The Real Essence of Matter
People who contemplate their surroundings conscientiously and wisely
realise that everything in the universe-both living and non-living-must
have been created. So the question becomes that of "Who is the creator
of all these things?"
It is evident that "the fact of creation", which reveals itself
in every aspect of the universe, cannot be an outcome of the universe
itself. For example, a bug could not have created itself. The solar system
could not have created or organised itself. Neither plants, humans, bacteria,
erythrocytes (red-blood corpuscles) , nor butterflies could have created
themselves. The possibility that these all could have originated "by
chance" is not even imaginable.
We therefore arrive at the following conclusion: Everything that we see
has been created. But nothing that we see can be "creators"
themselves. The Creator is different from and superior to all that we
see with our eyes, a superior power that is invisible but whose existence
and attributes are revealed in everything that exists.
This is the point at which those who deny the existence of Allah demur.
These people are conditioned not to believe in His existence unless they
see Him with their eyes. These people, who disregard the fact of "creation",
are forced to ignore the actuality of "creation" manifested
all throughout the universe and falsely prove that the universe and the
living things in it have not been created. Evolutionary theory is a key
example of their vain endeavours to this end.
The basic mistake of those who deny Allah is shared by many people who
in fact do not really deny the existence of Allah but have a wrong perception
of Him. They do not deny creation, but have superstitious beliefs about
"where" Allah is. Most of them think that Allah is up in the
"sky". They tacitly imagine that Allah is behind a very distant
planet and interferes with "worldly affairs" once in a while.
Or perhaps that He does not intervene at all: He created the universe
and then left it to itself and people are left to determine their fates
Still others have heard that in the Qur'an it is written that Allah is
"everywhere" but they cannot perceive what this exactly means.
They tacitly think that Allah surrounds everything like radio waves or
like an invisible, intangible gas.
However, this notion and other beliefs that are unable to make clear
"where" Allah is (and maybe deny Him because of that) are all
based on a common mistake. They hold a prejudice without any grounds and
then are moved to wrong opinions of Allah. What is this prejudice?
This prejudice is about the nature and characteristics of matter. We
are so conditioned to suppositions about the existence of matter that
we never think about whether or not it does exist or is only a shadow.
Modern science demolishes this prejudice and discloses a very important
and imposing reality. In the following pages, we will try to explain this
great reality to which the Qur'an points.
The World Of Electrical Signals
All the information that we have about the world we live in is conveyed
to us by our five senses. The world we know of consists of what our eye
sees, our hand feels, our nose smells, our tongue tastes, and our ear
hears. We never think that the "external" world can be other
than what our senses present to us as we have been dependent only on those
senses since the day of our birth.
Modern research in many different fields of science however points to
a very different understanding and creates serious doubt about our senses
and the world that we perceive with them.
The starting-point of this approach is that the notion of an "external
world" shaped in our brain is only a response created in our brain
by electrical signals. The redness of the apple, the hardness of the wood,
moreover, your mother, father, your family, and everything that you own,
your house, your job, and the lines of this book, are comprised only of
Frederick Vester explains the point that science has reached on this
Statements of some scientists posing that "man
is an image, everything experienced is temporary and deceptive, and
this universe is a shadow", seems to be proven by science in our
The famous philosopher George Berkeley's comment on the subject is as
We believe in the existence of objects just because
we see and touch them, and they are reflected to us by our perceptions.
However, our perceptions are only ideas in our mind. Thus, objects we
captivate by perceptions are nothing but ideas, and these ideas are
essentially in nowhere but our mind
Since all these exist only in the
mind, then it means that we are beguiled by deceptions when we imagine
the universe and things to have an existence outside the mind. So, none
of the surrounding things have an existence out of our mind.2
In order to clarify the subject, let us consider our sense of sight,
which provides us with the most extensive information about the external
How Do We See, Hear, And Taste?
The act of seeing is realised in a very progressive way. Light clusters
(photons) that travel from the object to the eye pass through the lens
in front of the eye where it is broken and falls reversely on the retina
at the back of the eye. Here, the impinging light is turned into electrical
signals that are transmitted by neurons to a tiny spot called the centre
of vision in the back part of the brain. This electrical signal is perceived
as an image in this centre in the brain after a series of processes. The
act of seeing actually takes place in this tiny spot at the posterior
part of the brain which is pitch-dark and completely insulated from light.
Stimulations coming from an object are converted into electrical
signals and cause an effect in the brain. When we "see", we in fact
view the effects of these electrical signals in our mind.
Now, let us reconsider this seemingly ordinary and unremarkable process.
When we say that "we see", we are in fact seeing the effects
of the impulses reaching our eye and induced in our brain after they are
transformed into electrical signals. That is, when we say that "we
see", we are actually observing electrical signals in our mind.
All the images we view in our lives are formed in our centre of vision,
which makes up only a few cubic centimetres of the volume of the brain.
Both the book you are now reading and the boundless landscape you see
when you gaze at the horizon fit into this tiny space. Another point that
has to be kept in mind is that as we have noted before, the brain is
insulated from light; its inside is absolutely dark. The brain has no
contact with light itself.
We can explain this interesting situation with an example. Let us suppose
that there is a burning candle in front of us. We can sit across from
this candle and watch it at length. However, during this period of time,
our brain never has any direct contact with the candle's original light.
Even as we see the light of the candle, the inside of our brain is solid
dark. We watch a colourful and bright world inside our dark brain.
R.L. Gregory makes the following explanation about the miraculous aspect
of seeing, an action that we take so very much for granted:
We are so familiar with seeing, that it takes a leap
of imagination to realise that there are problems to be solved. But
consider it. We are given tiny distorted upside-down images in the eyes,
and we see separate solid objects in surrounding space. From the patterns
of simulation on the retinas we perceive the world of objects, and this
is nothing short of a miracle.3
The same situation applies to all our other senses. Sound, touch, taste
and smell are all transmitted to the brain as electrical signals and are
perceived in the relevant centers in the brain.
The sense of hearing takes place in the same manner. The outer ear picks
up available sounds by the auricle and directs them to the middle ear;
the middle ear transmits the sound vibrations to the inner ear by intensifying
them; the inner ear sends these vibrations to the brain by translating
them into electrical signals. Just as with the eye, the act of hearing
finalises in the centre of hearing in the brain. The brain is insulated
from sound just like it is from light. Therefore, no matter how noisy
it is outside, the inside of the brain is completely silent.
Even the moment when we feel the light and heat of a fire, the inside
of our brain is pitch dark and its temperature never changes.
Bundles of light coming from an object fall on the retina upside-down.
Here, the image is converted into electrical signals and transmitted
to the centre of vision at the back of the brain. Since the brain
is insulated from light, it is impossible for light to reach the centre
of vision. This means that we view a vast world of light and depth
in a tiny spot that is insulated from light.
Nevertheless, even the subtlest sounds are perceived in the brain. This
is such a precision that the ear of a healthy person hears everything
without any atmospheric noise or interference. In your brain, which is
insulated from sound, you listen to the symphonies of an orchestra, hear
all the noises in a crowded place, and perceive all the sounds within
a wide frequency ranging from the rustling of a leaf to the roar of a
jet plane. However, if the sound level in your brain were to be measured
by a sensitive device at that moment, it would be seen that a complete
silence is prevailing there.
