Know that the life of the dunya is merely a game and a diversion and ostentation and a cause of boasting among yourselves and trying to outdo one another in wealth and children: like the plant-growth after rain which delights the cultivators, but then it withers and you see it turning yellow, and then it becomes broken stubble.In the akhira there is terrible punishment but also forgiveness from Allah and His good pleasure. The life of the dunya is nothing but the enjoyment of delusion. (Surat al-Hadid, 20)
Love Allah for the provision He gave you. Love me also as Allah loves me. (Imam Ghazzali's Ihya Ulum-Id-Din, Volume IV, p.288)
Justice and compassion in Islamic morality
Islam's rapid spread continued even after the Prophet's (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) death. Within a few decades, Islam spread to all of Mesopotamia and North Africa, and reached Spain in the west and India in the east.
Within 100 years, the Muslim empire spread over an immense area and firmly established itself. In this huge geographic area, many different religious denominations existed side by side. Most of them, however, were composed of Christians and Jews. The Muslims, as a general rule, were always very tolerant toward all religious groups in their lands, did not force people to embrace Islam, and respected every person's freedom of conscience, for the Qur'an says:
There is no compulsion where religion is concerned. (Surat al-Baqara, 256)
Churches and synagogues were protected. At a time when enforced proselytization was a common practice, such tolerance was unique.
One of the most extraordinary examples of this tolerance was the conquest of Jerusalem. The patriarch of the city's Church of the Holy Sepulcher feared that his church would be destroyed by the Muslims. Thus, Caliph `Umar visited the church and said that there was nothing to worry about. When the time for prayer came, he asked the patriarch for permission to leave so that he could pray nearby. The al-Aqsa mosque was built later on that very spot.
The Muslims gave Jerusalem one of the world's most spectacular works of architecture: the Qubbat as-Sakhrah (Dome of the Rock), which was built on the rock believed to be the place from where Prophet Mohammed (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) ascended to the heavens. The stunning motifs and golden dome of this architectural masterpiece reflects Islam's sense of art and civilization.
During the Umayyad era, many Christians in Damascus (Sham) occupied important positions in the state bureaucracy and fulfilled their religious obligations as they wished. Some wrote even books that criticized Islam and Muslims without fear of retribution.
At the same time, Europe was governed by a dark fundamentalism and barbarism. The Catholic Church was oppressing the Jews and even Christians of other denominations. Forced proselytization, as well as torture and murder in the name of religion, were common. On the other hand, Muslims have always treated the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) with tolerance and compassion, for Allah orders this in the Qur'an.
Throughout the history of Islam, its tolerance toward Jews and Christians continued. Jews fleeing the terror of the Spanish Inquisition found refuge and tolerance on Ottoman soil. The source and reason for such tolerance was the morality of the Qur'an, for Muslims are told:
Only argue with the People of the Book in the kindest way—except in the case of those of them who do wrong—saying: "We believe in what has been sent down to us and what was sent down to you. Our Allah and your Allah are one, and we submit to Him." (Surat al-‘Ankabut, 46)
The Hero Of An Unusual Birth Story: The Kangaroo
The reproductive system of kangaroos is quite different from that of other mammals. The kangaroo embryo goes through some stages outside the womb, which normally occur in the womb.
Soon after fertilization, the blind kangaroo offspring, which is approximately a centimeter, comes into the world. Usually, only one is born at a time. At this stage, it is called "neonate." While all mammals go through this stage in the mother's womb, the kangaroo offspring comes into the world when it is only one centimeter long. It has still not developed: its fore feet are indefinite and its hind feet are comprised of small projections.
No doubt, the offspring cannot leave its mother in such a state. Coming out of the womb, the neonate starts to move up in its mother's fur with its fore legs and reaches to its mother's pouch after a three-minute journey. To the little kangaroo, the pouch means the same as the womb means to other mammals. Yet, there is an important difference. While others come into the world as babies, the kangaroo is merely an embryo when it comes out of the womb. Its feet, face and many other organs have not yet taken their final shapes.
