If My slaves ask you about Me, I am near. I answer the call of the caller when he calls on Me. They should therefore respond to Me and believe in Me so that hopefully they will be rightly guided. (Surat al-Baqara, 186)
The only way to take due pleasure from Allah's blessings is faith
The sole way to attain true happiness is to have faith in Allah. This truth is revealed in the Quran by the verse, “Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured." (Surat ar-Ra’d 28). One can only save himself from the unhappiness and boredom he experiences when he grasps Allah’s Mercy and Grace. He can only take real pleasure from the life of this world and have real grasp of the blessings in this way.
As Allah reveals us in the verses; “Good!’ There is good in the world for those who do good, and the abode of the Hereafter is even better. How wonderful is the abode of those who have fear of Allah” (Surat An-Nahl, 30) “So Allah gave them the reward of the world and the best reward of the Hereafter.” (Surah ‘Al`Imran, 148), Allah grants a beautiful life only to those who have faith. For unbelievers, on the other hand, there is absolutely a “depressed life”, as is stated in the verse:
“But if anyone turns away from My reminder, his life will be a dark and narrow one and on the Day of Rising We will gather him blind."(Surah Taha, 124). No way other than having faith saves these people from this distressed life; they can not attain real bliss. Even if they have all the material opportunities available to them, they can not enjoy them in the real sense of the word. That is because a person must be able to appreciate these beauties in order to take pleasure from them. For instance he must recognize the flawless sequence in the leaves of a carnation, its scent, the softness of its texture and, more importantly, understand that this beauty is created as a blessing and a manifestation of Allah. It is only people of faith who can understand them in the true sense. That is because people who have faith in Allah are aware that evey detail in this world is a blessing of our Lord and think about Allah’s infinite might of Creation in every beauty. This adds to their love and devotion to Allah.
An individual who sees these facts and sincerely submits himself to Allah by “holding on to the rope of Allah” must be aware that he has “bonded to an unbreakable solid bracelet” and that, by Allah’s leave, nothing can ever give any harm to him. He must also know that he will enjoy Allah’s blessings to its full extent both in this world and the Hereafter. Almighty Allah reveals in the Quran:
If Allah afflicts you with harm, no one can remove it except Him. If He desires good for you, no one can avert His favour. He bestows it on whichever of His servants He wills. He is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surat Yunus, 107)
Dam engineers: Beavers
River management has always been one of the significant topics men have examined down the ages. There has been a great effort for this and particular construction techniques have been developed. That unconscious beavers calculate like an architect and build perfect lodges is one of the most thought-provoking examples in the world of animals.
Building a dam is a very difficult job, indeed. For instance, the construction of Ataturk Dam on the River Euphrates took nine years and in the meantime, there were days when exactly 9 thousand workers worked together simultaneously. Have you known that kind of dam construction that requires such a challenging organization is seen in the world of animals?
Beavers build their lodges inside a still pond. Yet, the specialty of this pond is that it is formed by an artificial dam constructed by beavers. In order to block water and to make a still pond, beavers first push the thick branches into the stream bed. Later on, they pile up thinner branches onto the ones that are heavier. However, there is a problem; the running water may wash this mass away. That is to say, if the dam does not have a strong connection to the stream bed, the water will destroy it shortly. In order to prevent the dam being destroyed by the water, the wisest thing to do is to penetrate posts onto the stream bed and building the dam on top of them. Therefore, beavers use long posts as the main girder while building dams. But instead of penetrating these posts onto the stream bed, they prefer making the parts heavier by using stones and they anchor them in the water.
Finally, beavers glue their pile of braches with a particular grout made of dead leaves and clay. This grout is water-proof and it is very resistant against the abrasive force of water. After works of a couple of months, a pond of dam is formed behind the barricade. And as the pond grows bigger, they have to strengthen the dam and fix the leaks. To do this, they fill the gaps between the trees by using mud and support the barricade with bushes.
Beavers’ Dams Are Concave
Engineers working in a dam construction do plans and run projects and construction workers physically work to bring the project run by engineers into action. Nevertheless, beavers are both the workers and the engineers of their dams. And to do so, they work within a very convenient working plan.
The shape of the dams built by beavers is concave. That is to say, it looks like a bow hollowed inward. All beavers built their dams in the concave shape. And the reason why they do so is that they try to block water with a 45o degree angle. In other words, they do not accidentally throw branches against the water while building dams. They construct their dams according to an exact plan. What is interesting here is that the hydroelectric centrals are built according to this angle in our day. Besides, beavers do not make a mistake such as completely blocking water. They build dams in a way to allow them to keep water at the correct height they requested for the dam; and they leave particular channels open allowing the extra water to flow. This outstanding intelligence does not of course belong to the beavers. These beings act by our Lord’s will. It is remarkable that men learnt that dams should be built in this way after a time spent on long calculations and complex equations. Yet, beavers succeed in this hard work without any need for an education in engineering. This is because, the All-Knowing Allah created them with this particular information.