Our perception of odor forms in a similar way. Volatile molecules emitted
by things such vanilla or a rose reach the receptors in the delicate hairs
in the epithelium region of the nose and become involved in an interaction.
This interaction is transmitted to the brain as electrical signals and
perceived as smell. Everything that we smell, be it nice or bad, is nothing
but the brain's perceiving of the interactions of volatile molecules after
they have been transformed into electrical signals. You perceive the scent
of a perfume, a flower, a food that you like, the sea, or other odors
you like or dislike in your brain. The molecules themselves never reach
the brain. Just as with sound and vision, what reaches your brain is simply
electrical signals. In other words, all the odours that you have assumed
to belong to external objects since you were born are just electrical
signals that you feel through your sense organs.
Similarly, there are four different types of chemical receptors in the
front part of a human's tongue. These pertain to the tastes of salty,
sweet, sour, and bitter. Our taste receptors transform these perceptions
into electrical signals after a chain of chemical processes and transmit
them to the brain. These signals are perceived as taste by the brain.
The taste you get when you eat a chocolate bar or a fruit that you like
is the interpretation of electrical signals by the brain. You can never
reach the object in the outside; you can never see, smell or taste the
chocolate itself. For instance, if taste nerves that travel to your brain
are cut, nothing you eat at the moment will reach your brain; you will
completely lose your sense of taste.
At this point, we come across with another fact: We
can never be sure that what we feel when we taste a food and what another
person feels when he tastes the same food, or what we perceive when we
hear a voice and what another person perceives when he hears the same
voice are the same. On this fact, Lincoln Barnett says that no one can
know that another person perceives the color red or hears the C note the
same way as he himself does.4
All we see in our lives are formed in a part of our brain called
"vision center" at the back of our brain, which makes up only a
few cubic centimetres. Both the book you are now reading and the
boundless landscape you see when you gaze at the horizon fit into
this tiny space. Therefore, we see objects not in their actual size
existing outside, but in the size perceived by our brain.
Our sense of touch is no different than the others. When we touch an
object, all information that will help us recognise the external world
and objects are transmitted to the brain by the sense nerves on the skin.
The feeling of touch is formed in our brain. Contrary to general belief,
the place where we perceive the sense of touch is not at our finger tips
or skin but at the center of touch in our brain. As a result of the brain's
assessment of electrical stimulations coming from objects to it, we feel
different senses pertaining to those objects such as hardness or softness,
or heat or cold. We derive all details that help us recognise an object
from these stimulations. Concerning this important fact, the thoughts
of two famous philosophers, B. Russell and L. Wittgeinstein are as follows;
For instance, whether a lemon truly exists or not
and how it came to exist cannot be questioned and investigated. A lemon
consists merely of a taste sensed by the tongue, an odor sensed by the
nose, a colour and shape sensed by the eye; and only these features
of it can be subject to examination and assessment. Science can never
know the physical world.5
It is impossible for us to reach the physical world. All objects around
us are a collection of perceptions such as seeing, hearing, and touching.
By processing the data in the centre of vision and in other sensory centres,
our brain, throughout our lives, confronts not the "original"
of the matter existing outside us but rather the copy formed inside our
brain. It is at this point that we are misled by assuming that these copies
are instances of real matter outside us.
"The External World" Inside Our Brain
As a result of the physical facts described so far, we may conclude the
following. Everything we see, touch, hear, and perceive as matter",
"the world" or "the universe" is nothing but electrical
signals occurring in our brain.
Someone eating a fruit in fact confronts not the actual fruit but its
perception in the brain. The object considered to be a "fruit"
by the person actually consists of an electrical impression in the brain
concerning the shape, taste, smell, and texture of the fruit. If the sight
nerve travelling to the brain were to be severed suddenly, the image of
the fruit would suddenly disappear. Or a disconnection in the nerve travelling
from the sensors in the nose to the brain would completely interrupt the
sense of smell. Simply put, the fruit is nothing but the interpretation
of electrical signals by the brain.
As a result of artificial stimulations, a physical world as true
and realistic as the real one can be formed in our brain without
the existance of physical world. As a result of artificial stimulations,
a person may think that he is driving in his car, while he is actually
sitting in his home.
Another point to be considered is the sense of distance. Distance, which
is to say the distance between you and this book, is only a feeling of
emptiness formed in your brain. Objects that seem to be distant in that
person's view also exist in the brain. For instance, someone who watches
the stars in the sky assumes that they are millions of light-years away
from him. Yet what he "sees" are really the stars inside himself,
in his centre of vision. While you read these lines, you are, in truth,
not inside the room you assume you are in; on the contrary, the room is
inside you. Your seeing your body makes you think that you are inside
it. However, you must remember that your body, too, is an image formed
inside your brain.
The same applies to all your other perceptions. For instance, when you
think that you hear the sound of the television in the next room, you
are actually experiencing the sound inside your brain. You can neither
prove that a room exists next to yours, nor that a sound comes from the
television in that room. Both the sound you think to be coming from meters
away and the conversation of a person right near you are perceived in
a few centimetre-square center of hearing in your brain. Apart from this
center of perception, no concept such as right, left, front or behind
exists. That is, sound does not come to you from the right, from the left
or from the air; there is no direction from which the sound comes.
The smells that you perceive are like that too; none of them reach you
from a long distance. You suppose that the end-effects formed in your
center of smell are the smell of the objects in the outside. However,
just as the image of a rose is in your center of vision, so the smell
of this rose is in your center of smell; there is neither a rose nor an
odour pertaining to it outside.
The "external world" presented to us by our perceptions is
merely a collection of the electrical signals reaching our brain. Throughout
our lives, these signals are processed by our brain and we live without
recognising that we are mistaken in assuming that these are the original
versions of matter existing in the "external world". We are
misled because we can never reach the matter itself by means of our senses.
Moreover it is again our brain that interprets and attributes meaning
to the signals that we assume to be the "external world". For
example, let us consider the sense of hearing. It is in fact our brain
that transforms the sound waves in the "external world" into
a symphony. That is to say, music is also a perception created by our
brain. In the same manner, when we see colours, what reaches our eyes
are merely electrical signals of different wavelengths. It is again our
brain that transforms these signals into colours. There are no colours
in the "external world". Neither is the apple red nor is the
sky blue nor the trees green. They are as they are just because we perceive
them to be so. The "external world" depends entirely on the
Even a slightest defect in the retina of the eye causes colour blindness.
Some people perceive blue as green, some red as blue, and some all colours
as different tones of grey. At this point, it does not matter whether
the object outside is coloured or not.
The prominent thinker Berkeley also addresses this fact:
At the beginning, it was believed that colours, odours,
etc., "really exist", but subsequently such views were renounced,
and it was seen that they only exist in dependence on our sensations.6
In conclusion, the reason we see objects coloured is not because they
are coloured or because they have an independent material existence outside
ourselves. The truth of the matter is rather that all the qualities we
ascribe to objects are inside us and not in the "external world".
So what remains of the "external world"?
