RAMADAN 2005 The 25th Day

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Ayat of the Day

 
 
 

The Unseen of the heavens and the Earth belongs to Allah and the whole affair will be returned to Him. So worship Him and put your trust in Him. Your Lord is not unaware of what you do.
(Surah Hud: 123)

 


 
  Hadith of the Day:  
 

 

 

Verily, Allah does not treat a believer unjustly in regard to his virtues. He would confer upon him (His blessing) in this world and would give him reward in the Hereafter. (Muslim)

 

 

 
  Miracles of the Qur’an:  
 


THE WORD “PHARAOH” IN THE QUR’AN

In the Old Testament, the Egyptian ruler during the period of Prophet Ibrahim (as) and Prophet Yusuf (as) are named "Pharaoh." However, this title was actually employed after the eras in which these two prophets lived.

While addressing the Egyptian ruler at the time of Prophet Yusuf (as), the word "Al-Malik" in Arabic is used in the Qur'an: It refers to a ruler, king or sultan:

The King said, ‘Bring him to me straight away!'… (Surah Yusuf: 50)

The ruler of Egypt in the time of Prophet Musa (as) is referred to as "Pharaoh." This distinction in the Qur'an is not made in the Old and New Testaments nor by Jewish historians. In the Bible, the word "Pharaoh" is used, in every reference to an Egyptian monarch. On the other hand, the Qur'an is far more concise and accurate in the terminology it employs.

The use of the word "Pharaoh" in Egyptian history belongs only to the late period. This particular title began to be employed in the 14th century B.C., during the reign of Amenhotep IV. Prophet Yusuf (as) lived at least 200 years before that time.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica says that the word "Pharaoh" was a title of respect used from the New Kingdom (beginning with the 18th dynasty; B.C. 1539-1292) until the 22nd dynasty (B.C. 945-730), after which this term of address became the title of the king. Further information on this subject comes from the Academic American Encyclopaedia, which states that the title of Pharaoh began to be used in the New Kingdom.

As we have seen, the use of the word "Pharaoh" dates from a specific period in history. For that reason, the fact that the Qur'an distinguishes between the different Egyptian titles in different Egyptian eras is yet another proof that the Qur'an is Allah's word.

 THE PROPHET MUSA (AS) REFERRED TO AS A MAGICIAN

In papyruses from the time of Pharaoh, Prophet Musa (as) is regularly referred to as a magician. (The papyruses in question are held in the British Museum.) Despite all the best efforts of Pharaoh and his supporters, they were never able to get the better of Prophet Musa (as) in their all-out war against him and the Children of Israel.

This is written on the second day of the seventh month of Payni during the reign of Ramses, the elder brother of Ammon, the Sun's son who is the administrator of justice, and who lives eternally like his father, the Sun… When you receive this letter, rise, set to work and undertake the supervision of the fields. When you hear the news of a new disaster such as a flood ruining the entire cereals, think. Hemton destroyed them by consuming them greedily, granaries are cracked, rats are clumped in fields, fleas are like hurricane, scorpions are eating up greedily, wounds caused by little flies are too many to count. And these grieve the people… The Scribe [probably referring to Prophet Musa (as)] fulfilled the purpose to destroy the total amount of cereals… Sorceries are like their bread. Scribe… is the first of men in the art of writing.

The reference to Prophet Musa (as), and the "magician" accusations hurled at him, can be found in the following verses:

They said, "Magician, invoke your Lord for us by the contract He has made with you and we shall certainly follow the guidance." (Surat az-Zukhruf: 49)

They said, "No matter what kind of sign you bring us to bewitch us, we will not believe in you." (Surat al-A‘raf: 7:132)



 
  Wonders of Creation:  
 


The Jumping Spider

As is widely known, spiders construct a web and wait for insects to become trapped. The jumping spider, contrary to others, prefers to go after its prey itself. It makes a nimble leap to reach its prey. It may capture a fly that passes half a meter away from itself in the air by leaping upon it.

The spider makes this amazing leap by its eight feet that work on hydraulic pressure principles, and all of a sudden it descends on its prey and inserts its powerful jaws in it. This leap usually takes place in a convoluted environment of plants. The spider must calculate the most appropriate angle for a successful leap, and consider the speed and direction of its prey.

