Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],
This article is part of a series of articles about Allah, the God:
1- this one is a little long. but I didn't want to divide it into 2 because it goes as a whole. so don't complain to me that it's long. if you can't read it all at once, read it little by little.
2- You don't need to write a long wall of text to explain how you disagree with me. this article is not an open debate. if you want to debate God's existence, there are many forums out there for that purpose. if the points mentioned here are not "enough" to convince you or at least make you ponder, feel free to visit the websites at the bottom of this article and read more.
Here are some Questions I'd like to ask, just to keep you thinking...
where did we come from?
how did we get here?
what's the purpose of life?
what would be the logic behind it all?
these questions and many others are going to be answered, in sha'Allah [God willing], in this and the next few articles. SOME COMMON GROUND
First, let's agree about some definitions: Proof: Evidence
or argument establishing or helping to establish a fact
or the truth of a statement Evidence
: The available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid. Fact
: A thing that is indisputably the case. when much evidence is provided regarding something, we can say it's a fact.
When I say "proof of God's existence", if you are thinking of a proof where you can see the God himself, touch him, or take him to laboratory for experiments, then you won't get it. The God almighty is greater than us. we can't see him. but we can certainly see his signatures. Convincing you that God exists is really not my purpose. All I am interested in is providing evidences based on facts and logic and then allow the individual to decide for themselves what they would like to believe.
First, we must agree there are certain things that every human being agrees about. These are what we call “common sense”. Different People may disagree about morality (What’s right and what’s wrong). but people don’t usually disagree about common sense.
Examples of some common sense statements are:
- “the shortest path between two points is the straight line between them”. All of you agree. Right?
- We also have “part of something is less than the whole”.
- “you don’t get something coming from nothing”
So I am just going to use common sense and things that people can check and think about. Look around you and within yourself...
Now Let’s take our universe as an example: We live on Earth and we know that it’s just a tiny planet in a vast Solar System. And our Solar System is just one member of a vast Milky Way galaxy with 200 to 400 billion stars. But how many galaxies are there in the entire Universe? This is a difficult number to know for certain, since we can only see a fraction of the Universe, even with our most powerful instruments. The most current estimates guess that there are more than 200 billion galaxies in the Universe! With our limited means, Recent measurements reveal that the Universe is no less than 150 billion lightyears in diameter.
1 lightyear = 9.4605284 × 1015
And all these galaxies, planets and stars, all of them form an organized system. Life on Earth itself is a perfectly organized system.
if you acknowledge that there is a system, then there must be a source for this system. Based on the causality law of Thermodynamics (the law of cause and effect) all events have causes. If something exists, something must have caused it to exists. things do not come about in organized fashion simply by random chance.
Let’s not go too far. Let’s look at our own body. And consider these medical facts:
- There are 2.5 trillion of red blood cells in your body at any moment. About 2.5 million new ones need to be produced every second (2.5 million ones die every second).
Each one of these 2.5 trillion of red blood cells takes 20 seconds to circle the whole body and works non-stop for 120 days!
In 24 hours, the blood in the body travels a total of 12,000 miles - that's four times the width of North America.
Your body has about 5.6 liters of blood which circulates through the body three times every minute.
- When we touch something, we send a message to our brain at 124 Mile/hour
- In one square inch of our hand we have nine feet of blood vessels, 600 pain sensors, 9000 nerve endings, 36 heat sensors and 75 pressure sensors.
- The DNA helix measures 1/80,000,000 of an inch wide.
- 25 million new body cells are being produced each second.
- Our eyes can distinguish up to one million color surfaces and take in more information than the largest telescope known to man!
Every hour, the human eye can process 36,000 bits of information!Masha'Allah!
now you have to agree with me that this is an incredible system. A system that’s very detailed that people can’t fully comprehend.Where did everything come from?
One of the very important questions that we may ask is:
"where did everything come from?"
There are two options for a cause of this universe:
a- a non intelligent cause: Which means, everything came randomly by chance.
b- an intelligent cause: which means something very intelligent caused this universe to come into existence.
let's consider this example:
if you drop a drinking glass with some ice in it on the floor, it will break into many different parts. The cause of this incident is a non intelligent random cause. if you take another glass and drop it in the same way, it will also break into many random pieces of glass. if you repeat this experiment a million times, you will never find your glass with ice in it break and form little small drinking glasses with ice in them. Why? Because drinking glasses with water in them is not something that comes about randomly. Glasses are manufactured in the factory and the ice needs a refrigerator to be formed and the water needs to come from somewhere. so random non-intelligent cause can’t make us small glasses with ice. If it can’t make drinking glasses, it certainly can’t make things that are more complicated than drinking glasses (such as a mobile phone, a house, a computer…)
Another example is if you consider what might happen if a tornado came through a junkyard and tore through the old cars; it took parts of the different cars and shaped them and reshaped them again and again. Would it leave behind a nice new Mercedes with the engine running and air conditioner and the most advanced car safety options?
