it is stated in the Qur'an that it is easy for Allah to bring man
back to life after death, Allah draws attention in particular to
imagine We will not reassemble his bones?
We are able to put together in perfect order the very tips of his
fingers. (Surat al- Qiyama: 3-4)
an utterly decayed human body back to life is very easy for Allah.
Now, examine your fingertips. Everyone's fingerprints are unique
to himself. If you had a twin, his/her fingerprints would also be
different. Every person who is alive or who has ever lived in this
world has a unique set of fingerprints. That is why they are almost
as unique as the identity of a person.
the Almighty can re-create us, down to all these fine details. Meanwhile,
we need to keep in mind that the significance of fingerprints and
that the fact that every person has a set of fingerprints peculiar
to himself was only discovered in the nineteenth century. But Allah
drew attention to the tips of the fingers 1,400 years ago in the
several other issues miraculously indicated by the Qur'an. We have
only discussed a few of them here. These alone suffice to make clear
that the Qur'an is the Speech of Allah. (For
further information, you can refer to the book, Miracles of the
Qur'an by Harun Yahya.)
us the following about the Qur'an:
they not ponder the Qur'an? If it had been from other than Allah,
they would have found many inconsistencies in it. (Surat an- Nisa:
As is also
evident from the verse above, the Qur'an provides accurate information.
With advances in science, more of the miracles mentioned in the
Qur'an are being revealed. These miraculous attributes of the Qur'an
prove that it is a revelation from Allah. At this point, it is our
job to learn and practice the commands of the Qur'an meticulously.
THREE STAGES OF THE BABY IN THE WOMB
the Qur'an, it is related that man is crated in a three-stage process
in the mother's womb:
He creates you stage by stage in your mothers' wombs in a three-
fold darkness. That is Allah, your Lord. Sovereignty is His. There
is no god but Him. So what has made you deviate?" (Surat az-Zumar,
As will be
understood, it is pointed out in this verse that a human being is
created in the mother's womb in three distinct stages. Indeed, modern
biology has revealed that the baby's embryological development takes
place in three distinct regions in the mother's womb. Today, in
all the embryology textbooks studied in faculties of medicine, this
subject is taken as an element of basic knowledge. For instance
in Basic Human Embryology, a fundamental reference text in the field
of embryology, this fact is stated as follows: "The life in the
uterus has three stages: pre-embryonic; first two and a half weeks,
embryonic; until the end of the eight week, and fetal; from the
eight week to labor."
refer to the different developmental stages of a baby. In brief,
the main characteristics of these developmental stages are as follows:
In this first
phase, the zygote grows by division, and when it becomes a cell
cluster, it buries itself in the wall of the uterus. While they
continue growing, the cells organize themselves in three layers.
phase lasts for five and a half weeks, during which the baby is
called an "embryo". In this stage, the basic organs and systems
of the body start to appear from the cell layers.
this stage on, the embryo is called a "foetus". This phase begins
at the eighth week of gestation and lasts until the moment of birth.
The distinctive characteristic of this stage is that the foetus
looks just like a human being, with its face, hands and feet.
is only 3 cm. long initially, all of its organs have become apparent.
lasts for about 30 weeks, and development continues until the week
on the development in the mother's womb became available only after
observations with modern devices. Yet, just like many other scientific
facts, these pieces of information are imparted in the verses of
the Qur'an in a miraculous way. The fact that such detailed and
accurate information was given in the Qur'an at a time when people
had scarce information on medical matters is clear evidence that
the Qur'an is not the word of man, but the word of Allah.
the verse 6 of Surat az-Zumar, it is pointed out that man is created
in the mother's womb in three distinct stages. Indeed, modern embryology
has revealed that the baby's embryological development takes place
in three distinct regions in the mother's womb.
is an unmatched mixture that is created by Allah as both an excellent
food-source for the newborn baby, and a substance that increases
its resistance to diseases. Even artificial baby food produced by
today's technology cannot substitute for this miraculous source
a new benefit of mother's milk to the baby is discovered. One of
the facts that science has discovered about mother's milk is that
suckling up to two years after birth is very beneficial. Allah gives
us this important information, which was discovered by science only
very recently, with the verse "… his weaning was in two years..."
14 centuries ago.
We have enjoined upon man goodness towards his parents: his mother
bore him by bearing strain upon strain, and his weaning was in two
years: (hence, O man,) be grateful to Me and to your parents; to
Me is the eventual coming." (Surah Luqman, 14)
THE WORLD OF ANIMALS
GECKO'S FEET SUCTION CUPS
is a type of lizard that lives in hot climates. Its most amazing
feature is its ability to walk on vertical flat surfaces with ease.
