As for those who have iman and do right actions – We impose on no self any more than it can bear – they are the Companions of the Garden, remaining in it timelessly, for ever. (Surat al-A’raf, 42)
The inner self continuously inspires the individual to do evil and wicked acts except for Allah’s Will. One can only be saved from these evils of the inner self through establishing a sincere and deep connection with Almighty Allah. One of the most effective ways of this connection is to pray to Him. A person may ask Almighty Allah to cleanse his inner self, open his mind and have a deep faith, by knowing that He answers to the prayers of His sincere servants as revealed in Surat al-Baqara, 186;
“If My servants 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)”
Listening to the Voice of One’s Conscience
Conscience is a great blessing Almighty Allah grants to His servants to be saved from the evil and wicked acts of the inner self. In a sense, conscience is the voice of Allah directing us to the truth. It is the conscience that steps in the first and inspires the person as to which alternative is most appropriate for Allah’s good pleasure. However, in the second phase, the inner self steps in and tries to direct him towards other alternatives. To do this, it generally whispers excuses to people. However, Almighty Allah heralds that He will save those who listens to their consciences instead of the whispers of the inner self that brings no benefit to the person:
But as for him who feared the Station of his Lord and forbade the lower self its appetites, the Garden will be his refuge. (Surat an-Nazi‘at, 40-41)
Unprecedented shield: Chitin
Rain forests, deserts, hot water springs, polar regions, glaciers, cones and seeds…All these are only some of the habitat of insects…These tiny miraculous beings living mostly on lands have spread all over the world because of their extraordinary structures. One of the properties that protect insects from threats in their environments is the “chitin” that covers them almost like a shield.
Mostly an outer skeleton (exoskeleton) made up of chitin covers the bodies of insects. Chitin, which is a hard substance, provides strength to the outer skeleton. This skeleton protects the insect from external threats and perils miraculously.
The most amazing property of chitin is its strength similar to an iron armor. Antennas, wings, tracheas or feathers may also contain chitin. Furthermore even the edges of the insect wings may become as sharp as knives because of chitin.
However because chitinous exoskeletons do not grow parallel to the growth of insects, some insect species may be obliged to change their skins especially during their development. This is a gradual process. As the dimensions of their bodies change so do their exoskeletons. There are even insects that change their chitinous exoskeletons 30 times throughout their lives.
These are only some of the amazing features of insect communities. Almighty Allah, the infinite possessor of knowledge, equips all insects with flawless systems and makes each one of them a sign of Creation. As Allah relates us in the following verse:
“Among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and earth and all the creatures He has spread about in them…” (Surat ash-Shura, 29)
Bediuzzaman Said Nursi said that 40-50 years after his time, the system of the dajjal (anti-messiah) would get stronger and step up oppression and pressure on Muslims
“NOW, A SIN OF A MAN DOESN’T REMAIN AS ONE SIN ONLY, SOMETIMES IT GROWS, SPREADS, AND BECOMES HUNDRED. (…) ESPECIALY FORTY-FIVE YEARS LATER, EVIL WILL NOT AFFECT ONLY THE EVIL-DOER. IT WILL BREACH THE RIGHTS OF MAYBE MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS. THERE WILL BE LOTS OF EXAMPLES OF THIS, FORTY-FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW.” (FORMER SAID TERM BOOKS, DAMASCUS SERMON, P. 350-1)
The Myth of the Evolution of Fish with Lungs
Evolutionists resort to evolutionist tales regarding fish with lungs and maintain that these fish were the first vertebrates to move from water to dry land. However, the idea of the passage from water to dry land and the role assumed to have been played in this scenario by fish with lungs stem solely from blind devotion to the theory of evolution. Evolutionists are unable to produce any concrete evidence to support their claims. This can clearly be seen from Darwinist writings. One sees tales about how fish supposedly developed lungs in order to be able to make use of the oxygen in the air and how their fins turned into feet to enable them to walk on land. But these people are unable to produce any fossil evidence for their claims. The reason for this is clear: such a passage is entirely imaginary and there is no scientific evidence to support it.
