The 27th Day
|THE AYAT AND THE HADITH OF THE DAY
STRENGTHENING ONE'S CONSCIENCE
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Conscience is a power entrusted by Allah with the task of
showing mankind the right way. Until the end of their lives, it warns
people about the evil in their souls, the incitements of the devil, and
all other kinds of behavior disapproved by the Qur'an. It inspires in
one the means to please Allah and act in accordance with the Qur'an. Whatever
the circumstance, one who listens to the inner voice of his conscience
will be able to achieve sincerity. Sincerity means the ability to use
one's conscience in the most effective way. It also implies that one should
never abandon his conscience, even under the opposition of his lower-self
or outside influences.
For this very reason, one who wishes to acquire sincerity
should first and foremost determine whether he is making good use of his
conscience. If he suppresses his conscience from time to time, does not
listen to its voice, and intentionally behaves in a way to please his
lower-self, then he is not using his conscience in compliance with the
Qur'an. More importantly, as announced in the verse which states, "In
fact, man is evidence against himself, though he puts forth his excuses,"
(Surat al-Qiyama: 14-15) each man intuitively knows that the voice whispering
in his ear is the voice of his conscience, and also what excuses he sets
forth to be able to ignore that voice.
Conscience is a great blessing and gift to humanity. As
expressed by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, renown Turkish scholar, as, "Even
if the mind goes on holiday and neglects the opinion, the conscience could
never forget its Creator. Even if it denies its own lower self, it sees
Him, thinks of Him, and heads towards Him" 1
or "... The Creator having two windows in each conscience shall
cause His skill to always manifest itself in human hearts"
2 , the conscience is never caught unawares, even if the man himself
is unaware. One's conscience never becomes distracted by the inner-self,
even if the person himself does. One's conscience never acts insincerely,
or obeys the devil, even if the person does. In brief, one could intentionally
or unintentionally commit errors, but his conscience never strays from
the straight path or commits errors.
However, one's ability to listen to one's conscience may
diminish. If one acts unconcerned to the voice of his conscience, which
invites him to the straight path, and if he makes a habit of suppressing
this voice, then he will weaken his conscience's influence, and will cause
his ability to listen to it to become dull. Even though his conscience
warns a person and calls him to do the right thing, he would no longer
be swayed by its voice. He would no longer listen to it or consider it
significant. Therefore, many types of behavior, which would in no way
be accepted by a true believer's conscience, start to by-pass his conscience.
Such a person no longer feels the pangs of his conscience while violating
the Qur'anic rules. He may behave contrary to Allah's consent, and follow
the Devil. He performs deeds unapproved of by the Qur'an without concern.
For instance, during war, most people feel great discomfort and uneasiness
when they watch defenseless women and children die. They wish to be able
to do something to help them. However, in the coming days, reading the
same articles and seeing the same scenes over and over in the newspapers,
tend to dull one's conscience. From then on, news about death or cruelty
no longer influences him. He no longer feels any worry nor is he conscientious
of any responsibility. This change clearly marks the dulling of his conscience.
Though, in such case, it is no longer impossible to speak of untainted
In order to acquire sincerity, first and foremost,
one should ensure that he is sensitive to his conscience, as guided by
the Qur'an. This is only possible through an increase in one's fear of
Allah. One should consider profoundly that Allah hears and sees him, everywhere
and at all times. He keeps track of all of his deeds; and will one day
call him to account for them. He should strive to comprehend clearly that
death could come upon him in just a matter of moments, that he may as
well find himself giving account for himself in Allah's presence. He may
be faced with the torment in Hell if he had failed to live up to the level
of morality indicated by Allah and to make good use of his conscience.
If he succeeds in letting these important facts of the Qur'an penetrate
well and deeply within his heart, then the dullness of his conscience
will be replaced by a conscientious sensitivity. Such sensitivity may,
in turn, enable him to act sincerely by listening to the voice of his
conscience, whatever the circumstances.
1. Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, Mesnevi-i Nuriye, p. 215
2. Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, Mesnevi-i Nuriye, p. 215.
(For further reading see, "Sincerity
Described in the Qur'an" by Harun Yahya.)
CREATION FOR THE 27th
THE DESIGN OF SNOWFLAKES
Anyone who takes a close look at snowflakes can see that
they come in a variety of shapes. It is estimated that a single cubic
meter of snow holds about 350 million snowflakes! These flakes are all
hexagonal and have crystal-like structures. However, each one of them
possesses a unique shape. For years, scientists have been searching for
answers to such questions as how these shapes ever came about, how it
is that each one of them has a different shape and what provides their
symmetry. Every bit of information that is gained reveals another magnificent
mastery present in the snowflakes. The variety and perfection of the hexagonal
structure of snowflakes is a manifestation of Allah's status as the Originator
(al-Badi). Allah is the One Who made good everything that He has created.
