The 21st Day
|THE AYAT AND THE HADITH OF THE DAY
EXPECTING REWARD ONLY FROM ALLAH
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Anyone desiring to acquire sincerity should
be aware of the following fact: He should expect reward for his worldly
deeds only from Allah. Any deed done by expecting any recompense other
than Allah's consent, compassion and heavenly reward, will diminish his
sincerity. A good deed performed to gain material and societal advantages
rather than a reward from Allah will bring only loss instead of gain.
Even if one had served Allah for years with this mindset, he could never
hope to acquire true sincerity until and unless he strove only to gain
His consent. However, any religious deed performed without contaminating
one's intentions with anything other than Allah's pleasure will certainly
result in a great heavenly reward.
In the following verse, Allah announces that believers who
do good will be given a great reward:
This Qur'an guides to the most upright Way and
gives good news to the believers who do right actions that they will have
a large reward. (Surat al-Isra': 9)
Allah informs us in another verse that doing good will be
But those of you who are obedient to Allah and
His Messenger and act rightly will be given their reward twice over; and
We have prepared generous provision for them. (Surat al-Ahzab: 31)
In his works, the renown Turkish scholar Bedüizzaman
Said Nursi claims that humankind could only be successful through sincerity,
and that people could only acquire sincerity by considering Allah's consent:
That is to say, the only
means of salvation and deliverance is sincerity. It is of the greatest
importance to gain sincerity. The tiniest act performed with sincerity
is preferable to tons of those performed without sincerity. A person should
think that what gains sincerity in his actions is doing them purely because
they are a Divine command and that their result is Divine pleasure..."
Anybody wishing to acquire sincerity should clearly grasp
this fact. Thus, his efforts will become pious and he would then be able
to hope to attain Allah's consent, compassion and heavenly rewards.
However, Satan continually attempts to lead men astray from
the straight path and direct them towards seeking benefits other than
Allah's consent. Excuses such as, "I am already working to gain Allah's
consent, what harm will it do to me if I hope some small personal benefit
as well?" "I will gain both Allah's consent and the community's
respect," "I will do a good deed, but they will owe me one in
return," or "I would make a self-sacrifice, but I hope that
everything will be repayed to me" etc., results out of the Satan's
efforts. Each one of these thoughts that compel one to seek rewards other
than Allah's consent prevents him from acquiring sincerity and of performing
Indeed, all recompenses other than Allah's consent hoped
for by mankind belong to this world and represent the preference of this
world to the hereafter. Such persons, who enjoy these worldly benefits
may be deprived of them in the hereafter. Whereas, a person who performs
pious deeds by aiming at acquiring only Allah's consent, and who keeps
his intentions untainted will be granted by Allah blessings both in this
world and the hereafter. Allah gives the following good news to believers:
Anyone who acts rightly, male or female, being
a believer, We will give them a good life and We will recompense them
according to the best of what they did. (Surat an-Nahl: 97)
In the Qur'an, there are many examples highlighting the
supreme morality of the prophets in this regard. In the verses of the
Qur'an, it is told that the prophets informed their communities that "they
did not demand any reward other than Allah's consent for their service":
[Hud said:] My people! I do not ask you for any
wage for it. My wage is the responsibility of Him who brought me into
being. So will you not use your intellect? (Surah Hud: 51)
[Nuh said:] My people! I do not ask you for any
wealth for it. My wage is the responsibility of Allah alone. I will not
chase away those who believe. They are surely going to meet their Lord.
However, I see you as ignorant people. (Surah Hud: 29)
Bediuzzaman Said Nursi also reminded that one could only
hope to acquire sincerity by wanting to imitate the superior morality
of the prophets:
Many may be candidates for the same position;
many hands may stretch out for each moral and material reward that is
offered. Hence it is that conflict and rivalry arise; concord is changed
into discord, and agreement into dispute. Now the cure and remedy for
this appalling disease is sincerity. Sincerity may be attained by preferring
the worship of Allah to the worship of one's own soul, by causing Allah's
pleasure to vanquish the pleasure of the soul and the ego, and thus manifesting
the meaning of the verse: 'Verily my reward is from Allah alone' (Surah
Hud: 29) by renouncing the material and moral reward to be had from men
and thus manifesting the meaning of the verse: 'Naught is incumbent
on the Messenger but conveying the message' (Surat al-Ma'ida: 99);
and by knowing that such matters as goodly acceptance, and making a favorable
impression, and gaining the attention of men are Allah's concern and a
favor from Him, and that they play no part in conveying the message, which
is one's own duty, nor are they necessary for it, nor is one charged with
gaining them-by knowing this a person will be successful in gaining sincerity,
otherwise it will vanish." 2
1) Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, The Risale-i Nur Collection,
The Flashes Collection, The Seventeenth Flash
2) Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, The Risale-i Nur Collection, The Flashes Collection,
The Twentieth Flash
(For further reading see, "Sincerity
Described in the Qur'an" by Harun Yahya.)
