Dhaka, Bangladesh
The Revelation

The Revelation

By Yousuf Mahbubul Islam, PhD

Can the existence of a painting be evidence of the painter’s qualities/abilities? For example, does the painting Mona Lisa by itself serve as praise for Leonardo? People often talk about Mona Lisa’s wise smile or eyes that can look at the person viewing from any angle. So, is such talk in praise of Mona Lisa herself or in praise of the artist, Leonardo da Vinci? Every feature of the painting arises from the way the brush strokes of Leonardo have been put together. In fact, the very existence of the painting bears witness to the abilities and qualities of the unseen painter. Leonardo conceptualized, designed and crafted the painting together. What about the existence of the universe itself? What about the existence of each and every life form and the addition of human beings themselves? Every life form not only exists, it follows a particular pattern of life style and fulfills a purpose. For example, every species of the honeybee anywhere in the world builds its honeycomb in the same identical manner. So, if we praise the construction of the honeycomb, who are we praising? The Guardian article on Secrets of the Beehive {1} reports research findings on the functionality and the fitness of purpose of the honeycomb. “After nearly two thousand years, mathematicians have now finally proved that honeybees are among the world’s most efficient builders…The fact that it has taken 2,000 years of (intelligent human) effort and 19 pages of advanced mathematics to show that the familiar honeycomb is the most efficient pattern for the storage of honey is as much a marvelous testament both to the wonders of nature and to our mathematical ingenuity.” {1, parenthesis mine} Without a doubt, a very high degree of intelligence is involved in the conceptualization, design and engineering construction of the cell. The Al-Qur’an introduces us to the Owner of this intelligence. “And your Lord taught the Bee to build its cells in hills on trees and in (men’s) habitations; then to eat of all the produce (of the earth) and find with skill the spacious paths of its Lord: there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colors wherein is healing for men: verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought.” [16.68 – 16.69] The comprehensive Verses 68 and 69 of Chapter 16 of the Al-Qur’an not only inform us who taught the honeybee how to build the cells of the honeycomb, it gives us the purpose of honey – its composition has medicinal value for human beings. In addition, the Lord taught the honeybee how to find its own food in the spacious earth. The deeper we go into the various integrated aspects of honey-making given in the two Verses, the more we would want to praise the abilities and qualities of our Most Merciful Lord and Creator. All life forms including all the honeybees in the world faithfully follow what the Creator taught them day in and day out. The Creator wants human beings to study and witness how all other created beings follow the commandments laid down. 22.18 “Do you not see (observe) that to God prostrate all things that are in the heavens and on earth, the sun, the moon the stars; the hills, the trees, the animals; and a great number among mankind? But a great number are (also) such as are fit for Punishment: and such as Allah shall disgrace none can raise to honor: for God is He who carries out all that He wills.” Just like the job of bees is to make honey, the job of humans is to observe and study how God has created all things to establish His Reality. Sadly, in opposition to this, there are those who go out of their way to disprove {2} the existence of the Almighty thereby lead themselves and others away from fulfilling the purpose of their life. As the commentary The Evolution of Honeycomb {2} fails to show, Darwin and his colleagues overlook the fitness of purpose aspect of honey making when they attempt to disprove God’s existence. Can bees know what heals human problems? 22.19 “These two antagonists dispute with each other about their Lord: but those who deny (their Lord) for them will be cut out a garment of Fire: over their heads will be poured out boiling water.” 22.20 “With it will be scalded what is within their bodies as well as (their) skins.” 22.21 “In addition there will be maces of iron (to punish) them.” 22.22 “Every time they wish to get away they will be forced back therein and (it will be said) “Taste the Penalty of Burning!” The punishment arranged after the Day of Judgment for arguing to disprove the existence of God is severe. Such people who argue against God would be found guilty on three counts. First, they deny their purpose of witnessing and establishing the Reality of God. Second, they argue to disprove His existence. Third, by doing so, they mislead others into believing that God does not exist. On the contrary those who establish the truth about God by studying nature and praising God’s qualities and attributes would be classified as righteous and would benefit from their good deeds after the Day of Judgment. 22.23 “God will admit those who believe and work righteous deeds to Gardens beneath which rivers flow: they shall be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearls; and their garments there will be of silk.” 22.24 “For they have been guided (in this life) to the purest of speeches; they have been guided to the Path of Him Who is worthy of (all) praise.” Words that share the truth of God and demonstrate admiration and adoration are the best of speeches – such words truly fulfill the purpose of mankind’s creation; to be witness and establish the reality of God. One of the purposes of going on Pilgrimage to Makka is to have an opportunity to open our hearts to God and thereby establish His reality personally. This invitation is open to one and all. 22.25 “As to those who have rejected (God) and would keep back (men) from the Way of God and from the Sacred Mosque (pilgrimage) which We have made (open) to (all) men equally is the dweller there and the visitor from the country and any whose purpose therein is profanity or wrong-doing them will We cause to taste of a most grievous Penalty.” “Say: “Enough is God for a Witness between me and you: He knows what is in the heavens and on earth. And it is those who believe in vanities and reject Allah that will perish (in the end).”” [29.52] {Notes}: {1}https://www.theguardian.com/science/1999/aug/26/technology {2}https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/commentary/life-sciences/evolution-honeycomb

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