Peace be upon you (O Mukmins) with the Mercy of Allah and His Blessings.
In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.
I am spurred to write about this subject as there are many out there who just fail to understand the bedrock of faith in Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala?
The ignorance of many who think of themselves as being 'Muslims' stems from their failure to realize that the very basic pillar of faith in Islam is one's true and firm faith in Allah!
A true Muslim must have unshakable faith in Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and in the Prophethood of Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.
This is the foundation of Iman @ Faith.
Once one comes to believe with total conviction as to the reality of there being no other God but Allah, Ar Rahman, Ar Rahim, then there should be no room for any doubts or considerations of there being any other deity or entity that can merit even an iota of consideration of worship or in fear of?
The very first Rukun of Iman @ Pillars of Faith is the faith or belief in Allah ( al-Imaanu Billah) which is the jugular vein of Iman @ Faith, source of all beliefs in Islam.
When the belief in Allah is weak, the rest of one's Aqeedah @ Bedrock of Faith is weakened consecutively.
What makes us mankind different from the rest of Almighty Allah's Creations?
The ability to process information that we perceive through our gifts of sensory and perception that the Almighty has bestowed upon us?
The very basic exception that we have over all other forms of Creations of Allah Azza Wa Jalla is our given Faculty of Thought or Reasoning?
We have the ability given by Allah to ponder upon and think about all that is before us?
We have been given eyesight to look at and see for ourselves the awesome and to the finest detail or specific engineering that goes into each and every creation of Allah before us.
We are living in what we know as to be the Last Ages.
Mankind today have come to stage where many scientific advancements as a result of centuries and centuries of study and research by those who are inclined towards learning from all revealed sources of information that has been relayed to us and our forefathers by the 124,000 prophets and messengers of Almighty Allah through Time ending with the Greatest and Final Messenger of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala with the Prophethood of Khatamun Nabiyyi, Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam, the Mercy of Allah for all Creation, a thousand four hundred over years ago!
Mankind today are yet discovering many astonishing aspects of Life amongst us here in this planet that we come to know as Earth and the gazillion other things that are yet to be discovered by us in here and in the universe out there.
Mankind has the ability to think and has the will to utilize thought and considerations to explore and discover the truth of all that is before us?
Just take planet Earth for example.
This planet with all of its contents is just a living globe with the following details:
Earth's Circumference at the Equator: 24,901.55 miles (40,075.16 km)
Earth's Circumference Between the North and South Poles: 24,859.82 miles (40,008 km)
Earth's Diameter at the Equator: 7,926.28 miles (12,756.1 km)
Earth's Diameter at the Poles: 7,899.80 miles (12,713.5 km)
Average Distance from the Earth to the Sun: 93,020,000 miles (149,669,180 km)
Average Distance from the Earth to the Moon: 238,857 miles (384,403.1 km)
Tallest Mountain on Earth from Base to Peak - Mauna Kea, Hawaii: 33,480 feet (rising to 13,796 feet above sea level) (10204 m; 4205 m)
Point Farthest From the Center of the Earth - The peak of the volcano Chimborazo in Ecuador at 20,561 feet (6267 m) is farthest from the center of the earth due to its location near the equator and the oblateness of the Earth.
Lowest Elevation on Land - Dead Sea: 1369 feet below sea level (417.27 m)
Deepest Point in the Ocean - Challenger Deep, Mariana Trench, Western Pacific Ocean: 35,840 feet (10924 m)
Highest Temperature Recorded: 135.8°F - Al Aziziyah, Libya, September 13, 1922 (57.7°C)
Lowest Temperature Recorded: -128.5°F - Vostok, Antarctica, July 21, 1983 (-89.2°C)
Water vs. Land: 70.8% Water, 29.2% Land
Age of the Earth: 4.5 to 4.6 billion years
Atmosphere Content: 77% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and traces of argon, carbon dioxide and water
Rotation on Axis: 23 hours and 56 minutes and 04.09053 seconds. But, it takes an additional four minutes for the earth to revolve to the same position as the day before relative to the sun (i.e. 24 hours).
Revolution around Sun: 365.2425 days
Chemical Composition of the Earth: 34.6% Iron, 29.5% Oxygen, 15.2% Silicon, 12.7% Magnesium, 2.4% Nickel, 1.9% Sulfur, and 0.05% Titanium
All these data has been the culmination of what our scientists have come to learn about and discover through utilizing the Faculty of Thought and Human Intellect given by Allah our Lord and Creator.
To those who deny Allah and say that all that is before us is just a process of evolution are the ones who are deaf, dumb and blind towards the reality that things don't just simply come into being on their own?
They themselves were but a creation of Allah when they were conceived by their parents as a result of the process of reproduction of the humankind.
There are many surahs in the Holy Qur'an which details the creation of Mankind for us to study and realize the facts of our being?
