FORGIVENESS ACCORDING TO THE MORALS OF ISLAM AND ITS BENEFITS ON HEALTH
One of the moral traits recommended in the Qur'an is forgiveness:
Hold to forgiveness, command what is right, and turn away from the ignorant. (Surat al-A‘raf: 199)
Those who do not abide by the moral values of the Qur'an find it very difficult to forgive others. Because, they are easily angered by any error committed. However, Allah has advised the faithful that forgiveness is more proper:
The repayment of a bad action is one equivalent to it. But if someone pardons and puts things right, his reward is with Allah... (Surat ash-Shura: 40)
.... But if you pardon and exonerate and forgive, Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surat at-Taghabun: 14)
It has also been revealed in the Qur'an that forgiveness is a superior moral trait: "But if someone is steadfast and forgives, that is the most resolute course to follow." (Surat ash-Shura: 43) For that reason, believers are forgiving, compassionate and tolerant people who, as revealed in the Qur'an, "control their rage and pardon other people." (Surah Al ‘Imran:134)
Believers' notion of forgiveness is very different to that of those who do not live by the morals of the Qur'an. Even though many people may say they have forgiven someone who has offended them, it nevertheless takes a long time to free themselves of the hatred and anger in their hearts. Their behavior tends to betray that anger. On the other hand, the forgiveness of believers is sincere. Because believers know that human beings are tried in this world, and learn by their mistakes, they are tolerant and compassionate. Moreover, believers are also capable of forgiveness even when they are in the right, and the other in the wrong. When forgiving, they make no distinction between large errors and small ones. Someone may cause severe losses to them by mistake. However, believers know that everything takes place under the command of Allah, and according to a specific destiny, and therefore, they surrender themselves to these developments, never acquiescing to anger.
According to recent research, American scientists established that those capable of forgiveness are healthier in both mind and body. Dr. Frederic Luskin, who holds a Ph.D. in Counselling and Health Psychology from Stanford University, and his team, studied 259 people living in the city of San Francisco. The scientists invited the subjects to attend six one-and-a-half-hour sessions, and aimed to instruct the subjects in forgiveness during their conversations.
The subjects of the experiments stated that they suffered less after forgiving people who had wronged them. The research showed that people who learned to forgive feel much better, not only emotionally but also physically. For example, it was established that after the experiment psychological and physical symptoms such as stress-related backache, insomnia and stomachaches were significantly reduced in these individuals.
In his book, Forgive for Good, Dr. Frederic Luskin describes forgiveness as a proven recipe for health and happiness. The book describes how forgiveness promotes such positive states of mind as hope, patience and self-confidence by reducing anger, suffering, depression and stress. According to Dr. Luskin, harbored anger causes observable physical effects in the individual. He goes on to say that:
The thing about long-term or unresolved anger, is we've seen it resets the internal thermostat. When you get used to a low level of anger all the time, you don't recognize what's normal. It creates a kind of adrenaline rush that people get used to. It burns out the body and makes it difficult to think clearly-making the situation worse.
All the available research shows that anger is a state of mind that seriously damages human health. Forgiveness, on the other hand, even if it comes hard to people, is pleasing, an aspect of superior morals, that eliminates all the harmful effects of anger, and helps the individual to enjoy a healthy life, both psychologically and physically. Forgiveness, of course, is one of a form of behavior by which a person can stay healthy, and a positive virtue everyone should live by. However, the true aim of forgiveness-as in all else-must be to please Allah. The fact that the features of this sort of morality, and that the benefits of which have been scientifically identified, have been revealed in many verses of the Qur'an, is just one of the many sources of wisdom it contains.
The Harmony Between Water And Plants
All plants, large and small alike, from grasses to tall trees and the multit udes of flowers, can transport water and the nutrition they carry from the soil up to their farthermost leaves and branches. Yet, this transportation process is not achieved by means of systems present in the plants only. For this transportation to happen, the characteristics of water itself also need to be in harmony with the structures of the plants.
We can see this harmony by looking at the general structure of water.
It is evident that water, which is indispensable for the survival of the Earth's living things, is a substance that has been especially designed and created. One of the essential features of water is that it possesses a high "surface tension." Surface tension occurs when the molecules on a liquid's surface attract each other, thus creating a barrier between the air and the liquid. Because of this, a water container can carry an amount of water that is slightly higher than its own height without overflowing. Also, a metal needle can float on water without sinking if it is carefully put on the surface in a horizontal position.