The geckos can easily climb even on glass with the help of the suction
cups on the tips of their toes. In addition, they have hidden claws
in their toes. When they reach uneven surfaces, they let out these
claws just like a cat and continue their walk.
THE POLAR BEAR
polar bear can run very fast on ice with his levelled, hairy claws
and non-slippery soles. Polar bears, with their thick furs, have
a very important protector in such cold polar weather. A 10 cm (4
inch) thick layer of fat prevents the cold from affecting them.
This is why they can swim in icy cold waters with speeds of 10-11
km/hour (7 miles/hour), for distances of about 2000 km. (1250 miles).
Allah has created polar bears, like penguins, so that they can survive
in such cold habitats, and He has positioned them in the coldest
parts of earth, at the poles, the polar bear at the North Pole and
the penguin at the South Pole.
also given polar bears a very strong sense of smell. Their sense
of smell is so acute that they can easily pick up the smell of a
seal hiding beneath 1,5 metres (1,6 yards) of snow.
it has an extra eyelid that is like a membrane. This membrane acts
as "a pair of sunglasses" and protects them against snow-blindness.
fly with speeds of up to 50 km. (30 miles) per hour. In addition,
they keep on changing direction to protect themselves from predators.
When they need to dive into water, they do it so fast that it becomes
extremely difficult for hunters to hunt them down.
ELEPHANT'S LONG TRUNKS
trunks of elephants contain 50,000 muscles. When needed, these muscles
contract, making it possible for the elephant to push even the heaviest
of loads. The trunk, at the same time, can perform such delicate
tasks as collecting pea seeds and cracking them open in the elephant's
mouth. The trunk, which is practical in so many ways, can also be
used as a long finger, a trumpet or a loudspeaker. The trunk can
hold about 4 litres (7 pints) of water for drinking or showering
You may have
heard these special features of the creatures we have mentioned
for the first time. They all have very awesome features, don't they?
These are only a few of the awesome creatures on earth. There are
thousands of animals on earth like these that you might not have
seen or heard of yet. Well, could all these animals have achieved
such interesting features by chance? Of course not! Allah is the
One Who has created them with all these features and unique qualities.
THE INTERESTING METHOD OF GAZELLES
creatures use the method of leaving scents to border their territories.
For example, the gazelle uses long thin twigs and plants, as well
as a substance, which smells like tar, secreted by glands directly
under its eyes to mark its territory. This scent lets other gazelles
know that this territory already has an owner. Reindeer, on the
other hand, have scent glands on the tips of their rear feet. The
substance secreted by these glands makes it possible for them to
mark their territories. Rabbits mark their territory with a substance
secreted by glands on their chins.
THE BASILISK THAT RUNS ON WATER
would you think if you saw a lizard running on water? You could
say, "I'm probably dreaming." This is not a dream; it is reality!
The lizard, named the basilisk, can run on water and it can do this
extremely fast. Flaps at the back of its feet allow it to splash
the water. These flaps curl up when it walks on land. If it comes
across any danger, it quickly gets into water and starts to run
fast. Meanwhile, the flaps on the back of its feet open and provide
it the width that will allow it to run on water.
planets come into existence through the compression of the masses
of gases and dust in space called "nebulae". For this reason, nebulae,
the sources of celestial bodies, have a major role in the universe.
Nebulae do not have any light of their own as is in the case of
stars. Therefore, it is hard to see them. They become visible only
when their inner gas gives off light or if they reflect the light
coming from stars. We can also see them when they pass by a source
off heat, light and energy. Apart from tiny stars, there are also
very large stars. Surprisingly the Sun is not a major star as we
believe to be; There are many stars much bigger than
you know that stars also have life spans? Stars are not living beings,
but just like them, they are born, lead a life and die.
A huge star's
life often ends in an immense explosion, the material that makes
it up being scattered in every direction. From these scattered pieces,
there emerge the elements that contribute to the construction of
relatively smaller stars and planets. The Sun and planets within
the Solar System and our Earth have come into being following the
explosion of a huge star in the past.
again, illustrate an obvious fact. Allah, the Possessor of Infinite
Power and Omnipotence, has created the universe, stars, planets,
mountains and seas in perfection, and given life to people and all
penguin displays great devotion towards its eggs and babies. Unlike
other creatures, it is not the female penguin that incubates the
eggs but the male. The female penguin lays only one egg and then
leaves it to the male. The male penguin incubates the egg for exactly
four months. The penguin carries the egg in between his feet and
during these four months, he never once leaves it on the ground.
