Your Lord is Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth in six days and then settled Himself firmly on the Throne. He covers the day with the night, each pursuing the other urgently; and the sun and moon and stars are subservient to His command. Both creation and command belong to Him. Blessed be Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. (Surat al-A‘raf, 54)
Beauties of the paradise which are missed in the life of this world
Allah created a sense for beauty in the souls of humans. However, this disclosure and the development of aesthetic understanding is directly related to faith and occasion of his mind won by his faith. Maturation of a person’s faith and his or her longing for paradise, increases the pleasure one gets from the beauties by the will of Allah.
Allah has informed us about the beauty and the aesthetic understanding of the environment in heaven which is promised to sincere believers in the Qur’an. As the verses inform us, Almighty Allah equipped paradise with blessings which the human soul is loves and is mostly affected by. Allah created people in “beautiful appearance”, in an instinct to enjoy all kinds of beauty, aesthetics and art.
A believer takes great pleasure when he sees similar environments in paradise as places in this world and gives thanks to Allah for these blessings.
Human Spirit Takes Pleasure from the Natural Beauties
The human spirit takes indescribable pleasure from the beauties of the nature, numerous different types of flowers, unique view of green leaves, and landscapes. Natural beauty and the greenery of lands are the wonderful blessings of paradise. It is antoher beauty that it is placed nearby the mansions and shadows, inside gardens and springs. Here are some other characteristics of paradise from information in the Quran:
Paradise has a pleasant climate which is informed by another verse “... neither burning sun nor bitter cold... ” (Al-Insan, 13)that never discomforts people. Heat that makes people sweat or swelter doesn’t belongs to there. Allah will place the believers “into cool, refreshing shade.” in the paradise. (An-Nisa’, 57)
“Refreshing shade” expression in this verse signs that all media and conditions in paradise would be willed by people and would make people comfortable and be prepared to comfort people, provide a real sense of satisfaction for the human soul. Everything and every place in paradise would be “after one’s own heart” for a Muslim.
One of the natural beauties that Allah mostly gave news in the verses related to paradise is the “outpouring water”(s) (Al-Waqi‘a, 31)Human spirit takes great pleasure from water, especially flowing water. A lake, stream, waterfall or a river falling through the forest gives great pleasure to people. Images and sounds of flowing water give peace and comfort to the human heart. Images and sounds of water falling from high above gives pleasure to the soul. Aim of the palaces, mansions or ponds which are made in the gardens of the mansions, pools and fountains or the natural rivers all comes from this aesthetic longing.
Main reason that these images are aesthetically pleasing is that the spirit of a believer had created compatible to paradise. This beauty is described in another verse as below:
“In them are two gushing springs.” (Ar-Rahman, 66)
Learning from insects
Flies’ superior flight techniques surpass the contemporary aircrafts. In our day it is the dream of engineers to produce miniature aircrafts that can imitate flapping wings of insects.
In exploring the planet Mars, which provides an inhospitable environment for conventional aircrafts with its thin athmosphere, the mission falls to mechanical insects (robots) capable of both flying and crawling. With their aerobatics capabilities butterflies inspire such mechanical insects. With support from NASA’s Institute fo Advanced Concepts, a team of reserchers that includes Georgia Institute of Technology engineers conducts a comprehensive feeasibilty study designed to show whether a fleet of scaled-up Entomopters (mechanical insects) could one day help explore Mars. (www.spacedaily.com/news/mars-plane-01a.html)
In our day it is not possible to produce aircrafts with wingspans less than 15 cm., for these small wings prove to be incapable of producing any ascending force. Flies that are much tinier, on the other hand, perfectly fly with their minute wings. When the ascending force provided by wings is compared with unit area, it appears that flies are 10 times more superior than aircrafts. (Harun Yahya, Biomimetics)
With mini cameras mounted over, aircrafts 15 cm in length are developed to fly over 100 meters for spy missions. AeroVironment, a company in California, has been producing these unmanned planes for years. Matt Keennon, the company’s manager on the project, said it was a technical challenge to create the mini-machine because it pushes the limitations of aerodyamics. In this respect, the non-imitability of fly flight and man’s technical incompetence to replicate their manoeuvres are also by Allah’s leave. In the Qur’an Allah relates us the miracle of Creation in flies as follows:
Mankind! an example has been made, so listen to it carefully. Those whom you call upon besides Allah are not even able to create a single fly, even if they were to join together to do it. And if a fly steals something from them, they cannot get it back. How feeble are both the seeker and the sought! (Surat al-Hajj, 73)
The world being in a major economic crisis is a sign of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as)
By setting out the portents of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) in the hadiths, our Prophet (saas) makes it possible for Muslims to realize that Hazrat Mahdi (as) has appeared when they see these events taking place one after the other.
As foretold in the hadiths, one of these portents of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) is a great economic crisis that will affect the whole world. Rasulullah (saas) tells us that trade will stagnate in the End Times, everyone will complain of reduced earnings, the cost of living will rise and, in short, there will be severe economic problems.