The surface tension of water is higher than that of any other liquid, and this has far-reaching biological effects for the Earth.
Plants, by means of surface tension, can carry water found in the depths of the soil up to heights meters above the surface, all without having a pump or muscle system. In the realm of human-designed structures, air pressure tanks, very complicated systems indeed, are required to carry water to the upper floors of apartment houses. Plants, however, have no such system. Water reaches the farthest points of the plant purely by means of surface tension. The tubes in the plants' roots and veins are designed in such a way as to make use of the surface tension of water. Going upwards, these tubes become narrower and narrower and so enable water to "climb" upwards. If the surface tension of water were at a low level, as in most other liquids, then land plants would be utterly unable to survive. This would negatively effect all living things on the planet. However, due to the perfect creation of both water and plants, such problems never arise.
The compatibility between the high surface tension of water and the structure of plants which make use of this property indicates the perfect creation of God. These constitute an important piece of evidence for the fact that nature and living things came into being not by chance, but through God's creation.
THE INVALIDITY OF THE CLAIMS THAT THE EYE IS NOT AN IRREDUCIBLY COMPLEX STRUCTURE AND THAT THE EYE EVOLVED
With its perfect, irreducible complexity, the eye is one of the most important subjects that neither Darwin nor the Darwinists who came after him have been able to explain. With his primitive, 19th century level of knowledge Darwin was sufficiently alarmed to say that the eye “gives me a cold shudder.” Under the influence of that increasing alarm, present-day Darwinists have sought the solution in claiming that the eye is not irreducibly complex at all. That is the claim of Celal Sengor. Claiming that even unicellular protozoa have light-sensitive structures, Sengor, suggests that these are primitive eyes, and that complex eyes evolved from these so-called primitive eyes. But this suggestion is invalid because;
- A light-sensitive cell is not, as Sengor and other Darwinists maintain, a primitive eye. In the same way that Darwinists cannot explain the emergence of single-celled protozoa, neither can they account for the light-sensitive structures they possess.
Indeed, even Darwin, who was not totally aware in his day of the complexity of the structures in question, made the following admission: How a nerve comes to be sensitive to light, hardly concerns us more than how life itself originated. i
- In order for “sight” to be able to arise, even in its simplest form, it is essential that some of a living thing’s cells become light-sensitive, that these possess the ability to transfer that sensitivity to electrical signals, that a special nerve network from these cells to the brain form and that a “visual cortex” capable of analyzing this information appear in the brain.
- A light-sensitive cell is not the first or a primitive eye. The idea that a complex eye gradually evolved from this cell is a deception. The eye of the trilobite, which lived 530 million years ago in the Cambrian Period when all the characteristics of living things and complex life forms appeared, is IDENTICAL to the perfect faceted eye of the present-day fly and dragonfly. ALL THAT LIVED BEFORE THAT TIME WERE BACTERIA. There is no question of any light-sensitive cell or any transition from it.
- The perfect human eye is far too complex that makes it impossible for all its components to have evolved separately. The 40 separate parts that make up the eye have to exist together in order for the eye to see.
- The retina is described as the most complex tissue in the body. Millions of cells bind together on the retina to constitute a miniature brain. It is impossible for even the retinal layer in the eye alone to have come into being spontaneously and by chance.
- The cornea and the retina constantly move in tiny circles just about a thousandth of a millimeter in diameter. If those movements alone were to stop, the light-sensitive cells in the retina would immediately freeze and stop sending information to the brain. That would lead to the image being perceived disappearing within seconds.
- Just the absence of ocular fluid is enough for the eye to stop working.
- The reason why images are of such a quality is that the movements and colors in the images are constantly refreshed, right down to the finest detail, and “a slice of motion” takes place at an unbelievable speed, without our ever being aware of it.
- The efficiency and flawlessness of our eyes and brain are incomparably greater than that of any device or equipment invented to date.
- The 40 different parts that make up the eye act together to collect 1.5 million electrical signals in one millisecond deliver them to their destination and interpret them. Dozens of super-computers would have to be flawlessly programmed and work together, never making a mistake, in order to perform the same function.
