The Obvious Existence of God *
By Harun Yahya
Muslim Thinker — Turkey
in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night
and the day, and the ships that run in the sea with that which profits men, and
the water that Allah sends down from the clouds, then gives life with it to the
earth after its death and spreads in it all (kinds of) animals, and the
changing of the winds and the clouds made subservient between the heaven and
the earth, there are signs for a people who understand.] (Al-Baqarah 2:164)
From the moment human beings open their eyes in this world they are surrounded by great order. They need oxygen to survive and it is interesting that the atmosphere of the planet on which they live provides them with just the right amount of oxygen they need. In this way, a person breathes without any difficulty. For life to exist on this planet, it is essential that there is a source of heat. In response to this need, the Sun is located at just the right distance to emit just the exact amount of heat and energy that is needed by living beings. Also, living beings need nourishment to survive, so every corner of the world abounds in astonishingly diversified provision. Likewise, they need water. Surprisingly, three-quarters of the planet is covered with water. Living beings need shelter, and in this world there is land that is suitable to build on as well as all sorts of materials to make shelters.
These are only a few among billions of details that make life possible on earth. In brief, we live on a planet that is perfectly designed for our survival. This is certainly a planet that has been created for the service of human beings.
A person's interpretation of the world rests on "acquired methods of thought". That is, one thinks in the way one has been taught, or, less kindly, the way in which one has been indoctrinated. Under this misguidance, a person often dismisses all the aforementioned as "trivial realities". However, if one does not side-step the matter, and starts to ponder on the conditions that make our existence possible, one will surely step out of the boundaries of habitual thinking and start to think:
How does the atmosphere serve as a protective ceiling for the earth?
How does each one of the billions of cells in the human body know and perform its individual tasks?
How does this extraordinary ecological balance exist on earth?
People seeking answers to these questions surely proceed on the right path. They do not remain insensitive to all the things that are happening around them, and they do not plead ignorance about the extraordinary nature of the world. A person who asks questions, who reflects on and gives answers to these questions will realize that on every inch of the planet, a plan and an order reigns:
How did the flawless order of the entire universe come into being?
Who provided the delicate balances in the world?
How did living beings, incredibly diversified in nature, emerge?
Keeping oneself occupied with relentless research to answer these questions results in a clear awareness that everything in the universe, its order, each living being and structure is a component of a plan; a product of design. Every detail, the excellent structure of an insect's wing, the system that enables a tree to carry tons of water to its topmost branches, the order of the planets, and the ratio of gases in the atmosphere, are all unique examples of perfection.
In every detail of the infinitely varied world, people find their Creator. Allah, the owner of everything in the entire universe, introduces Himself to His servants through the flawless design of His creation. Everything surrounding us, the birds in flight, our beating hearts, the birth of a child or the existence of the sun in the sky, manifest the power of Almighty Allah and His creation. What each person must do is to understand this fact. An intelligent person notices that a plan, design and wisdom exist in every detail of this infinitely varied world. This draws the person to recognize the Creator.
Therefore, never plead ignorance that all beings, living or non-living, show the existence and greatness of Allah the Almighty. Look at all the things around you and strive to show appreciation in the best manner for the manifest majesty of Allah the Almighty.
Indeed, the existence of Allah the Almighty is obvious! If we ignore this, we would be instigating the beginning of the greatest damage we could ever do to ourselves. That is simply because Allah the Almighty is in no need of anything. He is the One Who shows His greatness in all things and in all ways. He is the owner of everything; from the heavens to the earth. We learn the attributes of Allah the Almighty from the Qur'an; a Qur'anic verse reads:
[Allah! There is no god but Him, the Living, the Self-Sustaining. He is not subject to drowsiness or sleep. Everything in the heavens and the earth belongs to Him. Who can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is before them and what is behind them but they cannot grasp any of His knowledge save what He wills. His Footstool encompasses the heavens and the earth and their preservation does not tire Him. He is the Most High, the Magnificent.] (Al-Baqarah 2:255)
* This article has been taken with modifications from MiraclesoftheQuran.com
Yahya was born in Ankara in 1956. He studied fine arts at Istanbul's
Mimar Sinan University and philosophy at Istanbul University. Since the 1980s,
he has published many books on political, faith-related, and scientific issues.
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