The offspring reaching the mother's pouch attaches itself to one of the four nipples there, and starts to suckle.
At this stage, the mother goes through another ovulation period and a new egg forms in its womb. The female copulates once more and the new egg is fertilized.
This time the egg does not start to develop immediately. If drought rages in Middle Australia, as is often the case, the fertilized egg in the womb remains undeveloped until the drought is over. If, however, heavy rains fall and if there are rich pastures available, then the development of the egg restarts.
At this stage, we are faced with the question: who makes this calculation; who arranges the development of the egg according to the conditions outside? The egg cannot by any means make this arrangement itself; it is not a complete living being, it has no consciousness, and it is totally unaware of the weather conditions outside. The mother cannot make this arrangement, because, like all other living things, it has no control over the developments taking place in its body. This extraordinary event is definitely controlled by God, Who has created both the egg and the mother.
When weather conditions are convenient, thirty-three days after fertilization, the new neonate, only as big as a bean, creeps up from the mouth of the womb and reaches the pouch just like its sibling did.
In the meantime, the first neonate in the pouch has grown considerably. It leads its life without doing any harm to its sibling, which is only one centimeter long. When it is 190 days old, it has grown mature enough to make its first journey outside the pouch. From then on, it starts to spend most of its time outside the pouch and leaves the pouch for good on the 235th day after its birth.
Soon after the birth of its second offspring, the female copulates again. Consequently, the female has three offspring all dependent on her. The first can feed on grass but occasionally comes back to its mother to suckle; the second younger offspring is still developing by suckling; the third is the neonate, which is the youngest.
What is more astonishing than that all three offspring, each in a different stage of development, are dependent on the mother, is that all three offspring are fed by different types of milk according to their sizes.
While the milk the offspring suckles as soon as it reaches the nipple in the pouch is transparent and colorless, it increasingly turns whiter and starts to look like real milk. The amount of fat and other ingredients in the milk increases in parallel with the development of the baby.
As this young one keeps on suckling the milk prepared for its own needs, a more easily digestible milk issues from the nipple that the second baby reaches. Thus, the body of the mother simultaneously produces two types of milk with different ingredients. When the third is born, the number of milk types produced with different ingredients becomes three: highly nutritious milk for the older, and relatively less fatty and nutritious types of milk for the younger. Another point to note here is that each offspring finds the nipple specially prepared for itself. Otherwise, it would suckle milk with an ingredient likely to be harmful to its body, and the milk it suckles would harm it.
This feeding system is very remarkable and it is obviously a special product of creation. The mother cannot, by any means, arrange all these consciously. How can an animal specify the ingredients of milk needed by its young of different sizes? Even if it did, how could it produce it in its own body? How could it distribute these through three different channels?
Doubtless, the kangaroo is not capable of doing any of these. It is not even aware that the milk delivered by its body is of three different types. This wonderful process is unquestionably an outcome of the created nature of this animal.
All prophets are prophets of Islam
He is Allah—the Creator, the Maker , the Giver of Form. To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Everything in the heavens and Earth glorifies Him. He is the Almighty, the All-Wise. ( Surat al-Hashr, 59:24)
The universe is based upon equilibrium and harmony. As scientific developments reveal more of its mysteries, we learn more about this equilibrium and harmony. It is apparent that each system in the universe has been designed by a superior intelligence that created everything in an amazing way. For billions of years, this great harmony and order has existed among an infinite number of living and non-living beings.
When we examine life on Earth, we come across amazing details. Whether we recognize it or not, we are surrounded with countless signs of creation. For instance, the ratio of different gases in the atmosphere are ideal for the survival of all living beings. Human beings and animals inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Although this process continues without interruption, the amount of oxygen never decreases and the amount of carbon dioxide never increases. Moreover, this amazing equilibrium is never disturbed, because contrary to human beings and animals, plants inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. Thus, the oxygen consumed by people and animals is replaced by plants, a process that preserves this equilibrium.
