Monday, July 5, 2010
Article by Harunyahya
A general review of historical trends reveals that all anti-religionists base their philosophy on materialist thought. As is known, materialists deny the fact of creation. Instead, they maintain that matter has existed since time immemorial and will remain as an absolute entity for all eternity. In other words, they deify matter. Materialism is thus defined in materialist sources:
Materialism accepts the eternity and everlastingness of the universe (its having no beginning or end), that it is not created by God, and is infinite in time and place.1 The reason why materialism so deifies matter stems from its categorical refusal to accept the existence of a Creator. That matter is not absolute implies that it had a beginning: that it had a beginning means that it was brought into being from nothing, that is, it was created.
Not surprisingly, the consensus reached by the world of science at the end of the 20th century verifies the fact that matter is not absolute and that it had a beginning: the whole universe originated from nothing approximately 15 billion years ago with the explosion of a point with "zero" volume and took its present shape by expanding over time. The authenticity of this event, which is called the Big Bang, is proved by many substantial observations and experiments as well as by the calculations of theoretic physicists.
Today, modern science verifies facts announced by the Qur'an 1400 years ago, which are unequivocally believed in by the believers. This bears witness that the Qur'an is the word of Allah. On the other hand, materialist thought, which has been denying Allah's existence and the fact of creation for centuries, is refuted in every field by science, a discipline to which it never stops referring and in which it takes refuge on all occasions. In this book, we will produce evidence to show that the claims of materialists have no scientific and logical basis, and that on the contrary, materialism is totally demolished by contemporary science. The subjects covered here include very important pieces of evidence about the essence of matter and the relativity of time and space. Thus, you will encounter some facts which you have never pondered upon so far, and will understand that the essence of matter is in truth very different from what materialism puts forward or what you have previously been taught.
Facts Announced By The Qur'an 14 Centuries Ago To sum up, the definite conclusion reached by astrophysics was that the entire universe, with its matter and time dimensions, came into being at a moment of zero with a big explosion (Big Bang). Before the Big Bang, there was no such thing as time. Matter, energy, and time came into existence out of a state of nothingness where neither matter, nor energy, and nor time was existent this event can be defined as entirely metaphysical. However, this great reality discovered by modern physics only at the end of this century was announced to us in the Qur'an 14 centuries ago.
To Him is due the primal origin of the heavens and the earth. (Surat al-Anaam, 101)
The Big Bang theory showed that, in the beginning, all the objects in the universe were of one piece and then were parted. This fact, which was postulated by the Big Bang theory was stated in the Qur'an 14 centuries ago, when people had a very limited knowledge about the universe: Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation), before we clove them asunder? We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe? (Surat al-Anbiya, 30)
As stated at the beginning of this chapter, the expansion of the universe is one of the most important pieces of evidence that the universe was created out of nothing. Although this fact, which has existed since the universe was created, was not discovered by modern science until the 20th century, Allah informed us of this reality in the Qur'an which was revealed 1,400 years ago:It is We who have built the universe with (Our creative) power, and, verily, it is We who are steadily expanding it. (Surat adh-Dhariyat, 47)
Everything That You Possess Is Intrinsically Illusory
As it may be seen clearly, it is a scientific and logical fact that the "external world" has no materialistic reality and that it is a collection of images perpetually presented to our soul by Allah. Nevertheless, people usually do not include, or rather do not want to include, everything in the concept of the "external world".
