The 25th Day
|THE AYAT AND THE HADITH OF THE DAY
THE STRENGTH OF BELIEVERS IS DERIVED
FROM THEIR SINCERITY
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In general, the association of those who
do not believe in Allah and the hereafter is based on the importance they
attach to worldly goods and the hope for worldly rewards. By their association,
such people may conclude an agreement out of mutual interests. Each party
supports the other, and thus, they hope to obtain mutual benefit. Without
admitting it, those who form such alliances know that their association
is not based upon mutual trust or friendship, and that their participation
is conditional. When one of the parties is no longer of benefit to the
other, then the alliance is terminated. For this reason, such alliances
formed among those who deny Allah are always prone to fall apart. In this
world, there is only one thing capable of ensuring a true unity, real
friendship and alliance among men, and that is "faith." When
those of true faith, who fear the Day of Judgment, unite in this world,
they lay the foundations of a sound alliance, which will last eternally
into the hereafter. They love and befriend each other solely for Allah's
sake. They unite with sincere intentions, without expecting any other
benefit. This union takes its origin from love and fear of Allah, the
only true source of alliance. Therefore, it is impossible for it to be
destroyed unless Allah wills so. Believers form a power resembling "a
well-built wall" that cannot be penetrated. The verse quoted
below declares as follows:
Allah loves those who fight in His Way in ranks
like well-built walls. (Surat as-Saff: 4)
Those who have faith and who are sincere are granted the
determination and enthusiasm to overcome, even if they are outnumbered
by millions. This is stated in the following verse as follows:
... But those who were sure that they were going
to meet Allah said, "How many a small force has triumphed over a
much greater one by Allah's permission! Allah is with the steadfast."
(Surat al-Baqara: 249)
They gain Allah's support by always remaining sincere. Since
Allah is the "Unconquerable (Al-Aziz)," they ultimately
succeed. They are aware of the secret announced in the verses of Allah
as, "…You will be uppermost if you are [true] believers."
(Surah Al 'Imran: 139). Consequently, they are extraordinarily resiliant
and powerful, a quality to which the discord, disagreement and suspicion
created by the outsiders cannot penetrate.
As they seek Allah's consent with great sincerity, they
are never faced with turmoil, disagreement or discord among themselves.
Because, Allah's word is one, and the verses of the Qur'an are clear.
Where all believers adhere unconditionally to the Qur'an, and act only
to gain Allah's consent, a great harmony and order exist. As all obey
Allah and the Qur'an sincerely, all their affairs are settled easily and
without conflict. When problems do arise out of self-interest, each of
them favors the good of the other, always preferring the interests of
the religion. They prefer the good of their brothers to their own. Hence,
great solidarity, union and mutual support is formed among them. It is
not always required that believers be gathered together in order to form
this union. What is important for true believers is to form a sound and
strong moral solidarity, despite their distances from each other, what
language they speak or which country they live in.
Sincerity is a great power bestowed upon true believers to
enable them to earn eternal blessings, both in this world and the hereafter.
There is not a doubt that the greatest of the blessings bestowed upon
man, either in this world or the next, is Allah's consent. The secret
of acquiring Allah's consent and approbation lies in sincerity. Allah
announces in the subsequent verse the good news to those who fear Allah
that the noblest recompense in the hereafter is His good pleasure:
Say, "Shall I tell you of something better
than that?" Those who do their duty will have Gardens with their
Lord, with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, for
ever, and purified wives, and the Pleasure of Allah. Allah sees His servants.
(Surah Al 'Imran: 15)
Our Lord also bestows innumerable blessings upon sincere
believers during their worldly lives. He takes them away from the miserable,
distressed and futile lives of those who deny Allah. As announced in the
Qur'an, He enables them to lead noble lives in the following way:
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)
One who turns to Allah wholeheartedly will be distanced from
all the troubles and distresses of the worldly life. He can lead his life
peacefully and in confidence because he fears Allah alone. As he does
not fear the condemnations of others, he has no worries in regards his
worldly affairs. As he only aims to acquire Allah's consent, nobody can
upset or distress him. Since he aims to obtain the hereafter, he is not
obsessed with worldly belongings and possessions. Neither the loss or
increase of his possessions alarms him. He always acts with submission,
trust, faith, kindness, compassion, patience and modesty.
In deeds accomplished with sincerity, only Allah's consent
is aimed to be obtained. To acquire the consent of others, or worldly
rewards, or the fulfilment of desires or ambitions must be disregarded.
In this way the outcome will always be successful. Allah affirmed that
the believers, who do not associate partners with Him, turn to Him in
an unadulterated manner, after being purified of their desire to acquire
the consent of others and of worldly rewards, will succeed.
(For further reading see, "Sincerity
Described in the Qur'an" by Harun Yahya.)
CREATION FOR THE 25th
CREATURES OF THE MICRO WORLD: PLANKTON
Plankton is one of the most important,
most crucial links in the undersea chain of life. The size of these creatures
is not more than a couple of micrometers-micrometers, not millimeters.
Considering that a micrometer is only one-millionth of a meter, obviously
these creatures are far too small to be seen by the naked eye. But what
characteristics of these creatures, which are so very small, make them
this important and necessary for the continuity of life?
The essential nutritional component of most creatures living
under the sea is, in fact, the microscopic and seemingly insignificant
plankton. For this reason, a decrease in the plankton population would
pose a bona fide danger for a wide swath of sea animals, from whales to
tiny sea creatures. The importance of these microscopic creatures is not
limited to this. Plankton are divided into two categories: vegetal and
animal. The vegetal plankton are especially an essential factor for maintaining
various balances on Earth.