This example is only one of the countless signs of creation on Earth. Both the micro- and macro-universes abound with similar examples. The universe, and thus life on Earth, exists only because our Lord creates things in conformity with one another. One verse reads:
And when Musa said to his people: “My people, You wronged yourselves by adopting the [golden] calf, so turn toward your Maker and kill yourselves. That is the best thing for you in your Maker's sight.” And He turned toward you. He is the Ever-Returning, the Most Merciful. ( Surat al-Baqara, 2:54)
Hazrat Mahdi (as) will have slanted eyes
Humran bin A'ayan says: I asked Imam Muhammad Bakir (as): ... Hazrat Mahdi (as) will have SLANTED EYES...
(Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Numani, al-Ghaybah al-Numani, p. 252)
A second embarrassing Ardi case for Darwinists: Australopithecus Sediba
We recently discussed a fictitious transitional form fossil that has hit the headlines in Darwinist publications. Readers will recall how all Darwinist publications across the world published detailed pictures concerning this fossil, before the life form involved had even been announced, before the discovered parts had been shown to the public and before any information about it had been provided. They probably thought that propaganda before the fossil was unveiled would create excitement and arouse curiosity, or else would be more credible. Our reply to these false claims set out how the idea in question was mere speculation and that we would provide a more detailed response once detail concerning the discovery was available. There follows statements about the fossil published in Science magazine following wide-ranging conjecture and the invalidity of the Darwinist claims on the subject.
Before moving on to these statements, we need to remind ourselves of the truly important fact about Darwinism, which is that Darwinists are unable to account for the formation of even a single protein. Every time that Darwinists appear on TV programs or make statements to the press about a fragment of bone, we need to remember that they have no explanation even for how a single protein came into being or for the beginning of life. As we have already made clear, the existence of one protein is essential in order for another protein to form, and this is a greatest evidence that all the speculation in the name of evolution is false. Evolution has vanished right at the beginning of life, in the face of its smallest building block.
All Darwinist claims are completely false. This fact is accounted for with scientific proofs in our works. This reply has been written in order to once again reveal the falsity of the above mentioned speculation. But the main thing is that a single protein demolishes Darwinism. This must always be borne in mind whenever one comes across fraudulent Darwinist claims.
Australopithecus Sediba Deceptions from Darwinists Unable to Account for a Single Protein
The fossil, found in the Malapa Cave in South Africa in 2008, consisted of fragments from two different living things. Darwinists claimed that the fragments represented “a complete skeleton.” The fact was, however, that these fossils actually consisted of a single skull and a few bones from two different living things. To put it more clearly, there was no complete skeleton of the kind Darwinists claimed. But for Darwinists who had no qualms about producing a wide-ranging reconstruction of a living thing in a social habitat on the basis of a single little finger fossil, these bones were more than enough for plentiful speculation.
Unable to account for a single protein, Darwinists claimed that this fossil was our fictitious “ancestor.” But being just a meter tall and with a brain volume of 420-450 cc (much smaller than the human brain size of 1200-1600 cc), with long arms for climbing trees identical to those of the orang utan and very short legs, and with all their other characteristics, it was realized that these two creatures were nothing more than apes. Yet despite all this evidence, Darwinists still heralded them as “bipedal life forms.” This infamous idea of bipedalism, alleged by evolutionists for all extinct forms of ape, is of course utterly groundless in this case, as well. Not a single piece of evidence was offered for this. The fossils reveal solely that these creatures were a species of ape. What they were trying to do, as with the Ardi deception, was to depict a perfect chimpanzee as walking upright in order to be able to posit it as a false transitional form in the course of supposed human evolution. But as with Ardi, there is no evidence for this at all, and it is a complete fabrication. Moreover, again as with all the furore over Ardi, the majority of Darwinists actually admit they are embarrassed by it.
