Ramadan 2012, The 11th Day
Ramadan 2012, The 11th Day
Those to whom people said, ‘The people have gathered against you, so fear them.’ But that merely increased their belief and they said, ‘Allah is enough for us and the Best of Guardians.’ (Surah Al’Imran, 173)
Love Of Allah Bestows Great Spiritual Strength
Believers feel a close love for and closeness to Allah in order to win His approval, and they take Him as their close friend and guide. They are devoted to Almighty Allah with a great loyalty and close bond. Their aims, endeavors and prayers are solely directed toward winning Allah’s approval. This effort, intended toward winning the love and approval of Almighty Allah bestows, by Allah’s leave, great spiritual strength on believers, that unbelievers can never possess.
With their devotion to Allah, deep fear and powerful love of Him, the prophets are role models for all Muslims. They properly discharged the duty to preach that our Lord Allah bestowed on them and called on people to adopt fine moral values, commanding what is good and forbidding what is evil. One of the many characteristics that bestow superiority on the prophets is their powerful, humble and determined attitude in the face of violence and oppression. Muslims who take the prophets as role models also come to notice in their societies in which they live, with their rational thinking and behavior, their powerful characters and sincere language and their noble appearance. Like the prophets, they never fall prey to fear or sorrow in the face of events, regard everything as being for the best and constantly call on those around them to behave well. They remember Allah a great deal, know that Allah, their only friend, creates everything that happens, unhesitatingly spurn all of satan’s empty promises, by Allah’s leave, and pay no heed to the transitory attractions of this world. These superior attributes of believers also endow them with spiritual strength.
People who are ignorant of and do not live by the moral values of the Qur’an may be amazed at the way, the result of their spiritual strength, that believers are never distracted by the deceptive baubles of this world, never fall prey to panic and sorrow, never fear and always maintain their moderation. The way that true believers always live happy and placid lives, despite being subjected to oppression and violence by unbelievers, and even being threatened with exile, imprisonment and even death by them, is something that unbelievers can never understand.
The Messengers praised for their exemplary lives in the Qur’an, and the believers who accompanied them faced very difficult situations that superficially appeard to be very “tough events.” However, these highly virtuous believers behaved with complete security and submission in the face of everything that befell them and acted in the knowledge that it was Almighty Allah Who created everything that happened, for which reason, everything was in fact all for the best. As revealed in the verse, '...Say: ‘Allah is enough for me. All those who truly trust put their trust in Him.’ (Surat az-Zumar, 38), believers, who are certain that Almighty Allah will never leave them without help or inflict a heavier burden on them than they can bear, and who hope for paradise as a reward for their troubles, have always submitted to Allah under all circumstances. By Allah’s leave, this has made them strong in the face of all events.
However, submission to Allah does not mean, as some people imagine, keeping oneself outside the sphere of events. On the contrary, according to the moral values of the Qur’an, a believer assumes all kinds of responsibility. He knows that it is Allah Who causes him to do what he does and that the control of his own existence is in Allah’s hands, and that he achieves all his aims as a representative of our Lord. A believer who has submitted to Allah is sure that Allah will never leave him without help, will never impose a heavier burden than he can bear and will eventually reward him with paradise. The result is the strongest person in the world, who fear nothing and nobody apart from our Almighty Lord Allah. The strength possessed, by Allah’s leave, by believers who live by the maturity of faith bestowed by love of and submission to Allah, is described thus in the Qur’an:
They say, ‘If we return to Madina, the mightier will drive out the inferior.’ But all might belongs to Allah and to His Messenger and the believers. But the hypocrites do not know this. (Surat al-Munafiqun, 8)
Evolutionists' Biased And Deceptive Fossil Interpretations
Before going into the details of the myth of human evolution, we need to mention the propaganda method that has convinced the general public of the idea that half-man half-ape creatures once lived in the past. This propaganda method makes use of "reconstructions" made in reference to fossils. Reconstruction can be explained as drawing a picture or constructing a model of a living thing based on a single bone-sometimes only a fragment-that has been unearthed. The "ape-men" we see in newspapers, magazines, or films are all reconstructions.