The formation of snowflakes constitutes yet another aspect of Allah's
These thin, small flakes look like multi-pointed stars or
tiny needle heads. The formation of the snowflakes in the pictures is
truly amazing. For years, the orderly structure of snowflakes has caught
people's attention. Since 1945, research has been carried out in a quest
to discover which factors give the final shape to the crystals. A single
snowflake is a pile of crystals consisting of more than 200 ice crystals.
Snowflakes are made up of water molecules that are shaped in a perfect
order. Snowflakes, one of nature's true architectural wonders, are shaped
when water vapor gets cold while passing through clouds. This takes place
Passing through the clouds, water molecules scattered everywhere
in a disorganized way throughout water vapor begin to lose their random
movement due to the fall in temperature. After a while, the water molecules,
moving more slowly, begin to form groups and consequently become solid.
Yet, there is no disorder whatsoever in their groupings. On the contrary,
they always unite as microscopic hexagonal forms that look similar to
each other. Each snowflake at first consists of a single hexagonal water
molecule, then other hexagonal water molecules come and attach to this
first piece. According to experts on the subject, the basic factor that
determines the shape of a snowflake is that these hexagonal water molecules
are joined together just like links in a chain. In addition, the pieces
of crystals, which normally should look alike, take on very different
shapes according to the temperature and level of moisture. 1
Why is it that there is a hexagonal symmetry in all snowflakes
and why is each of them different from the others? Why are their edges
angled rather then straight? Scientists are still trying to find answers
to these questions. Yet, this much is evident: Allah is the One Who has
no partners in creation, is the Possessor of an endless power and the
Originator of everything.
1. Roger Davey, David Stanley, "All
about ice," New Scientist, September 6, 1993.
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THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION DAY BY DAY
COULD LIFE HAVE COME
FROM OUTER SPACE?
When Darwin put forward his theory in the middle of the nineteenth
century, he never mentioned how the origin of life, in other words the
first living cell, came to be. Scientists looking for the origin of life
at the beginning of the twentieth century began to realise that the theory
was invalid. The complex and perfect structure in life prepared the ground
for many researchers to perceive the truth of creation. Mathematical calculations
and scientific experiment and observation demonstrated that life could
not be the "product of chance," as the theory of evolution claimed.
With the collapse of the claim that coincidence was responsible
and the realisation that life was "planned," some scientists
began to look for the origin of life in outer space. The best-known of
the scientists who made such claims were Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe.
These two cobbled together a scenario in which they proposed that there
was a force which "seeded" life in space. According to the scenario,
these seeds were carried through the emptiness of space by gas or dust
clouds, or else by an asteroid, and eventually reached the Earth, and
life thus started here.
Nobel Prize-winner Francis Crick, co-discoverer with James
Watson of the double helix structure of DNA, is one of those who has sought
the origin of life in outer space. Crick came to realise that it is quite
unreasonable to expect life to have started by chance, but he has claimed
instead that life on Earth was started by intelligent "extraterrestrial"
The idea that life came from outer space has influenced
prominent scientists. The matter is now even discussed in writings and
debates on the origin of life. The idea of looking for the origin of life
in outer space can be considered from two basic perspectives.
It is not possible for meteors to carry a
living organism to Earth because of the intense heat generated when
they enter the atmosphere and the violence of impact when they land.
Above: A large meteor crater in Arizona. Even if we accept there
are living things in outer space, it is still impossible to account
for their origins in any other way than through creation.
The key to evaluating the "life began in outer space"
thesis lies in studying the meteorites that reached the Earth and the
clouds of gas and dust existing in space. No evidence has yet been found
to support the claim that celestial bodies contained non-earthly creatures
that eventually seeded life on Earth. No research that has been carried
out so far has revealed any of the complex macromolecules that appear
in life forms.
Furthermore, the substances contained in meteorites do not
possess a certain kind of asymmetry found in the macromolecules that constitute
life. For instance, amino acids, which make up proteins, which are themselves
the basic building blocks of life, should theoretically occur as both
left- and right-handed forms ("optical isomers") in roughly
equal numbers. However, only left-handed amino acids are found in proteins,
whereas this asymmetric distribution does not occur among the small organic
molecules (the carbon-based molecules found in living things) discovered
in meteorites. The latter exist in both left- and right-handed forms.
That is by no means the end of the obstacles to the thesis
that bodies and substances in outer space gave rise to life on Earth.
Those who maintain such an idea need to be able to explain why such a
process is not happening now, because the Earth is still being bombarded
by meteorites. However, study of these meteorites has not revealed any
"seeding" to confirm the thesis in any way.
Another question confronting the defenders of the thesis
is this: Even if it is accepted that life was formed by a consciousness
in outer space, and that it somehow reached Earth, how did the millions
of species on Earth come about? That is a huge dilemma for those who suggest
that life began in space.
