The 6th Day
|THE AYAT AND THE HADITH OF THE DAY
THE ARTS IN THE GOLDEN AGE
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In the Golden Age, the bounty, abundance, wealth, beauty,
arts, and improvements will mark every instant of life. People will always
meet beauty and, like the moral excellence they display, the places in
which they live, as well as their gardens, home decorations, clothes,
music, entertainment, artworks, paintings, and conversations, will become
more beautiful. Consequently, people will experience all of the beauties
that Allah mentions in the Qur'an. In one verse, Allah states that the
faithful believers will be given a beautiful life in this world:
What is with you runs out, but what is with Allah
goes on forever. Those who were steadfast will be recompensed according
to the best of what they did. Anyone who acts rightly, male or female,
being a believer, We will give them a good life and recompense them according
to the best of what they did. (Surat al-Nahl: 96-97)
We can imagine the daily life, arts, economy, and social
life that will exist in the Golden Age, for the Qur'an prescribes an understanding
that comprises every instant of life. This understanding is based on doing
good works that will find favor in Allah's sight, and adopting the best,
most accurate, and rational conduct. This Qur'anic understanding and the
wisdom it offers will cause a heretofore unprecedented and superior understanding
of arts to flourish.
In our day, the majority of people involved in different
branches of the arts consider art as a materialistic profession that will
earn them fame and a high standard of living. Most of the time, they make
art not for art's sake but for money. Their sense of art is driven by
a concern for profit or fame rather than following their own inspiration.
For this reason, they undertake no serious effort and feel no need to
expand their horizons to produce novel works of art, for they only desire
immediate material returns. However, the telling attribute of an artist
is his or her ability to think freely and deeply, and thereby produce
Meanwhile, even if an artist is committed to produce quality
works and succeeds in doing so, those responsible for the business part
of this undertaking fail to support his or her endeavor, for such works
may not be profitable in the prevailing market conditions. In our day,
instead of appreciating a work's artistry, meaning, aesthetics, and quality,
many art galleries present productions that lack taste, artistry, quality,
The Golden Age will eliminate such views, for material concerns
that corrupt artistic values will disappear when everyone receives their
share from the prevailing abundance and welfare. This free state of mind
will allow artists to devote all their attention to displaying their talents
in a peaceful atmosphere. People will realize that art is a divine beauty,
and finally will give all types of art their due attention. Inspired by
the beauties that they see in Allah's creation, artists will produce remarkable
works. The Qur'an's values and the wealth of senses that these values
bring will generate in people the will to produce ingenious works.
Another reason for this flourishing of the arts will be the
abandonment of any tendency to portray hideousness, which is a popular
tendency today. The penetration of nihilist and pessimistic beliefs into
society, along with the prevalence of materialist philosophy, accounts
for this tendency. Hideousness is valued, and productions introduced under
the guise of art cause people to drift toward pessimism, tension, and
depression. The themes of such art is often death, pain, hate, loneliness,
purposelessness, and meaninglessness. This situation is a natural consequence
of the chaos and destruction inflicted by unbelief on the human soul.
In the End Times, all of these psychological disorders will disappear,
and humanity will experience the joy, happiness, and security brought
about by the Qur'an's values. This will, in turn, transform the arts into
an endeavor that depict beauty rather than hideousness.
Recognizing the subtleties, taking pleasure in them, and
presenting them to others in a form that causes delight underlies the
essence of the arts. These features owe their existence to the Qur'an's
values. In the Qur'an, Allah commands people to examine every thing, ponder
over it, and see the divine purposes behind all events. One of the verses
by which Allah summons people to ponder is as follows:
Have they not looked at the sky above them: how
We structured it and made it beautiful and how there are no fissures in
it? And the land: how We stretched it out and cast firmly embedded mountains
onto it and caused luxuriant plants of every kind to grow in it, an instruction
and a reminder for every devotee turning to Allah. And We sent down blessed
water from the sky and made gardens grow by it and grain for harvesting
and soaring date-palms with layered spathes. (Surah Qaf: 6-10)
Everything stated in this verse is encountered frequently
by people in their daily lives. However, only the believers who strive
to see the divine purposes in these things can see the beauty in them.