Their Anatomy Is Suitable
A beaver can cut down about 200 trees in a year. And it does all these, only by using its teeth. In time, its teeth are consumed away and sometimes they broke down. However, this does not become an obstacle for the beavers as their fore teeth grow again shortly. Only the fore teeth grow; therefore if they had used their back teeth, their jaw structure would be distorted and their teeth would be unable to be used.
Beavers also have to be good swimmers in order to build dams. Thus their anatomy is very suitable for swimming. Their webbed feet and flipper-like tails enable them to have a hydrophobic feature. Another feature enabling them to move easily in water is the special creation in their eyes. They have a secondary eye lid that is half-transparent. This protects them from the effects of water. Besides, their ears and nasals are protected by being closed down to prevent water going inside.
The Source of Intelligent Behavior in Beavers
Beavers know about building dams and lodges from the moment they are born. It is for sure that this feature of theirs was not formed on its own. This information was taught to them even before they were born. And that’s why they are so good at doing it. (Harun Yahya, Engineering In Nature)
The One Who ordered all beavers and animals that have lived until now is our Lord, The Most Merciful, and The Owner of Supreme Intelligence. Allah is The Almighty and The Originator of all living beings.
“And Allah has created every animal from water: of them there are some that creep on their bellies; some that walk on two legs; and some that walk on four. Allah creates what He wills for verily Allah has power over all things.” (Surah An-Nur, 45)
Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be instrumental in people fearing and loving Allah. He will teach them to live by the Qur'an
It is narrated from Hzrat Ali that:
AFTER WORSHIP OF ALLAH HAS TURNED INTO WORHSIP OF EARTYHLY DESIRES, HAZRAT MAHDI (AS) WILL COME, AND HE WILL TURN WORSHIP OF EARTHLY DESIRES INTO WORSHIP OF ALLAH. AND AFTER THE QUR’AN HAS BEEN ADAPTED TO PEOPLE’S OWN OPINIONS AND IDEAS, HAZRAT MAHDI (AS) WILL COME AND WILL ADAPT THEIR OPINIONS AND IDEAS TO THE QUR’AN....The Earth will give forth everything it conceals inside it and will place all its means and abundance at his disposal. AT THAT TIME, HAZRAT MAHDI (AS) WILL SHOW YOU WHAT REAL JUSTICE IS AND WHAT RESTORING THE BOOK AND THE SUNNA MEANS.
(Nahw al-Balaga, Fayzal-Islam Edition, p. 424,425)
Age: 33 million years old
Size: 38.1 centimeters (15 in) by 25.4 centimeters (10 in) by 5.08 centimeters (2 in)
Location: Converse County, Wyoming
The fossil pictured is evidence that no difference exists between rhinos of 33 million years ago and those today. Living creatures with anatomy unchanged for millions of years reveal that the theory of evolution is a huge deception.
There are more than 10,000 species of birds on Earth, each of which possesses its own unique features. Hawks have very sharp eyes, broad wings and pointed talons. Plovers, weighing just a few hundred grams, flap their wings for 88 hours non-stop on the journey of 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) that they make every winter, crossing the ocean without mishap. With their ability to imitate sounds including human speech, parrots are among the cleverest of living things. Although anatomy of their mouths is wholly different—they have no teeth or lips, for instance—they are able to produce sounds very similar to those they hear. With their long beaks, the hummingbirds—the smallest known species of birds—can feed on flower nectar and the small insects they find inside flowers. In order to feed, they needs to hover in the air in front of the flower, and with its specially created features, they are the only species of bird able to do so. Jays bury the bonito fish they collect for later use. With their powerful memories, they are able to find and extract these fish even after nine months have passed, in forests where every tree resembles every other.
The way that birds show devoted behavior towards their young is also most striking. Some birds construct highly intricate nests, taking account of a great many factors during their construction. Birds living by the seashore, for example, build nests that cannot be flooded, using the appropriate materials for this. They even calculate how their future young should come to no harm in the event that water levels rise. Some marsh-dwelling birds build nests with high walls so that their eggs cannot be blown out by the wind.
How are such different types of nests, intelligent behavior and altruism, whose variety would fill many volumes, possible for these creatures, which are totally without reason or training?
It is impossible for them to have gradually developed the features they possess, because they could not have survived during the intermediate stages of any such process. Indeed, no creature has ever grown to perfection in stages, as evolutionists would have us believe. On the contrary, all different living groups have existed in their current perfect states ever since they first appeared in the Earth's geological strata.
This is scientific evidence that birds too were created, and this evidence represents a truth taught to human beings in the Qur'an: it is Allah, the Creator of all things, Who created these creatures with all the features they possess and the systems appropriate to them.
In verses, Allah reveals His dominion over the living world:
“. . . There is no creature He does not hold by the forelock.”(Surah Hud, 56)