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What a Great Creator!

Publishing Date : 03 December, 2019

IQBAL EBRAHIM
UNDERSTANDING ISLAM



“Allah! There is no god but Him, the Living, the Self-Sustaining. He is not subject to slumber, nor sleep. Everything in the heavens and the earth belongs to Him. Who can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is before them and what is behind them but they cannot grasp any of His knowledge save what He wills. His seat of authority encompasses the heavens and the earth and their preservation does not tire Him. He is the Most High, the Magnificent.” (Quran 2: 255)


He is Allah, The Supreme, and The Unique, Our Creator and Sustainer. The existence of Allah the Almighty is obvious, if we ignore this, we would be bringing about the beginning of the greatest damage we could ever do to ourselves. That is simply because Allah the Almighty is in no need of anything. He is the One Who shows His greatness in all things and in all ways. He is the owner of everything; from the heavens to the earth. We learn the attributes of the Almighty Allah from the Qur'an.


In which, Allah Almighty declares: “Most surely in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day, and the ships that run in the sea with that which profits men, and the water that Allah sends down from the skies, then gives life with it to the earth after its death and spreads in it all (kinds of) animals, and the changing of the winds and the clouds made subservient between the heaven and the earth, there are signs for a people who understand.” (Quran 2: 164)


This brings to mind some crucial questions: Yes we are in this world living our daily lives and the challenges they bring. However, if we take a step back, and start to think of the conditions that make our existence possible, we will step out of our usual and routine thinking and start to reason deeply: How does the atmosphere serve as a protective ceiling for the earth? How does each one of the billions of cells in our human body know and perform its individual tasks? How does this amazing ecological balance exist on earth? How does our heart beat? And a million other such questions.


When we start seeking answers to these questions we will surely proceed on the right path. We will become sensitive to all the things that are happening around us, and we will begin to see the extraordinary nature of the world.  When we reflect on these questions we will realize that on every inch of the planet, a plan and an order reigns: How did this amazing order of the entire universe come into being? Who provided the delicate balances in the world? How did living beings, very diversified in nature, emerge and come into being?


In every sector of this very different and diverse world, people will find proof of their Creator. Allah, the owner of everything in the entire universe, introduces Himself to us through the perfect and flawless design of His creation. Everything surrounding us, our lives, our beating hearts, the birth of a child or the existence of the sun in the sky, even the insects and birds in flight, is evidence of the power of Almighty Allah and His creation.


What each person must do is to understand and accept this fact. An intelligent person notices that a plan, design and wisdom, exists in every detail of this extremely different and varied world. This should draw each and every thinking person to recognize the Creator. Therefore, we cannot plead ignorance to the fact that all beings, living or non-living, show the existence and greatness of Allah the Almighty.


Look at all the things around you and do your best to show recognition and appreciation in the best manner for the noticeable and great magnificence of Allah the Almighty. The verse quoted above captures the necessities of life. Signs of The Creator are abundantly clear, but have we ever given thought to some of the following:


Our Need for air/oxygen: From the moment when we are born as human beings open our eyes in this world we are surrounded by great order. We need oxygen to survive and it is interesting that the atmosphere of the planet on which we live provides us with just the right amount of oxygen we need. In this way, a person breathes without any difficulty – but unfortunately as humans we foul the atmosphere with carbon emissions from motor cars and other such things polluting the environment thus creating a ‘poorer’ atmosphere.


Our Need for heat/energy and water: For life to exist on this planet, it is important that there is a source of heat. Just think about it, in response to this need, the Sun is located at just the right distance to emit just the exact amount of heat and energy that is needed by living beings. We may find it ‘hot’ on some days, but remember that the sun moves between the southern and northern hemisphere giving us summer (warm climate) and winter (colder climate) depending on its location.


During this movement we have the rainy season and the dry season giving us the opportunity to plant and reap the benefits of growing crops for food. We may be situated in a dryer part of the world but there are countries that have an abundance of water because of greater rainfall. Every human being and living creature in this world needs water. Not surprisingly, three-quarters of the planet is covered with water.


Our Need for shelter and protection: All living beings need shelter, and in this world there is land that is suitable to build on as well as all sorts of materials to make shelters. We build over homes, houses and whatever shelter we can afford for our needs and protect us from the environment outside.  


Our Need for nourishment/food and other necessities: Think about it, all living beings and living creature needs regular nourishment to survive, so every corner of the world is amazingly diversified in the provision of food and other necessities in life that humans can plant, grow and produce different crops to suit their needs.


There are thousands of other issues that we can think of but not immediately find the answers to, except by serious reflection. Serious thinking  and trying to answer these questions will result in a clear recognition that everything in the universe, its order, each living being and structure is a component of a plan; a product of design.


Every detail, the excellent structure of an insect's wing, the system that enables a tree to carry tons of water to its topmost branches, the order of the planets, and the ratio of gases in the atmosphere, these are all unique examples of perfection. These are only a few among billions of details that make life possible on earth. In brief, we live on a planet that is perfectly designed for our survival. This is certainly a planet that has been created for the service of human beings. And this can only be through the glory and the will of our Creator and Lord.

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