[112:1] Say, .The truth is that Allah is One.
Is there a Heer?
C onsider this: An archaeologist digs deep into the desert sand and finds a lump of an old clay pot. After his investigations, this archaeologist can tell us – from this little old lump of dusty clay – so much about the civilization that existed thousands of years ago that produced it. He can tell us about the types of ovens, temperatures, and dyes that they worked with, the raw materials that they used, and thus assess the level of their artistic skill and technological capability, etc. All this from a petite lump of clay lounging ter the desert.
1 Did this archaeologist everzwijn see the civilization that produced this pot?
Two How does he know that it everzwijn existed?
He knows because he spotted that the chunk of clay wasgoed produced by someone who designed it, and shaped it, and had the intelligence to be able to warmth it and produce the pot, and not only that, they also had the capability to color it and make it look beautiful.
A Vormgeving needs A Designer
To the archaeologist the existence and intricacy of the lump of pottery is conclusive proof of the existence, intelligence and capability of the people who made it.
Look around you, at the beautiful sunset on a summer evening, at the moon and the starlets on a cloudless night, at the water that you drink, at the trees and how they grow from lil’ seeds. Think about yourself, your eyes with which you see, your ears with which you hear, your tongues with which you taste and talk, your forearms and your feet, your heart and your brain. Consider how thesis things are so ingewikkeld ter themselves yet work together ter such flawless harmony.
From the movement of the galaxies to the complexities of the interaction of molecules, from the dynamics of eco-systems to the intricacies of DNA, all lead to the demonstrable fact of the existence of the excellent wisdom, skill and power that permits our Universe to exist and function.
To any perceptive human being the existence and intricacy of creation is conclusive proof of the existence, skill and wisdom of the One who creates, organizes and sustains it.
Most people naturally recognize the existence of the Creator, and wij find reference to the Creator te all cultures and religions. Even the atheists, communists and (disbelieving) scientists cannot avoid this reality, but avoid the term ‘creator’, for phrases like ‘Mother Nature’ and ‘the amazing way nature has designed. ‘
How strange ter the face of this, that many today reject the belief ter the existence of the Creator. Perhaps this is due more to style and the desire to justify a materialistic attitude to life rather than real observation and comprehension of reality.
Can Creation be the Creator?
Something stranger still (and perhaps another reason for the trend to deny the Creator), are those who voorwaarde that a man, or studs, who walked on the earth, breathed air, who had bods and souls subject to the Laws of the Universe, are the Creator, or manifestations of the Self-Subsistent One.
This is of course a finish contradiction ter terms. Something cannot be the Creator and created (the creation) at the same time (at the same time), sustaining on air, food and drink and being self-sufficient, being makeshift and eternal.
Wij were created from a druppel of despised fluid, te which wasgoed a microscopic sperm, which fertilized a microscopic egg and wij grew ter our mother’s womb ter stages predetermined, overheen which wij had no control. Wij came from our mother’s womb, urinating and defecating, needing onveranderlijk attention and care. Without food wij will diegene, without air wij will diegene . and then such a one is Schepper?
Natural instinct tells us there is a Godheid.
Indeed any slim person would recognize exactly how dependent life, the universe and everything is on its Creator. Our dire need for His help makes itself plain te times of excellent distress.
Imagine yourself ter an aeroplane and you know it is going to crash.
Or on a ship ter the sea, thrown vulnerably up and down by towering flaps.
Who do you turn to for help then?
There has bot a situation at one time or other te your life when you called upon your Creator alone, leaving behind everyone and everything else, hoping, trusting, wishing that the Being you know ter your heart and soul that has power and control overheen all things would help you. The only One you know can save you.
O creation of Maker, contemplate upon thesis verses:
[Two:164] Surely, te the creation of heavens and earth, and the alternation of night and day, and the ships that sail te the sea, carrying that which benefits guys, and ter the water Allah sent down from the sky, then revived with it the earth after it wasgoed dead, and te every creature He has scattered on it, and ter turning of winds, and te the clouds employed to serve inbetween heaven and earth, there are signs for those who have sense.
