The 23rd Day
|THE AYAT AND THE HADITH OF THE DAY
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Arrogance is found in one who disdains
to worship Allah, by forgetting his weaknesses, despising others, and
feeling proud. However, man is a weak creature. He depends upon Allah's
power to exist and sustain his existence. Allah is the sole Power Who
has created man from nothing, imparted him with spirit, sheltered and
fed him, caused him to breathe, and bestowed countless other blessings
upon him. Allah is the Lord of the Universe. In spite of the clarity of
this truth, one who thinks of himself as a being independent of Him, and
believes his qualities and abilities to result from himself, is evidently
suffering from a grave self-delusion.
In fact, one has no right to be proud. The truth that Allah
could take back all blessings bestowed upon him when He pleases is sufficient
evidence. From time to time, we all observe the harm caused by one who
behaves proudly on account of his or her physical beauty, knowledge, ability,
wealth or social status. We can also observe what becomes of them when
they suddenly lose these for any reason. If such qualities had resulted
in the person from his or her own doing, then there would be no reason
for him or her to lose them. Likewise, Allah creates many afflictions
and difficulties in this worldly life to help people understand this truth.
He tests mankind through many frailties, such as ageing and illness.
In the Qur'an, Allah defines the influence of arrogance as
When he is told to heed Allah, he is seized by
pride which drives him to wrongdoing. Hell will be enough for him! What
an evil resting-place! (Surat al-Baqara: 206)
What is truly befitting a believer is to put aside his arrogance
and lower-self, and behave according to that which is pleasing to Allah.
The following verse reads:
And among the people there are some who give up
everything, desiring the good pleasure of Allah. Allah is Ever-Gentle
with His servants. (Surat al-Baqara: 207)
It is possible to observe the damage done by arrogance on
one's sincerity in every phase of one's life. One claiming to be superior
to others is closed against all kinds of criticism, warning or advice
coming from them. Even if the other were to remind him of a point he had
not considered, he would be influenced adversely by his sense of superiority.
Instead of surrendering to truth, he will defend his views, even if they
are wrong. Therefore, he becomes insincere, and is ruled by his lower
self. However, what exemplifies sincerity is to comply with what the other
had said, and surrender without the need to feel superior.
For this purpose, one should, first and foremost, abandon
the feelings of his ego which cause arrogance, and refrain from stubbornly
defending himself. Only then can he hope to act in compliance with the
spirit of the Qur'an and behave sincerely. Likewise, Bediuzzaman Said
Nursi, renown Turkish scholar, reminded the true believer that the most
efficient antidote against the ambition to be superior and to be in the
right, stemming from arrogance, is to "surrender to the mind of true
believers without supporting one's self":
"The sole remedy for this disease is to accuse your
own soul before others raise these charges, and always to take the side
of your fellow, not your own soul. The rule of truth and equity established
by the scholars of the art of debate is this: "Whoever desires, in
debate on any subject, that his own word should turn out to be true, whoever
is happy that he turns out to be right and his adversary to be wrong and
mistaken-such a person has acted unjustly." Not only that, such a
person loses, for when he emerges the victor in such a debate, he has
not learned anything previously unknown to him, and his probable pride
will cause him loss. But if his adversary turns out to be right, he will
have learned something previously unknown to him and thereby gained something
without any loss, as well as being saved from pride. In other words, one
fair in his dealings and enamoured of the truth will subject the desire
of his own soul to the demands of the truth. If he sees his adversary
to be right, he will accept it willingly and support it happily."
Man is a weak creature Allah has created from nothing. All
of man's powers are the result of the generous gifts and benevolence of
Allah. When taking into account the endless wisdom, limitless power and
knowledge of Allah, clearly, one who considers having acquired these qualities
by himself is in grave error. Carried away by pride, he forgets these
realities, and thinks that his success arises out of his own accomplishment.
He may become arrogant and insincere. What is more befitting for a true
believer is never to consider any of his successes as his own, even if
he were the most able, intelligent and perfect man ever to set foot on
earth. Arrogance should never take hold of him. If he behaves in a manner
by which he takes account of his own weakness, in spite of all these blessings,
then Allah will bestow even greater favors upon him. He will make him
obtain His consent, compassion and enter Paradise, on account of his sincerity.
Yet, most people forget that this worldly life is nothing but a test.
They turn to Allah in times of affliction, and yet, act ungratefully when
they are granted blessings. They also commit a great error by believing
that these blessings are the outcome of their own abilities, and that
the success belongs to them alone. In Surat az-Zumar, Allah commands the
When harm touches man he calls on Us. Then when
We grant him a blessing from Us he says, "I have only been given
this because of my knowledge." In fact it is a trial but most of
them do not know it. (Surat az-Zumar: 49)
(For further reading see, "Sincerity
Described in the Qur'an" by Harun Yahya.)
CREATION FOR THE 23rd
THE TACTICS OF CORYANTHES ORCHIDS
Is it possible for a flower to be aware of the preferences
of an insect? Is it possible for it to make plans to make this insect
fall into its trap and make changes in itself accordingly? Without a doubt,
it is not possible for a flower or an insect to carry out such tactics
by means of its own reason and will. However, when we look at the creatures
in nature, we see that they often apply just such kinds of tactics.