Is The Existence Of The "External World" Indispensable?
So far we have been speaking repeatedly of an "external world"
and a world of perceptions formed in our brain, the latter of which is
the one we see. However since we can never actually reach the "external
world", how can we be sure that such a world really exists?
Actually we cannot. Since each object is only a collection of perceptions
and those perceptions exist only in the mind, it is more accurate to say
that the only world that really exists is the world of perceptions. The
only world we know of is the world that exists in our mind: the one that
is designed, recorded, and made vivid there; the one, in short, that is
created within our mind. This is the only world we can be sure of.
We can never prove that the perceptions we observe in our brain have
material correlates. Those perceptions may well be coming from an "artificial"
It is possible to observe this. False stimulations can produce in our
brain an entirely imaginary "material world". For example, let
us think of a very developed recording instrument where all kinds of electrical
signals can be recorded. First, let us transmit all the data related to
a setting (including body image) to this instrument by transforming them
into electrical signals. Second, let us imagine that you can have your
brain survive apart from your body. Lastly, let us connect the recording
instrument to the brain with electrodes that will function as nerves and
send the pre-recorded data to the brain. In this state, you will feel
yourself as if you are living in this artificially created setting. For
instance, you can easily believe that you are driving fast on a highway.
It never becomes possible to understand that you consist of nothing but
your brain. This is because what is needed to form a world within your
brain is not the existence of a real world but rather the availability
of stimulations. It is perfectly possible that these stimulations could
be coming from an artificial source, such as a recorder.
In that connection, distinguished science philosopher Bertrand Russell
As to the sense of touch when we press the table with
our fingers, that is an electric disturbance on the electrons and protons
of our fingertips, produced, according to modern physics, by the proximity
of the electrons and protons in the table. If the same disturbance in
our finger-tips arose in any other way, we should have the sensations,
in spite of there being no table.7
It is indeed very easy for us to be deceived into deeming perceptions
without any material correlates as real. We often experience this feeling
in our dreams. In our dreams, we experience events, see people, objects
and settings that seem completely real. However, they are all nothing
but mere perceptions. There is no basic difference between the dream and
the "real world"; both of them are experienced in the brain.
Who Is The Perceiver?
The findings of modern physics show that the universe is a collection
of perceptions. The following question appears on the cover of the
well-known American science magazine New Scientist which dealt with
this fact in its 30 January 1999 issue: "Beyond Reality: Is the
Universe Really a Frolic of Primal Information and Matter Just a
As we have related so far, there is no doubt of the fact that the world
we think we are inhabiting and that we call the "external world"
is created inside our brain. However, here arises the question of primary
importance. If all the physical events that we know of are intrinsically
perceptions, what about our brain? Since our brain is a part of the physical
world just like our arm, leg, or any other object, it also should be a
perception just like all other objects.
An example about dreams will illuminate the subject further. Let us think
that we see the dream within our brain in accordance with what has been
said so far. In the dream, we will have an imaginary body, an imaginary
arm, an imaginary eye, and an imaginary brain. If during our dream we
were asked "where do you see?", we would answer "I see
in my brain". Yet, actually there is not any brain to talk about,
but an imaginary head and an imaginary brain. The seer of the images is
not the imaginary brain in the dream, but a "being" that is
far "superior" to it.
We know that there is no physical distinction between the setting of
a dream and the setting we call real life. So when we are asked in the
setting we call real life the above question of "where do you see",
it would be just as meaningless to answer "in my brain" as in
the example above. In both conditions, the entity that sees and perceives
is not the brain, which is after all only a hunk of meat.
When the brain is analysed, it is seen that there is nothing in it but
lipid and protein molecules, which also exist in other living organisms.
This means that within the piece of meat we call our "brain",
there is nothing to observe the images, to constitute consciousness, or
to create the being we call "myself".
R.L. Gregory refers to a mistake people make in relation to the perception
of images in the brain:
There is a temptation, which must be avoided, to say
that the eyes produce pictures in the brain. A picture in the brain
suggests the need of some kind of internal eye to see it - but this
would need a further eye to see its picture
and so on in an endless
regress of eyes and pictures. This is absurd.8
This is the very point which puts the materialists, who do not hold anything
but the matter as true, in a quandary. To whom belongs "the eye inside"
that sees, that perceives what it sees and reacts?
Karl Pribram also focused on this important question in the world of
science and philosophy about who the perceiver is:
Since the Greeks, philosophers have been thinking
about "the ghost in the machine", "the small man within
the small man" etc. Where is "I", the person who uses
his brain? Who is it that realises the act of knowing? As Saint Francis
of Assisi said: "What we search for is the one that sees".9
Now, think of this: The book in your hand, the room you are in, in brief,
all the images in front of you are seen inside your brain. Is it the atoms
that see these images? Blind, deaf, unconscious atoms? Why did some atoms
acquire this quality whereas some did not? Do our acts of thinking, comprehending,
remembering, being delighted, being unhappy, and everything else consist
of the electrochemical reactions between these atoms?
When we ponder these questions, we see that there is no sense in looking
for will in atoms. It is clear that the being who sees, hears, and feels
is a supra-material being. This being is "alive" and it is neither
matter nor an image of matter. This being associates with the perceptions
in front of it by using the image of our body.
This being is the "soul".
The aggregate of perceptions we call the "material world" is
a dream observed by this soul. Just as the body we possess and the material
world we see in our dreams have no reality, the universe we occupy and
the body we possess also have no material reality.
The real being is the soul. Matter consists merely of perceptions viewed
by the soul. The intelligent beings that write and read these lines are
not each a heap of atoms and molecules-and the chemical reactions between
them-but a "soul".
The Real Absolute Being
All these facts bring us face to face with a very significant question.
If the thing we acknowledge to be the material world is merely comprised
of perceptions seen by our soul, then what is the source of these perceptions?
The brain is a heap of cells made up of protein and fat molecules.
It is formed of nerve cells called neurons. There is no power in
this piece of meat to observe the images, to constitute consciousness,
or to create the being we call "myself".
In answering this question, we have to take the following fact into consideration:
matter does not have a self-governing existence by itself. Since matter
is a perception, it is something "artificial". That is, this
perception must have been caused by another power, which means that it
must in fact have been created. Moreover, this creation should be continuous.
If there was not a continuous and consistent creation, then what we call
matter would disappear and be lost. This may be likened to a television
on which a picture is displayed as long as the signal continues to be
broadcast. So, who makes our soul watch the stars, the earth, the plants,
the people, our body and all else that we see?
It is very evident that there exists a supreme Creator, Who has created
the entire material universe, that is, the sum of perceptions, and Who
continues His creation ceaselessly. Since this Creator displays such a
magnificent creation, he surely has eternal power and might.
This Creator introduces Himself to us. He has created a book within the
universe of sensations He has created and through this book has described
us Himself, the universe and the reason of our existence.
This Creator is Allah and the name of His Book is the Qur'an.
