But if someone is steadfast and forgives,
that is the most resolute course to follow.
(Surat ash-Shura: 43)
You will not be true believers
are merciful with one another.
(Bukhari and Muslim)
MIRACLES OF THE
LAND LOSS AT THE EXTREMITIES
A HUGE BALL OF FIRE
Immense twisting solar eruptions are filled with ionised helium
gas at a temperature of 60,000 degrees Centigrade. (As observed
by the SOHO satellite in extreme ultraviolet light.)
Do they not see how We come to the land eroding it at
its extremities?… (Qurâ€™an, 13:41)
… Do they not see how We come to the land eroding
it from its extremities?… (Qur'an, 21:44)
The Earth is bombarded by proton, electron
and alpha particles from the Sun. These solar winds are powerful enough
to separate the atmosphere from the Earth. However, it will take about
five times longer than the total life of the Sun at the Earthâ€™s
present rate of matter loss (at most 3 kg per second.) for the atmosphere
to be used up. That is because, thanks to the powerful magnetic field
formed by the magnetosphere in the atmosphere, the Earth is to some extent
protected from this powerful erosion. The loss of ions—oxygen, helium
and hydrogen—dispersed over the Earthâ€™s ionosphere layer into
the depths of space is of much smaller dimensions than the vast layer
of air surrounding the Earth. Even so, the amount leaking into space is
nevertheless of a significant size.
Thanks to NASA spacecraft, researchers
have obtained concrete evidence that energy explosions on the Sun cause
oxygen and other gases to disperse into space from the outer layer of
the Earthâ€™s atmosphere. Scientists first observed that the Earth
experiences a loss of matter from its outer layers on September 24-25,
However, the above verses may also be referring
to the loss of land on Earth in another regard.
At the present time, the polar ice caps
are melting and the water level in the oceans is rising. The increasing
quantity of water is covering ever more land. As coastal areas come under
water, the land surface or total amount of land is decreasing. The expression
“eroding it from its extremities” in the above verses may
well be pointing to coastal areas being covered by water.
A New York Times report on this subject
Over the last century, the average surface
temperature of the globe has risen by about 1 degree Fahrenheit, and
the rate of warming has accelerated in the last quarter-century. That
is a significant amount… Previous studies of satellite and submarine
observations have seemed to establish a warming trend in the northern
polar region and raise the possibility of a melting icecap. Scientists
at the Goddard Space Science Institute, a NASA research center in Manhattan,
compared data from submarines in the 1950â€™s and 1960â€™s with
1990â€™s observations, demonstrating that the ice cover over the
entire Arctic basin has thinned by 45 percent. Satellite images have
revealed that the extent of ice coverage has significantly shrunk in
The findings made towards the end of the
20th century help us to understand the wisdom of Surat ar-Ra‘d
41, and Surat al-Anbiyaâ€™ 44.
2. 8 minutes : Ultraviolet and x-ray emissions
travelling at the speed of light can block out radio broadcasts.
3. 30 minutes: Charged particles at a high energy level can threaten
satellites and high-flying jets.
4. Between 48 minutes and 96 hours:
The Earthâ€™s magnetic field is disrupted by mass solar particles.
The effect of this is to endanger electricity networks.
5. THE MAGNETOSPHERE is a
region in space occupied by the Earthâ€™s magnetic field. It
usually extends for 64,000 kilometres (40,000 miles) towards the
Sun, although powerful solar storms can compress the magnetosphere
to a mere 42,000 kilometres (26,000 miles), leaving satellites outside
exposed to solar winds.
Research has revealed that the Earth keeps
bulging at the equator.
This loss at the extremities, as revealed
by Allah, may be understood in light of another scientific fact revealed
in the Qurâ€™an. The fact that the Earth, which revolves around its
own axis, has a geoid shape, is a fact that has gained acceptance in recent
Research has revealed that the equatorial
diameter of the Earth expands under the effect of the force stemming from
this rotation, and that it is compressed at its extremities, in other
words the poles. Furthermore, since the Earth is in constant rotation
this change continues to occur. Indeed, the term “nanqusu”
in Surat ar-Ra‘d 41, translated as “eroding,” shows
that this process of erosion is an ongoing one.