More interesting is how it saves its own life after catching its prey. The insect could possibly die, because when jumping to catch its prey, it launches itself into the air and so it could easily crash down to the ground from the heights (the spider is usually at the top of a tree).

The spider, however, does not face such an end. The spider thread, which it had secreted just before jumping and which it sticks on the branch it is on, saves it from falling to the ground and keeps him dangling in the air. This thread is so strong that it can hold both the spider and its prey.

Another interesting feature of this spider is that the poison it injects into its prey liquefies its tissues. The food of the spider is nothing else than the liquefied tissues of its prey.

Certainly, the features of this spider are not gifts (!) of coincidence. It is necessary that it should have gained the skill of both jumping and, at the same time, making a thread that will prevent it from falling. If it could not jump, it would starve and die. If it could not make a thread or if its thread were not strong enough, it would crash to the ground. Then the spider must both have a body structure suitable for jumping and a system to secrete a thread strong enough to lift its prey.

Besides that, the spider is not only a mechanism that produces thread and jumps but a complex living organism and must exist with all its features intact at the same time. The development of none of these features can be deferred. For instance, can you think of a spider with an incomplete digestive system?

 
 
  Lives of the Prophets:  
 


THE STORY OF MUSA (AS) and THE MYSTERY OF DESTINY

On Mount Sinai, Allah gave Musa (as) the good tidings that He would grant him his brother Harun as a companion. Then, Allah reminded Musa (as) the blessings He previously granted to him:

We were gracious to you another time when We revealed to your mother: "Place him into the chest and throw it into the sea and the sea will wash it up on the shore, where an enemy of Mine and his will pick it up." I showered you with love from Me so that you would be brought up under My supervision. When your sister went and said, "Shall I direct you to someone who will take care of him?" that was how We returned you to your mother so that she might delight her eyes and not be grieved. You killed a man and We rescued you from trouble and tested you with many trials. You stayed some years among the people of Midian. Then you arrived at the pre-ordained time, Musa! I have chosen you for Myself. (Surah Ta-Ha: 37-41)

These verses reveal the mystery of destiny, of which many people are unaware or can hardly understand. From his babyhood to the time he was chosen as a messenger, Musa (as) spent every moment of his life in line with what was predestined for him in the eternal past. Within this destiny is nothing but the fulfillment of the will of Allah. For instance, as stated earlier, thousands of minute details ordained by Allah in Musa's (as) destiny rendered possible the arrival of the chest to the family of Pharaoh.

It is also possible to see the extent to which the latter stages of Musa's (as) life were within the confines of his destiny. Musa (as) became involved in a fight and fled from the city to Midian, where he encountered two women. These women could not water their flocks because they avoided shepherds. Upon this situation, Musa (as) offered help. Musa (as) earned the trust of these women, and in return for his kindness, started a new life in Midian upon the proposal of their old father. When the appointed time came, Musa (as) left Midian with his family. On his way back, he saw a fire where he was addressed by Allah and chosen to be Allah's Messenger.

The chest carrying the baby Musa (as) floating randomly down the Nile, his being picked up by Pharaoh's family, his being raised in the palace, the unintentional murder he committed, his flight from Egypt, his encounter with the two women, the many years spent with the old man, the way he started a family, the journey back to Egypt, Allah's address to him, and countless other details which are not referred to in the Qur'an, all happened according to Musa's (as) destiny, already ordained before his birth. Not a single one of these events could have been omitted or have occurred differently. Because, our lives are similar to a film recorded in a video-cassette; it is impossible to remove even a single scene in one's destiny, just as how it cannot be done with a scene on a filmstrip. The destiny of a man, with each and every moment in it, is an intact whole.

Also in the verses quoted above, there is mention of the fact that Musa's (as) journey to the holy valley of Tuwa was in conformity with his destiny:

…Then you arrived at the pre-ordained time, Musa! (Surah Ta Ha: 40)

This matter needs to be given special attention. The destiny referred here is not peculiar to Musa (as) only. Giving birth to Musa (as) was part of the destiny of Musa's (as) mother. That she would give birth to Musa (as) at a certain day, and even at a certain hour, was also part of her destiny. But the mother of Musa (as) had parents as well. It was the destiny of the mother of Musa's (as) mother to give birth to her. This line of thought also holds true for Musa's (as) father and for the rest of his family.

