A mighty waterfall tumbling down from on high, the boundless oceans and the glorious, stunning mountains are all matchless works of Allah. The stars, clouds, birds and fish are all His miracles. Most people are in no doubt that a green forest that blossoms once again, grows and flourishes in the spring is one of the beautiful and glorious works of Allah.
Some people, however, regard skyscrapers, airplanes, laboratories and computers rather differently. The fact that these are made and built by human beings deceives them. They imagine that technology, civilization, scientific and technical progress are independent of Allah (Allah forbid) and forget that the human beings who are instrumental in their coming into existence are also created by Him. They fail to think that Allah, Who has made clouds the cause of rain and the Sun the cause of light, has also made man the cause of technology and civilization. They make the error of thinking that human beings have a power independent of Allah (Allah forbid) and that human beings invented the Internet, that human beings cause planes to fly, that human beings invented the tea spoon or biro, that human beings build space craft and that human beings discovered the forces responsible for keeping planes aloft. They imagine that plasma TVs, CD players, carpets, lampshades, cars and the products of advanced technology all appeared as the result of human intelligence and ability.
They make a terrible error in not regarding these as the artistry of Allah, and forget that He created them out of His mercy.
The fact is, however, that all these things, just like the seas, trees, flowers, fruits, the Sun and the boundless mountains, are all works of Allah. Allah in His mercy makes human beings the cause of all these things listed above. Allah has given human beings the intelligence and ability for this. Our Lord inspired them to discover these things. But it is certain that Allah has the power to have created them with no direct cause.
And everything we see is in fact CREATED “SPECIALLY FOR US” AND “INDEPENDENT OF NATURAL CAUSES” as Allah’s sublime artistry.
In order to understand this, we need to know that the matter we see and touch is an image created in our brains, that it is specially created for us, specially and moment by moment, and that we can never have direct experience of the originals on the outside.