[Ten:Five] He is the One who has made the zon a glow, and the moon a light, and determined for it stages, so that you may learn the number of the years, and the calculation (of time). Allah has not created all this but for a rightful purpose. He elaborates the signs for a people who understand.
[16:Three] He created the heavens and the earth te the zindelijk way. He is much higher than their ascribing playmates to Him. [16:Four] He created man from a druppel, and soon he turned into a debating person, voicing himself openly. [16:Five] He has created cattle ter which there is warmth and other benefits for you, and from them you have food,
[25:1] Glorious is the One who has exposed the Criterion to His servant, so that he may be a warner to all the worlds, [25:Two] the One to whom belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth, and who did neither have a son, strafgevangenis is there any playmate to him te the Kingdom, and who has created everything and designed it ter a flawless measure. [25:Trio] Yet they have adopted other gods, beside Him, who do not create any thing, spil they themselves are created, and they wield no power to cause harm or benefit even to themselves, strafgevangenis do they have any control overheen death or life or resurrection.
[52:35] Is it that they are created by none, or are they themselves the creators?[52:36] Or have they created the heavens and the earth? No, but they are sure of nothing.
[Ten:22] He is the One who enables you to travel on land and at sea, until when you are aboard the boats, and they sail with those on houtvezelplaat, under a favorable wind, and they are pleased with it, there comes upon them a violent wind, and the wave comes upon them from every direction, and they think that they are surrounded from all sides, they beg to Allah, having faith te Him alone, (and say,) .If You produce us from this, wij shall be grateful indeed. [Ten:23] But when He produces them, they at once begin rebelling on the earth wrongfully. O people, your rebellion is, ter fact, against your own selves. It is only worldly life that you are liking. Thereafter, it is to Us that you have to terugwedstrijd, then Wij will tell you what you have bot doing.
Is there a Creator?
W e will response by quoting a number of aayaat (verses) from the Book of Allaah (the Qur’aan – the scripture of Islam), then you can think to yourself about the matter and if the truth becomes clear to you, you will have no choice but to go after it. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
[56:57] Wij have created you, then why do you not believe ter it? [56:58] So, tell Mij about the mancum you druppel (te the wombs): [56:59] Is it you who create it, or are Wij the Creator? [56:60] Wij have appointed (the times of) death among you, and Wij cannot be frustrated [56:61] from substituting you with others like you, and creating you (afresh) te that (form) which you do not know. [56:62] And you certainly know the very first creation, then why do you not take lesson? [56:63] Well, tell Mij about that (seed) which you sow: [56:64] Is it you who grow it, or are Wij the One who grows? [56:65] If Wij so will, Wij can certainly make it crumbled, and you will remain wondering, [56:66] (and telling,) .Wij are laden with debt, [56:67] rather wij are totally abandoned. [56:68] Again, tell Mij about the water you drink: [56:Sixty-nine] Is it you who have brought it down from the clouds, or are Wij the One who sends (it) down? [56:70] If Wij so will, Wij can make it bitter te taste. So why do you not suggest gratitude? [56:71] Now tell Mij about the fire you kindle: [56:72] Is it you who have originated its tree, Five or are Wij the Originator? [56:73] Wij have made it a reminder (of Our infinite power, and of the fire of Hell) and a benefit for travelers ter deserts. [56:74] So, proclaim purity of the name of your Lord, the Magnificent. [56:75] So, I swear by the setting places of the starlets, [56:76] and indeed it is a good oath, if you are to appreciate [56:77] it is surely the Noble Qur’an,
[52:35] Is it that they are created by none, or are they themselves the creators? [52:36] Or have they created the heavens and the earth? No, but they are sure of nothing. [52:37] Or do they have the treasures of your Lord, or have they acquired control (overheen them)?