If he were to do so, the egg would freeze and die within a matter
When the weather
becomes unbearably cold, all the male penguins get together even
if they are carrying eggs between their feet. They come close to
each other, forming a circle, and in this way, they warm each other
up. They continuously switch positions so that the ones left outside
the circle can also become warm.
at the polar region of our planet. The unique feature of the pole
is its amazing coldness and that it is always covered with snow
and ice. The weather is so cold that it forms glaciers above the
sea. The penguins live in a place where the temperature falls to
40°C (104°F) below zero.
OMAR AND tHE HONEYBEE
all know about honeybees. Many of you have probably seen them in
cartoons on TV, or even in real life, buzzing around. But I bet
there are still many things you do not know about them...
Not long ago,
mom and dad and I went to the woods to go jogging. I had a great
time there. But what pleased me most was a new friend I made there
while we were having a rest. It was quite tiny, but it meant a lot
to me. I will never forget this little friend of mine.
You are probably
wondering who it was, aren't you? Well, it was a lovely honeybee.
It came up to me and flew around for a while. At first, I was afraid
of being stung because it came very close... I screamed: "Don't!
Please don't sting me. I don't want to be hurt!" And just then,
something very strange happened, for the honeybee started talking
Honeybee: I don't want to sting you. I just want to be
friends with you.
Really? I am very pleased to hear it!
Honeybee: Let me introduce myself. I am a worker bee. I
live in the trunk of that tree, together with thousands of my friends.
Wow! You have so many friends! How do you and your friends spend
Honeybee: We clean our hive, collect food and carry it
to the hive, produce royal jelly, keep the hive warm and guard it...
Don't you get tired doing all that?
Honeybee: No. We worker bees split the jobs in the hive
up amongst ourselves. That is why we never get tired. For example,
these days I am building combs to store honey...
There is one thing I have always wondered about bees; how
are you born?
Honeybee: You have probably heard that there is a queen
in every honeybee colony. The queen bee is the biggest of all the
female bees. She lays eggs at certain times. But we do not hatch
from the eggs straight away. What hatch from these eggs are white
grubs, called larvae, with no eyes, wings or legs, and which do
not look like us at all. For a while, they remain wrapped in a cocoon.
In the meantime, they are fully fed and then emerge from the cocoon
looking exactly like me.
That is amazing! I am still curious about one more thing though!
Being so crowded, isn't there any disorder in your hive?
Honeybee: Never. On the contrary, it's really well ordered.
Thousands of bees live together in great harmony while we do all
That is really very interesting! I still can't understand how you
can manage to keep order although there are so many of you! My dad
is the manager of our building, and he really has a hard time keeping
order there. But you say you have no such problem!
Honeybee: You are right to be surprised. I know that scientists
are amazed by this too, and look for answers to the questions of
how order is kept, how each honeybee knows what its job is supposed
to be, and how such a large number of bees can act together so well!
I can tell you the answer quite quickly: We all have certain tasks;
we work hard and carry them out as best as we can and try not to
disturb the order in the hive.
to the worker bee in wonder, I heard my mom calling, "Omar! Omar!
Where are you?" It was time for me to leave.
My mom is calling me. I think I have to go now. I am so
pleased to meet you. Thanks for everything you told me!
Honeybee: I also enjoyed your company. Maybe, we can meet
again! How about meeting here again next week? If you like, I can
take you to our hive and show you the combs.
That would be great! But only if my parents agree to come
here again, of course.
Honeybee: O.K., hope to see you next week!
As soon as
I got home, I took out the encyclopedia of animals my dad had given
me as a birthday present. I quickly turned the pages and found the
section on honeybees. The first thing that struck my eye was a little
picture of a honeybee. I felt that I was already missing my little
I read the
book with wonder. I was so amazed by the things I read that I did
not notice how much time had passed. My mom wondered what I was
doing in my room for so long and came to look for me. I excitedly
started to tell her all about bees.
Mom, did you know that honeybees are really fascinating?
For instance, let me tell you the last thing I read here; you have
probably heard that female honeybees do the cleaning in the cells.
They throw out all the particles left behind by the bees hatching
from their cocoons, bees that have died in the hive and many other
things that don't belong in the hive. Do you know what they do when
they come across something too big for them to carry out of the
hive? They embalm it with a material called "propolis" to prevent
it from producing bacteria and harming the health of the other bees
in the hive. It is hard to believe, but propolis is an anti-bacterial
material, that is, it stops bacteria growing... Do you know where
they find this substance, mom? How do these tiny beings know so
much about chemistry? That is as far as I have read. Maybe I can
tell you how they make this substance later.
Bees are tiny yet extremely intelligent animals... However, it would
be wrong to think that this intelligence belongs to them. There
is a Creator Who teaches them everything they do. When I was your
age, I also read a book about honeybees which impressed me very
much, just like you. If you like, you can keep on reading. I would
love to hear more about honeybees whenever you want to share what
you've learnt with me.