If you think on this issue sincerely and boldly, you come to realise that your house, your furniture in it, your car-perhaps recently bought, your office, your jewels, your bank account, your wardrobe, your spouse, your children, your colleagues, and all else that you possess are in fact included in this imaginary external world projected to you. Everything you see, hear, or smell–in short–perceive with your five senses around you is a part of this "imaginary world" the voice of your favourite singer, the hardness of the chair you sit on, a perfume whose smell you like, the sun that keeps you warm, a flower with beautiful colours, a bird flying in front of your window, a speedboat moving swiftly on the water, your fertile garden, the computer you use at your job, or your hi-fi that has the most advanced technology in the world…
This is the reality, because the world is only a collection of images created to test man. People are tested all through their limited lives with perceptions bearing no reality. These perceptions are intentionally presented as appealing and attractive. This fact is mentioned in the Qur'an:Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet: Women and sons; Heaped-up hoards of gold and silver; horses branded (for blood and excellence) ; and (wealth of) cattle and well-tilled land. Such are the possessions of this world's life; but in nearness to Allah is the best of the goals (to return to). (Surat Aal-e Imran, 14)
Most people cast their religion away for the lure of property, wealth, heaped-up hoards of gold and silver, dollars, jewels, bank accounts, credit cards, wardrobe-full clothes, late-model cars, in short, all forms of prosperity they either possess or strive to possess and they concentrate only on this world while forgetting the hereafter. They are deceived by the "fair and alluring" face of the life of this world, and fail to keep up prayer, give charity to the poor, and perform worship that will make them prosper in the hereafter by saying "I have things to do", "I have ideals", "I have responsibilities", "I do not have enough time", "I have things to complete", "I will do them in the future". They consume their lives by trying to prosper only in this world. In the verse, "They know but the outer (things) in the life of this world: but of the End of things they are heedless." (Surat ar-Room, 7) , this misconception is described.
The fact we describe in this chapter, namely the fact that everything is an image, is very important for its implication that it renders all the lusts and boundaries meaningless. The verification of this fact makes it clear that everything people possess and toil to possess, their wealth made with greed, their children with whom they boast, their spouses who they consider to be closest to them, their friends, their dearest bodies, their rank which they hold to be a superiority, the schools they have attended, the holidays they have been are nothing but mere illusion. Therefore, all the efforts put, the time spent, and the greed felt prove to be in unavailing.
This is why some people unwittingly make fools of themselves when they boast of their wealth and properties or of their "yachts, helicopters, factories, holdings, manors and lands" as if they ever really existed. Those well-to-do people who ostentatiously saunter up and down in their yachts, show off with their cars, keep talking about their wealth, suppose that their post rank them higher than everyone else and keep thinking that they are successful because of all this, should actually think what kind of a state they would find themselves in once they realise that their success is nothing but an illusion.
In fact, these scenes are many times seen in dreams as well. In their dreams, they also have houses, fast cars, extremely precious jewels, rolls of dollars, and loads of gold and silver. In their dreams, they are also positioned in a high rank, own factories with thousands of workers, possess power to rule over many people, put on clothes that make every one admire them… Just as boasting about one's possessions in one's dream causes a person to be ridiculed, he is sure to be equally ridiculed for boasting of images he sees in this world. After all, both what he sees in his dreams and what he relates to in this world are mere images in his mind.
Similarly the way people react to the events they experience in the world is to make them feel ashamed when they realise the reality. Those who fiercely fight with each other, those who rave furiously, who swindle, who take bribes, who commit forgery, who lie, who covetously withhold their money, who do wrong to people, who beat and curse others, raging aggressors, those who are full of passion for office and rank, who practice envy, who try to show off, who try to sanctify themselves and all others will be disgraced when they realise that they have committed all of these deeds in a dream.
Since it is Allah Who creates all these images, the Ultimate Owner of everything is Allah alone. This fact is stressed in the Qur'an:
But to Allah belong all things in the heavens and on earth: And He it is that Encompasses all things. (Surat an-Nisa, 126)
It is a great foolishness to cast religion away at the cost of imaginary passions and thus lose the eternal life.At this stage, one point should be well grasped: it is not said here that the fact you face predicates that "all the possessions, wealth, children, spouses, friends, rank you have with which you are being stingy will vanish sooner or later, and therefore they do not have any meaning". It is rather said that "all the possessions you seem to have in fact do not exist at all, but they are merely a dream and composed of images shown to you by Allah to test you". As you see, there is a big difference between the two statements
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