The facts that the heavens and the earth, that is, the universe is not
stable, that their presence is only made possible by Allah's creation
and that they will disappear when He ends this creation, are all explained
in a verse as follows:
It is Allah Who sustains the heavens and the earth,
lest they cease (to function) : and if they should fail, there is none
- not one - can sustain them thereafter: Verily He is Most Forbearing,
Oft-Forgiving. (Surah Fatir, 41)
As we mentioned at the beginning, some people have no genuine understanding
of Allah and so they imagine Him as a being present somewhere in the heavens
and not really intervening in worldly affairs. The basis of this logic
actually lies in the thought that the universe is an assembly of matter
and Allah is "outside" this material world, in a far away place.
In some false religions, belief in Allah is limited to this understanding.
However, as we have considered so far, matter is composed only of sensations.
And the only real absolute being is Allah. That means that it is only
Allah that exists: everything except Him are shadow beings. Consequently,
it is impossible to conceive Allah as a separate being outside this whole
mass of matter. Allah is surely "everywhere" and encompasses
all. This reality is explained in the Qur'an as follows;
Allah! There is no god but He,-the Living, the
Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. His are
all things in the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede in
His presence except as He permitteth? He knoweth what (appeareth to His
creatures as) before or after or behind them. Nor shall they compass aught
of His knowledge except as He willeth. His Throne doth extend over the
heavens and the earth, and He feeleth no fatigue in guarding and preserving
them for He is the Most High, the Supreme (in glory) . (Surat al-Baqara,
The fact that Allah is not bound with space
and that He encompasses everything roundabout is stated in another verse
To Allah belong the east and the West: Whithersoever
ye turn, there is the presence of Allah. For Allah is all-Pervading, all-Knowing.
(Surat al-Baqara, 115)
Since material beings are each a perception, they cannot see Allah; but
Allah sees the matter he created in all its forms. In the Qur'an, this
fact is stated thus: 'No vision can grasp Him, but
His grasp is over all vision" (Surat al-Anaam, 103)
That is, we cannot perceive Allah's existence with our eyes, but Allah
has thoroughly encompassed our inside, outside, looks and thoughts. We
cannot utter any word but with His knowledge, nor can we even take a breath.
While we watch these sensory perceptions in the course of our lives,
the closest being to us is not any one of these sensations, but Allah
Himself. The secret of the following verse in the Qur'an is concealed
in this reality: "It was We Who created man,
and We know what dark suggestions his soul makes to him: for We are nearer
to him than (his) jugular vein." (Surah Qaf: 16) When a person
thinks that his body is made up of "matter", he cannot comprehend
this important fact. If he takes his brain to be "himself",
then the place he accepts to be the outside will be 20-30 cms away from
him. However, when he conceives that there is nothing such as matter,
and that everything is imagination, notions such as outside, inside, or
near lose meaning. Allah has encompassed him and He is "infinitely
close" to him.
Why is it not then that when it (soul) comes up to the throat,
and you at that time look on, We are nearer to him than you, but
you see not.
(Surat al-Waqia, 83-85)
Allah informs men that He is "infinitely close" to them with
the verse "When My servants ask you concerning
Me, I am indeed close (to them) " (Surat al-Baqara, 186) .
Another verse relates the same fact: "We told
thee that thy Lord doth encompass mankind round about." (Surat al-Isra,
Man is misled by thinking that the being that is closest to him is himself.
Allah, in truth, is closer to us even more than ourselves. He has called
our attention to this point in the verse "Why
is it not then that when it (soul) comes up to the throat, and you at
that time look on, We are nearer to him than you, but you see not. (Surat
al-Waqia, 83-85) . As informed in the verse, people live unaware
of this phenomenal fact because they do not see it with their eyes.
If one ponders deeply on all that is said here, he will soon realise
this amazing, extraordinary situation by himself: that all the events
in the world are but mere imagination
On the other hand, it is impossible for man, who is nothing but a shadow
being, to have a power and will independent of Allah. The verse "But
Allah has created you and your handwork!" (Surat as-Saaffat, 96)
shows that everything we experience takes place under Allah's
control. In the Qur'an, this reality is stated in the verse "When
thou threwest, it was not thy act, but Allah's." (Surat al-Anfal,
17) whereby it is emphasised that no act is independent of Allah.
Since a human being is a shadow being, it cannot be itself which performs
the act of throwing. However, Allah gives this shadow being the feeling
of the self. In reality, it is Allah Who performs all acts. So, if one
takes the acts he does as his own, he evidently means to deceive himself.
This is the reality. A person may not want to concede this and may think
of himself as a being independent of Allah; but this does not change a
thing. Of course his unwise denial is again within Allah's will and wish.
Everything That You Possess Is Intrinsically Illusory
As it may be seen clearly, it is a scientific and logical fact that the
"external world" has no materialistic reality and that it is
a collection of images perpetually presented to our soul by Allah. Nevertheless,
people usually do not include, or rather do not want to include, everything
in the concept of the "external world".
If you think on this issue sincerely and boldly, you come to realise
that your house, your furniture in it, your car-perhaps recently bought,
your office, your jewels, your bank account, your wardrobe, your spouse,
your children, your colleagues, and all else that you possess are in fact
included in this imaginary external world projected to you. Everything
you see, hear, or smellin shortperceive with your five senses around
you is a part of this "imaginary world" the voice of your favourite
singer, the hardness of the chair you sit on, a perfume whose smell you
like, the sun that keeps you warm, a flower with beautiful colours, a
bird flying in front of your window, a speedboat moving swiftly on the
water, your fertile garden, the computer you use at your job, or your
hi-fi that has the most advanced technology in the world
This is the reality, because the world is only a collection of images
created to test man. People are tested all through their limited lives
with perceptions bearing no reality. These perceptions are intentionally
presented as appealing and attractive. This fact is mentioned in the Qur'an:
Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they
covet: Women and sons; Heaped-up hoards of gold and silver; horses branded
(for blood and excellence) ; and (wealth of) cattle and well-tilled land.
Such are the possessions of this world's life; but in nearness to Allah
is the best of the goals (to return to). (Surat Aal-e Imran, 14)
Most people cast their religion away for the lure of property, wealth,
heaped-up hoards of gold and silver, dollars, jewels, bank accounts, credit
cards, wardrobe-full clothes, late-model cars, in short, all forms of
prosperity they either possess or strive to possess and they concentrate
only on this world while forgetting the hereafter. They are deceived
by the "fair and alluring" face of the life of this world, and
fail to keep up prayer, give charity to the poor, and perform worship
that will make them prosper in the hereafter by saying "I have things
to do", "I have ideals", "I have responsibilities",
"I do not have enough time", "I have things to complete",
"I will do them in the future". They consume their lives by
trying to prosper only in this world. In the verse, "They
know but the outer (things) in the life of this world: but of the End
of things they are heedless." (Surat ar-Room, 7) , this misconception
The fact we describe in this chapter, namely the fact that everything
is an image, is very important for its implication that it renders all
the lusts and boundaries meaningless. The verification of this fact makes
it clear that everything people possess and toil to possess, their wealth
made with greed, their children with whom they boast, their spouses who
they consider to be closest to them, their friends, their dearest bodies,
their rank which they hold to be a superiority, the schools they have
attended, the holidays they have been are nothing but mere illusion. Therefore,
all the efforts put, the time spent, and the greed felt prove to be in
This is why some people unwittingly make fools of themselves when they
boast of their wealth and properties or of their "yachts, helicopters,
factories, holdings, manors and lands" as if they ever really existed.
