Every self will taste death. You will be paid your wages in full on the Day of Rising. Anyone who is distanced from the Fire and admitted to the Garden has triumphed. The life of this world is just the enjoyment of delusion. (Surah Al’Imran, 185)
Abdullah ibn Umar narrated, “Allah’s Messenger (saas) said, ‘Some hearts become rusty just as iron does when water affects it.’ On being asked what could clear them he replied, ‘A great amount of remembrance of death and recitation of the Qur’an.’” (Tirmidhi)
It is a great blessing for a person to attain immortality. The one thing that comes to minds of people day and night is death but they try not to make others feel it. For instance, they talk about football matches in order to lessen the effect of it. Or the purpose of chatting about insignificant things is again to get away from the fear of death. The purpose of vain talk and yelling in discos is the wish to forget death. For this reason, living for all eternity is one of the greatest blessings granted to believers. Having a beginning but no end. For this reason, it is a great reason of joy and a blessing for a Muslim to know that there will be young people in paradise who are destined to be always young and that he will be one of them. (A9 TV, MARCH 19,2012)
Death Is Not The End
Every self will taste death. We test you with both good and evil as a trial. And you will be returned to Us. (Surat al-Anbiya', 35)
Death, which is certain to happen to all of us, is a very important fact in one's life. We can never know exactly what we will experience in an hour or even in the next moment. This being the case, it is obvious how wrong it would be to plan our lives based on events that may never happen. Death, on the other hand, is the only thing that is certain to happen. Only the recognition of this basic truth makes us understand that we must found our lives according to it. Death is also a part of the trial of man. Allah informs us in the Qur'an that He created death and life to try man:
He Who created death and life to test which of you is best in action. He is the Almighty, the Ever-Forgiving. (Surat al-Mulk, 2)
Death is the end of merely the life of this world-thus the end of the trial-and the beginning of the next life. For this reason, believers have no fear of death. The thought of death does not distress them, because, every moment of their lives is spent in the pursuit of good deeds as preparation for the Hereafter.
For unbelievers, however, fear causes them great distress, because they consider it a complete annihilation. Thus, they avoid the thought of death and they don't even let that thought pass their minds and they escape from death. But it is futile. No soul can escape death when the predetermined time for it has come. This, in a verse, is stressed as follows:
Wherever you are, death will catch up with you, even if you are in impregnable fortresses... (Surat an-Nisa', 78)
To avoid the thought of death is to avoid the truth. As death will eventually catch up with man sooner or later, it is wise to conduct oneself with a mind busy with the thought of death. This is the rational disposition by which believers abide. Until death comes upon them, they engage in good deeds, as Allah commands us in the Qur'an:
And worship your Lord until what is Certain comes to you. (Surat al-Hijr, 99)
Thinking about death strengthens one's spirit and will. It prevents one's lower soul from leading him astray, by being lured through the false temptations of this world. It instils him with the resolve and determination to avoid all forms of behaviour unpleasing to Allah. It is for this reason that a believer must often think about death, never forgetting that all people, including himself, will someday die.
From the Qur'an, we learn what really happens to someone who dies, and what he or she actually experiences and feels. When we see someone dying, we only observe his "biological death." The truth is, however, the dying person, though in a totally different dimension, confronts the angels of death. If he is a unbeliever, his death causes him great pain. The angels of death, after extracting his soul, beat and torment him. A unbeliever's trauma is described as follows:
...If you could only see the wrongdoers in the throes of death when the angels are stretching out their hands, saying, "Disgorge your own selves! Today you will be repaid with the punishment of humiliation for saying something other than the truth about Allah, and being arrogant about His Signs." (Surat al-An'am, 93)
How will it be when the angels take them in death, beating their faces and their backs? That is because they followed what angers Allah and hated what is pleasing to Him. So He made their actions come to nothing. (Surah Muhammad, 27-28)
Death promises great joy and bliss for the believers. Contrary to unbelievers, whose souls are torn from them violently, the souls of believers are drawn from them gently. (Surat an-Nazi'at, 2) This experience is similar to the case of the soul in sleep, which leaves the body and moves into a different dimension (Surat az-Zumar, 42). In the verses, the following is stated regarding believers:
Gardens of Eden which they enter, with rivers flowing under them, where they have whatever they desire. That is how Allah repays those who have fear for Him: those the angels take in a virtuous state. They say,"Peace be upon you! Enter Paradise for what you did." (Surat an-Nahl, 31-32)
Scientists Are Embarrassed By The Ida Circus
Even Darwinist scientists had no qualms about admitting: “THE IDA SHOW IS AN EMBARRASSMENT!”
