The 18th Day
|THE AYAT AND THE HADITH OF THE DAY
LIFE OF THIS WORLD IS TEMPORARY
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Throughout the world, all people, without exception, talk
about or at least think about one issue at one point in their lives: living
a long life, and to avoid dying if at all possible... Scientists have
been devoting serious effort to this end for many centuries, and have
tried to find formulas to make people live a longer life. However, to
this day, no progress has been made. Hence, with the verse, "We
did not give any human being before you immortality. And if you die, will
they then be immortal? Every self will taste death. We test you with both
good and evil as a trial. And you will be returned to Us," (Surat
al-Anbiya': 34-35) Allah instructs us that each person was created mortal,
a fact which each will certainly face at his appointed time.
Regardless of the fact that people refrain from thinking
or accepting the reality of death, the truth is that mankind is mortal.
In any case, this worldly life is exceedingly short and transient. Each
one is sent to this world in order to be tested for a period of time ranging
from sixty to seventy years. Therefore, it would be a great mistake for
anyone to base his plans on this worldly life alone, to accept this short-lived
sojourn as his true life, and to forget the hereafter where he will live
This fact stands out clear and simple so that all can easily
comprehend it. Yet, as indicated in the following verse: "He Who
created death and life to test which of you is best in action. He is the
Almighty, the Ever-Forgiving," (Surat al-Mulk: 2) Allah adorned
this world in order to create this environment in which man will be tested.
One should not be deceived by the fact that some people compete with each
other to maximize their enjoyment of these worldly blessings. Because,
as the verses of the Qur'an indicate, those who live in negligence could
in no way be deemed a group one should measure up to. Those, who strive
to accumulate and heap up belongings, sacrifice their beliefs in order
to acquire authority, and who play roles to earn the appreciation or approbation
of others, are in fact running after illusory ideals. To suppose that
this worldly life is real, and to run hopelessly after mundane benefits
and rewards, is just as illogical, comical and humiliating as mistaking
the scenes of a play for reality.
However, it should always be kept in mind that, not only
those who devote themselves to this worldly life, but also those who expend
effort to acquire benefits both in this world and the hereafter, are deluded.
The life of this world was created as a blessing for mankind. While they
are here, people should make the best possible use of its many splendors,
and enjoy its many blessings. Yet, one should never idealize nor run after
these blessings with excessive desire or ambition. He should utilize them
all to live according to the religion in the best possible manner, to
appreciate Allah, and to give thanks, after having recognized that which
has been bestowed upon him by Allah. Acting in accordance with such reasoning
as, "I can lead a life both to gain Allah's consent and to make the
best use of the benefits of the worldly life," would be a thought-pattern
damaging to one's sincerity.
Renown Turkish scholar Bediuzzaman Said Nursi said, "The
secret of this matter lies in sincerity. The transient pleasures of this
world become an ultimate purpose for those who have not succeeded to attain
spiritual purity. Thus, the acts done by these people for the hereafter
are effected by these pleasures, and their sincerity is tainted. Because
worldly objectives, pleasures could not be sought along with deeds to
earn otherworldly rewards. If so, sincerity is harmed." 1
He underlined that the aim to gain both worldly and otherworldly benefits
emerge from a soul defficient in its education. Such thinking diminishes
sincerity, and prevents one from performing pious deeds aimed at the hereafter.
In another of his works, Said Nursi noted that only those
"who assume that the world is a guest house" could hope to lead
the best and happiest of lives. Hence, such a frame of mind leads one
to acquire Allah's consent and to behave sincerely.
"I observe that the most fortunate person in this
worldly life is he who sees the world as a military guest-house, and submits
himself and acts accordingly. Through seeing it in this way, he may rise
swiftly to the rank of Allah's pleasure, the highest rank. Such a person
will not give the price of a lasting diamond for something of the value
of glass that will be broken. He will pass his life uprightly and with
pleasure. Yes, the matters to do with this world are like pieces of glass
doomed to be broken, while the lasting matters of the Hereafter have the
value of flawless diamonds. The intense curiosity, fervent love, terrible
greed, and stubborn desires, and other intense emotions in man's nature
were given in order to gain the matters of the Hereafter. To direct those
emotions in intense fashion towards transitory worldly matters means giving
the price of eternal diamonds for pieces of glass that are to be smashed."