Those well-to-do people who ostentatiously saunter up and down in their
yachts, show off with their cars, keep talking about their wealth, suppose
that their post rank them higher than everyone else and keep thinking
that they are successful because of all this, should actually think what
kind of a state they would find themselves in once they realise that their
success is nothing but an illusion.
In fact, these scenes are many times seen in dreams as well. In their
dreams, they also have houses, fast cars, extremely precious jewels, rolls
of dollars, and loads of gold and silver. In their dreams, they are also
positioned in a high rank, own factories with thousands of workers, possess
power to rule over many people, put on clothes that make every one admire
Just as boasting about one's possessions in one's dream causes a
person to be ridiculed, he is sure to be equally ridiculed for boasting
of images he sees in this world. After all, both what he sees in his dreams
and what he relates to in this world are mere images in his mind.
Similarly the way people react to the events they experience in the world
is to make them feel ashamed when they realise the reality. Those who
fiercely fight with each other, those who rave furiously, who swindle,
who take bribes, who commit forgery, who lie, who covetously withhold
their money, who do wrong to people, who beat and curse others, raging
aggressors, those who are full of passion for office and rank, who practice
envy, who try to show off, who try to sanctify themselves and all others
will be disgraced when they realise that they have committed all of these
deeds in a dream.
Since it is Allah Who creates all these images, the Ultimate Owner of
everything is Allah alone. This fact is stressed in the Qur'an:
But to Allah belong all things in the heavens and
on earth: And He it is that Encompasses all things. (Surat an-Nisa, 126)
It is a great foolishness to cast religion away at the cost of imaginary
passions and thus lose the eternal life.
At this stage, one point should be well grasped: it is not said here
that the fact you face predicates that "all the possessions, wealth,
children, spouses, friends, rank you have with which you are being stingy
will vanish sooner or later, and therefore they do not have any meaning".
It is rather said that "all the possessions you seem to have in fact
do not exist at all, but they are merely a dream and composed of images
shown to you by Allah to test you". As you see, there is a big difference
between the two statements.
But to Allah belong all things in the heavens and on earth:
And He it is that
Encompasses all things.
(Surat an-Nisa, 126)
Although one does not want to acknowledge this fact right away and would
rather deceive himself by assuming everything he has truly exists, he
is finally to die and in the hereafter everything is to become clear when
he is recreated. On that day "sharp is one's sight" (Surah Qaf,
22) and he is apt to see everything much more clearly. However, if he
has spent his life chasing after imaginary aims, he is going to wish he
had never lived his life and say "Ah! Would
that (Death) had made an end of me! Of no profit to me has been my wealth!
My power has perished from me!" (Surat al-Haqqaa, 27-29)
What a wise man should do, on the other hand, is to try to understand
the greatest reality of the universe here on this world, while he still
has time. Otherwise, he is to spend all his life running after dreams
and face a grievous penalty in the end. In the Qur'an, the final state
of those people who run after illusions (or mirages) on this world and
forget their Creator, is stated as follows;
But the Unbelievers,- their deeds are like a mirage
in sandy deserts, which the man parched with thirst mistakes for water;
until when he comes up to it, he finds it to be nothing: But he finds
Allah (ever) with him, and Allah will pay him his account: and Allah is
swift in taking account. (Surat an-Noor, 39)
Logical Deficiencies Of The Materialists
Since the beginning of this chapter, it is clearly stated that matter
is not an absolute being as the materialists claim but rather a collection
of senses created by Allah. Materialists resist in an extremely dogmatic
manner this evident reality which destroys their philosophy and bring
forward baseless anti-theses.
For example, one of the biggest advocates of the materialist
philosophy in the 20th century, an ardent Marxist, George Politzer, gave
the "bus example" as the "greatest evidence" for the
existence of matter. According to Politzer, philosophers who think that
matter is a perception also run away when they see a bus and this is the
proof of the physical existence of matter.10
When another famous materialist, Johnson, was told
that matter is a collection of perceptions, he tried to "prove"
the physical existence of stones by giving them a kick.11
But the Unbelievers,- their deeds are like a mirage in sandy
deserts, which the man parched with thirst mistakes for water; until
when he comes up to it, he finds it to be nothing: But he finds
Allah (ever) with him, and Allah will pay him his account: and
Allah is swift in taking account.
(Surat an-Noor, 39)
A similar example is given by Friedrich Engels, the
mentor of Politzer and the founder of dialectic materialism along with
Marx, who wrote "if the cakes we eat were mere perceptions, they
would not stop our hunger".12
There are similar examples and impetuous sentences such as "you
understand the existence of matter when you are slapped in the face"
in the books of famous materialists such as Marx, Engels, Lenin, and others.
The disorder in comprehension that gives way to these examples of the
materialists is their interpreting the explanation of "matter is
a perception" as "matter is a trick of light". They think
that the concept of perception is only limited to sight and that perceptions
like touching have a physical correlate. A bus knocking a man down makes
them say "Look, it crashed, therefore it is not a perception".
What they do not understand is that all perceptions experienced during
a bus crash such as hardness, collision, and pain are formed in the brain.
The Example Of Dreams
The best example to explain this reality are dreams. A person can experience
very realistic events in his dream. He can roll down the stairs and break
his leg, have a serious car accident, get stuck under a bus, or eat a
cake and be satiated. Similar events to those experienced in our daily
lives are also experienced in dreams with the same persuasiveness and
rousing the same feelings in us.
A person who dreams that he is knocked down by a bus can open his eyes
in a hospital again in his dream and understand that he is disabled, but
this all would be a dream. He can also dream that he dies in a car crash,
angels of death take his soul, and his life in the hereafter begins. (This
event is experienced in the same manner in this life, which is a perception
just like the dream.)
This person very sharply perceives the images, sounds, feeling of hardness,
light, colours, and all other feelings pertaining to the event he experiences
in his dream. The perceptions he perceives in his dream are as natural
as the ones in "real" life. The cake he eats in his dream satiates
him although it is a mere perception, because being satiated is also a
perception. However, in reality, this person is lying in his bed at that
moment. There are no stairs, no traffic, no buses to consider. The dreaming
person experiences and sees perceptions and feelings that do not exist
in the external world. The fact that in our dreams, we experience, see,
and feel events with no physical correlates in the "external world"
very clearly reveals that the "external world" absolutely consists
of mere perceptions.
Those who believe in the materialist philosophy, and particularly the
Marxists, are enraged when they are told about this reality, the essence
of matter. They quote examples from the superficial reasoning of Marx,
Engels, or Lenin and make emotional declarations.
THE WORLD IN DREAMS
you, reality is all that can be touched with the hand and seen
with the eye. In your dreams you can also "touch with your hand
and see with your eye", but in reality, you have neither hand
nor eye, nor is there anything that can be touched or seen. There
is no material reality that makes these things happen except your
brain. You are simply being deceived.