It is the force of gravity that has given
such celestial bodies as the Earth their spherical form. However, that
shape is not exactly spherical; it flattens out somewhat at the poles
and thickens at the equator. According to NASA figures, the radius of
the Earth is 6,378.1 km (3,963.2 miles) at the equator but only 6,356.8
km (3,949.9 miles) from pole to pole. This is a difference of some 0.3%.
This model of the shape of the Earth was
suggested by Sir Isaac Newton in 1687. This fact, revealed in the Qurâ€™an
1,400 years ago, is another of its scientific miracles.
Caption: Research has revealed that the Earth keeps bulging
at the equator.
(For further reference, please see, Miracles
of the Qur'an, by Harun Yahya)
THE END TIMES
AND THE EMERGENCE OF THE MAHDI
PROPHET SULAYMAN (AS):
The situation before the Mahdi's emergence
• At the end of time, their rulers will
cause My people severe trouble in such a way that there will be no comfort
for Muslims anywhere. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi `Alamat al-Mahdi
Akhir az-Zaman, p. 12)
This hadith points out that before the Mahdi comes, those
who lack religious morals and have a cruel and merciless character will
come to power in some Muslim countries. As a matter of fact, some contemporary
Muslim rulers oppress Muslims and crush people with their oppressive and
despotic regimes. In other countries, people are subjected to trouble
because their rulers are unqualified to rule. Muslims in some countries,
particularly Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Tunisia,
and Djoubiti, are oppressed by their respectives, and so are subjected
to various hardship and problems. Muslims are prevented from practicing
their religion and worshipping, and economic difficulties make life harder.
• There will be a tribulation
like patches of dark night... (Abu Dawud)
The word 'tribulation (fitnah)' implies
anything that turns peoples' reason and hearts away from the true path,
or war, incitement, chaos, disorder and conflict. The tribulation in the
hadith will leave smoke and dust behind it, we learn.
Furthermore, the way that tribulation
is described as 'darkness' in the hadith, can be seen as an indication
that its origins are unclear, that it is unexpected. Looking at it from
that regard, it is probable that the hadith is referring to one of the
world's worst terrorist attack, on the cities of New York and Washington
in the United States on September 11, 2001.
Therefore, this most saddening act of
terror, which caused the lives and injuries of thousands of innocent people,
may well be that 'tribulation like patches of dark night' foretold by
the hadith as the sign of the Mahdi's emergence.
(For further reference, please see, The
End of Times and the Mahdi, by Harun Yahya)
THE EVOLUTION DECEIT
WHY IS DENYING THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION
PORTRAYED AS REJECTING DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS?
THE word "evolution" has been used in several
senses in recent times. A social aspect has been added to it, for instance,
and the word has come to mean human progress and technological development.
There is nothing wrong with the concept of "evolution" when
it is used in this sense. There is no doubt that man will use his intelligence,
knowledge, and strength to develop over time. The sum of human knowledge
will grow from generation to generation. In the same way that this is
not evidence for the theory of evolution itself, which seeks to explain
the emergence of life by chance, neither does it conflict in any way with
the fact of creation.
Yet evolutionists engage in a facile word game here, and
confuse a true concept with a false one. For example, it is true to state
that "On account of man's long years of living as a social being,
his knowledge, culture, and technology are in a constant state of development."
(We must remember, however, that there can be regression over time as
well as progress. Sociologically speaking, there have been times of progress,
as well as times of stagnation and regression.) However, the claim that
"In the same way as man has developed and progressed, living species
have also advanced and changed over time" is completely false. Although
it is perfectly logical and scientific to say that, as a thinking being,
man's knowledge has increased and been passed on to subsequent generations,
allowing constant progress, it is utterly senseless to claim that living
species developed and evolved by chance and coincidence, in accordance
with uncontrolled and unconscious natural conditions.
The greatest names in the advancement of science
were all creationists
Leonardo Da Vinci
No matter how much evolutionists try to identify themselves
with concepts such as innovation and progress, history has shown that
the real initiators of innovation and progress have always been faithful
scientists who have believed in divine creation.