This hadith describes the period in the run-up to the appearance of Hazrat Mahdi (as) as follows:
Before Hazrat Mahdi (as) appears, TRADE AND ROADS between nations WILL BE CUT and strife among people will grow. (Ibn Hajar al-Haythami, Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi `Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntazar, p. 39)
The next part of the hadith says that these problems will come to an end in the time of Hazrat Mahdi (as):
"… We came to seek that person [Hazrat Mahdi (as)] BY WHOSE HAND STRIFE WILL BE EXTINGUISHED.” (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 52)
[Before Hazrat Mahdi (as) appears] "THE MARKETS BEING STILLED, A DECREASE IN EARNINGS..." (Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Rasul Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 148)
Everyone COMPLAINING OF LOW EARNINGS... the rich respected for their money... (Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Rasul Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 146)
BUSINESS BEING STAGNANT. Everyone will complain ‘I cannot sell, buy or earn anything.’ (Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li-ashrat al-sa'ah, p. 152)
The crisis that erupted in October 2007 in the USA was not restricted to that country alone. It turned into a global crisis that stunned all the economic markets of countries such as Great Britain, Germany, China, Hungary, Poland, Argentina, Holland, France and Russia. The United Nations described this crisis as "THE CRISIS OF THE CENTURY."The crisis led to the collapse of tens of major companies, millions being made unemployed, thousands of people losing their homes, production coming to an almost entire standstill in many countries and even to whole nations becoming bankrupt. Poverty was no longer a problem of concern to specific countries in the world and began threatening societies in developed countries.
VARIOUS HEADLINES REFLECTING THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF THE CRISIS
The world’s largest brokerage company, Merrill Lynch, lost some $46 billion because of the global crisis.
According to a report by the U.S. Department of Employment, 73,000 people lost their jobs in August alone, while 159,000 jobs were lost in September. A total of 760,000 people have lost their jobs over the last nine months.
700 banks have gone bust in the USA, and there is a possibility of a further 700 doing so.
In Japan, the world’s second largest economy, Yamato Life Insurance, an insurance company dating back 98 years and with total debts of $2.7 billion, went bankrupt in October 2008.
Iceland, in second place on the United Nations’ “Countries with the Highest Levels of Well-Being,” went bankrupt.
Because of decreased worldwide demand, leading global automotive companies halted production in their companies and laid off thousands of workers.
More than 100,000 people have been laid off in the financial sector since September.
XL, the third largest tourism company in Britain, went bankrupt in September 2008.
In addition, the airline British Airways cited the crisis as a reason for laying off 1400 staff.
Greece’s credit ratings were lowered and the country came to the brink of bankruptcy. There is uncertainty over whether the country can repay its debts.
Portugal has also entered a debt spiral because of rising interest rates and is heading toward bankruptcy. Spain is also said to be facing the danger of bankruptcy.
Dubai, known for its great wealth, is also among those going bankrupt.
THERE ARE REFERENCES TO THE ECONOMIC CRISIS IN THE QUR’AN
Allah tells us in the Qur’an that when He sends a Messenger or Prophet to warn or remind communities, He first warns those societies with troubles, poverty and difficulty, in other words, through economic crises.
We have never sent a Prophet to any city without seizing its people with HARDSHIP AND DISTRESS so that, hopefully, they might learn humility. (Surat al-A'raf, 94)
Allah has made His Messenger instrumental in the happiness of societies. Every messenger or prophet is the Mahdi of his time. Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be instrumental in people attaining happiness in these, the End Times. In the same way that Allah warned and tested earlier peoples with economic crises, so He has produced a major economic crisis in the End Times, in the run-up to the appearance of Hazrat Mahdi (as). By Allah's leave, this crisis will come to an end when the moral values of Islam fully rule the world and poverty and want will be replaced by a hitherto unknown wealth and plenty.
Period: Cenozoic Era, Eocene epoch
As did many other branches of science, paleontology also provided numerous findings and knowledge demonstrating how unscientific the prophecies of Darwin had actually been. One of these findings is the 54- to 37-million-year-old fossil turtle pictured here, which refutes evolutionists by evidencing that turtles have not changed at all over tens of millions of years.
Too small to be seen with the naked eye, DNA serves as the data bank of our cells. Information about all the living things around you is concealed within this miniaturized data bank inside every cell of every organism. All the structural characteristics of a rose, an orange, a sparrow, a tiger or a human being are present in the nuclei of the cells that comprise these organisms. Look at your hand that is holding this book. These data stores exist in the nucleus of every single one of the cells that compose that hand.
These DNA molecules are invisible to the naked eye but in terms of their contents and data-storage capacity, they are equal to a library consisting of tens of thousands of books. As you observe the miraculous aspects of DNA, which we can be seen only by magnifying it thousands of times, you will also appreciate how such this minute essential component of life places the theory of evolution in an insuperable quandary. Examining the details of this extraordinary structure will give you the opportunity to ponder the infinite might, incomparable knowledge, scope and dominion of our Lord, Allah (God) and the universe He has created.
However, at the time when Darwin launched his theory, the level of science was extremely backward. Not even the basic structure of the cell had been revealed, let alone the discovery of the helix structure and data capacity of the DNA molecule, which James Watson and Francis Crick revealed nearly 100 years after the publication of Darwin’s book The Origin of Species. Darwin had no means of foreseeing the advances that molecular biology would subsequently make. Clearly, his theory of evolution built on fundamentally flawed knowledge and hypotheses cannot account for the existence of a structure like DNA, which amazes scientists.