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Belief in the Hereafter # 15 : Eternity of God’s Power

We will present the last evidence regarding the existence of the hereafter. Unlike other evidences, we will mention the eternity of God’s power. To deny the hereafter originates from not being able to understand the nature of God’s power. When the nature of the divine power is understood, doubts originating from this aspect will disappear. Now, we will deal with only one of the tens of evidences regarding the eternity of God’s Power.We will deal with the following rule:

“If something is essential (inherent), its opposite cannot have access to it because it will be the union of opposites. It is impossible.”  

First let us have a look at the meanings of the words in the rule:

Essential (Inherent): Something that exists naturally in that thing; something that cannot be affixed to that thing later.

Affixed: Added or happening later.

Union of opposites: Two opposites coming together; juxtaposition of opposites.

Impossible: That cannot happen

In this realm, no attribute of any creature is inherent. That is, they do not belong to those creatures; they are the grants and gifts of God Almighty. The inherent attributes belong to God because the universe was created later and the creatures in it were created later, too. The universe is not pre-eternal; it was created later. If something is not pre-eternal, its attributes cannot be pre-eternal and inherent, either. However, we will assume some things to be inherent so that the sentence belonging to the Islamic scholar Badiuzzaman Said Nursi will be understood. Those attributes were created later but they can be regarded to be inherent to some extent because they were affixed to those things when they were created.

For instance, the light of the sun is inherent to some extent because the sun was given its light when it was created. Therefore, darkness, which is the opposite of light, cannot have access to it; that is, darkness cannot approach the sun. It is a rule that “when something is inherent, its opposite cannot have access to it”.

However, the light of the lamp is not inherent; it was affixed to it later; therefore, darkness, which is the opposite of light, can have access to the lamp because it does not belong to the lamp.

2nd Example: The heat of the sun is inherent to some extent because the sun was given this attribute when it was created. Therefore, cold, which is the opposite of heat, cannot approach the sun because when something is inherent, its opposite cannot have access to it.

As for the heat of the stove, its heat is not inherent; that is, the stove owns the attribute of heat after something is burnt in it later. Therefore, cold, which is the opposite of heat, can have access to the stove. When the wood inside a stove ends, the stove cools after a while.

3rd Example:  The brightness of some substances like gold and diamond are inherent to some extent; fading and tarnishing cannot have access to them because when something is inherent, its opposite cannot have access to it.

The brightness of a varnished object is something affixed to it; so it is bound to fade and tarnish. Dimness, which is the opposite of brightness, approaches that object and makes it fade.

4th Example: The movement and rotation of the world is inherent to some extent; therefore, stillness, which is the opposite of movement cannot have access to the world. The world rotates continuously.

However, the movement of a peg top or a bicycle tire is affixed to them later; that is, to rotate is not an inherent attribute of them; so, they can be still.

RESULT: If something is inherent, its opposite cannot have access to it.

The power of God Almighty is inherent. It exists with God’s existence. It is not something that was received or obtained later. God is pre-eternal; his attributes are also pre-eternal, endless and absolute (they cannot be limited).

We can list the result of the idea mentioned above as follows:

Since the attribute of power is an inherent attribute of God, weakness, which is the opposite of it, cannot be affixed to God.

Since weakness cannot have access to God, there are not and there cannot be any degrees in the power of God.

Since there are not and there cannot be any degrees in the power of God, He can create thousands of universes any moment if His wisdom finds it necessary. There is no difference between a drop and an ocean or a flower and stars for the sun’s act of giving light; similarly, there is no difference between a little and a lot, big and small, partial and total for the power of God. Atoms and stars are equal in terms of creating and controlling them. It is the same for God to create a fly and to revive all of the dead people. He creates a spring as easily as he creates a flower; He creates Paradise as easily.

We can deduce the following results from that rule:

Life is an inherent attribute of God. Therefore, death, which is the opposite of this attribute, cannot approach God; so, God is eternal.