We see the mark of such believing scientists at every
point of scientific progress. Leonardo da Vinci, Copernicus, Kepler, and
Galileo, who opened a new era in astronomy, Cuvier, the founder of paleontology,
Linnaeus, the founder of the modern classification system for plants and
animals, Isaac Newton, the discoverer of the law of gravity, Edwin Hubble,
who discovered the existence of the galaxies and the expansion of the
universe, and many others have believed in God and that life and the universe
were created by Him.
One of the greatest scientists of the twentieth century,
Albert Einstein, said:
I cannot conceive of a genuine scientist without
that profound faith. The situation may be expressed by an image: science
without religion is lame... (Science, Philosophy and Religion, A Symposium,
published by the Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion in Their
Relation to the Democratic Way of Life, Inc., New York, 1941, [emphasis
The German Max Planck, who laid the foundations of
modern physics, said:
Anybody who has been seriously engaged in scientific
work of any kind realises that over the entrance to the gates of the
temple of science are written the words: Ye must have faith. It is a
quality which the scientist cannot dispense with. (Max Planck, Where
Is Science Going?, Allen & Unwin, 1933, p.214, [emphasis added])
The history of science reveals that change and progress
have been the work of creationist scientists. On the other hand, of course,
scientific developments in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries especially
have allowed us to come by countless pieces of evidence of creation. Modern
science and technology have allowed us to discover the fact that the universe
came into being from nothing, in other words that it was "created."
It is a fact accepted by the whole scientific world that the universe
came into being and developed as a result of the explosion of one single
point. In this way, the model of the infinite universe, with no beginning
or end, maintained by materialists under the primitive scientific conditions
of the nineteenth century has been destroyed. It has been realised that
the universe was created, as it says in the Qur'an, and that it has a
beginning and frontiers and has expanded over time. The Qur'an expresses
this fact thus:
Do those who disbelieve not see that the heavens
and the Earth were sewn together and then We unstitched them and that
We made from water every living thing? So will they not believe? (Qur'an,
It is We Who have built the universe with (Our
Creative) power, and verily, it is We Who are steadily expanding it. (Qur'an,
It was again twentieth century scientific progress
that allowed us to discover more evidence of the design in life. The electron
microscope revealed the structure of the cell, the smallest unit of life,
as well as the parts that comprise it. The discovery of DNA demonstrated
the infinite intelligence in the cell. Biochemical and physiological advances
have shown the flawless workings at the molecular level of the body, and
its superior design which cannot be explained by anything other than creation.
As opposed to all this, it was the primitive state
of science 150 years ago that prepared the ground for the formation of
the theory of evolution.
In conclusion, it is impossible to consider those who
believe in creation, and who constantly provide new evidence of it, as
being opposed to progress, development, and science. On the contrary,
such people are their greatest supporters. Those who actually oppose progress
are those who turn their backs on all the scientific evidence and defend
the theory of evolution, which is nothing but an unsubstantiated fantasy.
(For further reading, see “The
collapse of the theory of evolution in 20 questions”
by Harun Yahya)
WAY OF SPEAKING
SPEAKING IN A MEASURED, COURTEOUS AND
Another example of the fine morality of the faithful is that
they speak in a way that is both measured and respectful. This way of
speaking is not dependent on the age, knowledge, intelligence or wealth
of the person they are addressing, because they live according to the
morality of the Qur'an in order that they may gain the approval of Allah.
