Question 28: Are the disorders seen in the immune structure (defense system) of man, oxygen’s producing some harmful radicals in human body, harmful radiation of the sun reaching us, the emergence of some illnesses in man and

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Question 28: Are the disorders seen in the immune structure (defense system) of man, oxygen’s producing some harmful radicals in human body, harmful radiation of the sun reaching us, the emergence of some illnesses in man and getting old not evidences of unplanned creation and hence evidences for the non-existence of a creator? If there is a creator, are they not contrary to His mercy?

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Dear Brother / Sister,

Answer: The world is viewed through two eyeglasses. One is the glasses of belief and the other is the glasses of denial.

A person who looks at the universe through the glasses of denial, that is, through the glasses of unbelief, which does not accept the existence of a Creator, sees everything in the universe as unattended, unplanned, ownerless and purposeless. He does not and cannot know why the beings were created and what their duties are just like a person who is left on a mountain in the darkness at night who mistakes whatever he sees for a snake or a monster and who does not understand what the duties of these beings are and what they are really like.

All of his aim and purpose is the world life. He does not know any other life than life in this world. Therefore, he wants to satisfy all of his feelings in this world. However, feelings in man are given according to the world of the hereafter. Each feeling of his is endless. It is not possible to satisfy those feelings in this world. For example, the desire to live eternally in human beings, the desire to own property and wealth are endless. Feelings like love and compassion are endless. We do not say, ‘I love so many people; there is no more room for the love of someone else in my heart. ’Even if we love all people, the capacity of this sense does not become full.

Even if a person who looks at the world through the glasses of unbelief sees so many creatures with meaning, wisdom and purpose, he cannot understand them. For such a person, the people in the past passed away and disappeared. The people in the future will also disappear and decay. Therefore, he sees himself between two graves and as a being that will decay and disappear soon. Such a person cannot receive any pleasure and taste from the world due to fear of death just like a person sentenced to death waiting to be executed.

A person who looks at the universe through the glasses of denial relies on his own mind and compares everything to his own self as if his mind was appointed as the engineer of the universe; he objects to the richness of the rich and the poverty of the poor. He opposes when he is not given the best opportunities and facilities.

In the Quran, the richness of Qarun (Croesus) is narrated, which will shed light on the issue. Qarun is so rich that he cannot carry the keys to his treasures on his own. The people around him look at his wealth and say, “We wish we had such wealth.” However, Qarun does not fulfill his responsibility of being rich and does not pay zakah, which is the right of the poor, and does not pay the wages of his workers fully. He claims that he has earned his wealth through his knowledge. When Allah buried him under the ground together with his wealth, the people who had wanted to be like him said, “Thanks Allah that He has not given us such wealth. We do not want to be in place of Qarun.

A person who regards his mind as the engineer appointed to determine the shape of the universe and who feels enmity against Allah because he has not been given certain things should not overlook these stories narrated in the Quran. He should be happy, not sorry, because he has not been given the things whose responsibilities he will not be able to fulfill. For, Allah tells us that everybody will be accounted for every bounty that he has, even the water one drinks and the air he breathes in.

A person who looks at the universe through the glasses of belief sees this realm as a great guesthouse and palace decorated with roses and basils where all kinds of bounties and food are granted. He feels great gratitude toward his Creator, who transformed him from shape to shape beginning from the time he was in the uterus, who created him as a human being not as a stone, plant or animal, who equipped him with faculties like mind, imagination and memory and who presented all of the living and non-living beings in the universe to him.

When he looks at the past, he understands that the journey that started with his ancestors Hz. Adam and Hz. Hawwa (Eve) will end in Paradise, that he will be together with all of his beloved people and relatives there eternally and that he will be offered all kinds of bounties by his Creator endlessly. He understands that the world is not the main destination but that it is a waiting room and a test center on the way to the hereafter. He knows that the misfortunes like diseases and earthquakes are a necessity of testing and thanks by showing patience and thinking that the troubles and problems he suffers here will gain him rewards in the hereafter. When he is faced with events whose real meaning he cannot understand, he speaks like Ibrahim Haqqi who says,

God transforms evil to good

(That is, there is definitely something good behind everything that we see as bad or evil. Allah makes what seems evil good for us.)

Do not think He does something else

(That is, there is goodness and beauty in everything that Allah creates. What is created is nothing but goodness.)

The clever person watches it

(The clever person, that is, the person who has knowledge only watches it. He does not try to object to things whose reasons and meanings he does not understand.)

Let us see what God will do,

Whatever He does, He does well.

Do not say why is this so,

It is as it should be,

Show patience and watch the end,

Let us see what God will do,

Whatever He does, He does well. Even if his mind cannot comprehend, he knows that Allah does everything in the best way.

The task of the sciences is to unravel the issues whosecauses and secrets we do not know in the realm of beings. For example, the immune system, called the human defense system, is equipped against any foreign objects that may come from outside. It is the duty of science to determine what the features of this system are, in what cases the defense is weakened and becomes inoperable. Likewise, investigating a number of negativities caused by oxygen and sun rays is also the duty of science.

To show some organizations in the universe evidence for planlessness and randomness, and hence the absence of a creator just because it does not fit our understanding is what those who have nothing to do with science and ideological actors will do. What will be the duty of science in that case?

The expectation of a lifestyle without any problems that does not give any trouble to man and a life style like that of angels is not suitable for human creation and nature. A completely luminous lifestyle in which there is no evil and testing exists only for angels. Expecting such a lifestyle from man is not suitable for his wisdom and structure, feelings and emotions. Allah equipped man with good and bad traits and then tested him.

What man needs to do is to know the wish of Allah and what He wants from man, to obey Him and to surrender to Him fully. When man is born, Allah equips him with organs, tools and feelings that will enable him to benefit from this world in the best way. He creates the location, shape and task of each organ knowingly. He renews the cells of those organs any moment and meets their needs. It is Allah who makes us digest what we eat and allows us to throw out what we digest. Surrendering with peace to Allah, who knows us better than us and manages us, and listening to Him will turn the world into Paradise for us and will make us gain eternal Paradise in the hereafter.

A person makes Allah His enemy if he nurtures hostility and enmity against Him, does not recognize Him, regards what He gives, unnecessary, does not like His activities and administration in the universe, and claims that some beings are unnecessary. Allah wants a person who does not like His activities in the universe and nurtures hostility and enmity against Him to leave His property if he can. Otherwise, He shows his place as Hell. Those who underestimate it and make fun of His works and activities need to consider very well whom they oppose and whose activities they object to.

Even Satan does not object to the existence of Allah; those who regard their minds as engineers of the universe should not forget that when they deny Allah, they incur the hatred and insult of the entire universe, and that they infuriate the skies and the earth; they should know that they will be questioned by Allah one by one for what they do and they should act accordingly.

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