My mom went
out of the room to prepare supper. That question was still on my
mind; where do honeybees find the material called "propolis" and
where do they learn how to use it? I kept on reading with wonder.
The book also
mentioned how honeybees produce propolis. They first collect a material
called resin from the sticky buds of some trees with the help of
their lower jaws. They then produce propolis by adding their saliva
to the resin, and carry it to the hive in the special sacs on their
wrap up anything they cannot carry out of the hive in this substance
they store in the sacs on their feet. This way, that material cannot
house any bacteria and becomes harmless. This is an operation similar
But who taught
honeybees to do this? How do they know that a dead creature or waste
material could harm the bees in the hive? Even I have only just
learned this now. This is not something an insect could know! I
was growing more and more curious. Could it be that honeybees were
as conscious as human beings?
I could not
help but read more. I thought to myself: "Now I understand that
up until now I knew nothing about bees!" I still had many questions
in my mind which I could not answer. But I was sure that sooner
or later I would find the answers.
HOW MUST WE CONDUCT OURSELVES
TOWARDS OTHER PEOPLE?
prohibits people from being arrogant, lying, mocking others and
being proud. Being honest and modest are traits with which Allah
live under the influence of people around them. If they have wicked
friends, they may be negatively influenced by them. But a person
who believes in Allah and acknowledges that He constantly sees him
never swerves from right action, no matter how compelling the conditions
may be. He becomes a good example to those who are dishonest and
prone to mischief.
steadfast people. The term "steadfastness" in the Qur'an is not
limited to being steadfast in the face of ordeals, but means being
steadfast at every moment of one's life. The steadfastness of a
person who has faith does not change according to people or events.
For instance, a person with little fear of Allah may be good to
someone from whom he expects to derive benefit, but fail to demonstrate
this praiseworthy attitude consistently. Once he feels his interests
are at stake, he may abruptly change. A person of faith, however,
meticulously avoids misconduct. He responds to everyone with excellent
manners and is committed to keep doing so, no matter what the conditions
are or what people's attitudes may be. Even though he is enraged,
he manages to control himself and shows steadfastness.
In one verse,
Allah commands people to compete in being steadfast:
who believe, be steadfast; be supreme in steadfastness; and remain
stationed; and have fear of Allah; so that hopefully you will be
successful. (Surat Al 'Imran: 200)
the contrary, does not love arrogant people who show off. Not all
people enjoy the same material benefits in this world. Some have
beautiful houses and cars while others may possess nothing, but
what matters is that one conducts oneself correctly. For instance,
assuming that one is superior to one's friends because one has better
clothes is an attitude that displeases Allah. That is because Allah
commands us to value people according to their faith, not their
the measure of superiority is not wealth or might, beauty or strength.
Allah values people according to their taqwa (awe of Allah), the
love they feel for Him, their loyalty and their commitment to living
by the values of the Qur'an. These are the criteria for assessing
superiority in Allah's sight.
us to conduct ourselves correctly in the course of our daily lives.
Life is an opportunity granted by our Lord to follow His right path.
Today, the majority of people are unaware of this. Instead of complying
with Allah's commands and advice, they seek other guides. Being
influenced by the films they watch or the songs to which they listen,
they adopt erroneous values. For instance, young people who watch
a merciless and cruel hero in a movie often start to imitate him
right after they leave the theatre.
A wise and
sincere person, however, always displays the character traits with
which Allah is pleased. The prophets are the people in whose footsteps
we must follow. The character traits we must have are those values
with which Allah is pleased. These include being merciful, forgiving,
modest, humble, steadfast and obedient to Allah and His Messenger.
One can only
display these character traits praised in the Qur'an when one lives
people can hardly be committed to embodying these noble values.
You must avoid being like these people.
can fly at high altitudes of about 8,000 metres (5 miles). This
is in fact quite a difficult task since many creatures cannot breathe
at such altitudes because of the deficiency in the amount of oxygen
available at high altitudes. This deficiency makes respiration difficult.
That is the reason why we can hardly breathe when we climb up a
high mountain. Flying at an altitude that has a rarefied atmosphere,
the bird needs to flap its wings faster. In order to move its wings
more, the bird will expend more oxygen, which makes the situation
even more difficult for it. However, these birds do not experience
any difficulty even while they are flying at altitudes of thousands
of meters. That is thanks to the special creation of their lungs,
which make the most of the rare oxygen at high altitudes.
in a different way than those of other creatures, these birds' lungs
enable them to obtain more energy from the rarefied atmosphere.
And this is one of the signs of Allah's perfect creation.