Sight is an inherent attribute of God. Therefore, blindness, which is the opposite of this attribute, cannot have access to God. God sees everything at the same time; nothing can hide itself from the sight of God.

Hearing is an inherent attribute of God. Therefore, deafness, which is the opposite of this attribute, cannot have access to God. God hears all sounds and even what the heart thinks of at the same time.

The beauty of God is inherent. Ugliness, which is the opposite of beauty, cannot have access to God by any means.

God’s attribute of knowledge is inherent. Ignorance, which is the opposite of this attribute, cannot have access to God by any means. Since it cannot have access to Him, the following results will be obvious:

God knows a fish swimming at a depth of thousands of meters under the sea. He knows an ant walking in the darkness at night. No leaf falls without His knowledge. He knows what all hearts think of… They originate from the fact that the attribute of knowledge is an inherent attribute of God. Not to know even one of them is ignorance. Since the attribute of knowledge is inherent, ignorance, which is its opposite, cannot have access to him; thus, God knows everything.

We can regard the other attributes of God Almighty based on the same rule.

It will be useful to consider that rule with the following rule: “the existence of degrees within a thing comes about through the intervention in it of its opposite.” We can understand this rule through following examples:

The degrees of light are caused by the intervention of darkness, which is its opposite.

The degrees of heat are caused by the intervention of cold, which is its opposite The degrees of beauty are caused by the intervention of ugliness, which is its opposite.

The degrees of fullness are caused by the intervention of hunger, which is its opposite.

The degrees of strength are caused by the intervention of weakness, which is its opposite…

So, this is our rule:

If the opposite of something cannot intervene in it, there will be no degrees in it. God has no opposites. Since God has no opposites, there is no intervention in God’s acts. Since there is no intervention, there cannot be degrees in the power of God. His power becomes endless.

Since His power is endless, it is the same for that power to create a flower and to create a spring, to create a fly and to revive all of the creatures after their death. One of His acts will not prevent His other acts.

The work “Belief in the Hereafter” is completed here. As we have mentioned at the beginning of this work, the work of Badiuzzaman Said Nursi known as “10th Word” was used as a reference book in this work. We have mentioned only some of the evidences mentioned in his book. We refer those who wonder about the other evidences to the above-mentioned book of Badiuzzaman Said Nursi and we finish this work with the following verses of the Quran:

The Unbelievers will be led to Hell in crowds; until, when they arrive there, its gates will be opened and its Keepers will say:

 ”Did not messengers come to you from among yourselves rehearsing to you the Signs of your Lord, and warning you of the meeting of this Day of yours?”

The answer will be: “True: but the Decree of Punishment has been proved true against the Unbelievers!” (Surah az-Zumar: 71)

 (To them) will be said: “Enter ye the gates of Hell, to dwell therein: and evil is (this) abode of the arrogant!” (Surah az-Zumar: 72)

And those who feared their Lord will be led to the Garden in crowds: until behold, they arrive there; its gates will be opened: and its Keepers will say: “Peace be upon you! Well have ye done! Enter ye here, to dwell therein.” (Surah az-Zumar: 73)

They will say: “Praise be to God, Who has truly fulfilled His promise to us, and has given us (this) land in heritage: we can dwell in the Garden as we will: how excellent a reward for those who work (righteousness)!” (Surah az-Zumar: 74)

And thou wilt see the angels surrounding the Throne (Divine) on all sides, singing Glory and Praise of their Lord. The Decision between them (at Judgment) will be in (perfect) justice. And the cry (on all sides) will be “Praise be to God the Lord of the Worlds!” (Surah az-Zumar: 75)

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Belief in The Hereafter – 14 – The Proof of Hazrat Muhammed (PBUH) and Quranhttp://www.windowsofislam.com/belief-in-the-hereafter-14-the-proof-of-hazrat-muhammed-pbuh-and-quran.html http://www.windowsofislam.com/belief-in-the-hereafter-14-the-proof-of-hazrat-muhammed-pbuh-and-quran.html#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:47:04 +0000 http://www.windowsofislam.com/?p=3282

