Scientific Evidences lead to Faith


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When we read the Quran, and, we see that the most fundamental matters that Muslims have to know and understand are set out quite explicitly.

Allah (swt) describes His creation in the Quran. He describes Satan, reveals what is lawful and unlawful, and tells us of the lives of the prophets (as). It is revealed how the life of this world is a test, and how our true homes are in the Hereafter. Paradise and Hell are described in the Quran, and people are warned against the torments in the latter.

In addition to all these basic issues, the Quran also contains special signs that Allah (swt) has deliberately concealed for believers. Through these signs, our Lord tells believers how they should behave toward deniers; the best way of preaching the word and what they must do if the moral values of the Quran are to rule the world. These signs are only, of course, comprehensible to those servants who can look at the Quran with the eyes of the heart and good conscience; who can grasp the radiance and message of the Quran; and with whom Allah (swt) is well pleased. This is just one of the hundreds of miracles of the Quran.

The presence in the Quran, of scientific and mathematical miracles, is itself a miracle that confirms the sublime nature of the Quran, its miraculous aspect and the fact that it is a divine scripture. But, in addition to that specific miracle, when we look at the verses of the Quran, we see that Allah (swt) makes science obligatory for believers. Allah (swt) advises believers to reflect on the extraordinary creation they witness and to learn the knowledge of the creation of the Earth and sky. In Surah Al-Imran, our Lord says,

“Those who remember Allah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): “Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire.” (Al-Imran 3:191)

Scientific development and progress proves the sublime and extraordinary nature of Allah’s (swt) creation in the most perfect way.

The more that people of good conscience possess this knowledge deepen in science, the more amazed they are by Allah’s (swt) sublime artistry. Just a single cell, the glorious DNA within a single cell or a single protein is enough to see the power and might of Allah (swt). Almighty Allah (swt) is powerful enough to create worlds within worlds; to create all things from nothing; and gloriously shows His sublime omniscience by creating atoms in tiny specks of space and making atoms, which themselves consist of 99-ninety nine percent empty space, the natural causes of matter itself. Almighty Allah (swt) is powerful enough to bring the Earth and sky into being through a single explosion, out of nothing, out of emptiness. Almighty Allah (swt) reveals this sublime creation- the Big Bang miracle in other words- in this verse,

“With power did We construct the heaven. Verily, We are Able to extend the vastness of space thereof.” (Adh-Dhariyat 51:47)

Almighty Allah (swt) has made science essential for Muslims in order for them to comprehend, and see His matchless artistry, and the glories in the entities He creates. Those who deepen in science with the knowledge of the Quran will also grow in faith since they will witness His omniscience.

Allah (swt) tells us in another verse, “But those among them who are well-grounded in knowledge, and the believers, believe in what has been sent down to you (Muhammad (sa) and what was sent down before you, and those who perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and give Zakat and believe in Allah and in the Last Day, it is they to whom We shall give a great reward.” (An-Nisa 4:162)

For that reason, Allah (swt) advises true Muslims to learn and research the scientific facts; and to become aware of what is all around them. “Have they not looked at the heaven above them, how We have made it and adorned it, and there are no rifts in it? And the earth! We have spread it out, and set thereon mountains standing firm, and have produced therein every kind of lovely growth (plants). An insight and a Reminder for every slave turning to Allah (i.e. the one who believes in Allah and performs deeds of His obedience, and always begs His pardon).” (Qaf 50:6-8)

As believers grasp and see the scientific facts and grow in faith by studying Allah’s (swt) stunning artistry, they will also come to possess the means of overcoming- using science and knowledge- the snares of those who slander Allah (swt) using supposed evidence. Those who adopt chance, nature and matter as their gods by seeking to deny Allah’s (swt) magnificent creation will be defeated in the face of the artistry displayed by our Lord and their false claims thus demolished. All the superstitious evidence brought forward by these people is eliminated by science, and their empty struggles against Allah (swt) are all for nothing.

