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|Miracles of the Qur’an:|
In the above verse, our attention is drawn to a food cycle of which people at the time of the Qur'an's revelation could have known nothing.
When a living thing dies, micro-organisms quickly cause it to decompose. The dead body is thus divided up into organic molecules that mix with the soil and form the basic source of food for plants, animals, and, ultimately, humanity. Were it not for this nutritional cycle, life would not be possible.
Bacteria are responsible for meeting all living things' mineral and food needs. Plants and some animals, which remain almost dead (hibernation) throughout the winter, revive in the summer and meet all of their mineral and food requirements through the activities of bacteria during the winter. Throughout the winter, bacteria separate organic wastes (i.e., dead plants and animals) and turn them into minerals. Thus, when living things reawaken in spring, they find food ready and waiting for them. Thanks to bacteria, a "spring cleaning" has been carried out in their environment and the necessary amount of food has been prepared for nature as it returns to life in the spring.
As we have seen, dead creatures play a vital role in the emergence of new ones. This transition, indicated in the Qur'an as "He brings forth the living from the dead, and produces the dead out of the living," is carried out in the most perfect manner. This is one of the proofs that the Qur'an is the word of Allah.
|Wonders of Creation:|
The Biological Clock in Plants
A great many plants possess a biological clock that possesses detailed information about their own structures and other living things that assist in fertilizing them, and that literally resembles a computer centre. The existence of this biological clock points to one single truth; the truth of creation...
The ability to measure time is an ability that one does not usually expect to see in other living things other than man. It may be thought that this is limited to man, but both plants and animals possess a time-measuring mechanism, or "biological clock."
In the 1920s, when two scientists in Germany , Erwin Buenning and Kurt Stem, were studying the movement of bean plant leaves, they saw that the plants were moving their leaves towards the sun throughout the day, and that at night they were gathering their leaves vertically upwards and assuming a sleeping position.
Some 200 years before these two scientists published their findings, the French astronomer Jacques d'Ortuous de Marian had also observed that plants possessed such a regular sleep rhythm. Experiments in a dark environment where temperature and moisture were controlled showed that this situation did not change, and that plants possessed systems inside themselves which measure time.
Under natural conditions, plants select certain times for certain activities. They do this in line with certain changes in the sunlight. Because their internal clocks are tuned to sunlight, they complete their rhythmic activities in 24 hours. In other cases, there are some rhythms which are much longer than 24 hours.
No matter how long the rhythmic motions last, there is one point that does not change. These motions happen to ensure the life of the plant and the survival of the generations, and always take place at the most appropriate time. And in order for them to be successful, several complicated processes have to be completed in a flawless manner.
For example, in most plants flowers open at a particular time of year, i.e. at the best possible time. Plants' clocks, which regulate this time, also calculate the duration of sunlight falling on the leaves. Every plant's biological clock calculates this period in accordance with the plant's particular features. No matter what the calculation, the flowers open at the most appropriate time. As a result of research into the regulation of time in the soy bean, it was seen that, at whatever time these plants are sown, they open their flowers at the same time of year.
It causes the time the poppy flower disperses its pollen to coincide with the days and hours when pollinators are most prevalent. And these days and hours vary from plant to plant. But at the end of the day, with this time regulation, every plant disperses its pollen in a manner guaranteed to give the best results. Poppy flowers disperse their pollen in July and August between 05:30 and 10:00 in the morning. That is the time is that bees and other insects emerge to look for food. At this point the flower has to include in its calculation not just its own characteristics, but also those of other living things, down to the finest detail. The plant must have accurate knowledge of the time when the creatures which will fertilize it emerge, the length of the journey they will undertake, and the times they feed. In such a situation the following question comes to mind: Where in the plant is this clock, which possesses all this "information," which does all the necessary calculations, analyses the features of other creatures, and works in a way reminiscent of a computer centre? Where the perfect time measuring system is in plants is still a mystery to the scientists.
This clearly indicates a superior intelligence and power which establishes and controls the timing of all plants' different activities.