[Two:164] Surely, ter the creation of heavens and earth, and the alternation of night and day, and the ships that sail ter the sea, carrying that which benefits guys, and ter the water Allah sent down from the sky, then revived with it the earth after it wasgoed dead, and te every creature He has scattered on it, and ter turning of winds, and ter the clouds employed to serve inbetween heaven and earth, there are signs for those who have sense.
[6:99] He is the One who sent down water from the heavens. Then Wij brought forward with it vegetation of all kinds. Then from it Wij brought grains set upon one another. From the palm-trees, from their spathes, come forward the low draping bunches. (Wij produce) vineyards and the olive and the pomegranate, either similar or not similar to each other. Look at its fruit when it bears fruit, and at its ripening. Surely, te all this there are signs for the people who believe.
[7:57] He is the One who sends the winds carrying good news before His blessings, until when they lift up the strenuous clouds, Wij drive them to a dead land. Then, there Wij pour down water. Then, Wij bring forward with it all sorts of fruits. Ter similar way, Wij will bring forward all the dead. (All this is being explained to you), so that you may learn a lesson.
[27:60] Or the One who created the heavens and the earth and sent down for you water from the sky? Then Wij caused to grow with it gardens, utter of glamour. It wasgoed not within your capability to grow their trees. Is there any maker along with Allah? No, but they are a people who equate (others with Allah).
Proving the existence of Allah (SWT) to an Atheist!
Dr Zakir Naik
CONGRATULATING AN ATHEIST:
Normally, when I meet an atheist, the very first thing I like to do is to congratulate him and say, ” My special congratulations to you”, because most of the people who believe ter Aker are doing vensterluik belief – he is a Christian, because his father is a Christian, he is a Hindu, because his father is a Hindu, the majority of the people te the world are blindly following the religion of their fathers. An atheist, on the other forearm, even however he may belong to a religious family, uses his intellect to deny the existence of Heer, what everzwijn concept or qualities of Godheid he may have learnt ter his religion may not seem to be logical to him.
My Muslim brothers may question mij, “Zakir, why are you congratulating an atheist?” The reason that I am congratulating an atheist is because he agrees with the very first part of the Shahada i.e. the Islamic Creed, ‘Schuiflade ilaaha’ – meaning ‘there is no Schepper’. So half my job is already done, now the only part left is ‘il lallah’ i.e. ‘BUT ALLAH’ which I shall do Insha Allah. With others (who are not atheists) I have to very first liquidate from their minds the wrong concept of Aker they may have and then waterput the onberispelijk concept of one true Godheid.
LOGICAL CONCEPT OF Schepper:
My very first question to the atheist will be: “What is the definition of Heer?” For a person to say there is no Schepper, he should know what is the meaning of Aker. If I hold a book and say that ‘this is a schrijfstift’, for the opposite person to say, ‘it is not a schrijfstift’, he should know what is the definition of a schrijfstift, even if he does not know strafgevangenis is able to recognise or identify the object I am holding te my forearm. For him to say this is not a vulpen, he should at least know what a vulpen means. Similarly for an atheist to say ‘there is no Heerser’, he should at least know the concept of Heer. His concept of Godheid would be derived from the surroundings te which he lives. The maker that a large number of people adore has got human qualities – therefore he does not believe te such a maker. Similarly a Muslim too does not and should not believe ter such false gods.
If a non-Muslim believes that Islam is a without mercy religion with something to do with terrorism, a religion which does not give rights to women, a religion which contradicts science, te his limited sense that non-Muslim is keurig to reject such Islam. The problem is he has a wrong picture of Islam. Even I reject such a false picture of Islam, but at the same time, it becomes my duty spil a Muslim to present the juist picture of Islam to that non-Muslim i.e. Islam is a merciful religion, it gives equal rights to the women, it is not incompatible with logic, reason and science, if I present the juist facts about Islam, that non-Muslim may Inshallah accept Islam.