In these words, Bediuzzaman compared this worldly life to
a breakable bottle, and the hereafter to a diamond. Anyone acting insincerely,
by becoming carried away by this worldly life, will lose his heavenly
recompense, just as a man sacrificing a diamond for a worthless glass
bottle. On the other hand, one who comprehends that this world is a guest-house
will not commit the same error, and will exert himself to the utmost in
this world and the next.
(For further reading see, "Sincerity
Described in the Qur'an" by Harun Yahya.)
1) Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, Emirdag Lâhikasi
(Emirdag Letters), Vol. 1, p.86
2) Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, The Risale-i Nur Collection, The Letters
Collection, The Ninth Letter
CREATION FOR THE 18th DAY
THE HUMAN BODY'S MESSENGER: THE HORMONAL SYSTEM
While you read this page, countless processes take place
in your body without any trouble and you don't feel anything reflecting
their true complexity. The number of times your heart beats in a second,
the rate of calcium in your bones, the sugar level in your blood, the
amount of water your kidneys filter every minute and many other details
like these are realized as the result of the harmonious working of the
cells in your body. Not just a hundred, a thousand or a million of them;
there are about 100 trillion cells in your body. What, then, provides
the harmony among this number of cells? The answer is, your body's hormonal
The pea-sized pituitary gland controls and regulates the
production of many hormones throughout the body. It also oversees the
other glands and keeps hormone levels in check. It works under the control
of the region of the brain called the "hypothalamus." The pituitary
gland looks like a piece of meat. It senses, because of data coming from
the hypothalamus, what is needed in which circumstances. It determines
which particular cells of which particular organs need to work to fulfill
these needs, the chemical mechanisms of these cells, their physical structures,
the products that need to be produced and the time when the production
of these products needs to be stopped. In addition, by means of a very
special communications system, it gives commands to all necessary units
for these needs to be met.
For instance, the human body develops until the end of adolescence.
Trillions of cells multiply by dividing, thus the growth of tissue and
organs is accomplished. When a certain size is reached, the growth activity
in the organs stops. It is the pituitary gland that senses how much we
need to grow and which stops our growth when we reach the appropriate
size. The pituitary gland adjusts, at the same time, the metabolism of
carbohydrates and fat in the body. When needed, it increases the production
of protein in the cells.
If you feel dizzy or experience some kind of distress, you
only have to rest for a while and your distress should disappear. If the
cause of this distress is a fall in your blood pressure, the pituitary
gland reacts immediately. The molecules secreted by the pituitary gland
cause the muscles around the veins to contract. The contraction of millions
of muscles and narrowing of veins increases the blood pressure and makes
you feel better.
The pituitary gland is only one of the regions where hormones
are secreted all together. In addition, regions such as the thyroid gland,
parathyroid gland, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries and testes secrete
very important hormones for the continuity of life. If there is a loss
or impaired functioning in any of these regions, the continuity of life
becomes impossible. The hormonal system, like other systems in the body,
works in perfect harmony. It is undoubtedly Allah, the Almighty, Who provides
this unity and has created this perfect communication system in the human
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Gene Myers is one of the most prominent experts of Celera
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regarding the outcome of the project are a statement of the great knowledge
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the page." Everybody who possesses reason and clear thinking will think
that that the formula was written by someone who had made a deep study of
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about by chance is completely irrational, and is equivalent to saying
that the formula on the paper also came about by chance. DNA contains
the detailed molecular formula of 100,000 types of proteins and enzymes,
together with the delicate order governing how these will be used during
production. Alongside these, it contains the production plans for the
message-carrier hormones and the inter-cellular communications protocols
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To claim that DNA and all the information within it came
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of the subject or materialist dogmatism. The idea that a molecule such
as DNA, with all the magnificent information and complex structure it
contains, could be the product of chance is not even worth taking seriously.
Unsurprisingly, evolutionists try to gloss over the subject of the source
of life, as with so many other subjects, by describing it as an "unsolved
1) "Human Genome Map Has Scientists Talking About
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