Since fossils are usually fragmented and incomplete, any conjecture based on them is likely to be completely speculative. As a matter of fact, the reconstructions (drawings or models) made by the evolutionists based on fossil remains are prepared speculatively precisely to validate the evolutionary thesis. David R. Pilbeam, an eminent anthropologist from Harvard, stresses this fact when he says: "At least in paleoanthropology, data are still so sparse that theory heavily influences interpretations. Theories have, in the past, clearly reflected our current ideologies instead of the actual data".1 Since people are highly affected by visual information, these reconstructions best serve the purpose of evolutionists, which is to convince people that these reconstructed creatures really existed in the past.
Imaginary And Deceptive Drawings Three Different Reconstructions Based On The Same Skull
At this point, we have to highlight one particular point: Reconstructions based on bone remains can only reveal the most general characteristics of the creature, since the really distinctive morphological features of any animal are soft tissues which quickly vanish after death. Therefore, due to the speculative nature of the interpretation of the soft tissues, the reconstructed drawings or models become totally dependent on the imagination of the person producing them. Earnst A. Hooten from Harvard University explains the situation like this:
To attempt to restore the soft parts is an even more hazardous undertaking. The lips, the eyes, the ears, and the nasal tip leave no clues on the underlying bony parts. You can with equal facility model on a Neanderthaloid skull the features of a chimpanzee or the lineaments of a philosopher. These alleged restorations of ancient types of man have very little if any scientific value and are likely only to mislead the public… So put not your trust in reconstructions.2
As a matter of fact, evolutionists invent such "preposterous stories" that they even ascribe different faces to the same skull. For example, the three different reconstructed drawings made for the fossil named Australopithecus robustus (Zinjanthropus), are a famous example of such forgery.
The biased interpretation of fossils and outright fabrication of many imaginary reconstructions are an indication of how frequently evolutionists have recourse to tricks. Yet these seem innocent when compared to the deliberate forgeries that have been perpetrated in the history of evolution.
1. David R. Pilbeam, "Rearranging Our Family Tree", Nature, June 1978, p. 40.
2. Earnest A. Hooton, Up From The Ape, New York: McMillan, 1931, p. 332.
2. Earnest A. Hooton, Up From The Ape, New York: McMillan, 1931, p. 332.
The Rise Of A Comet
As stated in the hadiths:
- Halley’s Comet passed close to Earth in 1986, at the beginning of the 1400s ah (1406 ah). This comet was a bright, shining star that moved from east to west and appeared after the lunar and solar eclipses of 1981-82 (1401-02). The fact it was born at the same time as the other portents confirms that Halley’s Comet is the celestial body referred to in the hadith.
Imam Rabbani provides the following information about this specific portent:
Whenever this comet has passed by, events that represent significant turning points with regard to Muslims have taken place. Some of these are revealed in the accounts handed down from our Prophet (saas). According to these accounts, when the comet was seen:
- The people of Prophet Nuh (as) were destroyed,
- Prophet Ibrahim (as) was cast into the fire,
- Pharaoh and his tribe were destroyed,
- Prophet Yahya (as) was killed,
- Prophet ‘Isa (as) was born,
- Our Prophet (saas) began receiving the first revelation,
- The Ottoman Empire made its appearance, and
- Constantinople was captured by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror.
Some Interesting Figures Linked to Halley’s Comet
Interestingly, some figures pertaining to the comet are multiples of 19. For example, Halley's Comet appears every 76 years (19 x 4 = 76) and was last seen in 1406 ah (19 x 74 = 1406). Surat al-Muddaththir, which refers to the miracle of 19 in the Qur'an, is the seventy-fourth surah. Moreover, its thirtieth verse reveals that 19 is a means of mercy for believers and of fitna for unbelievers. A last great miracle and sign of this comet is its appearance in 1986 (1406 ah), its nineteenth appearance since 610, when Prophet Mohammed (saas) was honored with prophecy.
In Surat al-Muddaththir 74:1-2, Allah commands our Prophet (saas): "O you who are enveloped in your cloak, arise and warn." The meaning is clear. Yet, they may be a hidden meaning: "(the one) enveloped in cloak" may well refer to the Mahdi, who is from our Prophet's (saas) lineage and whose appearance will be signaled by the rise of Halley's Comet in 1406 ah.