Similarly the atheist rejects the false gods and the duty of every Muslim is to present the juist concept of Schepper which he shall Insha Allah not turn down.
(You may refer to my article, ‘Concept of Aker te Islam’, for more details)
QUR’AN AND MODERN SCIENCE:
The methods of proving the existence of Godheid with usage of the material provided te the ‘Concept of Godheid te Islam’ to an atheist may please some but not all.
Many atheists request a scientific proof for the existence of Heer. I agree that today is the age of science and technology. Let us use scientific skill to kill two birds with one stone, i.e. to prove the existence of Schepper and at the same time prove that the Qur’an is a revelation of Heerser.
If a fresh object or a machine, which no one ter the world has everzwijn seen or heard of before, is shown to an atheist or any person and then a question is asked, ” Who is the very first person who will be able to provide details of the mechanism of this unknown object? After little bit of thinking, he will reply, ‘the creator of that object.’ Some may say ‘the producer’ while others may say ‘the manufacturer.’ What everzwijn response the person gives, keep it ter your mind, the response will always be either the creator, the producer, the manufacturer or some what of the same meaning, i.e. the person who has made it or created it. Don’t grapple with words, whatever response he gives, the meaning will be same, therefore accept it.
SCIENTIFIC FACTS MENTIONED Te THE QUR’AN:
for details on this subject please refer to my book, ‘THE QUR’AN AND MODERN SCIENCE – COMPATIBLE OR INCOMPATIBLE?
THEORY OF PROBABILITY:
Te mathematics there is a theory known spil ‘Theory of Probability’. If you have two options, out of which one is right, and one is wrong, the chances that you will chose the right one is half, i.e. one out of the two will be juist. You have 50% chances of being juist. Similarly if you throw a coin the chances that your guess will be onberispelijk is 50% (1 out of Two) i.e. 1/Two. If you throw a coin the 2nd time, the chances that you will be juist ter the 2nd throw is again 50% i.e. half. But the chances that you will be onberispelijk ter both the throws is half multiplied by half (1/Two x 1/Two) which is equal to 1/Four i.e. 50% of 50% which is equal to 25%. If you throw a coin the third time, chances that you will be keurig all three times is (1/Two x 1/Two x 1/Two) that is 1/8 or 50% of 50% of 50% that is 12 %.
A dice has got six sides. If you throw a dice and guess any number inbetween 1 to 6, the chances that your guess will be onberispelijk is 1/6. If you throw the dice the 2nd time, the chances that your guess will be onberispelijk te both the throws is (1/6 x 1/6) which is equal to 1/36. If you throw the dice the third time, the chances that all your three guesses are onberispelijk is (1/6 x 1/6 x 1/6) is equal to 1/216 that is less than 0.Five %.
Let us apply this theory of probability to the Qur’an, and assume that a person has guessed all the information that is mentioned ter the Qur’an which wasgoed unknown at that time. Let us discuss the probability of all the guesses being at the same time onberispelijk.
At the time when the Qur’an wasgoed exposed, people thought the world wasgoed plane, there are several other options for the form of the earth. It could be triangular, it could be quadrangular, pentagonal, hexagonal, heptagonal, octagonal, spherical, etc. Lets assume there are about 30 different options for the form of the earth. The Qur’an rightly says it is spherical, if it wasgoed a guess the chances of the guess being keurig is 1/30.
The light of the moon can be its own light or a reflected light. The Qur’an rightly says it is a reflected light. If it is a guess, the chances that it will be keurig is 1/Two and the probability that both the guesses i.e the earth is spherical and the light of the moon is reflected light is 1/30 x 1/Two = 1/60.