The subject of the biological clock in plants is just one of the countless miracles of creation. The theory of evolution, however, which propounds the nonsense that life came into being by chance, is a theory that seeks to find support for its claims by producing various scenarios. This is a fact sometimes admitted even by evolutionists themselves. Dr. Robert Milikan, a Nobel Prize winner and evolutionist, describes the situation in which evolutionists find themselves in these terms:
"The pathetic thing is that we have scientists who are trying to prove evolution, which no scientist can ever prove." (http://www.rmplc.co.uk/eduweb/sites/sbs777/vital/evolutio.html )
With His superior might and omniscience Allah shows us proofs of creation everywhere, and wills us to draw conclusions and reflect by seeing these. As stated in the Qur'an, only people capable to using their reason can draw conclusions and reflect, and thus find a path to our Lord:
|Lives of the Prophets:|
The physical beauty of Prophet Muhammad (saas)
The companions of Prophet Muhammad (saas) have passed on a great many detail about him, from the beauty of that blessed individual's external appearance, his radiance and disposition that left those who beheld him in awe, to his smile, and many other beautiful aspects that Allah had manifested in him. There were a fair number of such companions, and they have given many details of his great beauty. Those Muslims who lived at the same time as Prophet Muhammad (saas) have described many aspects of the servant of Allah. While some of those describe him in broad terms, others have given long and detailed descriptions. Some of these accounts are as follows:
Baraa bin Aazib (ra) relates:
Ibrahim b. Muhammed (ra), one of the grandsons of Ali (ra), informs us:
Hassan (ra) says:
"He had great qualities and attributes, others also held him in high esteem. His blessed face shone like the full moon. He was slightly taller than a man of middle height, but shorter than a tall person...His blessed hair was slightly twisted. If his hair became parted naturally in the middle he left it so, otherwise he did not habitually make an effort to part his hair in the middle…Rasulullah (saas) had a very luminous complexion (color), and a wide forehead. His eye brows were of dense and fine hair …
Abu Huraira (ra) describes:
Umm Ma'bad (ra), who was known for her generosity, uprightness and courage, was visited by Prophet Muhammad (saas) during Prophet Muhammad’s (saas) migration from Mecca to Medina, but failed to recognize him. However, she described him to her husband, who recognized Prophet Muhammad (saas) from her description:
As we can discern from those who saw him in person, Prophet Muhammad (saas) was extraordinarily handsome, with a finely proportioned body and a face that took one's breath away. He also had a very athletic and powerful build.
As explained yesterday, the scenario of vestigial organs has been proven to be scientifically untrue. The latest blow to this myth comes from a recent study on the leg of the horse. In an article in the 20-27 December 2001 issue of the journal Nature, titled "Biomechanics: Damper for bad vibrations," it is noted that "Some muscle fibres in the legs of horses seem to be evolutionary leftovers with no function. But in fact they may act to damp damaging vibrations generated in the leg as the horse runs." The article reads as follows:
Horses and camels have muscles in their legs with tendons more than 600 millimeters long connected to muscle fibers less than 6 millimeters long. Such short muscles can change length only by a few millimeters as the animal moves, and seem unlikely to be of much use to large mammals. The tendons function as passive springs, and it has been assumed that the short muscle fibers are redundant, the remnants of longer fibers that have lost their function over the course of evolution. But Wilson and colleagues argue… that these fibers might protect bones and tendons from potentially damaging vibrations….
Their experiments show that short muscle fibers can damp the damaging vibrations following the impact of a foot on the ground. When the foot of a running animal hits the ground, the impact sets the leg vibrating; the frequency of the vibrations is relatively high—for example, 30–40 Hz in horses—so many cycles of vibration would occur while the foot was on the ground if there were no damping.
The vibrations might cause damage, because bone and tendon are susceptible to fatigue failure. Fatigue in bones and tendons is the accumulation of damage resulting from repeated application of stresses. Bone fatigue is responsible for the stress fractures suffered by both human athletes and racehorses, and tendon fatigue may explain at least some cases of tendonitis. Wilson et al. suggest that the very short muscle fibers protect both bones and tendons from fatigue damage by damping out vibrations…1
In short, a closer look at the anatomy of the horse revealed that the structures that have been considered as nonfunctional by evolutionists have very important functions.
In other words, scientific progress demonstrated that what was considered to be evidence for evolution is in fact evidence for creation. Evolutionists should take a hint from this fact, if they are willing to do so. The Nature commentator seems to be reasonable:
Wilson et al. have found an important role for a muscle that seemed to be the relic of a structure that had lost its function in the course of evolution. Their work makes us wonder whether other vestiges (such as the human appendix) are as useless as they seem.2
This is not surprising. The more we learn about nature, the more we see the evidence for creation. As Michael Behe notes, "the conclusion of design comes not from what we do not know, but from what we have learned over the past 50 years."318 And Darwinism turns out to be an argument from ignorance, or, in other words, an "atheism of the gaps."
1. R. Mcneill Alexander, "Biomechanics: Damper For Bad Vibrations," Nature, 20-27 December 2001.
|Quick Grasp of Faith:|
Allah has described various characteristics of the hypocrites in the Qur'an, and has warned the believers against this group of unbelievers. For this reason, the features of these vicious, furtive people are obvious to anyone who knows the Qur'an well. A cautious believer who is familiar with the Book of Allah never misses the signs of the hypocrites, who have sickness in their hearts. No matter how hard they try to conceal them, the signs they bear of their disbelief reveal themselves in their actions, in their speech and in the way they react to events. Believers cannot name a person who reveals such signs as a "definite hypocrite", but would be cautious of this person. Some of the signs that help to identify hypocrites are mentioned in the verses below:
The verse makes it clear that seeking to impress people by their behavior and trying to show off are signs that can be perceived by believers. It is stated in a verse of the Qur'an that the real face of these people will ultimately be revealed and if Allah wills, they will be known by their features and by their manner of speech:
Our Prophet (saas) defines the signs that characterize hypocrites thus:
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An Introductory Audio-Visual Presentation
The documentary film you will watch in this site reveals that the theory of evolution is being refuted by the findings of the modern science. You will see that the origin of our lives is not evolution, but Divine creation. And this is a fact which is also supported by overwhelming scientific evidence.