Alongside all of these obstacles, no trace has been found
in the universe of a civilisation or life form that could have started
life on Earth. No astronomical observations, which have picked up enormous
speed in the last 30 years, have given any indication of the presence
of such a civilisation.
As we have seen, the theory that life on Earth was begun
by extraterrestrials has no scientific basis to it. No discoveries have
been made to confirm or support it. However, when the scientists who put
forward the suggestion began to look in that direction, they did so because
they perceived one important truth.
The truth in question is that a theory that seeks to explain
life on Earth as being the result of chance is no longer tenable. It has
been realised that the complexity revealed in the life forms on Earth
can only be the product of intelligent design. In fact, the areas of expertise
of the scientists who sought the origin of life in outer space give a
clue as to their rejection of the logic of the theory of evolution.
Both are world-renowned scientists: Fred Hoyle is an astronomer
and bio-mathematician, and Francis Crick a molecular biologist.
EVOLUTIONISTS' "EXTRATERRESTRIAL" DILEMMA
Claims that the origin of life could lie in space, or even "extraterrestrials,"
are nothing more than science fiction. No concrete evidence can be
supplied to back them up, and news and comments on the subject just
consist of speculation that "it could have happened." In fact, these
scenarios are quite impossible. Even if we assume that some organic
compounds were carried to Earth by meteors, it is a chemical, physical,
and mathematical fact that these compounds could not have given rise
to life by themselves. The fantasy that life on Earth could have been
created by "extraterrestrials" is a ploy by means of which evolutionists
try to avoid admitting the existence of God, since life cannot be
explained by chance. But this is totally meaningless, too, because
the "extraterrestrial" thesis just takes the question one step back,
and leads to the question: "Who created the extraterrestrials?" Reason
and science lead us to an Absolute Being who created us and all living
things, though He Himself was not created and has existed forever.
That means God, the Creator of everything.
One point which needs to be considered is that those scientists
who look to outer space to find the origin of life do not actually make
any new interpretation of the matter. Scientists such as Hoyle, Wickramasinghe,
and Crick began to consider the possibility that life came from space
because they realised that life could not have come about by chance. Since
it was impossible for life on Earth to have begun by chance, they had
to accept the existence of a source of intelligent design in outer space.
However, the theory put forward by them on the subject of
the origin of this intelligent design is contradictory and meaningless.
Modern physics and astronomy have revealed that our universe originated
as a result of a huge explosion some 12-15 billion years ago known as
"The Big Bang." All matter in the universe came about from that
explosion. For this reason, any idea that seeks the origin of life on
Earth in another matterbased life form in the universe has to explain
in turn how that form of life came into existence. The meaning of this
is that such a suggestion does not actually solve the problem, but takes
it one step further back. (For more detail, see Harun Yahya's books The
Creation of the Universe and Timelessness and The Reality of Fate).
|THE SUPERSTITION EVOLUTIONISTS SO BLINDLY
||Millions of complex living species
The above formula is the shortest way of expressing
the theory of evolution. Evolutionists believe that inanimate and
unconscious collections of atoms and molecules came together and organised
themselves over time, finally becoming alive and turning into millions
of exceedingly complex and perfect living species. This superstition
is backed up by no known physical or chemical law. On the contrary,
the laws of physics and chemistry show that time has a "disorganising,
destructive" effect, not an "organising" one (the Second Law of Thermodynamics).
Actually, the "time" factor is nothing but a deception used by evolutionists
to take their theory out of the field of observation. Since no "evolutionary
process" which creates new living things can be observed in nature,
evolutionists try to gloss over this fact by saying: "Yes, evolution
cannot be observed, but it may have taken place over the previous
millions of years." This claim is also torn down by the fossil record,
which shows that no evolutionary process ever happened.
As we have seen, the thesis that "life came from outer
space" does not support evolution, but is a view that reveals the
impossibility of evolution and accepts that there can be no other explanation
for life than intelligent design. The scientists who suggested this began
with a correct analysis but then went down a false road, and started the
silly search for the origin of life in outer space.
It is obvious that the concept of "extraterrestrials"
cannot account for the origin of life. Even if we accept for one moment
the hypothesis that "extraterrestrials" actually exist, it is
still clear that they could not have come into being by chance, but must
themselves be the product of intelligent design. (That is because the
laws of physics and chemistry are the same everywhere in the universe,
and they make it impossible for life to emerge by chance.) This shows
that God, Who is beyond matter and time, and possesses infinite might,
wisdom, and knowledge, created the universe and everything in it.
(For further reading, see "The
collapse of the theory of evolution in 20 questions"
by Harun Yahya)
1. Massimo Pigliucci, Rationalists of East Tennessee
Book Club Discussion, October 1997
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