What is it that separates real life and the dreams
from one another? Ultimately, both forms of life are brought into
being within the brain. If we are able to live easily in an unreal
world during our dreams, the same thing can equally be true for
the world we live in. When we wake up from a dream, there is no
logical reason for not thinking that we have entered a longer
dream that we call "real life". The reason we consider our dream
to be fancy and the world as real is nothing but a product of
our habits and prejudices. This suggests that we may well be awoken
from the life on earth which we think we are living right now,
just as we are awoken from a dream.
However, these persons must think that they can also make these declarations
in their dreams. In their dream, they can also read "Das Kapital",
participate in meetings, fight with the police, get hit on the head, and
moreover, feel the pain of their wounds. When they are asked in their
dreams, they will think that what they experience in their dreams also
consists of "absolute matter"-just as they assume the things
they see when they are awake are "absolute matter". However,
be it in their dream or in their daily lives, all that they see, experience,
or feel consists only of perceptions.
The Example Of Connecting The Nerves In Parallel
Let us consider the car crash example of Politzer: In this accident,
if the crushed person's nerves travelling from his five senses to his
brain, were connected to another person's, for instance Politzer's brain,
with a parallel connection, at the moment the bus hit that person, it
would also hit Politzer, who is sitting at his home at that moment. Better
to say, all the feelings experienced by that person having the accident
would be experienced by Politzer, just like the same song is listened
from two different loudspeakers connected to the same tape recorder. Politzer
will feel, see, and experience the braking sound of the bus, the touch
of the bus on his body, the images of a broken arm and shedding blood,
fracture aches, the images of his entering the operation room, the hardness
of the plaster cast, and the feebleness of his arm.
Every other person connected to the man's nerves in parallel would experience
the accident from beginning to end just like Politzer. If the man in the
accident fell into a coma, they would all fall into a coma. Moreover,
if all the perceptions pertaining to the car accident were recorded in
a device and if all these perceptions were transmitted to a person, the
bus would knock this person down many times.
So, which one of the buses hitting those people is real? The materialist
philosophy has no consistent answer to this question. The right answer
is that they all experience the car accident in all its details in their
The same principle applies to the cake and stone examples. If the nerves
of the sense organs of Engels, who felt the satiety and fullness of the
cake in his stomach after eating a cake, were connected to a second person's
brain in parallel, that person would also feel full when Engels ate the
cake and was satiated. If the nerves of Johnson, who felt pain in his
foot when he delivered a sound kick to a stone, were connected to a second
person in parallel, that person would feel the same pain.
So, which cake or which stone is the real one? The materialist philosophy
again falls short of giving a consistent answer to this question. The
correct and consistent answer is this: both Engels and the second person
have eaten the cake in their minds and are satiated; both Johnson and
the second person have fully experienced the moment of striking the stone
in their minds.
Let us make a change in the example we gave about Politzer: let us connect
the nerves of the man hit by the bus to Politzer's brain, and the nerves
of Politzer sitting in his house to that man's brain, who is hit by the
bus. In this case, Politzer will think that a bus has hit him although
when he is sitting in his house; and the man actually hit by the bus will
never feel the impact of the accident and think that he is sitting in
Politzer's house. The very same logic may be applied to the cake and the
As is to be seen, it is not possible for man to transcend his senses
and break free of them. In this respect, a man's soul can be subjected
to all kinds of representations although it has no physical body and no
material existence and lacks material weight. It is not possible for a
person to realise this because he assumes these three-dimensional images
to be real and is absolutely certain of their existence because everybody
depends on perceptions that are caused to be felt by his sensory organs.
The famous British philosopher David Hume expresses his thoughts on this
"Frankly speaking, when I include myself in what
I call "myself", I always come across with a specific perception
pertaining to hot or cold, light or shadow, love or hatred, sour or sweet
or some other notion. Without the existence of a perception, I can never
capture myself in a particular time and I can observe nothing but perception."13
The Formation Of Perceptions In The Brain Is Not Philosophy But Scientific
Materialists claim that what we have been saying here is a philosophical
view. However, to hold that the "external world", as we call
it, is a collection of perceptions is not a matter of philosophy but a
plain scientific fact. How the image and feelings form in the brain is
taught in all medical schools in detail. These facts, proven by the 20th-century
science, and particularly by physics, clearly show that matter does not
have an absolute reality and that everyone in a sense is watching the
"monitor in his brain".
Everyone who believes in science, be he an atheist, Buddhist, or anyone
who holds another view has to accept this fact. A materialist might deny
the existence of a Creator yet he cannot deny this scientific reality.
The inability of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Georges Politzer and others
in comprehending such a simple and evident fact is still startling although
the level of scientific understanding and possibilities of their times
were insufficient. In our time, science and technology are highly advanced
and recent discoveries make it easier to comprehend this fact. Materialists,
on the other hand, are flooded with the fear of both comprehending this
fact, though partially, and realising how definitely it demolishes their
The Great Fear Of The Materialists
For a while, no substantial backlash came from the Turkish materialist
circles against the subject brought up in this book, that is, the fact
that matter is a mere perception. This had given us the impression that
our point was not made so clear and that it needed further explanation.
Yet before long, it was revealed that materialists felt quite uneasy about
the popularity of this subject and moreover, felt a great fear all about
For a while, materialists have been loudly pronouncing their fear and
panic in their publications, conferences and panels. Their agitated and
hopeless discourse implies that they are suffering from a severe intellectual
crisis. The scientific collapse of the theory of evolution, the so-called
basis of their philosophy, had already come as a great shock to them.
Now, they come to realise that they start to lose the matter itself, which
is a greater mainstay for them than Darwinism, and they experience an
even greater shock. They declare that this issue is the "biggest
threat" for them and that it totally "demolishes their cultural
One of those who expressed this anxiety and panic felt by the materialist
circles in the most outspoken way was Renan Pekunlu, an academician as
well as a writer of Bilim ve Utopya (Science and Utopia) periodical which
has assumed the task of defending materialism. Both in his articles in
Bilim ve Utopya and in the panels he attended, Pekunlu presented the book
Evolution Deceit as the number one "threat" to materialism.
What disturbed Pekunlu even more than the chapters that invalidated Darwinism
was the part you are currently reading. To his readers and (only a handful
of) audience, Pekunlu delivered the message "do not let yourselves
be carried away by the indoctrination of idealism and keep your faith
in materialism" and showed Vladimir I. Lenin, the leader of the bloody
communist revolution in Russia, as reference. Advising everyone to read
Lenin's century-old book titled Materialism and Empirio-Criticism, all
Pekunlu did was to repeat the counsels of Lenin stating "do not think
over this issue, or you will lose track of materialism and be carried
away by religion". In an article he wrote in the aforementioned periodical,
he quoted the following lines from Lenin:
Once you deny objective reality, given us in sensation,
you have already lost every weapon against fideism, for you have slipped
into agnosticism or subjectivism-and that is all that fideism requires.
A single claw ensnared, and the bird is lost. And our Machists have
all become ensnared in idealism, that is, in a diluted, subtle fideism;
they became ensnared from the moment they took "sensation"
not as an image of the external world but as a special "element".