CREATION FOR THE 21st DAY
BIRDS THAT DEACTIVATE POISON: MACAWS
When a person is infected with poison, his only recourse
is to take a drug to counter the effects of the poison or to remove the
poison from his body through medical intervention. Otherwise, a person
who lacks specialized knowledge about poisons will be unable to cure himself
through using a plant or some other kind of counteractive substance.
Yet, some creatures innately have this knowledge that most
people must learn through education. Certain animals, which do not possess
minds to be educated, any intelligence and, in short, any consciousness
at all, can cure themselves very easily. The striking feature about the
methods animals use to cure themselves is that they know what to do very
well and have determined what is good for each particular illness. Is
it really the animals themselves who have determined these things? How
have animals come to possess such knowledge? Evolutionists claim that
most animal behavior such as this is instinctive. However, they cannot
explain the origin of these behaviors or how they originally came to exist.
First of all, it is not possible for creatures to learn
these behaviors over time. An animal that is poisoned, for example, will
die right away. In this case, it is not possible for it to imagine how
it might remove the factor that caused it to be poisoned. Besides, we
should by no means forget that animals lack the consciousness capable
of thinking up such a solution.
Let us see, by giving an example, how animals display conscious
behavior while curing themselves. Macaws, which are a kind of parrot,
are found in the tropical regions of Central and South America. One of
the most striking feature of these creatures, besides their truly dazzling
colors, is that they feed on poisonous seeds. These birds, who can break
even very tough shells with their hooked beaks, are experts on the subject
of poisonous seeds. This is a somewhat surprising situation because, when
the bird eats a poisonous seed, normally it should suffer harm. Yet, amazingly,
this does not happen. Immediately after the bird eats the poisonous seeds,
it flies directly towards a rocky place and begins to gnaw and swallow
the clayey rock pieces there. The reason for this behavior is that the
clayey rock pieces absorb the toxins in the seeds, and so neutralize the
effects of the poison. In this way, the birds can digest the seeds without
experiencing any harm.
It is certainly impossible for macaws to know on their own
how to neutralize or counteract the poison found in the seeds they eat.
It is evident that such conscious behaviors in creatures do not originate
from themselves, and that their origin cannot be sought in some other
force or factor that exists in nature either. An invisible power controls
the behavior of all creatures and, in other words, inspires them with
what to do. This matchless power belongs to Allah. Allah, Who is the owner
of a superior knowledge, is the Preserver of all things.
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THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION DAY BY DAY
THE MYTH OF "HUMAN EMBRYO GILLS"
The thesis that living things go through various stages in
their mothers' wombs that can be seen as evidence for evolution has a
special position amongst the unfounded claims of the theory of evolution.
That is because the thesis, known as "recapitulation" in evolutionist
literature, is more than a scientific deception: It is a scientific forgery.
Ernst Haeckel, one of the foremost charlatans
in the history of science.
The term "recapitulation" is a condensation of
the dictum "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny," put forward by
the evolutionary biologist Ernst Haeckel at the end of the nineteenth
century. This theory of Haeckel's postulates that living embryos re-experience
the evolutionary process that their pseudo-ancestors underwent. He theorised
that during its development in its mother's womb, the human embryo first
displays the characteristics of a fish, then those of a reptile, and finally
those of a human. The claim that the embryo possesses "gills"
while it develops stems from this thesis.
However, this is utter superstition. Scientific developments
in the years since recapitulation was first broached have enabled studies
to be made of just how valid it is. These studies have shown that the
recapitulation doctrine has no other basis than evolutionists' imaginations
and deliberate distortions.
It is now known that the "gills" that supposedly
appear in the early stages of the human embryo are in fact the initial
phases of the middle-ear canal, parathyroid, and thymus. That part of
the embryo that was likened to the "egg yolk pouch" turns out
to be a pouch that produces blood for the infant. The part that was identified
as a "tail" by Haeckel and his followers is in fact the backbone,
which resembles a tail only because it takes shape before the legs do.