On the contrary, the scientific evidence refutes these Darwinist tales. The weakness of the evolutionary myths about fish with lungs is a fact explicitly and frequently brought up even in evolutionist literature.
Fish with lungs are able to breathe air and to survive in dry periods thanks to an astonishing metabolic arrangement and system. These fish, which have to rise to the surface approximately every 20 minutes, bury themselves inside a cocoon made of mud in dry seasons when the waters retract and enter into a kind of summer sleep, known as aestivation. This time, when their metabolisms slow down enormously, will last for months, or sometimes even for years, until the rains begin again.
Some evolutionists claim that these creatures are left over from this so called period, living transitional forms. According to this entirely imaginary evolutionist fantasy, the fish in question were imprisoned in very small bodies of water caused by a drought in the Devonian Period, some 300 million years ago, and learned how to walk from one pool to another. Some evolutionists regard these fish as the supposed ancestors of amphibians (and quadrupeds).
There are enormous difference, in terms of skeletons and organs, between amphibians and the fish with lungs alleged to be their ancestors. In a paper published in the Journal of Molecular Evolutionthe researchers C. Marshall and H. P. Schultz wrote that, "Morphological analysis of the "living fossils," the coelacanth and lungfish, has only lead to confusion regarding possible evolution of tetrapods.” (Marshall C. and Schultze HP. Journal of Molecular Evolution 35 (2): 93-101, 1992.)
A paper in the Proceedings of the Linnean Societyadmitted the dilemma facing the supposed evolutionary origins of fish with lungs – portrayed as resting on very sure foundations:
"… the lungfishes, like every other major group of fishes that I know, have their origins firmly based in nothing." (Quoted in W. R. Bird, The Origin of Species Revisited[Nashville: Regency, 1991; originally published by Philosophical Library, 1987], 1:62-63)
In his book “Evolution: A Theory in Crisis,” the molecular biologist Michael Denton wrote that evolutionists described fish with lungs as a transitional form between fish and amphibians, but said that the individual characteristics of fish with lungs "in no way represent a realistic passage between the two."("Evolution: A Theory in Crisis", Michael Denton, Adler and Adler: Bethesda, Maryland, 3rd ed. 1986, p. 109)
The fossil record also deals a heavy blow to evolutionist scenarios regarding fish with lungs. These have remained unchanged for hundreds of millions of years and fossils belonging to these creatures are identical to specimens living today. Not a single fossil exists to justify the claim that the lungs in this fish developed gradually. This shows that fish with lungs are rather evidence against evolution, not for it. It is clear in the light of the above facts that the idea that fish with lungs represent an evolutionary phase is simply a fantasy.
What evolutionists are doing is to try to spread a scenario about fish with lungs as if they were the scientific truth and to ignore the objections to that scenario that can easily be found in the scientific literature. This is a blind endeavor to spread Darwinist propaganda with unscientific myths.
Like all living things, fish with lungs exhibited sublime complexities far beyond the reach of even the most advanced technologies. And like all living things they are proof of a flawless Creation. The idea that fish one day moved from the water to dry land and developed lungs and feet with the help of blind chance is a myth. The truth is that Almighty Allah has perfectly created these animals.
Age: 54 to 37 million years old
Size: 8 centimeters (3.2 in) by 3.8 centimeters (1.5 in); matrix: 12.7 centimeters (5 in) by 10 centimeters (4 in)
Location: Lincoln County, Wyoming
Stingrays are cartilaginous fish. In the face of a threat, they defend themselves with the stings on their tails. Their eyes are located above their flattened bodies and their mouths are underneath. Just like sharks, they find their food by using their sense of smell and by electrical senses. They generally live submerged on the ocean floor, with only their eyes and tails discernable.
The fossil pictured evidences that fish have not undergone evolution. Stingrays that lived 50 million years ago were no different from the ones living today. Despite the passage of millions of years, no change has occurred in the structure of stingrays. If evolution had really taken place, then stingrays would have undergone various stages, leaving behind many fossils documenting these sequential stages. However each fossil discovered reveal that today's stingrays and those that lived in the past are the same. All these deny the claims of evolutionists.
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