A strawberry's color, a rose's odor, a banana's flawless packaging, the
heavens adorned with stars-all of these mean a lot to the faithful. Art
is one way to express these beauties and then interpret and incorporate
them effectively into our daily lives. Various branches of art, such as
painting, music, or decoration, convey the joy inspired by such beauties
to the human soul.
In the Golden Age, every living thing and each incident will
stir great joy in people's hearts and, accordingly, manifest itself in
artworks, city planning, construction, landscaping, and so on. Artists
who see the world through the outlook endowed by the Qur'an's teachings
will amaze the world with their masterpieces. Their innovative works will
be unique and invigorate people's lives.
(For further reading see, "The
Golden Age" by Harun Yahya.)
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CREATION FOR THE 6th DAY
TOWERS OF BLIND TERMITES
Would it be possible for blind workers to construct a building
as tall as the Empire State Building? Such a feat is out of the question
for humankind. However, blind termites, throughout their lives, build
nests that are as high as the Empire State Building on a scale proportional
to their sizes.
One of the most important characteristics of termites is
that they make nests so strong that even humans can demolish them only
with difficulty. They build different kinds of nests in accordance with
their needs. While some of them build nests that protect them from burning
heat, others build nests in order to seek shelter from rain. These nests
can be built either beneath or on top of the soil or even inside trees.
When we look inside a termite's nest, we can see its spongy
appearance. The nest consists of numerous cells that are about 2.5 cm
(1 inch) in width or narrower. These cells are connected to each other
by narrow passages through which only termites can pass. The raw material
the termites use while making these marvelous buildings consists only
of soil, their saliva and excrement. Using such simple materials, some
of them make nests so strong that they can only be demolished by using
dynamite, and which possess such detailed systems as labyrinths, air circulation
passages and canals.
The main miraculous aspect of termites that can build towers
like these marvelous nests is that, as mentioned above, they are utterly
blind. This is an important point. Termites can see neither the tunnels
they make, nor the material and soil they use, nor the cells they construct.
When the works of termites and humans are compared, the
marvel at what termites do can be seen even more clearly. So in order
to make a better evaluation of the "skyscrapers" which termites
build, New York City's Empire State Building in America will make a suitable
comparison. The building is 443 meters (1,453 feet) tall. Termites are
insects of 1-2 cm (0.4-0.8 inches) height. In spite of their tiny bodies,
they build giant nests towering 7 meters (23 feet) high. If termites were
as tall as men, their spectacular nests would then be four times higher
than the Empire State Building. Termites have been doing an exceptional
job that even man cannot achieve, for millions of years-ever since they
The One Who has created termites with all their characteristics
is Allah with the marvelous constructions Allah makes termites build,
He, the Lord of all the worlds, introduces us to His boundless might and
knowledge. As He reveals in the Qur'an:
Allah is the Creator of everything and He is Guardian
over everything. (Surat az-Zumar: 62)
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THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION DAY BY DAY
EVOLUTION DECEIT - VI
TALE OF TRANSITION FROM
WATER TO LAND
Evolutionists assume that the sea invertebrates that appear
in the Cambrian stratum somehow evolved into fish in tens of million years.
However, there are no transitional links indicating that an evolution
occurred between these invertebrates and fish. It should be noted that
invertebrates and fish have enormous structural differences. Invertebrates
have their hard tissues outside their bodies, whereas fish are vertebrates
that have theirs on the inside. Such an enormous "evolution"
would have taken billions of steps to be completed and there should be
billions of transitional forms displaying them.
Evolutionists have been digging fossil strata for about
140 years looking for these hypothetical forms. They have found millions
of invertebrate fossils and millions of fish fossils; yet nobody has ever
found even one that is midway between them.
The evolutionary scenario argues that fish evolved from invertebrates
then transformed into amphibians. But this scenario also lacks evidence.
There is not even a single fossil verifying that a half-fish/half-amphibian
creature has ever existed. Robert L. Carroll, an evolutionary palaeontologist
and authority on vertebrate palaeontology, is obliged to accept this.
He has written in his classic work, Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution,
that "The early reptiles were very different from amphibians and
their ancestors have not been found yet." In his newer book, Patterns
and Processes of Vertebrate Evolution, puslished in 1997, he admits that
"The origin of the modern amphibian orders, (and) the transition
between early tetrapods" are "still poorly known" along
with the origins of many other major groups.