The Coryanthes orchid is one such plant that makes
insects fall into its trap by means of an interesting tactic. The reproductive
system of the orchid is based on attracting insects and making them carry
its pollen. The flowers of this orchid species grow in clusters. Each
flower has two wing-like sepals and just behind these leaves is a tiny
"bucket." When the flowers open, a special liquid secreted by
two special glands begins to drip into the bottom of this bucket. After
a while the flower begins to emit a fragrance that bees find irresistible.
As the orchid blooms, male bees respond to the scent and
begin to fly around the flower. While they try to land on the vertical
edges of the orchid, they also look for a place to hang onto with their
legs, like the tubular section of the flower that connects the bucket
to the stem. This part is slippery and sloping. Therefore, the bees creeping
around the flower inevitably fall into the bucket in the bottom of the
flower that is filled with the liquid.
There is only one way out for the bee that has fallen into
the flower. A narrow tunnel leads to the front wall of the flower, that
is, to daylight. Until the insect finds this way out, which is at the
same level as the liquid into which the bee has fallen, it keeps swimming
in the liquid. While trying to find the exit, it passes under the stigma,
where there is pollen, and the flower's male organs. At that time, two
pollen sacs stick to the back of the insect. Then the insect advances
towards the exit and finally leaves the flower. When the bee goes to a
new flower, this time the stigma of the flower picks up the pollen from
the bee and, in this way, pollination begins.
Yet, this situation doesn't benefit the flower alone. The
liquid present in the flower bucket the bees fall into is extremely important
for bees as well, because the male bees will use the odor of this secretion
smeared on their bodies to attract female bees during mating.
As we said in the beginning, it is not at all possible for
a flower to develop tactics to deceive an insect and arrange its structure
according to this tactic. Similarly, it is no less impossible for an insect
to develop a tactic to acquire a needed substance from a flower by means
of its own will. The amazing cooperation between these two creatures is
evidence for the fact that they were created by a unique Creator.
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THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION DAY BY DAY
DIFFERENT RACES ARE NOT EVIDENCE FOR EVOLUTION
Since the genetic material in the first man
contained all the characteristics of the various races, parts of
this came to dominate in various societies, and thus the human races
Some evolutionists try to put the existence of different
races forward as evidence for evolution. In fact, this claim is more frequently
expressed by amateur evolutionists who have a less than sufficient knowledge
of the theory they defend.
The thesis proposed by those who defend this claim is based
on the question, "If, as divine sources say, life began with one
man and one woman, how could different races have emerged?" Another
way of putting it is: "Since Adam and Eve's height, colour, and other
features were those of only two people, how could races with entirely
different features have emerged?"
In fact, the problem lying beneath all these questions or
objections is an insufficient knowledge of the laws of genetics, or the
ignoring of them. In order to understand the reason for the differences
between the races in today's world, it will be necessary to have some
idea of the subject of "variation," which is closely linked
to this question.
Variation, a term used in genetics, refers to a genetic event
that causes the individuals or groups of a certain type or species to
possess different characteristics from one another. The source of this
variation is the genetic information possessed by the individuals within
that species. As a result of breeding between those individuals, that
genetic information comes together in later generations in different combinations.
There is an exchange of genetic material between the mother's and father's
chromosomes. Genes thus get mixed up with one another. The result of this
is a wide variety of individual features.
The different physical features between human races are
due to variations within the human race. All the people on Earth carry
basically the same genetic information, yet some have slanted eyes, some
have red hair, some have long noses, and others are short of stature,
all depending on the extent of the variation potential of this genetic
In order to understand the variation potential, let us consider
a society in which brunette, brown-eyed people predominate over blond,
blue-eyed individuals. As a result of the two communities intermingling
and marrying over time, new generations which are brunette but blue-eyed
will be seen. In other words, the physical characteristics of both groups
will come together in subsequent generations and produce new appearances.
When one imagines other physical characteristics mixing in the same way,
it is clear that a great variety will emerge.
The important point that must be understood here is this:
There are two genes that rule every physical feature. One may dominate
the other, or they may both influence matters to an equal extent. For
instance, two genes determine the colour of a person's eyes. One comes
from the mother, the other from the father. Whichever gene is the dominant
one, the individual's eye colour will be determined by that gene. In general,
dark colours dominate lighter ones. In this way, if a person possesses
genes for brown and for green eyes, his eyes will be brown because the
brown eye gene is dominant. However, the recessive green colour can be
passed down the generations and emerge at a later time. In other words,
parents with brown eyes can have a green-eyed child. That is because that
colour gene is recessive in both parents.
This law applies to all other physical features and the
genes which govern them. Hundreds, or even thousands, of physical features,
such as the ears, nose, the shape of the mouth, height, bone structure,
and organ structure, shape, and characteristics, are all controlled in
the same way. Thanks to this, all the limitless information in the genetic
structure can be passed on to subsequent generations without becoming
outwardly visible. Adam, the first human being, and Eve, were able to
pass the rich information in their genetic structure on to subsequent
generations even though only a part of it was reflected in their physical
appearance. Geographical isolation that had happened over human history
has led to an atmosphere where different physical features came together
in different groups. Over a long period of time, this led to different
groups having different bone structures, skin colour, height, and skull
volumes. This eventually led to the different races.
However, this long period did not change one thing, of course.
No matter what their height, skin colour and skull volume, all races are
part of the human species.
(For further reading, see "The
collapse of the theory of evolution in 20 questions"
by Harun Yahya)
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