ended in failure. Life can never have been created from
inanimate matter. Professor Fred Hoyle, an astronomer and mathematician
who was knighted for his contributions to science, makes the following
comment on the subject:
If there were a basic principle of matter which somehow
drove organic systems toward life, its existence should easily be demonstrable
in the laboratory. One could, for instance, take a swimming bath to represent
the primordial soup. Fill it with any chemicals of a non-biological nature
you please. Pump any gases over it, or through it, you please, and shine
any kind of radiation on it that takes your fancy. Let the experiment
proceed for a year and see how many of those 2,000 enzymes [proteins produced
by living cells] have appeared in the bath. I will give the answer, and
so save the time and trouble and expense of actually doing the experiment.
You will find nothing at all, except possibly for a tarry sludge composed
of amino acids and other simple organic chemicals. 1
Actually, materialism is in an even worse dilemma. Matter
cannot even form life when combined with human knowledge and time, let
alone form it by itself.
If matter were capable of giving rise
to life on its own, as materialists claim, then it should be possible
to synthesise life in laboratory conditions. However, not even one
organelle in a cell can be reproduced in the laboratory, let alone
a complete cell.
The truth that we have briefly glanced at is the truth that
matter cannot form design and knowledge by itself. Yet the universe and
the living things in it contain extraordinarily complex design and knowledge.
That shows us that this design and knowledge in the universe and living
things are the works of a Creator Who possesses infinite power and knowledge,
Who existed before matter and rules it.
The cover of the July 27, 1998, "Science
Finds God" edition of Newsweek.
If we look carefully, this is an entirely scientific conclusion.
It is not a "belief," but a truth acquired through observation
of the universe and living things in it. That is why the evolutionists'
claim that "Evolution is scientific, whereas creation is a belief
that cannot enter the domain of science" is a superficial deception.
It is true that in the nineteenth century materialism was confused with
science, and that science was led off course by materialist dogma. However,
subsequent developments in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have
completely overthrown that hoary old belief, and the truth of creation,
that had been concealed by materialism, has finally emerged. As the banner
headline "Science Finds God," used by the famous magazine Newsweek
in its historic July 27, 1998, edition makes clear, behind all the materialist
deception, science finds God, the Creator of the universe and all that
is in it.
(For further reading, see "The
collapse of the theory of evolution in 20 questions" by Harun
1) Fred Hoyle, The Intelligent Universe, Michael
Joseph, London, 1983, p. 20-21.
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