Amongst them are :
101. BadeeAAu alssamawati waal-ardi anna yakoonu lahu waladun walam takun lahu sahibatun wakhalaqa kulla shay-in wahuwa bikulli shay-in AAaleemun
101. To Him is due the primal origin of the heavens and the earth: How can He have a son when He hath no consort? He created all things, and He hath full knowledge of all things.
The Holy Qur'an was revealed to Mankind through Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam a thousand four hundred over years ago when Mankind were still clueless about the origins of themselves, what more of the universe when their skills in knowledge about astrophysics was still in it's primitive stages!
The reality of Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam being an 'Unlettered Prophet' @ an 'Ummi' clearly refutes the allegations that he Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam wrote the Holy Qur'an which to this day continues to amaze scientists and researchers as to the detailed accuracy of what the Almighty Allah has revealed to us about matters that none would have come to know before the revelations of the Holy Qur'an to all Mankind through His Final Messenger, Muhammad, the Seal of Allah's 124,000 prophets and noble messengers through the ages.
Faith in Allah requires us who are the Children of Adam Alaihis Salam to exercise our faculties of thought and reasoning to know that all that is here before us and in the hidden realms of the universe in both the physical, metaphysical and hidden spiritual world that we have yet to explore or come to know about?
Just pluck a hair out of us, put it on the slide of a microscope and zoom in to it's structure. What do we see?
Figure 1. Microscopic structure of a human hair shaft. Part (a) shows a cutaway cartoon of a single hair shaft. The labels show cuticle cells (Cu), cortical cells (Co), the medulla (Md), and a microfibril (MF) within a cortical cell. Part (b) shows a transmitted light micrograph of a single hair strand. The scale-like layer of cuticle cells (Cu) is clearly visible, as is the central medulla (Md). Part (c) shows a cross-section of a fine hair strand. The flattened cuticle cells (Cu) wrap tightly around the cortical cells (Co), which contain many dark pigment granules.
Are those who Deny Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala capable of creating even one single living cell as above?
Let's not even start to ask of them to even start exploring their own self's?
Mission impossible of any one being creating anything out of nothing save for Allah the Almighty, our Supreme Lord, Master of everything and Creator!
I can keep going on and on to the last second of my life here as amongst His Creation to try and write about the infinite proofs of all that is nothing but sheer evidence of the Almighty's Magnificence as our true God Almighty but will only die out of exhaustion attempting so?
Iman towards Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala is not something to be joked about or ridiculed by those ingrates amongst Mankind who fail to see the Reality of Ar Rahman.
Life in the known Universe as we come to learn of it is so spectacular and amazing that it astounds me to this very moment as I try my best to absorb the multitudes of information that is becoming available to us Mankind by the second from every part and corner of this world!
All these is simply a matter of us mankind getting to discover many, many things created by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.
Informative television channels such as Discovery and National Geographic are wonderful channels of amazing discoveries that continue to make me marvel at the Greatness of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala who in His Infinite Wisdom and Supremacy has created the world that we know and coming to learn and discover by each and every passing second of our remaining life's?
The internet here also has come to contain unlimited sources of accumulated and stored data that enables us to tap into and discover unfathomable information for those of us who want to add and improve our knowledge about anything?
When human beings succeed in moving on to the stage of wanting to learn about themselves and all that is before them, then the heart is awakened to a new platform of realization that spurs the human intellect to learn about it's Maker?
Contemplating and considering the awesome creations of Allah before us sparks off our hidden capabilities to delve deeper and come to see things which many do not perceive at first hand about our reality and what we are capable of with Allah's Permission?
When we look at the Sun and marvel at it's origin and life giving source to all that is in and on the Earth, we start to realize just how supreme is Allah and the unlimited Greatness of our Creator?
Our Sun is just one out of billions or trillions of stars out there in the universe and our universe is just one out of many others that we have yet to learn of or discover?
It is unbecoming of anyone who tries to deny Allah and our indebtedness to Him the Almighty!
For us to be true Muslims, we have to strive day in day out to learn and discover more and more details about our being in order for us to develop and build a healthy evergrowing bedrock of Iman towards Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.
We swat a fly or a mosquito so easily before us and extinguish that insect without a care or bother about it's entity?
Are we capable of returning it to life or even be able to create half or even a portion of it's wing or any other part of it's minute creation?
What more when we contemplate on creating anything else?
We are capable of altering things with our meddling or willful manipulations of the stem cells structures and other aspects of anything but we are not and never will be capable of giving life to any being without the Will and Consent of Almighty Allah.
Only Allah Azza Wa Jalla is capable of doing that as He is the Almighty Creator.
Muslims need to learn and study about such things and not fall prey to his or her ego which seeks to deny Our Creator.
All Muslims must improve their knowledge by each passing second and not waste away our remaining moments of our life.
May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala increase our Iman and guide us towards being better striving Muslims for Iman is not obtained by just idle leisure.
Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah. Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Ta'ala Wabarakatuh.