The IDA FUROR, first acclaimed by the Darwinist Jorn Hurum, a paleontologist at the Museum of Natural History in Oslo, and then lauded to the skies by the Darwinist David Attenborough as the missing link that had been sought for so many years and described in the press under such headlines as “the ancestor of man” and “the eighth wonder of the world” has even attracted intense criticism from Darwinist scientists. In their eyes, this peculiar show IS LITERALLY A CLOWNING!
Many fossils have been made the subject of speculation during the history of the Darwinist deception. Theses have been written about many false fossils (there are 40 separate doctoral theses about PILTDOWN Man, which was subsequently established as a hoax). Pictures of these as the forerunner of human beings that never actually existed have appeared in Darwinist publications (pictures of Nebraska Man, based on the discovery of a single boar tooth, and his entire family appeared in newspapers for months on end). And some of these fakes have been taken from country to country and placed on display. All these fossils were the subject of intense Darwinist propaganda, to be replaced by a profound silence in Darwinist circles once they were shown to be false or hoaxes.
On occasion the speculation continued, quite shamelessly, even once fossils had been shown to be false. Haeckel’s false illustrations, for instance, continued to appear in text books even after Haeckel had admitted they were fraudulent. Another well-known example is the evolution of the horse series. Scientists have admitted that this series is a fantasy devoid of the slightest foundation. Yet the series is still exhibited and discussed in text books. That is the extent to which Darwinist speculation can be carried.
The furor over Ida resembles these previous instances, but also differs from them in one regard. This time, Darwinists have totally lost control. Because Darwinism is in a historic state of collapse. Darwinist stratagems are being exposed one by one. That is why Darwinists have made such a sudden fuss over a fossil lemur that had been kept on the shelf for 26 years. Some Darwinist scientists initially reacted with caution, issuing moderate statements along the lines of, “it is still too early to refer to it as a missing link.” But the propaganda reached such alarming dimensions and became so blatant that even Darwinist scientists were eventually forced in strong reaction against it.
What have Darwinist scientists said about Ida?
The scandal of the Ida furor has even been criticized by Darwinist scientists.
In an article carried under the title “The Missing Link?” on the ABC News Television web site, the Johns Hopkins University Carnegie Museum of Natural History paleontologist Chris Beard says:
"This fossil is not as close to monkeys, apes, and humans as we are being led to believe."1
In another article in New Scientist magazine titled “Why Ida Fossil Is Not The Missing Link?”, Beard openly states that Ida bears no similarity to human beings, for which reason it cannot be described as a missing link. No matter how much research may be put into it, Ida is not, according to the Darwinist Beard, in that sense the eighth wonder of the world.2 Beard makes it clear that the fossil in question is a fully formed and perfect one that can tell us much about biology.
The Duke University Richard Kay openly admits that there is no scientific analysis to prove that Ida is a missing link, in other words that THERE IS NO EVIDENCE AT ALL.3 Elwyn Simons, a Duke University paleoanthropologist, states that Ida tells us nothing we did not already know. 4
Perhaps the most honest criticism came from the Timesonline web site: “Attenborough...was just one element of the media circus turning Ida into humanity’s newest and best link with its ancient past.”