Phytoplankton are vegetal plankton, and they are basically
the single-cell microscopic organisms that are carried by sea currents.
The phytoplankton collectively constitute the first essential link of
the nutrient chain in the seas. Furthermore, they perform photosynthesis,
like other land plants, using the sun as an energy source and producing
their own nutrition. So, the vegetal plankton, which is the main organic
substance source of the oceans, also plays a balancing role in the oxygen
During the process of photosynthesis performed by phytoplankton,
carbon dioxide present in the air is absorbed and a great amount of oxygen
is released in turn. A full 70% of the 110 billion tons of oxygen released
annually by plants on Earth is obtained this way. 1
Animal plankton (zoo plankton) are also composed, generally,
of single-celled organisms. Yet, there might be multi-cellular organisms
in this group as well. Almost all sea creature groups have their plankton
forms. When invertebrate animals are still larvae, for example, or when
fish are in the first phases of their development, they constitute temporary
There are many different kinds of plankton and every kind
has unique characteristics. As can be seen in the limited examples mentioned
here, a perfection prevails in these microscopic creatures, both in terms
of their appearance and in their general structure. These creatures help
to maintain a great many balances on Earth. The power of Allah is endless
and He creates what He wishes as He wishes. Allah has power over all things.
1. Dr. Jack Hall, "The Most Important Organism?" http://www.ecology.com/dr-jacks-natural-world/most-important-organism
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THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION DAY BY DAY
WHY ARE WISDOM TEETH NOT EVIDENCE OF EVOLUTION?
One of the theory of evolution's important
deceptions is its claim regarding "vestigial organs." Evolutionists
claim that some organs in living things lose their original function over
time, and that such organs then disappear. Taking that as a starting point,
they then try to send out the message, "If the living body had really
been created, it would have no functionless organs in it."
Evolutionist publications at the start of the twentieth century
announced that the human body contained up to a hundred organs that no
longer served any purpose, including the appendix, the coccyx, the tonsils,
the pineal gland, the external ear, the thymus, and wisdom teeth. However,
the decades that followed saw major advances in medical science. Our knowledge
of the organs and systems in the human body increased. As a result of
this, it was seen that the idea of vestigial organs was just a superstition.
The long list drawn up by evolutionists rapidly shrank. It was discovered
that the thymus is an organ which produces important immune system cells,
and that the pineal gland is responsible for the production of important
hormones. It also emerged that the coccyx supports the bones around the
pelvis, and that the external ear plays an important role in identifying
where sounds come from. In short, it emerged that ignorance was the only
foundation on which the idea of "vestigial organs" rested.
Wisdom tooth problems stem from the
contemporary diet, not because they are vestigial organs
Modern science has many times demonstrated the error of the
concept of such organs. Yet some evolutionists still try to make use of
this claim. Although medical science has proved that almost all of the
organs that evolutionists claim are vestigial actually serve a purpose,
evolutionary speculation still surrounds one or two organs.
The most noteworthy of these is our wisdom teeth. The claim
that these teeth are a part of the human body that has lost all purpose
still appears in evolutionist sources. As evidence for this, it is stated
that these teeth give a great many people a lot of trouble, and that chewing
is not impaired when they are surgically removed.
Many dentists, influenced by the evolutionists' claim that
wisdom teeth serve no purpose, have come to see their extraction as a
routine matter, and do not make the same kind of effort to protect them
as they do for other teeth. 1 However, research
in recent years has shown that wisdom teeth have the same chewing function
as other teeth. Studies have also been carried out to show that the belief
that wisdom teeth damage the position of other teeth in the mouth is completely
unfounded. 2 Scientific criticism is now amassing
ways in which problems with wisdom teeth which could be solved in other
ways are instead solved by extracting them.3
In fact, the scientific consensus is that wisdom teeth have a chewing
function just like all the others, and that there is no scientific justification
for the belief that they serve no purpose.
So, why do wisdom teeth cause a substantial number of people
problems? Scientists who have researched the subject have discovered that
wisdom tooth difficulties have manifested themselves in different ways
among human communities at different times. It is now understood that
the problem was seldom seen in pre-industrial societies. It has been discovered
that the way in which soft foodstuffs have come to be preferred to harder
ones, over the last few hundred years in particular, has negatively affected
the way the human jaw develops. It has thus been realised that most wisdom
tooth troubles emerge as a result of jaw development problems relating
to dietary habits.
It is also known that society's nutritional habits also have
negative effects on our other teeth. For instance, the increasing consumption
of foodstuffs high in sugar and acid has increased the rate that other
teeth decay. However, that fact does not make us think that all our teeth
have somehow "atrophied." The same principle applies to wisdom
teeth. Problems with these teeth stem from contemporary dietary customs,
not from any evolutionary "atrophy."
1. Leonard M.S., 1992. Removing third molars: a review for the general
practitioner. Journal of the American Dental Association, 123(2):77-82
2. M. Leff, 1993. Hold on to your wisdom teeth. Consumer reports on Health,
3. Daily.T 1996. Third molar prophylactic extraction: a review
and analysis of the literature. General Dentistry, 44(4):310-320
(For further reading, see "The
collapse of the theory of evolution in 20 questions"
by Harun Yahya)
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