Darwin, troubled even with his 19th century level of knowledge and technology, made the following admissions:
To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, ABSURD IN THE HIGHEST DEGREE. ii
The eye to this day gives me a cold shudder, but when I think of the fine known gradations, my reason tells me I ought to conquer the cold shudder. iii
The recur to the eye. I really think it would have been dishonest, not to have faced the difficulty. iv
If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down. v
Richard Dawkins, similarly alarmed in the face of such an extraordinary and irreducibly complex organ as the eye, confesses:
But it must be gradual when it is being used to explain the coming into existence of complicated, APPARENTLY DESIGNED OBJECTS, like eyes. For if it is not gradual in these cases, IT CEASES TO HAVE ANY EXPLANATORY POWER AT ALL. Without gradualness in these cases, we are back to miracle, which is simply a synonym for the total absence of explanation.iv
i Charles Darwin, Origin of Species, New York: New York University Press, p. 151
ii Charles Darwin, Origin of Species, Onur Publishing, Ankara, 1996, p.198
iii Francis Darwin, The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. II, p. 67
iv Francis Darwin, The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. II, p. 84
v Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, Chapter VI. “Difficulties of the Theory.”
vi Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden, New York: Basic Books, 1995, p. 83
The Works of Harun Yahya at the Kiev Book Fair - 16.04.2009
Russian-language editions of books
by Harun Yahya at the book exhibition in Kiev
The Arabic-language web site of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting covered the Russian-language editions of works by Harun Yahya under the caption “Great Interest in the Book Fair at Kiev.” The report, dated 16 November, 2008, particularly praised and emphasized the presence of a large stand containing books by Harun Yahya at the international book fair in Kiev, capital of Ukraine. The report went on to say that Islamic books had spread in recent years in the country, which has a Muslim population of 2 million, and that books and documentaries by Harun Yahya were the main Islamic works there.
Interest in Islam among Americans Is Rising / Yeni Asya Gazetesi/IHA/sentezhaber internet sitesi/Milli Gazete / 07.01.2009
Interest in Islam among Americans serving at the Incirlik Air Base, Turkey is growing all the time. American soldiers are becoming Muslims.
Five Americans have converted to Islam in the last few months of 2008. Christian Americans serving at the Incirlik Base, used for logistic support for U.S. operations in the Middle East and Asia, are looking into Islam. In recent months, seven non-Muslims have become Muslims at a ceremony at the Adana Registry Office, six of whom were Americans. Americans who apply generally give addresses from the town rather than the base itself, are influenced by the Turkish family structure, mosques and the prayers performed in those mosques, and read the Noble Qur’an in English.
SQUID (with its pair)
Age: 95 million years
Location: Haqel, Lebanon
The 95-million-year-old fossil pictured here is proof that squid have always existed as squid throughout geologic history, defying evolutionist claims. Unable to provide the slightest evidence that squid evolved from an earlier life form or developed any further, evolutionists are completely undermined by the fossil record.
You may travel about in the land for four months and know that you cannot thwart Allah, and that Allah will humiliate the unbelievers. ( Surat at-Tawba, 2)
Humiliation is one of the punishments that Allah sends to unbelievers in this world. For unbelievers who are devoted to ostentation and seeking others' approval, humiliation is a very severe punishment. In the Qur'an, Allah describes this punishment, as follows:
Those before them also denied the truth, and the punishment came upon them from where they did not expect. So Allah made them taste disgrace in the life of the world, and the punishment of the Hereafter is far worse, if they only knew. ( Surat az-Zumar, 25-26)
Allah manifests this attribute through believers and especially through those of His Messengers. The following verses call attention to this fact, as follows:
... Allah will punish them at your hands, disgrace them, help you against them, and heal the hearts of those who believe. He will remove the rage from their hearts. Allah turns to anyone He wills. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise. ( Surat at-Tawba, 14-15)
The message Prophet Sulayman (as) sent to the unbelievers was as follows:
"Return to them. We will come to them with troops they cannot face, and will expel them from it, abased and humiliated." ( Surat an-Naml, 37)
On the other hand, in many verses Allah gives the news of a degrading punishment awaiting unbelievers in the Hereafter, one that they deserve because of their arrogance and pride in this world. As stated earlier, one of the unbelievers' major goals is to gain other people's appreciation, and so they praise themselves rather than glorify Allah. Thus, Allah makes humiliation the essence of their punishment in Hell, for their humiliation in front of other people will cause them to experience the greatest anguish. One verse reads:
On the Day when those who were unbelievers are exposed to the Fire: “You dissipated the good things you had in your worldly life, and enjoyed yourself in it. So today you are being repaid with the punishment of humiliation for being arrogant in the land, without any right, and for being deviators.” ( Surat al-Ahqaf, 20)
The humiliation and abasement experienced in Hell is unprecedented and of various kinds. This humiliation will even manifest itself upon their bodies. For example, dust and debasement will darken their faces, as the following verses reveal:
Some faces on that Day will be downcast. ( Surat al-Ghashiya, 2)
But as for those who have earned bad actions—a bad action will be repaid with one like it. Debasement will darken them. They will have no one to protect them from Allah. It is as if their faces were covered by dark patches of night. Those are the Companions of the Fire, remaining in it timelessly, forever. (Surah Yunus, 27)
While manifesting His attribute of al-Mudhhill upon unbelievers, Allah manifests His names of ar-Rahman and ar-Rahman ar-Raheem upon believers. By granting His Paradise and mercy, our Lord purifies them of all forms of evil. Contrary to the unbelievers' humiliation, Allah will grant His sincere servants His good pleasure, Paradise , and blessings.