Timesonline made the following comments about the fossil:
“Such finds are usually unveiled to the world through the sober pages of an academic journal, but for Ida nothing less than a glittering press conference at the American Museum of Natural History in New York would do. Later the scientists who studied Ida outlined the details of their research. Their pronouncements were just as extravagant.”5
It will be useful to point out here in the context of Darwinists that the information contained in the sober pages of academic journals is not always of any scientific value. Historic scientific frauds such as Piltdown Man, Nebraska Man and Archaeoraptor were all announced over many pages and for many days in the serious academic journals in question. In order a find is to be of any scientific value, there needs to be scientific evidence of that. But since finds always conflict with their claims (fossils represent perfect life forms, but Darwinists are always on the look out for imaginary, semi-developed transitional forms), Darwinists are never able to produce any scientific evidence. Consequently, no matter how sober the academic journal is, the information given to defend Darwinism, is always only a deception.
Cambridge University Professor of Human Evolution Robert Foley says it is “meaningless” to describe this creature as a missing link.
Two well-known Darwinist paleontologists who share different views about the supposed evolution of man and who are therefore never able to agree, Elwyn Simons from Duke University and Christopher Beard from the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, have made these comments about Ida:6
“Dr. Simons phoned me for the first time in 10 years to share his outrage about this MALARKEY and, for the first time in a decade, I agree with him,” said Beard last week. “...The roll-out was extraordinary and it is now clear that the scientists were under pressure to meet the showbusiness deadlines.”
Simons said, “It’s absurd and dangerous.” “This is all bad science... Darwinius is a wonderful fossil, but IT IS NOT A MISSING LINK OF ANY KIND. IT REPRESENTS A DEAD END IN EVOLUTION.”
In addition to the words of all these scientists setting out the scale of the Ida fraud, Jorn Hurum himself, introduced at the beginning of this article, also admits he performed a circus around Ida and attempts to justify this by saying: “Any pop band is doing the same thing. Any athlete is doing the same thing. We have to start thinking the same way in science.”
It will be appropriate at this point to recall that Hurum is someone who has made sensational use of fossils in the past. The fact that he has signed a contract with the Atlantic film company about the fossil Ida that he has made such a sensation out of is significant evidence of how far he has taken this circus and how the matter has nothing to do with science at all.
The fossil Ida, which has even been criticized by Darwinist scientists, is a crystal clear example of the dimension the Darwinist propaganda techniques we have been describing for so long can actually assume. Darwinist propaganda has been carried out by way of these techniques for the last 150 years. The reason why the Ida circus is now coming in for criticism from Darwinist scientists stems from an attempt to carry on with the circus even though the techniques of Darwinist propaganda have been exposed and that fossil in question has been proved to belong to a perfect life form and is in no way any kind of missing link. By being persisted in so shamelessly when the true facts are so obvious the circus has damaged Darwinists’ esteem and forced Darwinist scientists to react.
All Darwinists are of course well aware that Ida is not a transitional form but the fossil of a perfect life form. Contrary to all the speculation, Ida is a flawless life form that lived a perfect life some 47 million years ago. This fossil, which is 95% preserved and whose every detail can therefore be examined, CONTAINS NOT A SINGLE STRUCTURE SUGGESTIVE OF A TRANSITIONAL FORM CHARACTERISTIC. This extraordinary find IS PROOF OF THE FACT OF CREATION.
1 The Missing Link? Nightline, ABC News television, May 20, 2009. The Missing Link? Nightline, ABC News television, May 20, 2009
2 Chris Beard, “Why Ida fossil is not the missing link”, New Scientist, May 21, 2009, http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17173-why-ida-fossil-is-not-the-missing-link.html
3 Gibbons, A. "Revolutionary" Fossil Fails to Dazzle Paleontologists. ScienceNOW Daily News. Posted on sciencenow.sciencemag.org May 19, 2009, accessed May 20, 2009
4 Dayton, L. Scientists divided on Ida as the missing link. The Australian. Posted on theaustralian.news.com.au May 21, 2009, accessed May 21, 2009
Is The Iraq War A Portent Of The Mahdi?