It is nobody's sensation, nobody's mind, nobody's spirit, nobody's will.14
These words explicitly demonstrate that the fact which Lenin alarmingly
realised and wanted to take out both from his mind and the minds of his
"comrades" also disturbs contemporary materialists in a similar
way. However, Pekunlu and other materialists suffer a yet greater distress;
because they are aware that this fact is now being put forward in a far
more explicit, certain and convincing way than 100 years ago. For the
first time in world history, this subject is being explained in such an
Nevertheless, the general picture is that a great number of materialist
scientists still take a very superficial stand against the fact that "matter
is nothing but an illusion". The subject explained in this chapter
is one of the most important and most exciting subjects that one can ever
come across in his life. There is no chance of them having faced such
a crucial subject before. Still, the reactions of these scientists or
the manner they employ in their speeches and articles hint how shallow
and superficial their comprehension is.
Turkish materialist writer Rennan Pekunlu says that "the theory
of evolution is not so important, the real threat is this subject",
because he is aware that this subject nullifies matter, the only
concept he has faith in.
It is so much so that the reactions of some materialists to the subject
discussed here show that their blind adherence to materialism has caused
some kind of a harm in their logic and for this reason, they are far removed
from comprehending the subject. For instance Alaattin Senel, also an academician
and a writer for Bilim ve Utopya, gave similar messages as Rennan Pekunlu
saying "Forget the collapse of Darwinism, the real threatening subject
is this one", and made demands such as "so you prove what you
tell" sensing that his own philosophy has no basis. What is more
interesting is that this writer himself has written lines revealing that
he can by no means grasp this fact which he considers to be a menace.
For instance, in an article where he exclusively discussed
this subject, Senel accepts that the external world is perceived in the
brain as an image. However, he then goes on to claim that images are divided
into two as those having physical correlates and those that do not, and
that images pertaining to the external world have physical correlates.
In order to support his assertion, he gives "the example of telephone".
In summary, he wrote: "I do not know whether the images in my brain
have correlates in the external world or not, but the same thing applies
when I speak on the phone. When I speak on the telephone, I cannot see
the person I am speaking to but I can have this conversation confirmed
when I later see him face to face."15
By saying so, this writer actually means the following: "If we doubt
our perceptions, we can look at the matter itself and check its reality."
However, this is an evident misconception because it is impossible for
us to reach the matter itself. We can never get out of our mind and know
what is "outside". Whether the voice on the phone has a correlate
or not can be confirmed by the person on the phone. However, this confirmation
is also imagery experienced by the mind.
As a matter of fact, these people also experience the same events in
their dreams. For instance, Senel may also see in his dream that he speaks
on the phone and then have this conversation confirmed by the person he
spoke. Or, Pekunlu may in his dream feel as facing "a serious threat"
and advise people to read century-old books of Lenin. However, no matter
what they do, these materialists can never deny the fact that the events
they have experienced and the people they have talked to in their dreams
were nothing but perceptions.
By whom, then, will one confirm whether the images in the brain have
correlates or not? To the shadow beings in his brain again? Without doubt,
it is impossible for materialists to find a source of information that
can yield data concerning the outside of the brain and confirm it.
Conceding that all perceptions are formed in the brain but assuming that
one can step "out" of this and have the perceptions confirmed
by the real external world reveals that the perceptive capacity of the
person is limited and that he has a distorted reasoning.
However, the fact told here can easily be captured by a person with a
normal level of understanding and reasoning. Each unbiased person would
know, in relation to all that we have said, that it is not possible for
him to test the existence of the external world with his senses. Yet,
it appears that blind adherence to materialism distorts the reasoning
capability of people. For this reason, contemporary materialists display
severe logical flaws just like their mentors who tried to "prove"
the existence of matter by kicking stones or eating cakes.
It also has to be stated that this is not an astonishing situation; because,
inability to understand is a common trait of all unbelievers. In the Qur'an,
Allah particularly states that they are "a
people without understanding" (Surat al-Maeda 58)
Materialists Have Fallen Into The Biggest Trap In History
The atmosphere of panic sweeping through the materialist circles in Turkey
of which we have mentioned only a few examples here shows that materialists
face an utter defeat which they have never met in history. The fact that
matter is simply a perception has been proven by modern science and it
is put forward in a very clear, straightforward and forceful way. It only
remains for the materialists to see the collapse of the entire material
world they blindly believe and rely on.
Throughout the history of humanity, materialist thought always existed.
Being very assured of themselves and the philosophy they believe in, they
revolted against Allah who has created them. The scenario they formulated
maintained that matter had no beginning or end, and that all these could
not possibly have a Creator. While they denied Allah just because of their
arrogance, they took refuge in matter which they held to have a real existence.
They were so confident in this philosophy that they thought that never
would it be possible to put forth an explanation proving the contrary.
That is why the facts told in this book regarding the real nature of
matter surprised these people so much. What has been told here destroyed
the very basis of their philosophy and left no ground for further discussion.
Matter, upon which they based all their thoughts, lives, arrogance and
denial, vanished all of a sudden. How can materialism exist when matter
One of the attributes of Allah is His plotting
against the unbelievers. This is stated in the verse "They plot and
plan, and Allah too plans; but the best of planners is Allah." (Surat
al- Anfal, 30)
Allah entrapped materialists by making them assume that matter exists
and so doing, humiliated them in an unseen way. Materialists deemed their
possessions, status, rank, the society they belong, the whole world and
everything else to be existing and moreover, grew arrogant against Allah
by relying on these. They revolted against Allah by being boastful and
added to their unbelief. While so doing, they totally relied on matter.
Yet, they are so lacking in understanding that they fail to think that
Allah compasses them round about. Allah announces the state to which the
unbelievers are led as a result of their thick-headedness:
Or do they intend a plot (against you) ? But those
who defy Allah are themselves involved in a Plot! (Surat At- Tur 52)
This is most probably the biggest defeat in history.
While growing arrogant of their own accord, materialists have been tricked
and suffered a serious defeat in the war they waged against Allah by bringing
up something monstrous against Him. The verse "Thus have We placed
leaders in every town, its wicked men, to plot (and burrow) therein: but
they only plot against their own souls, and they perceive it not"
announces how unconscious these people who revolt against their Creator
are, and how they will end up (Surat al- Anaam, 123). In another
verse the same fact is related as:
"Fain would they deceive Allah and those who
believe, but they only deceive themselves, and realise (it) not!"
(Surat al- Baqara 2)
While the unbelievers try to plot, they do not realise a very important
fact as stressed by the words "they only deceive themselves, and
realise (it) not!" in the verse. This is the fact that everything
they experience is an imagery designed to be perceived by them, and all
plots they devise are simply images formed in their brain just like every
other act they perform. Their folly has made them forget that they are
all alone with Allah and, hence, they are entrapped in their own devious
No less than those unbelievers who lived in the past, those living today
too face a reality that will shatter their devious plans from its basis.
