1. Man, Universe, and Creator

June 22, 2013 in The Final Divine Religion ISLAM

Let us stop and think for a moment. Let us search out where we come from and where we are going. Let us shape our lives accordingly. Before everything, we must think and explore the details about our own creation, our physical and spiritual form, the superior traits that we have, and the universe. Our life becomes more meaningful this way.

As an example, let’s think about the earth. Although they are nourished with the same water, thousands of different kinds of plants grow on earth providing fruits and vegetables in different colors and shapes. They do this in perfect form and order. Is it not extraordinary that foods that grow on the same land and are nourished by the same water can be superior to and different from each other?[1]

Let’s turn our eyes to the sky and contemplate this glorious and magnificent system. Take the sun for example. The distance between the sun and the Earth is 150 million kilometers. The sun, one of the intermediate-sized stars, is large enough to contain 1,300,000 Earth-sized planets. Its surface temperature is 6,000°C, the interior temperature is 20,000,000°C. Its orbital velocity is as fast as 720,000 kilometers per hour. This shows that the sun travels about 17,000,280 kilometers a day.[2]

In the sun, 564 million tons of hydrogen transform into 560 million tons of helium every second. The difference of four million tons of gas radiates in the form of energy. In other words, the sun loses four million tons of substance a second, or 240 million tons a minute. If the sun has been producing energy at this rate for more than three billion years, the matter lost to date is 400,000 million times a million tons, which is still about 1/5,000 of the sun’s total mass as of today.

Our world has been placed at such a well-calculated distance from this magnificent and enormous source of energy that we are neither vulnerable to its scorching and destructive effects nor destitute of the useful energy it produces. The sun with its magnificent power and energy has been created  with such a perfect power and volume that it is most beneficial to every life form on earth, humanity above all, and sends its rays to earth prudently; and this, moreover, for millions of years![3]

This magnificent sun that we mentioned is only one of about 200 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy. In the same manner, the Milky Way is also just one of a couple of hundred billion galaxies that can be seen with modern telescopes. And it takes 100 thousand light years to travel from one side of this Milky Way to the other side. (Light travels at 300,000 kilometers per second.)  One must travel 300,000 trillion kilometers to go from the earth to the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way.[4]

A person who thinks long enough along such lines about his surroundings realizes that there is an omniscient and all-powerful creator and that he was not created in vain, but rather there is a reason for his creation. Research shows that all types of religions, from those of primitive societies to the most advanced ones, uphold belief in an all-powerful being.[5]

There are many signs that prove the existence of Allah. Examples of some of those signs that can be observed by everyone would include:

✓ The formation of a baby, his birth and growing up, having intelligence and cognition, and most importantly from what he was created and into what he transformed.

✓ The lightning bolt that scares and gives hope, accompanying rainfall from the sky and the return of dead earth back to life.

✓ The blowing of the wind heralding the rain and transporting the clouds to various places, the formation of lakes and seas, the flotation of mountain-like ships weighing thousands of gross tons, the cruising in oceans of ships that are like mini-cities on which hundreds of planes land and take off.[6]

✓ The provision of sustenance to all living beings on the earth and in the sky.[7]

His Excellency Mawlana said: “O my son, does it make more sense to think that there should be a writer that has written the writing or that it was written by itself?” (Mathnawi, vol. 6, verse: 368)

“O unskilled man, tell me, does it make more sense to think that there should be builder – an architect that has built the house – or that the house came into existence by itself without a builder? Would a beautiful artwork be the product of a blind one-armed person or a skillful person who can see and feel? (Mathnawi, vol. 6, Verses: 369-371)

“Embroideries, paintings, whether they know it or not, are products of their producers! A pot-maker busies himself with pot-making; he remolds it, shapes it, and makes a pot! Can a pot without its maker get into shape? Wood depends on and becomes the subject of a carpenter! If this was not the case, would it get cut and be added to another piece? Without a tailor, how can clothing cut and sew itself? O intelligent person, without a water-carrier, how can a water bottle get emptied and be filled up by itself? Youm as well, get emptied and filled up in every breath you take! Therefore, O wise man, you are at the artful hands of the One and Magnificent Creator! One day, if the veils of your eyes are removed and the knot of secret-seeing gets untied, you will realize how artwork changes from state to state in the artist’s hands!” (Mathnawi, vol. 6, Verses: 3332-3341)

It is impossible to explain the existence of matters and their movements in a perfect harmony and system as a “coincidence.”

Foremost Princeton biologist and zoologist Edwin Conklin (1863-1952) said: “The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing shop.”[8]



[1].     The Noble Quran, Ar-Ra‘d (Thunder); 13: 4. Translator’s Note: The Quran translations in this book are by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, which can be accessed at http://www.islam101.com/quran/yusufAli.

 

[2].     Prof. Dr. Osman Çakmak, Bir Çekirdekti Kâinat (The Universe was a Seed), pp. 21, 66.

 

[3].     Prof. Dr. Osman Çakmak, Kâinat Kitap Atomlar Harf (The Universe is a Book, Atoms are Letters), pp. 50.

 

[4].     Prof. Dr. Osman Çakmak, Bir Çekirdekti Kâinat (The Universe was a Seed), pp. 10-12.

 

[5].     Prof. Dr. Günay Tümer, Article: Din (Religion), Diyanet Islâm Ansiklopedisi – Encyclopedia of Islam (Republic of Turkey, Presidency of Religous Affairs)  Istanbul 1994, IX, pp.315-317.

 

[6].     Ar-Rûm (The Romans), 30: 20-46; Ash-Shura (Counsel), 42: 29, 32; Yâ Sîn, 36: 33-41; Al-Baqara (The Cow), 2: 22. Also see Ibrahim, 14: 32-33; Ar-Rûm (The Romans), 30: 40, 48, 54; Fâtir, 35: 9; Al Mu’min (The Believer), 40: 61, 64, 79; Al-Jathiya (Kneeling), 45: 12; At-Talaq (Divorce), 65: 12.

 

[7].     Fâtir, 35: 3.

 

[8].     The Evidence of God, p. 174; Prof. Dr. Vahidüddin Han, Islâm Meydan Okuyor (Islam is Challenging), p. 129.