Ramadan 2011 - The 24th Day

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Every self will taste death. You will be paid your wages in full on the Day of Rising. Anyone who is distanced from the Fire and admitted to the Garden has triumphed. The life of the dunya is just the enjoyment of delusion. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 185)
 

Being difficult to please is not a feature of a believer

Why does someone dislike an object and regard it as worthless? Someone living in a mansion, for instance, may not like an apartment and may criticize the décor. Yet an apartment block will seem like a palace for anyone who lives in a hovel, under much worse conditions.

Why does a person not admire someone else's intelligence? Because he believes himself to be far more intelligent. Why does a person not enjoy someone else's ideas? Because he has much better ones. Why does a person not value someone else's profession? Because he imagines that he possesses far greater abilities. Not liking things, therefore, generally means that one possesses a better version of them.

Therefore, those who wish to give the impression that they possess the best of everything never much care for anything. Even if they do like something, they never admit it and always try to find some fault to criticize. For example, someone who accompanies friends to a high-class restaurant will always look for something wrong with the food, or the décor, or the behavior of the waiters, even though he has never been to such a high-class restaurant all his life. He will imply that he's eaten in far superior places by offering such criticisms as "I didn't think the food was all that good. The view was very poor, and how did they do such decoration? It was distressing."

Whenever young girls see a more attractive rival, they always look for flaws to emphasize their own superiority. A girl who admires her own hair, if she sees someone with even prettier hair, will make criticisms like "Look at her hair, that style really doesn't suit her, and it looks a bit thin." When a tall girl sees another prettier, but slightly shorter girl, she will immediately seek to belittle her by saying how short she is.

Due to that mistaken mindset in ignorant societies, you'll never hear anyone praising anyone whom they perceive to be superior, more intelligent, attractive or talented. It is next to impossible to see a newspaper commentator praising other newsmen of roughly the same age, praising them as more intelligent, or saying that their analyses are more accurate than his own. It's equally rare for any artist to esteem another artist whom he regards as enjoying the same standing, or to admit that the other artist is more beautiful and talented. Rather, one generally sees fierce criticism raging between such people. For instance, one psychologist will not like the methods employed by another. A dietician will criticize the methods used by another dietician, and a television presenter will always find something to criticize in his rivals.

 

Ants that find direction by counting their steps

How ants cover very long distances to search for food and then return  to their nests infallibly has been a very important subject of research for scientists for many years. Direction finding, which is one of the most striking qualities of desert ants that dwell in the Sahara, has encouraged scientists to do more research on this, despite the fact that they are known to benefit from the Sun’s direction.

It was previously known that Sahara ants, which look for food by zigzagging, follow the opposite direction to the zigzags after they reach their food and turn back to their nests, even though there are no markings or landmarks  in deserts to use for finding directions, and that they use the Sun’s direction in a surprising way.

However, specialists from the University of Ulm in Germany and the University of Zurich in Switzerland have broadened their research and made new research as to how ants find their ways in places with plant cover. As a result, it was discovered that these beings go back to their nests by counting their steps. This quality of these small creatures was of course formidable. The Sahara ants, which are also called catalglyphis fortis, also reached their nests by taking the exact number of steps on their way back.

The following experiment was conducted to reach this conclusion:

Scientists made Sahara ants  walk from their nests to their food on a straight path. After the ants reached their food, meaning after they had memorized the distance between the nest and the food, they made additions to the half of the ants’ legs using materials suitable to their physiologies and elongated their stepping distances. So they enlarged the ants’ stride.

The legs of the other half of the ants were shortened with an operation, thus their steps were made smaller. The reason that their stepping distances were changed was to observe whether they measured the distances they had learned since the moment they left their nests using their steps or not.

Those ants with a longer leg length, meaning that they took  bigger steps, went past their nests. Those with shorter leg lengths, meaning that they took shorter steps, stopped before they reached their nests. However, once the ants got used to their new leg lengths, they adjusted their steps, re-learned the nest-to-food distance, and went back and forth between their nests and food.

As a result of this experiment, the research team directed by Harald Wolf, Neurobiologist from the University of Ulm, concluded that ants counted their steps.

The ant is a living being, which does not have consciousness, intelligence, the ability to decide, nor can it make judgments or reason. There is no doubt that it is not possible that this living being goes out of its nest, goes to the food by counting its steps, and then turns back to its nest by counting its steps again. Sahara ants, just like every other being, act with the inspiration sent to them, and maintain their lives by means of the order and control of our Lord, since the first moment they were created.

 

There is no creature He does not hold by the forelock.... (Surah Hud, 56)
 

The sighting of a comet is one of the portents of the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (a.s)

 


 

Hazrat Mahdi (as) will cause the moral values of the Qur'an to rule the world

Their [Hazrat Mahdi (as) and his followers]hearts will be like pieces of steel. Each one will have the strength of 40 people.DOMINION AND LEADERSHIP OVER THE WORLD WILL BE IN THEIR HANDS. 

Hisal, (Sheikh Sadik), Haraijar-Ravendi, Bihar Al-Anwar, Vol. 52, p.317-335
 


The earth is protected every second


 

STINGRAY

Age: 100 million years
Period: Cretaceous
Location: Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon

 

Evolutionists cannot point to even one of the countless stingray fossils unearthed as evidence for their claims. No stingray with supposedly primitive, semi-developed features belonging to two different life forms has ever been encountered. Every stingray fossil discovered belongs to a creature that was identical to stingray alive today and had exactly the same characteristics. This goes to show the invalidity of the claim that species are descended from one another and that life forms developed by way of small, gradual changes.

The 100-million-year-old stingray fossil pictured proves once again that living things did not evolve, but were created.

 

Signs From The Qur'an

One verse tells us that God “created everything and determined it most exactly” (Qur’an, 25:2). There are countless signs present in the universe of this perfect order, some examples of which are given in the Qur’an.
Water, food, sunlight, day and night, a beautiful view, mountains, a pleasant face to look at… These are only a few of the signs on earth.
The animal traits, which we are usually not capable even to mimic, are some other sings of God’s artistry of creation.
Some of the locations where prophets lived through history, and the cities where Prophet Muhammad (may God bless him and grant him peace) lived are also noted in the Qur’an.
The signs contained in natural disasters are reasons to consider the weakness of humans before God, and to pay heed. Signs in technology, on the other hand, are blessings for which people should thank God.
Subjects dealt with in this book are just a few examples of God’s creation, all of which show us the infinite power of our Lord.

 

 

For Man Understanding


2011-07-08 14:02:16
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