With the verse "...feeble indeed is the cunning
of Satan" (Surat Al-Anaam 76) , Allah has stated that these
plots were doomed to end with failure the day they were hatched, and gave
the good tidings to believers with the verse "...not
the least harm will their cunning do to you". (Surat Aal-E-Imran,
In another verse Allah states: "But the Unbelievers,-
their deeds are like a mirage in sandy deserts, which the man parched
with thirst mistakes for water; until when he comes up to it, he finds
it to be nothing" (Surat an- Noor 39) . Materialism, too,
becomes a "mirage" for the rebellious just like it is stated
in this verse; when they have recourse to it, they find it to be nothing
but an illusion. Allah has deceived them with such a mirage, and beguiled
them into perceiving this whole collection of images as real. All those
"eminent" people, professors, astronomers, biologists, physicists,
and all others regardless of their rank and post are simply deceived like
children, and are humiliated because they took matter as their god. Assuming
a collection of images to be absolute, they based their philosophy and
ideology on it, got involved in serious discussions, and adopted a so-called
"intellectual" discourse. They deemed themselves to be wise
enough to offer an argument about the truth of the universe and, more
importantly, dispute about Allah with their limited intelligence. Allah
explains their situation in the following verse:
"And (the unbelievers) plotted and planned,
and Allah too planned, and the best of planners is Allah". (Surat
It may be possible to escape from some plots; however,
this plan of Allah against the unbelievers is so firm that there is no
way of escape from it. No matter what they do or to whom they appeal,
they can never find a helper other than Allah. As Allah informs in the
Qur'an, "they shall not find for them other than Allah a patron or
a help." (Surat an-Nisa, 173)
Materialists never expected to fall into such a trap. Having all the
means of the 20th centry at their disposal, they thought that they could
grow obstinate in their denial and drag people to disbelief. This ever-lasting
mentality of unbelievers and their end are described as follows in the
They plotted and planned, but We too planned, even
while they perceived it not. Then see what was the end of their plot!-
this, that We destroyed them and their people, all (of them) . (Surat
an- Naml 50-51)
This, in another sense, is what the fact stated in the verses comes to
mean: materialists are made to realise that everything they own is but
an illusion, and therefore everything they possess has been destroyed.
As they witness their possessions, factories, gold, dollars, children,
spouses, friends, rank and status, and even their own bodies, all of which
they deem to exist, slipping away from their hands, they are "destroyed"
in the words of the 51st verse of Surat al-Anaam. At this point, they
are no more matters but souls.
No doubt, realising this truth is the worst possible thing for the materialists.
The fact that everything they possess is but an illusion, is tantamount,
in their own words, to "death before dying" in this world.
This fact leaves them all alone with Allah. With the verse,
"Leave Me alone, (to deal) with the (creature) whom I created (bare
and) alone!", Allah has called us to attention that each human being
is, in truth, all alone in His presence. (Surat Al- Muddaththir, 11) This
remarkable fact is repeated in many other verses:
"And behold! you come to us bare and alone
as We created you for the first time: you have left behind you all (the
favors) which We bestowed on you..."(Surat al-Anaam, 6)
And each one of them will come unto Him on the
Day of Resurrection, alone. (Surat Maryam, 19)
This, in another sense, is what the fact stated in the verses comes to
mean: Those who take matter as their god have come from Allah and returned
to Him. They have submitted their wills to Allah whether they want it
or not. Now they wait for the Day of Judgment on which every one of them
will be called to account. Though however unwilling they may be to understand
The subject we have explained so far is one of the greatest truths that
will ever be told to you in your lifetime. Proving that the whole material
world is in reality a "shadow being", this subject is the key
to comprehending the existence of and creation by Allah and of understanding
that He is the only absolute being.
The person who understands this subject realises that the world is not
the sort of place it is surmised by most people to be. The world is not
an absolute place with a true existence as supposed by those who wander
aimless about the streets, who get into fights in pubs, who show off in
luxurious cafes, who brag about their property, or who dedicate their
lives to hollow aims. The world is only a collection of perceptions, an
illusion. All of the people we have cited above are only shadow beings
who watch these perceptions in their minds: yet they are not aware of
This concept is very important for it undermines the materialist philosophy
that denies the existence of Allah and causes it to collapse. This is
the reason why materialists like Marx, Engels, and Lenin felt panic, became
enraged, and warned their followers "not to think over" this
concept when they were told about it. As a matter of fact, such people
are in such a state of mental deficiency that they cannot even comprehend
the fact that perceptions are formed inside the brain. They assume that
the world they watch in their brain is the "external world"
and they cannot comprehend the obvious evidence to the contrary.
This unawareness is the outcome of the lack of
wisdom given to disbelievers by Allah. As it is said in the Qur'an, the
unbelievers "have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith
they see not, and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle-nay
more misguided: for they are heedless (of warning) ." (Surat al-Araf,
You can explore beyond this point by using the power of your personal
reflection. For this, you have to concentrate, devote your attention,
and ponder on the way you see the objects around you and the way you feel
their touch. If you think heedfully, you can feel that the wise being
that sees, hears, touches, thinks, and reads this book at this moment
is only a soul and watches the perceptions called "matter" on
a screen. The person who comprehends this is considered to have moved
away from the domain of the material world that deceives a major part
of humanity and to have entered the domain of true existence.
This reality has been understood by a number of theists or philosophers
throughout history. Islamic intellectuals such as Imam Rabbani, Muhyiddin
Ibn Arabi and Mevlana Cami realised this fact from the signs of the Qur'an
and by using their reason. Some Western philosophers like George Berkeley
have grasped the same reality through reason. Imam Rabbani wrote in his
Mektubat (Letters) that the whole material universe is an "illusion
and supposition(perception) " and that the only absolute being is
Allah... The substance of these beings which He created
is but nothingness... He created all at the sphere of senses and illusions...
The existence of the universe is at the sphere of senses and illusions,
and it is not material... In real, there is nothing in the outside except
the Glorious Being, (who is Allah) .16
Imam Rabbani explicitly stated that all images presented to man are but
an illusion, and that they have no originals in the "outside".
This imaginary cycle is portrayed in imagination.
It is seen to the extent that it is portrayed. Yet with the mind's eye.
In the outside, it seems as if it is seen with the head's eye. However,
the case is not so. It has neither a designation nor a trace in the
outside. There is no circumstance to be seen. Even the face of a person
reflecting on a mirror is like that. It has no constancy in the outside.
No doubt, both its constancy and image are in the IMAGINATION. Allah
is He Who knows Best.17
Mevlana Cami stated the same fact which he discovered following the signs
of the Qur'an and by using his wit: "Whatever there is in the universe
are senses and illusions. They are either like reflections in mirrors
However, the number of those who have understood this fact throughout
history has always been limited. Great scholars such as Imam Rabbani have
written that it might have been inconvenient to tell this fact to the
masses and that most people would not be able to grasp it.
In the age in which we live, this fact has been made empirical by the
body of evidence put forward by science. The fact that the universe is
a shadow being is described in such a concrete, clear, and explicit way
for the first time in history.
For this reason, the 21st century will be a historical-turning point
when people will generally comprehend the divine realities and be led
in crowds to Allah, the only Absolute Being. In the 21st century, it is
the materialistic creeds of the 19th century that will be relegated to
the trash-heaps of history, Allah's existence and creation will be grasped,
such facts as spacelessness and timelessness will be understood, humanity
will break free of the centuries-old veils, deceits and superstitions
It is not possible for this unavoidable course to be impeded by any shadow