THE EARTH’S GRAVITATIONAL FORCE
Did we not make the earth a receptacle? (Surat al-Mursalat, 25)
The Arabic word “kifatan,” translated as “receptacle” in the above verse, means “living things being gathered together and protected in their dwellings, places where living or inanimate things are gathered together; on which things are piled; place where things are collected.” “Kifatan” comes from root word “kafata,” which means “to collect, gather toward one, close embrace.”
With its gravitational force, the earth pulls the human beings and everything else on it, living or inanimate, toward its center. It is very likely that the use of a verb meaning “to pull toward one” refers to this force of gravity. (Allah knows the truth.)
It is thanks to the force of gravity that pulls the animals, plants, human beings and everything else on earth toward itself, that people are able to walk on the ground, stay where they are without flying off into the air, and orbit the earth without flying off into space, and that the rain is able to fall.
Sir Isaac Newton, regarded as one of the greatest scientists ever, investigated this feature of the earth and and made one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time by speaking of gravity in his book Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), first published in 1687. The Latin word "attraere" Newton used in discussing gravity also means “to attract, bring together.” The reference in the Qur’an to one of the earth’s four great forces, only described in the 17th century, is just one of the proofs that the Qur’an was sent down from the presence of Allah.
5 to 1.8 million years
The fox is a species of mammal belonging to the family Canidae (canines). The fox skull in the illustration is around 5 million years old and possesses exactly the same features as modern-day foxes. Every new fossil discovery demolishes evolutionist beliefs and obliges evolutionists to come up with new scenarios, since all fossils unearthed to date are incompatible with their imaginings. But their new scenarios are immediately refuted, and evolutionists continue to strive in vain.
The closed door is opened after three centuries
What He Said
Mersin TV, September 5th, 2008
Turkey will be a big country, Insha'Allah. Turkish-Islamic union will be established. Turkey will embrace whole Middle East, whole Balkans and Asia as an elderly brother. And a beautiful system will be established. If you realized, Caucasian alliance is being established, and also there is a railway project. Petroleum pipeline, natural gas pipeline projects are current. Islamic union meetings are being held. There are works to make the Turkish union stronger. They are all for a good purpose Insa’Allah. Anatolia has always been the centre of civilizations. Anatolia is such a place. As you know, in the Ottoman time whole Middle East, Balkans and the three continents were governed from here. It will be in the same way insha'Allah, but it will be in a spirit of love, affection and brotherhood.
Sabah, 16 January 2010
, reported his impressions about Karlowitz region as such: "We have visited the places where three important wars have occurred in between 1683-1725, and we saw the place where they set up the tent for the treaty of peace. We have visited the saloon where they signed the treaty of peace right after we have passed through the Turkish gate which was closed for 310 years and was opened after our ambassador of Belgrade Suha Umar's negotiations and struggles." After the triple consultation meeting of Turkey-Serbia- Bosnia Herzegovina, Davutoglu said that as Turkey " we have passed beyond zero problem with our neighbors, and in the region we aim for collaboration and integration."
Human is a Miracle
The Miracles Of Our Prophet (saas)
Our Prophet (saas) is a blessed person to whom Allah (God) revealed the Qur’an, the last righteous Book, and made an example to humanity with his moral perfection, taqwa and closeness to Allah. Our Prophet (saas) fulfilled the great responsibility he was given in the best way possible, summoned people to Allah’s path and became the one who guided all believers to Allah’s path. As is known, All-Mighty Allah supported our Prophet (saas) with many miracles from His Sight. Our purpose in this book is to remind people of some of the miracles Allah granted to our blessed Prophet (saas) He made exemplary to all people with his superior morality, profound faith and all his manners and words. By Allah’s leave, throughout his life, our Prophet (saas) showed many miracles to people. Some of these miracles were witnessed only by his followers while some others by a great majority of unbelievers. Some of the miracles of our Prophet (saas) are conveyed in the Qur’an while some others in our Prophet’s (saas) sayings and in various explanations of Islamic scholars. Our purpose is to show our blessed Prophet’s (saas) miraculous aspects to people and to summon them to make the Qur’an and our Prophet’s (saas) Sunnah a guide to themselves.