World events taking place after the second edition of the book Harun Yahya’s The Awaited Mahdi, which sold out very quickly, as well as the American invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq and the neighboring countries’ behavior during the war, are important means whereby we can review the hadiths on these subjects.
The Loss of an Army
There are five portents of the Mahdi: a cry from Sufyani, Yamani, and Sama; the sinking of an army at Bayda; and the killing of the innocent. (Narrated by Nu`aym ibn Hammad)
No Money Left to the Iraqis
The Iraqis will have no measuring scales and almost no money with which to buy provisions. (Muntakhab Kanz al-`Ummal, 5:45)
Flames Destroy Baghdad
Baghdad is destroyed by fire in the End Times... (Risalat al-Khuruj al-Mahdi, 3:177)
An Embargo against Iraq and Syria
“It may happen that the people of Iraq may not send their qafiz and dirhams [their measures of food-stuff and their money].” We asked: “Who will be responsible for it?” He said: “The non-Arabs will prevent them.” He again said: “There is the possibility that the Syrians may not send their dinar and mudd.” We asked: “Who will be responsible for it?” He said: “This prevention will be made by the Romans.” (Sahih Muslim)
The Rebuilding of Iraq
Doomsday will not come until Iraq is attacked. Innocent people in Iraq will seek shelter in Damascus, which along with Iraq, will be rebuilt. (Muntakhab Kanz al-`Ummal, 5:254)
Iraqis Flee to Damascus and the North
Doomsday will not come until Iraq is attacked. The innocent and clean people of Iraq will flee to Damascus. (Risalat al-Khuruj al-Mahdi, p. 210)
Fitna in Damascus
The tribulations in Damascus will calm down on the one hand and flare up again on the other. This tribulation will not end until an angel from the sky calls: “The Mahdi is your leader. The Mahdi is your caliph.” (Ibid., p. 63)
Damascus, Iraq, and Arabia
Our Prophet (saas) said: “There will be such troubles and calamities that nobody will be able to find a place of shelter. These woes will move around Damascus, fall upon Iraq, and tie the hands and feet of the Arabian Peninsula. The community of Islam will fight against troubles in the steppes. Nobody will feel any sympathy for them or even say ‘Alas!’ As they try to remedy their woes on the one hand, they will emerge again on the other.” (Muntakhab Kanz al-`Ummal, 5:38-39)
" A Great Battle between the Tigris and the Euphrates "
There will be a city called Zawra [Baghdad] between the Tigris and the Euphrates, where a great battle occurs. Women will be taken prisoner, and men will have their throats cut like sheep. (Ibid., 5:38)
“The Division of Iraq into Three Parts”
According to our Prophet (saas) the people of Iraq will be divided into three groups: one part will join the looters; one group will flee, leaving their families behind; and one group will fight and kill. Prepare yourselves for Doomsday when you see this. (Fera Idu Fevaidi'l Fiqr fi'l Imam al-Mahdi al-Muntadhar)
The people of Kufa will be divided into three parts. One part will join the Sufyani’s army. These are the worst people created by Allah. One part will fight against them, and these are honorable servants of Allah. One part will join the looters, and these are sinners. (Al-Uqayli, An-Najmu's-Saqib fi Bayan Anna'l Mahdi min Awladi Ali b. Abu Talib Ale't-Tamam ve'l Qamal)
" The Killing of Innocent Children "
When an innocent child of Muhammd’s community is killed, an angel from the sky will cry: “Allah is with him [the Mahdi] and with those who are with him.” (Muhammad ibn `Ali Sabban, Ishaf ar-Raghibin, p. 154)