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Belief in the Hereafter # 14 : The Proof of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) and the Qur’an

Is it at all possible that the news given by Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him), whose word is confirmed by all of the prophets based on their miracles, whose cause is approved by all of the saints based on their extraordinary states and whose prophethood is witnessed by all of the scholars based on their studies, should be a lie and he should give false news? He made his one thousand miracles that were realized and the Quran, which is a miracle itself in all aspects, evidence for his word. Is it at all possible that errant doubts, no stronger than the wing of a fly, could invalidate his words and make people doubt the existence of the hereafter that he informed us about?

Yes, this fourteenth proof consists of the witnessing of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and the Quran. We can express this proof in items as follows:

1- Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) informed us about the existence of the hereafter and regarded belief in the hereafter as one of the pillars of belief. Then, we can say that in order to be able to deny the hereafter, it is necessary to deny the prophethood of Hazrat Muhammad first. A person who cannot deny the prophethood of Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) cannot deny the hereafter.

We can present the following as evidence for the existence of the hereafter: the fact Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) fed an army with a handful of food proves that the hereafter exists.

That is, if we regard one of the miracles of the Prophet as evidence for the existence of the hereafter, it will be true because:

Since he fed an army with a handful of food, it is a miracle;
Since he showed a miracle, he is definitely a prophet;

Since he is a prophet, he never tells lies and never resorts to lying;
Since he never tells lies and never resorts to lying, all of the news that he informs us about is true and right;

Then, the existence of the hereafter is true because he informed us about it!

We can say the following: “Each one of the one thousand miracles of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is evidence for the existence of the hereafter.”

That is, if we use each miracle as evidence for the existence of the hereafter it will be true and right because each miracle proves his prophethood.

Since he is a prophet, he never tells a lie and anything contrary to the truth.

Since he never tells a lie and anything contrary to the truth, what he says and informs us about is true.

Since he informed us about the existence of the hereafter, it is true, too.
In conclusion, we say: The evidence for the existence of the hereafter is as much as the evidence for the prophethood of Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him). The evidence that proves his prophethood also proves the existence of the hereafter.

The issue that is presented by a person who is mentioned by all of the prophets, who is approved by all of the saints and righteous people and who presented thousands of miracles is definitely true and right. How could delusions make people doubt about an issue that he informs us about?

2- All of the other prophets informed people about the hereafter just like the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). That is, it is not enough to deny the prophethood of the Prophet Muhammad only but also the other prophets in order to able to deny the existence of the hereafter. A person who cannot deny them cannot deny the hereafter, either, because they informed people about the hereafter, too.

Then, we can say that the number of the evidence of the hereafter is as many as the number of the prophets and their miracles. Each prophet and their miracles are witnesses and evidence for the existence of the hereafter. What word could invalidate the words of all of the prophets and make people doubt their word?

3- The Quran is evidence for the existence of the hereafter just like the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and all of the other prophets. The Quran informs us about the existence and many affairs of the hereafter.

Then, we can say: “The fact that the like of the Quran cannot be produced proves the existence of the hereafter.” It will be right to use the fact that the like of the Quran cannot be produced, which is a miracle of the Quran, as proof for the existence of the hereafter because:

Since the like of it cannot be produced, it is the word of God;
Since, it is the word of God, there will be no lies or wrong information in it;

Since there are no lies or wrong information in it, everything in it is true and right;

Since everything in it is true and right, the hereafter is also true and right because the existence of the hereafter is mentioned clearly in the Quran.

That is, the evidence proving that the Quran is the book of God proves the existence of the hereafter, too. Then, the number of the proof of the existence of the hereafter is as many as the number of the proof that proves that the Quran is the word of God.

