We meet some people, though not many, who say, “I do not believe in the things that I do not see.” What should we say to them in order to make them give up this wrong thought?

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We meet some people, though not many, who say, “I do not believe in the things that I do not see.” What should we say to them in order to make them give up this wrong thought?

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Dear Brother / Sister,

It is a reality that the realm of beings does not consist of things that can be perceived with five senses only. Man sees only the realm of matter with the sense of sight. He feels the realm of taste with his tongue, the realm of sounds with his ears and the realm of smell with his nose. However, electricity, gravity, the realm of rays, radioactive waves and many more realities are neither seen nor heard. However, their existence is unquestionable.   

Some people who ignore this principle say, "I do not believe in the things that I do not see", making a big mistake by thinking that the whole realm of beings consists of the material things that they see through their eyes only. However, that something cannot be seen by the eye cannot prove its nonexistence. For, what we do not see are much more than what we see in this realm. Even in the human body, the unseen things like, mind, imagination and memory are much more than the things that are seen.  

What underlies the statement “I do not believe in the things that I do not see” is the mistake of giving the duty of the mind to the eye.However, each sense in man opens the door of a separate realm; the duty of each one of them is not expected from another. For instance, the eye cannot fulfill the duty of the ear nor the nose can fulfill the duty of the tongue. Man cannot taste food, hear a nightingale or smell a rose with his eye. The eye cannot fulfill the duties of other sense organs; it cannot fulfill the functions of the mind, either.  

It is known that any work is seen by the eye but its maker can be understood by the mind. A person who says, “I do not believe in the things that I do not see” denies the maker of this work. Similarly, a person who watches this magnificent universe, which is the work of an endless power, knowledge and art, but who does not accept its creator moves away from science and mind.

How can such a person explain endless deeds like creating, giving sustenance and giving life that become manifest in the universe all the time and that show the existence of Allah like the sun?

“The minds of those who seek everything in matter are in their eyes. The eye is blind in spirituality.”

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