Until about fifty years ago, evolutionists thought that such
a creature indeed existed. This fish, called a coelacanth, which was estimated
to be 410 million years of age, was put forward as a transitional form
with a primitive lung, a developed brain, a digestive and a circulatory
system ready to function on land, and even a primitive walking mechanism.
These anatomical interpretations were accepted as undisputed truth among
scientific circles until the end of the 1930's. The coelacanth was presented
as a genuine transitional form that proved the evolutionary transition
from water to land.
410-million-year-old Coelacanth fossil. Evolutionists claimed that
it was the transitional form representing the transition from water
to land. Living examples of this fish have been caught many times
since 1938, providing a good example of the extent of the speculations
that evolutionists engage in.
However on December 22, 1938, a very interesting discovery
was made in the Indian Ocean. A living member of the coelacanth family,
previously presented as a transitional form that had become extinct seventy
million years ago, was caught! The discovery of a "living" prototype
of the coelacanth undoubtedly gave evolutionists a severe shock. The evolutionist
paleontologist J.L.B. Smith said that "If I'd met a dinosaur in the
street I wouldn't have been more astonished". In the years to come,
200 coelacanths were caught many times in different parts of the world.
Living coelacanths revealed how far the evolutionists could
go in making up their imaginary scenarios. Contrary to what had been claimed,
coelacanths had neither a primitive lung nor a large brain. The organ
that evolutionist researchers had proposed as a primitive lung turned
out to be nothing but a lipid pouch. Furthermore, the coelacanth, which
was introduced as "a reptile candidate getting prepared to pass from
sea to land", was in reality a fish that lived in the depths of the
oceans and never approached nearer than 180 metres from the surface.
Now let us summarize why Transition From Water to Land is
1. Weight-bearing: Sea-dwelling creatures have no problem
in bearing their own weight in the sea. However, most land-dwelling creatures
consume 40% of their energy just in carrying their bodies around. Creatures
making the transition from water to land would at the same time have had
to develop new muscular and skeletal systems (!) to meet this energy need,
and this could not have come about by chance mutations.
2. Heat Retention: On land, the temperature can change quickly,
and fluctuates over a wide range. Land-dwelling creatures possess a physical
mechanism that can withstand such great temperature changes. However,
in the sea, the temperature changes slowly and within a narrower range.
A living organism with a body system regulated according to the constant
temperature of the sea would need to acquire a protective system to ensure
minimum harm from the temperature changes on land. It is preposterous
to claim that fish acquired such a system by random mutations as soon
as they stepped onto land.
3. Water: Essential to metabolism, water needs to be used
economically due to its relative scarcity on land. For instance, the skin
has to be able to permit a certain amount of water loss, while also preventing
excessive evaporation. That is why land-dwelling creatures experience
thirst, something the land-dwelling creatures do not do. For this reason,
the skin of sea-dwelling animals is not suitable for a nonaquatic habitat.
4. Kidneys: Sea-dwelling organisms discharge waste materials,
especially ammonia, by means of their aquatic environment. On land, water
has to be used economically. This is why these living beings have a kidney
system. Thanks to the kidneys, ammonia is stored by being converted into
urea and the minimum amount of water is used during its excretion. In
addition, new systems are needed to provide the kidney's functioning.
In short, in order for the passage from water to land to have occurred,
living things without a kidney would have had to develop a kidney system
all at once.
5. Respiratory system: Fish "breathe" by taking
in oxygen dissolved in water that they pass through their gills. They
canot live more than a few minutes out of water. In order to survive on
land, they would have to acquire a perfect lung system all of a sudden.
It is most certainly impossible that all these dramatic physiological
changes could have happened in the same organism at the same time, and
all by chance.
(For further reading, see "The
Evolution Deceit" by Harun Yahya)
1) R. L. Carroll, Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution,
New York: W. H. Freeman and Co. 1988, p. 4
2) Jean-Jacques Hublin, The Hamlyn Encyclopędia of Prehistoric Animals,
New York: The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd., 1984, p. 120
3) Jacques Millot, "The Coelacanth", Scientific American,
Vol 193, December 1955, p. 39
4) Bilim ve Teknik Magazine, November 1998, No: 372, p. 21
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