Allah (swt) advises people to reflect on creation, and the miraculous systems and each of the extraordinary 100-hundred trillion cells that emerge-  rebut all these superstitious claims. Allah (swt) advises us to consider the creation of the heavens, His creation through the Big Bang, and the extraordinary equilibrium in the universe again- eliminate this superstitious way of thinking. Allah (swt) advises us to look at the evidence in the Earth, and those glorious marvels of creation.

One wise aspect behind the evidence for Allah’s (swt) creation that believers produce with knowledge and science is that it enables some people who blindly and ignorantly believed other people with their materialist mindsets to conclude, through the scientific evidence, that Allah (swt) is the sole Creator. The scientific evidence is instrumental in these people seeing the omnipotence of Allah (swt) in the things He creates, and thus in coming to have faith.

A single tree, a single leaf or even a single seed is certainly enough to see the glory and Absolute Existence of our Almighty Lord. But for the pure and faithful who truly believe, seeing the extraordinary artistry in Allah’s (swt) detail by way of science is a great means- whereby they can properly appreciate the might and greatness of Allah (swt). It is for that reason that Almighty Allah (swt) has made science obligatory for all believers.

When the Earth Shook

CHILE-EARHTQUAKEIt was a lazy April afternoon when people had just finished their lunch. Some lied down to rest. Those at work returned to their desks. Around 3 pm, the ground began shaking. People got out of their rooms, looked at one another and had one question on their tongues: “Did you feel it?” Television set was switched on, quickly selecting the news channels and then flipping between several to get the clearest and most detailed report. It was confirmed. A major earthquake had struck Pakistan.

The family looked at each other. What should we do? I peeped out of the window. I saw people gathering up in open space. I recalled the earthquake of 2005, when disaster management teams advised to stay at one place, until tremors settled. I suggested we take cover under wooden structures and frames. We sat back at our places, tongues moving swiftly in Dhikr (words of remembrance). Horrified, people made intense Duas to the All-Powerful to make the tremors stop. Objects nearby were shaking and thus increasing our fear. We were certain Allah (swt) will not punish us. In our hearts, we knew we didn’t deserve His mercy after all that we have done. We hoped for another chance. Just one more chance. Like we always do.

The ground kept shaking. Text messages were pouring in, asking if we were alright. We wondered if it was time to say our final goodbyes. We were hanging between life and death. Seeing death so near, we hastily made Duas for our forgiveness.

Everything around us – the sun, the moon, the trees, the birds, the earth that we walk upon – haughtily will testify either for or against us. What will it say about me?

I had recently completed the Tafsir (exegesis) of Surah Az-Zalzalah (the Earthquake). Its words echoed in my head: “When the earth is shaken with its (final) earthquake. And when the earth throws out of its burdens. And man will say: What is the matter with it?” (Az-Zalzalah 99:1-3)

And here we were sitting. Staring at the ground below us, wondering what was the matter with it. Why does it not stop?

The Most Merciful then did His thing. His Rahmah (mercy) took over, and He commanded the earth to stop shaking. Life returned to our hearts.

I returned my attention to Surah Az-Zalzalah and the Day of Resurrection. The Day, when the earth is stretched forth (Quran 84:3) and is ground to powder (Quran 89:21). That Day the earth will declare its information (about all that happened over it of good or evil). (Quran 99:4)

I shuddered. I was not prepared to die. I did not want the earth to reveal my information.

Yet, it will. Everything around us – the sun, the moon, the trees, the birds, the earth that we walk upon – haughtily will testify either for or against us. What will it say about me?

I had a swift flashback. I had done nothing that I could say would save me from the terrors of that Day. On that overwhelming Day, some faces will be humiliated and some joyful (Quran 88:2, 8). How will my face be? The Day, when all secrets will be examined (Quran 86:9), and man will be handed his record. There will be those, who will be given their records in their right hands. They will receive their records and rush to their families sharing their joy with them (Quran 84:7). Others will be given their records behind their backs (Quran 84:10), because it contains nothing to be joyful about. In which hand will I receive my record?

As I looked back at the television screen, the reporter was giving details of the earthquake. It was a 7.8 magnitude quake. Analysts feared had it continued for a few more seconds, everything in Karachi would have perished. In another window, the channel showed clips of LIVE scenes: people leaving their offices to stand in the open space.