The carpenter who made the chest which carried Musa (as) down the river also constructed it because he was predestined so in his destiny. His building of that chest was predestined for him even before he was born. The parents of this carpenter also led their lives in compliance with a certain destiny.

Let us consider the fight Musa (as) was involved in. This fight took place on just the moment Musa (as) happened to be there. From a simplistic point of view, one could say, "if it was to happen at a different time Musa (as) would not have been there and events could have taken a much different course." However this would be an incorrect evaluation. The fight took place just at the moment it was supposed to occur and evolved in the way it had to evolve. The reason being, this fight was also predestined by Allah. The same rule of destiny also holds true for the other parties involved in the fight, the reasons which led to the fight, as well as the man who advised Musa (as) to flee from the city, advising him that people were conspiring against him. Ultimately, the shepherds near the Midian river, as well as the two women Musa (as) encountered, had all constituted indispensable parts of this destiny.

It is Allah's prophets who best understood the fact that everything takes place within the decree predetermined by Allah. The Prophet Muhammad (saas), in whom there is an excellent example for all believers, said:

If any adversity comes to you, do not say: "If I had only acted in such-and-such a way, it would have been such-and-such;" but instead, say: "Allah has decreed  [it] and what He willed, He has done," for verily, the [word][if]  opens the way for the work of Satan." (Muslim)

When all these points are considered together, it becomes clear that, not only Musa (as), but also everything about his life, formed part of his destiny. A deeper and more detailed consideration would allow us to understand that we are all parts of the same destiny. In our own lives, we are also exposed to events predetermined in the eternal past by the all-mighty Allah. We were all bound by a destiny ordained for us. The moment of our death will also be a part of the same destiny. Destiny is, in reality, a divine knowledge encompassing the whole of existence. Just as how all the details of Musa's (as) life, including his becoming a messenger, were predestined for him, all the details pertaining to the lives of all mankind, as well as your own lives, are all predestined. Destiny is an entirety in itself and covers everything. Immune to the will of any being other than of Allah, destiny is only determined by Him.(For more information please refer to Timelessness and the Reality of Fate and Eternity Has Already Begun by the same author).



 
  Evolution Deceit:  
 


The Theory of Evolution:
A Unique Deception in the History of the World - I

The way that for 150 years certain people have been devoted to such an extraordinarily illogical belief as the theory of evolution is a great miracle created by Allah by making use of Satan. Those with good sense and faith in Allah and who are aware of this miracle have been waiting for 150 years to see just when evolutionists would become aware of this deception of Satan's, and have been using various means of suggestion, employing scientific and rational methods, to awaken them.

The way that hundreds of thousands of professors, scientists, university students and doctors have blindly believed in the exceptionally illogical claims of the theory of evolution is a historical phenomenon that will be remembered with astonishment in no more than 20 years, and will be the subject of jokes and sketches.

Believers in evolution fall under the spell of the Latin terminology and pompous language employed by evolutionist scientists, saying, "whatever they say must be true," and do not think about the real meaning of what they are told. One of the most effective ways of getting these people to think is to explain what the theory of evolution actually maintains in a very clear and simple manner, and thus to remove the spell under which they have fallen.

The Claims of the Theory of Evolution Are a Complete Violation of Reason and Logic

According to the unscientific and irrational claim of the theory of evolution, the nothingness in the infinite universe gradually gave rise to mankind as a result of chance developments. According to this utterly unbelievable theory, first dust, then soil, stones, waters, mountains and oceans came spontaneously into being in this nothingness devoid of anything of the sort. Later, certain atoms in the mixtures of these came together by chance and brought into being such elements as calcium, phosphorus and carbon. Over millions of years these lifeless elements, completely lacking in intellect, memory, knowledge and consciousness, turned into human beings able to breathe, speak, think, rejoice and mourn, possessed of a soul and memory, with the intelligence, knowledge and consciousness necessary to invent things, and capable of writing libraries full of books. In other words, under the effects of coincidence over billions of years, accumulations of dust, soil and mud turned into human beings of flesh, blood and soul, capable of building extraordinary factories and producing the latest model of cars in them, of establishing space stations, of constructing palaces, and making marvels of art. To believe that stone and soil could one day turn into human beings as the result of chance is even more irrational and illogical than believing in fairy tales. Not even children would believe such a tale.

