Signs for Those Who Ponder Over!
How can one observe the inexhaustible creativity of nature, its purposefulness, its preservation of the morally useful and destruction of the socially injurious, and yet fail to draw the conclusion that behind nature there is a Creator and Master? A Creator whose ceaseless creative activity, the processes of nature – is but an outward manifestation!
The stars scattered through infinite space, the vast panorama of nature with its charm and beauty, the regular waxing and waning of the moon, the astonishing harmony of the seasons and the days and nights, the incessant supply of water, the delicate flowers and crystals beneath our feet – all point towards one fact: there is a God, the Creator, the Governor.
We witness a superbly flawless plan in the universe; can it be without one who planned it? We see overwhelming beauty and harmony in its workings; can they be without a Creator? We observe beautiful intricate designs in nature; can it be without one who designed it? We feel a lofty purpose in physical and human existence; can it be without a Will working behind it?
Truly, God said: “O mankind: worship your Lord, Who created you and those before you so that you may become righteous. Who has made the earth a resting place for you and the sky a canopy and sent down rain from the heavens, and brought forth therewith fruits for your sustenance? Then do not set up rivals unto Allah while you know [the truth].” (Quran 2:21-22)
Allah has the total might, the absolute will and complete perfect knowledge. He has provided human beings with all the necessary proofs in the universe and within themselves so that it becomes manifest to them that He is the true God, and therefore they should worship Him and discharge their duty towards Him in the best possible manner.
His signs are scattered everywhere, within ourselves and in the entire universe. He encourages us in many verses of the Qur’an to utilize our power of reasoning so that we can understand His Greatness and Wisdom. Sometimes He draws our attention to the Principle of Causality, which He established in the universe: “Were they created of nothing, or were they themselves the creators?” (Quran 52:35)
Even people without any formal education at all recognize the principle that anything in the world has a Maker.
Allah’s signs are everywhere. The Qur’an is replete with beautiful descriptive verses that call us to reflect on these magnificent, countless signs with the object of reaching the obvious fact of His existence. The Qur’an says: “Among His signs is this that He created you from dust; and then, behold, you are men scattered [far and wide]! And among His signs is this that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your [hearts]. Verily in that are signs for those who reflect…
And among His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations in your languages and your colors. Verily in that are signs for those who know. And among His signs is the sleep that you take by night and by day. and the quest that you make [for livelihood] out of His Bounty. Verily in that are signs for those who harken…
And among His signs, He shows you the lightening, by way both of fear and of hope, and He sends down rain from the sky and with it gives life to the earth after it is dead: Verily in that are signs for those who are wise, And among His signs is this that heaven and earth stand by His Command…
Then when He calls you by a single call from the earth, behold, you [straightaway] come forth. To Him belongs every being that is in the heavens and the earth. All are devoutly obedient to Him.” (Quran 30:20-26)
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Originally posted on February 18, 2022 @ 8:25 pm