TURKEY WILL JOIN THE EU AS THE LEADER OF THE TURKISH-ISLAMIC WORLD
What He Said
Erzincan Can TV, July 14-2008
Adnan Oktar: The European Union is a very good and a very necessary union. Turkey must join it, but not in this state. [It must join] As the leader of the Turkish-Islamic world. IT MUST JOIN AS A SUPER-STATE ACTING AS A BRIDGE TO EUROPE. The EU will then be a thousand times greater than it is now.
Indonesia Antara News Agency, September 16-2008
Adnan Oktar: THE CONCEPTION OF ISLAM described and implemented by Turkey HAS BEEN A VERY GOOD MODEL FOR EUROPE. EUROPE REGARDS TURKEY AS VERY GOOD AND USEFUL IN THvAT REGARD and regard the model of Islam there as an ideal one for the world. It has completely resolved the issue. Under Turkish leadership, an enlightened, rational and honest conception of Islam will come to rule the world, insha’ALLAH.
8sutun, November 30-2008
In a report titled “Turkish-EU Relations,” Cemal Uşşak included the following statements by former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard:
“Michel Rocard's saying “Yes” to Turkey is entirely grounded in realpolitik. He lists the three main reasons as follows:
1) TURKEY HAS A VERY DIFFERENT CONCEPTION OF ISLAM TO THAT OF OTHER ISLAMIC COUNTRIES. ITS VALUES ARE VERY CLOSE TO THOSE OF EUROPE. However, Turkey also enjoys very strong and friendly relations with Islamic countries both far and near.
As noted by Adnan Oktar, European leaders appreciate the Turkish conception of Islam, think it is a useful one and admit that Turkey’s position within the Turkish-Islamic world will make a contribution to the EU
2) Turkey enjoys very strong and friendly relations with the countries of the Caucasus, which has the second largest oil reserves after the Middle East.
3) The Turkish Army has a very strong operational capacity."
WHAT IS DESTINY?
Destiny is Allah's perfect knowledge of all events past or future, as if a single moment. This expresses the absolute sovereignty of Allah over all beings and events. People can be aware of a certain event when they experience it. But Allah knows all events prior to their occurrence. For Allah, past, present and future are all the same. They are all within the knowledge of Allah since He is the One Who creates them.
Every event a person sees, and every noise he hears, are in ever instance part of a life that has been created for him as a unit. Whether major or insignificant, no event in the universe happens by coincidence. No flower either blooms or fades by chance. No man comes into existence or dies out of pure coincidence. No man becomes sick by mistake, and neither does his sickness develop in an uncontrolled manner. In each case, these occurrences are especially predestined by Allah, from the very moment they were created.
Before you finish reading this sentence, approximately one hundred billion (100,000,000,000) operations will have been completed inside your eyes.
The eye, the subject of this book, is one of those organs of the body that have kept evolutionists on the ropes ever since Darwin, who himself confessed, "I remember well the time when the thought of the eye made me cold all over." A close examination of the eye's structure and functions will make it clear why evolutionists have felt compelled to avoid it.
The Claim that Some Organs Are Vestigial Is Untrue
Evolutionist sources have long suggested that certain organs in the human body no longer have any function and that they are not used but represent a legacy from long-dead ancestoral forms. The human appendix and the coccyx were for many years regarded as "vestigial" organs. However, the latest scientific research has revealed that these organs do, in fact, serve a purpose. The list of "vestigial organs" that evolutionists drew up at the beginning of the 20th century is now completely discredited. In the same way, the concept of "junk DNA" proposed by evolutionists-the claim that a large part of the DNA chain serves no purpose-has also been discredited by new discoveries.