The Miracle of Creation

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Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day,- there are indeed Signs for men of understanding,- (The Quran: 3: 190)

The human creation is a being of limitations that God has endued with creative consciousness. This union of constraint and ranging imagination makes discovery an interesting part of our very essence. The instruments, techniques, and culture of curiosity we have devised to satisfy this exploration instinct have vastly expanded our awareness of the secrets of the physical world. Unseen structures of matter are continually discerned at previously impregnable levels; forces, energies, and dimensions that shape material existence are continually theorized, tested, and recast; human understanding of the invisible mechanisms and connections that bring the universe into seamless coherence are hypothesized, debunked, and postulated again - such that steadily, inevitably existence yields her enigmatic attributes to our mortal minds. 

The scientific sensibility, for the most part, has evolved enough (at least for peer review purposes, if for no higher reason) to restrain researchers who would otherwise rush fecklessly to state the "last word" on the natural world. There are, however scientists who have grown too wise to deny transcendent meaning and purpose in existence, and who have realized that to allege the opposite, based entirely upon lab or fieldwork, is to overreach the competence of empirical inquiry. One of modern science's most lauded breakthroughs in these early days of the new millennium, for example, has been the declared completion of the project to map out the human genetic code, or genome. This has enabled us for the first time to decipher in a rather comprehensive manner the relationship connecting sequences of vital molecules in our cells to our physical attributes and conditions. Interestingly, one of the project's directors heralded this achievement with the words, "Today we celebrate the first glimpse of our instruction book, previously known only to God." If one listens past the seeming arrogance of these words for a moment, one hears a new tone that has slowly emerged among the scientists our time; namely, a humbling recognition that the mere proportion of what is unknown about creation far outstrips all human comprehension of it. However reluctant or incidental this concession may be, it pointedly underscores the need for religion (and philosophy within the realm of its competency) to recover the right to contemplate the findings of science and relate them to truths known to man only by way of revelation and informed reflection. 

Indeed, human discovery of the natural world deepens the religious experience because it heightens our realization of the existence of system, complexity, harmony, order, and magnitude in creation on a scale that seriously dents (if not outright dismisses) the theories of an accidental universe. Natural inquiry, unfettered by anthropological agendas, has the capacity to inform and affirm the recognition of divine purpose in creation - recognition found in all human beings. Such an optimistic, congruous, and innate view of existence is perhaps the antidote to a terrible sense of alienation and the myriad personal psychoses and social turmoil that have resulted from this disaffection. What truth or hope can possibly inhabit a view of ourselves as fleeting organic luck adrift in endless space? The God-given impulse to understand our surroundings serves to relocate our spiritual selves and earthly purpose in a colossal universe. This impulse to "know", when guided by revelation, shall conduct us to the eventuality we so crave - coming near to our sole and resplendent Maker.

(an excerpt from a new release, "Mary - The Chosen Woman", from Quranic Literacy Institute)


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  1. Umar Abdullah Petallo

    Assalamu Alaykom

    Science is the proof that Allah is Grand and Majestic. No matter how they [mushrikeens] deny the truth, it will always prevail. Allahu Akbar! Insha Allah, they will see the light through their blinded hearts and minds.

  2. John Mead from Canada

    Asalamu alaikum, An excellent article,brief, compact and to the point.Ideed it is true that to live in the so called "Western World" people who attempt to keep within their lives a sense of meaning and a sense of inner worth will find themselves assailed by powerful currents of thought and prejudice that move towards meaninglesness,devaluation of the Soul and the reduction of humans into numerical statistical non entities.Though science has brought us many marvels especially in the advances of medicine, the Hubble Telescope ,etc.etc. It also ushured in the industrial age and eventually the atom bomb!Yet for all of that there is a huge legacy in the last 100 years of violence ,war and the plundering of the earths ecosystems and of its peoples. All this with the goal{ of some} of material wealth and self agrandizement.What has happened to us as a human family,what has happened to mankind to become so destuctive?

    Every culture in the world has the memory of people who came to them to remind us that our Humanity,what makes us human is a very recent and very delicate aquisition.This Gift has been given to us in trust.We see and admire ancient ruins in Egypt,Turkey,Greece,Mexico etc ,etc.These people too, excelled at the sciences and had cities of unparalelled riches and beauty,but where are they now? These ruins ,are they not muted testamonials to the incredible heights of arrogance and hubris we are capable of? Some day there will be tourists visiting the ruins of our cities,they will dig up huge bulldozers and tanks and wonder as to what happened to us,where are they now and what happened to them ??

    As renound psychoanalyst Carl Jung stated in an article just after the close of the second world war,that the Western world was" Frighteningly hollow to a terrifing degree!!"

    So we are witnessing that there is a terrible Dark side to science,that without the connection to our Hearts,ours Souls to God/Allah we too will becomes Ghosts of the Past.