These are universally acknowledged facts in the scientific
world, and are accepted even by evolutionists themselves. George Gaylord
Simpson, one of the founders of neo-Darwinism, writes:
Haeckel misstated the evolutionary principle involved.
It is now firmly established that ontogeny does not repeat phylogeny.
The following was written in an article in New Scientist
dated October 16, 1999:
[Haeckel] called this the biogenetic law, and the idea
became popularly known as recapitulation. In fact Haeckel's strict law
was soon shown to be incorrect. For instance, the early human embryo
never has functioning gills like a fish, and never passes through stages
that look like an adult reptile or monkey. 2
In an article published in American Scientist, we
Surely the biogenetic law is as dead as a doornail. It
was finally exorcised from biology textbooks in the fifties. As a topic
of serious theoretical inquiry it was extinct in the twenties
As we have seen, developments since it was first put forward
have shown that recapitulation has no scientific basis at all. However,
those same advances would show that it was not just a scientific deception,
but that it stemmed from a complete "forgery."
Ernst Haeckel, who first put the recapitulation thesis forward,
published a number of drawings to back up his theory. Haeckel produced
falsified drawings to make fish and human embryos resemble each other!
When he was caught out, the only defense he offered was that other evolutionists
had committed similar offences:
In its April 8, 2001, edition, The New York
Times devoted wide space to the theory of intelligent design and the
ideas of scientists and philosophers who support the theory, such
as Michael Behe and William Dembski. In general, it said that the
theory of intelligent design possessed such a scientific respectability
and validity that it would rock Darwinism to its foundations. The
paper also compared Haeckel's forged drawings with true pictures of
embryos taken under the microscope.
After this compromising confession of "forgery"
I should be obliged to consider myself condemned and annihilated if I
had not the consolation of seeing side by side with me in the prisoner's
dock hundreds of fellow-culprits, among them many of the most trusted
observers and most esteemed biologists. The great majority of all the
diagrams in the best biological textbooks, treatises and journals would
incur in the same degree the charge of "forgery," for all of
them are inexact, and are more or less doctored, schematised and constructed.
In the September 5, 1997, edition of the well-known scientific
journal Science, an article was published revealing that Haeckel's embryo
drawings were the product of a deception. The article, called "Haeckel's
Embryos: Fraud Rediscovered," had this to say:
The impression they [Haeckel's drawings] give, that the
embryos are exactly alike, is wrong, says Michael Richardson, an embryologist
at St. George's Hospital Medical School in London
So he and his
colleagues did their own comparative study, reexamining and photographing
embryos roughly matched by species and age with those Haeckel drew. Lo
and behold, the embryos "often looked surprisingly different,"
Richardson reports in the August issue of Anatomy and Embryology. 5
Later in this same article, the following information was
Not only did Haeckel add or omit features, Richardson
and his colleagues report, but he also fudged the scale to exaggerate
similarities among species, even when there were 10-fold differences in
size. Haeckel further blurred differences by neglecting to name the
species in most cases, as if one representative was accurate for an entire
group of animals. In reality, Richardson and his colleagues note, even
closely related embryos such as those of fish vary quite a bit in their
appearance and developmental pathway. "It [Haeckel's drawings] looks
like it's turning out to be one of the most famous fakes in biology,"
Richardson concludes. 6
It is noteworthy that, although Haeckel's falsification came
out in 1901, the subject was still portrayed in many evolutionist publications
for nearly a century as if it were a proven scientific law. Those who
held evolutionist beliefs inadvertently sent out a most important message
by putting their ideology before science: Evolution is not science, it
is a dogma that they are trying to keep alive in the face of the scientific
(For further reading, see "The
collapse of the theory of evolution in 20 questions"
by Harun Yahya)
1. G. G. Simpson, W. Beck, An Introduction to Biology,
Harcourt Brace and World, New York, 1965, p. 241
2. Ken McNamara, "Embryos and Evolution," New Scientist, vol.
12416, 16 October 1999
3. Keith S. Thompson, "Ontogeny and Phylogeny Recapitulated,"
American Scientist, vol. 76, May/June 1988, p. 273
4. Francis Hitching, The Neck of the Giraffe: Where Darwin Went Wrong,
Ticknor and Fields, New York, 1982, p. 204
5. Elizabeth Pennisi, "Haeckel's Embryos: Fraud Rediscovered,"
Science, 5 September
6. Elizabeth Pennisi, "Haeckel's Embryos: Fraud Rediscovered,"
Science, 5 September
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