If evolutionists are sincere in these claims of theirs, then according to those claims there should be no reason why this so-called evolution should not happen again. They could go, for instance, to the largest swamp in the world and expect to see a palace built there billions of years later. Let them sit by that swamp and see whether a human being to build palaces will emerge from the rocks, stones and mud there. Will even a single living cell come into being, let alone a human being? In order to help coincidences along, let them even fill the swamp up with as much carbon, phosphorus, nitrogen, iron, magnesium and oxygen necessary for a living cell.

It will be absolutely out of the question for a single living cell to emerge spontaneously from there. Even a single living cell is extraordinarily complex, containing; power stations to produce energy; factories that produce the enzymes and hormones essential for life; a data bank containing information regarding all the products to be produced; complex transportation systems to carry raw materials and products from one region to another; pipelines; advanced laboratories and refineries to break down the raw materials brought in from outside into useful components; and specialized cell membrane proteins that control the entry into and departure from the cell of various substances. This is the most simple and superficial description of a cell. Just one single feature of the cell is sufficiently complex and magnificent to fill many volumes.

Could chance produce such an organized system from mud? Can chance make that smallest organized system increasingly complex and produce an entity such as a human being? Can chance teach a monkey to speak, to make compliments, to think, to build palaces, to found civilizations and nations, to build ships and discover continents, to set up laboratories or to perform experiments by investigating the cells that comprise them? What coincidence can endow an ape with a soul? The answer to each one of these questions is very clear and definite: chance can produce neither a human being nor the cell, the smallest component thereof.


 
  Quick Grasp of Faith:  
 


What are the characteristics that earn Allah’s good pleasure?

Prophet Shu`ayb’s (as) words, "Ask your Lord for forgiveness and then repent to Him. My Lord is Most Merciful, Most Loving," (Surah Hud: 90) informs us that he reminds his people of Allah’s love. Anyone who believes in Allah, stands in awe of Him, meticulously fulfills the Qur’an’s commands, and strives for the Hereafter with all due respect may expect to earn His love and good pleasure. Some of the verses that inform us of whom Allah loves are as follows:

"... And do good: Allah loves good-doers." (Surat al-Baqara: 195)

"… And be even-handed. Allah loves those who are even-handed." (Surat al-Hujurat: 9)

"No, the truth is if people honor their contracts and are in awe of Him, Allah loves those who guard against evil." (Surah Al `Imran: 76)

"… Allah loves the steadfast." (Surah Al `Imran: 146)

"… Allah loves those who put their trust in Him." (Surah Al `Imran: 159)

"… Allah loves those who purify themselves." (Surat at-Tawba: 108)

"… Allah loves the righteous." (Surat at-Tawba: 7)

"Allah loves those who fight in His way in ranks like well-built walls." (Surat as-Saff: 4)


 
  Book Review:  
 


MIRACLES OF THE QUR'AN

Fourteen centuries ago, Allah revealed the Qur'an, the guide to truth for mankind, and summoned all humanity to seek salvation by following the commandments of this Book. From the day it was first revealed until Judgment Day, this final holy Book will remain the sole guide for humanity. The unprecedented style and the superior wisdom inherent in the Qur'an is conclusive evidence confirming that it is the Word of Allah. Apart from this, there are a number of miracles verifying the fact that the Qur'an is the revelation of Allah, one of them being that, 1,400 years ago, it declared a number of scientific facts that have only been established thanks to the technological breakthroughs of the 20th century. In this book, in addition to the scientific miracles of the Qur'an, you will also find messages regarding the future and examples of its "mathematical miracle."...>>


 
  Site of the Day:  
 


www.worldwarsunveiled.com

The 20th century was the bloodiest age in all of world history.

During this era, for the first time, humanity was introduced to the concept of a “world war.”

Taken together, World Wars I and II resulted in a total of 65 million people losing their lives. About half of these casualties were civilians who had nothing to do with these wars. Children, defenseless women and the elderly alike were massacred cruelly. So, one might ask, how did the world find itself in the midst of such colossal insanity?

How did people so easily sacrifice both their own nations and those of others? What sort of thought lay behind this cruelty? In this site, you can discover the answers.

2007-12-09 20:53:56

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