They are aware that if they were to consider everyone they speak with
as individuals having an independent power of their own or superior in
some way, and approached everyone differently, they would not be fulfilling
the requirements of the morality of the Qur'an. They know that they will
be questioned as to each person they encountered, as part of the test
which Allah has created for them in the life of this world, and they act
in the knowledge that they are representatives of Islamic morality. They
try to respond to everyone with the most respectful and the kindest words;
they approach a vendor they meet in the street, an apprentice working
at a grocer, co-workers at their place of work, and their spouses and
children, all with exactly the same respect. In the Qur'an, this approach
practiced by the faithful is emphasized in the following verse:
When you are greeted with a greeting, return the greeting
or improve on it. Allah takes account of everything. (Surat an-Nisa':
In addition, they respond to in the same measured way to
those who are angry or disrespectful towards them. They speak in the knowledge
that remaining firm in their morals in such instances is the type of behavior
which will earn them a superior place in Allah's sight. In a verse of
the Qur'an, Allah explains the superiority of this behavior with these
Wealth and sons are the embellishment of the life of the
world. But, in your Lord's sight, right actions which are lasting bring
a better reward and are a better basis for hope. (Surat al-Kahf: 46)
SPEAKING IN A HUMBLE MANNER
Humility is another important factor in the speech of the
faithful. Attention to this matter is drawn to this aspect of their morality
in the Qur'an in this verse: "The servants of the All-Merciful are
those who walk modestly on the earth and, who, when the ignorant speak
to them, say, 'Peace'." (Surat al-Furqan: 63) The faithful are humble
through their knowledge that no matter what qualities they may possess,
all are favors from Allah and that He can take them back whenever He wishes.
Allah notifies the faithful of this with the words of the
following verse, "Do not strut arrogantly about the earth. You will
certainly never split the earth apart nor will you ever rival the mountains
in height. (Surat al-Isra': 37)
Human beings are truly powerless in the light of the boundless
might of Allah. Allah's knowledge encompasses everything; He is the Creator
and the Possessor of every thing. For this reason, the believers act with
cognizance of the degradation they will suffer when confronted by Allah
on the Day of Judgment, if they become proud of something that does not
truly belong to them. Even in that in which they are outstanding, they
humble themselves, acknowledge their deficiencies and speak in recognition
of their powerlessness.
Even if those they talk to are lacking in the same own qualities,
Muslims never become arrogant and boastful, because, in the following
verse, Allah has informed them that He does not love vain people,
Do not avert your face from people out of haughtiness and
do not strut about arrogantly on the earth. Allah does not love anyone
who is vain or boastful. (Surah Luqman: 18)
When speaking on a subject, Muslims do not talk in a condescending
manner; that is, they talk with an awareness that the matter in question
also applies to themselves. As is pointed out in the verse, "No
indeed! Truly man is unbridled seeing himself as self-sufficient"
(Surat al-‘Alaq: 6-7) believers act in the knowledge that, if they
admire themselves vainly, their better qualities may be in detriment and
they may fall into great error. When speaking on a subject they know well,
they do not become conceited and try to bring attention to themselves.
On the contrary, they adopt a manner of speaking that reflects a recognition
that it is only Allah Who grants the power of speech, and it is only Allah
Who possesses the knowledge of all things.
In the verse "Worship Allah and do not associate anything
with Him. Be good to your parents and relatives and to orphans and the
very poor, and to neighbors who are related to you and neighbors who are
not related to you, and to companions and travelers and your slaves. Allah
does not love anyone vain or boastful." (Surat an-Nisa': 36), Allah
reminds people to behave well and not to be boastful towards those they
speak to. Allah has instructed us to show humility to our parents, our
close friends and casual acquaintances, orphans and the needy. Behaving
humbly towards those one regards well but arrogantly towards those one
looks down upon, is not in accordance with the morality of the Qur'an.
People are responsible for adhering to this in all instances. Muslims
also know that speaking boastfully when faced with an egotistical person,
offering the excuse, "Never mind, he's arrogant as well," is
not correct either. The Muslim way of speaking requires speaking in the
knowledge that everywhere and at all times Allah is witness to every word,
and this sense of moral obligation can only be developed by following
the teachings of the Qur'an.
(For further reference, please see, Muslim
Way of Speaking, by Harun Yahya)
NAMES OF ALLAH
Am I to take as deities instead of Him those whose intercession,
if the All-Merciful desires affliction for me, will not help me at all
and cannot save me? (Surah Ya Sin, 36:23)
A sudden death, an unexpected disease, a crop-destroying
hurricane, an earthquake leveling an entire city, fears for the future,
a traffic accident, stress, loss of possessions, jealousy, ageing…
Such events are sources of grief, fear, and despair for those who are
unaware of the Hereafterâ€™s existence and consider this worldly life
to be their real life. No one is immune to such events, any one of which
may be encountered at any time and completely change oneâ€™s life.