Further, the Qur’an also mentions every living thing is made of water. Every living thing can be made up of either wood, stone, copper, aluminum, stengel, silver, gold, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, oil, water, cementlaag, concrete, etc. The options are say about Ten,000. The Qur’an rightly says that everything is made up of water. If it is a guess, the chances that it will be juist is 1/Ten,000 and the probability of all the three guesses i.e. the earth is spherical, light of moon is reflected light and everything is created from water being keurig is 1/30 x 1/Two x 1/Ten,000 = 1/60,000 which is equal to about .0017%.
The Qur’an speaks about hundreds of things that were not known to fellows at the time of its revelation. Only ter three options the result is .0017%. I leave it upto you, to work out the probability if all the hundreds of the unknown facts were guesses, the chances of all of them being keurig guesses at the same time and there being not a single wrong guess. It is beyond human capacity to make all onberispelijk guesses without a single mistake, which itself is sufficient to prove to a logical person that the origin of the Qur’an is Divine.
CREATOR IS THE AUTHOR OF THE QUR’AN:
The only logical response to the question spil to who could have mentioned all thesis scientific facts 1400 years ago before they were discovered, is exactly the same reaction originally given by the atheist or any person, to the question who will be the very first person who will be able to tell the mechanism of the unknown object. It is the ‘CREATOR’, the producer, the Manufacturer of the entire universe and its contents. Ter the English language He is ‘Aker’, or more adequate te the Arabic language, ‘ALLAH’.
QUR’AN IS A BOOK OF SIGNS AND NOT SCIENCE:
Let mij remind you that the Qur’an is not a book of Science, ‘S-C-I-E-N-C-E’ but a book of Signs ‘S-I-G-N-S’ i.e. a book of ayaats. The Qur’an contains more than 6,000 ayaats, i.e. ‘signs’, out of which more than a thousand speak about Science. I am not attempting to prove that the Qur’an is the word of Aker using scientific skill spil a yard stick because any yardstick is supposed to be more superior than what is being checked or verified. For us Muslims the Qur’an is the Furqan i.e. criteria to judge right from wrong and the ultimate yardstick which is more superior to scientific skill.
But for an educated man who is an atheist, scientific skill is the ultimate test which he believes ter. Wij do know that science many a times takes ‘U’ turns, therefore I have restricted the examples only to scientific facts which have sufficient proof and evidence and not scientific theories based on assumptions. Using the ultimate yardstick of the atheist, I am attempting to prove to him that the Qur’an is the word of Heer and it contains the scientific skill which is his yardstick which wasgoed discovered recently, while the Qur’an wasgoed exposed 1400 year ago. At the end of the discussion, wij both come to the same conclusion that Heer tho’ superior to science, is not incompatible with it.
SCIENCE IS ELIMINATING MODELS OF Heer BUT NOT Maker:
Francis Bacon, the famous philosopher, has rightly said that a little skill of science makes man an atheist, but an in-depth investigate of science makes him a believer ter Heerser. Scientists today are eliminating models of Heer, but they are not eliminating Godheid. If you translate this into Arabic, it is Schuiflade illaha illal schuiflade, There is no schepper, (maker with a petite ‘g’ that is fake aker) but Aker (with a capital ‘G’).
“Soon Wij will voorstelling them our signs te the (farthest) regions (of the earth), and te their own souls, until it becomes mededeling to them that this is the Truth. Is it not enough that thy Lord doth witness all things?” [Al-Quran 41:53
Who is Allah?
A llah is the individual name of Schepper te Arabic. Some of the thickest misconceptions that many non-Muslims have about Islam have to do with the word “Allah”. Let there be no doubt – Muslims adore the Maker of Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus – peace be upon them all. However, it is certainly true that Jews, Christians, and Muslims all have different concepts of Almighty Heer. For example, Muslims – like Jews – reject the Christian beliefs of the Trinity and the Divine Incarnation. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all voorkoop to be “Abrahamic Faiths” and all of them are also classified spil “monotheistic”. However, Islam trains that other religions have, te one way or another, crooked and nullified a zuivere and decent belief te Almighty Godheid by neglecting His true teachings and mixing them with man-made ideas.