Let’s use simple logic. When something is right in front of our eyes it is difficult to deny it, right? Asking rhetorical questions can be very helpful in presenting our case. Begin by asking the question; "Can you prove you exist?" Yes, of course you can. You merely use your senses to determine what you can see, hear, feel, smell, taste and you have emotions as well. All of this is a part of your existence. But this is not how we perceive God in Islam. We can look to the things He has created to know there is no doubt of His existence.Random chance or Intelligent Design:
We see around us a world so complex that it’s impossible for it to come into existence “just by itself” and then work in a very perfect order. Our universe has an incredible amount of order to it. The cause of such universe “must” be an intelligent cause. It must be an incredible designer. It can’t be random chance or accident. Because chance doesn’t produce complicated results and accident doesn’t create an organized system.
Of course, as soon as we say this, those Atheists who would like to deny the existence of any kind of creator and many of those who would like to promote the so called theory of evolution. some of those folks would be against the idea of intelligent design.
But stop for a while... And think… Think...
If you walked in the desert and saw a mobile phone there, with full credit and good network signal, would you say, “Isn't it funny how Mobile phones grow in this desert by random chance?”
No, you would “think” that some manufacturer made the phone, somebody bought it, walked there not long before you and dropped it. This is common sense.
But it’s a great miracle that some people see a world full of more complexity and order than every man-made structure put together and they assume that it came by mere chance and no intelligent designer created it. A single strand of DNA has more information on it then the whole Encyclopedia Britannica. You can't even explain it.
Have you ever seen any design without a designer? For example, a beautiful house without a skillful architect who designed it, a beautiful painting without a talented artist who painted it… well yeah, we see such things in fairy tales. But in real life, we all know that things don’t come about without a cause. you don’t get something coming from nothing. It’s common sense
here, we are talking about Intelligent design. so we need to define these two things:
a- Intelligence is The ability to have and apply knowledge and skills.
b- Design is the Purpose, planning, or intention that exists or is thought to exist behind something.
these two can't be floating in the void just like that and made the universe just like that. Anyone with a little common sense would agree that when we talk about intelligence, we talk about an intelligent being. and when we talk about an organized design, we talk about a designer.
This intelligent designer of the universe is what we call The God. in the Arabic language, one word for this is "Allah".
There have always been people who believed in the existence of God and there have always been those who have denied in His existence. We must realize there are those who will never believe no matter how much proof or evidence we produce. The reason is some people don't want to believe in a Creator or Sustainer. They would not like to consider one day they will have to answer for their actions and for their refusal to acknowledge their Benefactor to whom they owe their very existence. An invitation to find the God
There is nothing better we can use to find the God than to follow the hints he provided in his own words: The holy Qur'an. Almighty Allah, the God, doesn’t ask for blind faith. he doesn't need people who follow without conviction. that's why Islam provides proof and only after that, it requires faith. it uses a very logical and scientific approach to deal with any subject. In many verses in the holy Qur’an, The God gives hints for man to find and recognize him. He is directing our attention to many things around us. He asks us to ponder and think. For example, he said:
وَفِي الْأَرْضِ آيَاتٌ لِّلْمُوقِنِينَ
"And on the earth are signs for those of assured Faith,
وَفِي أَنفُسِكُمْ ۚ أَفَلَا تُبْصِرُونَ
And also in your ownselves. Will you not then see?"translation of verses 51:20-21
So the first step to know the God is to look around and study our world and ourselves…
if you want to read more about the God, I invite you to have a look at these websites:
for more reading about Allah, please visit:GodAllah.comScienceIslam.comKnowing Allah
Now that we know there is a God who created this universe.
The next question would be "Among all gods that people of different faiths worship, how to know and recognize the one God who truly deserves all worship?"
that will be for the next article, in sha'Allah...
To be continued in...
I hope that was beneficialYou may or may not like/agree with all what's said here. but that's no problem. I believe in what's called "freedom of belief". everyone is free to believe what they want. and no one has right to force his beliefs on others. what I am doing here is simply presenting facts and putting things together in order to reach conclusions. if you don't like my approach or you don't like the way this subject is presented, feel free to write your own article in your own page and express your opinions in the subject. Medical information are taken from [link]
Universe information taken from [link] and [link]
If I am right, it's from the God. if wrong, it's from myself...