And I was struck again.

Where was it? Where was the feeling that we just felt?

People were happily chatting. They were exiting the elevators with cheerful faces. It seemed, as if we did not just feel Allah’s power followed by His Rahmah but an ‘adventure.’

It seemed, as if we did not just feel Allah’s power followed by His Rahmah but an ‘adventure.’

It was time for the Asr (late afternoon) prayer. Parents still had to raise their voice reminding to pray. The practicing ones were reminding their colleagues to rush for the congregational prayer. The mosques were still half empty.

I was ashamed. Who were we? When the calamity was off our heads, we returned to our usual state? Even an earthquake that was certain to perish us could not fix us?

It is as Allah (swt) says:“Then after that you turned away. Had it not been for the Grace and Mercy of Allah upon you, indeed you would have been among the losers.” (Quran 2:64)

“O man! Verily, you are returning towards your Lord – with your deeds and actions (good or bad), — a sure returning, and you will meet (the results of your deeds which you did).” (Quran 84:6)

(Part 2) Parents as Counsellors

Counseling-triennale[Continued from here]

What are the opportunities/signs of counseling for parents?

If the child appears:

  1. Unhappy
  2. Aloof, uninterested/withdrawn
  3. Unusually reserved
  4. Seems nervous and afraid
  5. Shows unusual behaviour or looks disturbed

Even under the above tremendous pressures, each child has a different absorption capacity. As a parent, we need to develop such a bond with them that we can read their unsaid words, silent body language, etc. If we suspect some turmoil, we should be available for him at the cross roads. As the right moment occurs, he may share his miseries with us. We can’t be over inquisitive or nosey- especially if the child is older and a self-driven individual who wants to assess his own developmental capacity. He may share with parents once the trouble is overcome as he reflects back and relieves himself. It is a moment of growth and wisdom for him.

What does it mean to be your kid’s counselor?

  1. Your children feel comfortable to open their personal matters before you. (They can unload the emotional garbage which might include crying, blaming, accusing, swearing, etc.)
  2. They feel safe to share their worries and most personal concerns with you. (He needs to feel heard completely with no hurdles, judgments, rebukes, threat of punishment, negative reaction from your side as a parent.)
  3. They consider you wise and trustworthy and therefore value your advice. (Perceived credibility is the actual credibility.)
  4. You can easily know when your child is disturbed and need support. (He might withdraw, stop eating, slam doors, look moody, try to be aloof, etc.)
  5. All of you feel good and relaxed after the session. (The emotional strength of the parent needs to be developed so that he/she doesn’t end up needing a counseling session after hearing out his/her child’s worries.)

 The counseling framework for parents
1. Prepare yourself
Do your mental homework before approaching the child. Imagine all possible problems and their causes, the kid’s perception of the problem, expectation of the people around the kid from him, etc.

2. Spare time for a session
Find a peaceful place and choose the best time.

3. Be happy and stay calm
Tend to your own emotional landscape so as not to react before the kid when he is unloading his emotions before you. It is essential to conquer your own mood first.

4. Encourage your child to express his problem
Convey care and warmth through your body language, facial expressions and tone, etc.

5. Listen actively
This means no interruption, no pretend listening while you are multi-tasking, etc.

6. Rephrase what you understand
This is important so that the child’s intention and purpose is understood with clarity and no miscommunication happens.

7. Acknowledge the feelings of your child
Albert Einstein once lamented: “Why is it that nobody understands me, yet everybody likes me.” Taking care of your child is easy. Taking care of your child’s feelings is challenging.

8. Ask about the causes and expectations
Analyze the problem and situation with your child. Don’t offer an immediate solution or suggestion yourself.

9. Give confidence and offer helpful tips
Let the child take a responsible decision himself.

Lastly and most importantly, children will learn best, when they are trusted, valued, owned, encouraged and made comfortable. This does not mean that we surrender to their whims and fancies, let them disown their responsibilities, bend and break the family rules. It certainly means that we treat them with respect and empower them to take value-based decisions in life.

Adapted by Rana Rais Khan from an interactive workshop at L2L Academy Karachi