Since we know that Allah is infinitely compassionate, what
is the divine purpose for such ordeals? Allah sends hardship and trouble
so that a person can grow spiritually. A person who has difficulty breathing
can hardly be arrogant or humiliate others. Meanwhile, one who recovers
from being bed-ridden or a financial loss fully understands the value
of the restored health and possessions. Through difficulty and ease, Allah
makes each person better appreciate His generous blessings.
One point deserves special mention here. If the person being
tested has faith and knows that the life in the Hereafter is oneâ€™s
real abode, he knows that every difficulty is from Allah and thus meets
it with patience. Meanwhile, he seeks help only from Allah, for he knows
that only Allah can remove this trouble. This way, Allah causes His servants
to draw nearer to Him and raise their ranks in the Hereafter.
However, the truth is otherwise for those who have no faith
in the Hereafter. Allah will display His name ad-Darr in Hell especially
to these people. Yet compared to what they will go through in Hell, whatever
causes grief here will remain insignificant, for all mundane pains are
In Hell, where unbelievers will roast in fire, every time
their skins are burned off, Allah will give them new skins so that they
can taste the punishment again and again. Their only food will be a bitter
thorny bush, and their only drink will be boiling water that tears their
intestines. They will face death, but will never die. Instead, they will
suffer severe and eternal pain. Beaten with iron cudgels and covered with
beds of fire, they will be cast into the narrowest and darkest corner
of Hell, where they will only be able to groan.
Unbelievers will ask Hellâ€™s custodians to ask their
Lord to let them out and lessen their punishment for just one day. While
punishing them and denying them any escape, Allah will make them see the
blessings and bounty being enjoyed by the believers in Paradise. In one
verse, Allah commands:
If you ask them: “Who created the heavens and
Earth?” they will say: “Allah.” Say: “So what
do you think? If Allah desires harm for me, can those you call upon besides
Allah remove His harm? Or if He desires mercy for me, can they withhold
His mercy?” Say: “Allah is enough for me. All those who truly
trust put their trust in Him.” (Surat az-Zumar, 39:38)
(For further reference, please see, Names
of Allah, by Harun Yahya)
HOW SHOULD MUSLIMS SPEND THEIR TIME?
In the Qurâ€™an, the concept of "spare time"
does not apply to the believers, for every instant of their lives is occupied.
Those who are in awe of Allah and scrupulously abide by His commands strive
to perform good deeds continuously in order to be among those closest
to Allah. They spend their time worshipping Him according to the guidelines
that He has laid out in the Qurâ€™an.
Finishing one thing, they embark upon another one in their
eternal quest for goodness and beauty. There are no interruptions, pauses,
or limits during these efforts, because the believers understand that
they should spend every moment working to earn Allahâ€™s good pleasure
and that they will have to account for every instant of their lives.
The Qurâ€™an refers to these efforts, as follows:
So when you have finished, work on, and make your Lord
your goal! (Surat al-Inshirah, 7-8)
(For further reference, please see, Quick Grasp of Faith
by Harun Yahya)
HOPEFULNESS IN THE QURâ€™AN
By Harun Yahya
…Do not despair of solace from Allah. No one despairs
of solace from Allah except for people who do not believe. (Surah Yusuf,
The Qur'an states that hopefulness is an important characteristic of
believers and, at the same, an indication of their faith. Knowing that
everything happens according to His will, believers do not fall into despair
or become hopeless and pessimistic. And, since believers know that Allah
will accept their prayers, they do not doubt, even for a second, that
a seemingly terrible event is simply a part of their test and that eventually
it will work out for the best.
Hope in Allah's mercy and Paradise greatly influence a person's whole
life, attitude toward life, sincerity of worship, and resolve. Those who
hope for Allah's mercy cannot do anything that He has forbidden, ignore
something that He has commanded, say a bad word, or neglect the voice
of his or her conscience. They advise people to good and right, discourage
them from evil, and carry out with enthusiasm many other forms of worship
Allah has commanded.
Within this enthusiastic make-up there is no room for hopelessness.
These are the people with whom Allah is content, and to whom He has promised
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be ignored. This site will help you to think about its existence
and reality in the light of the Qur'an's verses.
The purpose here is to warn you of a Day on which
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