What word could invalidate the words of the Quran and could make man doubt about an issue that the Quran informs us?

4- All of the other heavenly books inform people about the hereafter and mention Paradise and Hell like the Quran. Then, it is not enough to deny the Quran in order to deny the hereafter; it is also necessary to deny all of the other heavenly books, too.

We are asking again: What word could refute an issue that is stated by all of the heavenly books unanimously and confute them?

5- Another proof for the existence of the hereafter is all of the saints and righteous people. Saints declare the existence of the hereafter based on their extraordinary deeds, and righteous people and scholars based on their evidence.

What word of an irreligious person could refute and what word of an unbeliever could invalidate an issue declared and agreed unanimously by the saints and righteous people?

Besides, they have the right and authority to speak regarding the issue. In a discussion about science and art, the words of the experts of science and art are valid; the words of other people are not taken into consideration. For instance, for the diagnosis of an illness, the word of an ordinary doctor is preferred to the word of a very successful architect because the issue is medicine and the doctor has the right and authority to speak regarding the issue.

Similarly, as regards the issue of the hereafter, the word of a philosopher who believes only what he sees and who is against immaterial things is not valid and is not taken into consideration. The right to speak regarding the issue belongs to the prophets, saints and righteous people.

Which philosopher’s word can be preferred to the word of one hundred and twenty-four thousand prophets and hundreds of thousands of saints and righteous people? Are the people who prefer to do so regarded as sane?

It is understood from the fourteen pieces of proof mentioned so far in our work that the issue of resurrection and gathering is such a constant truth that a power as strong as to lift the world cannot affect this fact because:

All of the names and attributes of God Almighty necessitate the hereafter.
All of the miracles of the Messenger of God (peace be upon him) approve it.
All of the verses of the Quran and the evidence of its truth prove it.

All of the other prophets and the heavenly books brought by them declare it.

The universe with all of its laws and all of the wise deeds in this realm witness it.

Is it at all possible that doubts feebler than a whisker and satanic insinuations should shake and uproot that exalted and firmly-rooted truth which resembles a mountain regarding the issue of resurrection? Definitely not!

It should not be thought that the evidence proving the existence of the hereafter consists of what we have mentioned only. Definitely not! The names of God like al-Hakim, (the Perfectly Wise), al-Karim (the Generous), ar-Rahim (the All Compassionate), al-Adil (the Just), al-Hafiz (the Preserver) that we mentioned while proving the existence of the hereafter, all of the divine names that are manifest in the administration of the world necessitate and prove the hereafter. That is, no matter which one we refer to, they will all prove the hereafter.

That is, everything says, “I believed in God and the Day of Judgment” with their tongue of disposition.

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Belief in The Hereafter – 13 – The Proof that the Value Given to Man Necessitates the Hereafterhttp://www.windowsofislam.com/belief-in-the-hereafter-13-the-proof-that-the-value-given-to-man-necessitates-the-hereafter.html http://www.windowsofislam.com/belief-in-the-hereafter-13-the-proof-that-the-value-given-to-man-necessitates-the-hereafter.html#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:36:42 +0000 http://www.windowsofislam.com/?p=3279

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Belief in the Hereafter # 13 : The Proof that the Value Given to Man Necessitates the Hereafter

Is it at all possible that God Almighty should value man so much, love him, make Himself loved by him, and then should condemn him to non-existence and not give him the endless bliss? No, never!

Regarding this proof, we will mention the value given to man first and state the signs of this value in items.

Yes, the most important and the most acceptable guest of the Owner of this realm is man because:

1. Man is the center of the general lordship of God Almighty in this universe. All of the things were given to him to use; it looks as if this realm was created for man and was trained so that man would benefit from it. Every creature, from plants to animals, from the sun to the moon, is a servant to man and was created in such a way as to serve him. This situation proves that man is the most valuable guest of the Owner of this realm.

2.  Man, who is a thinker, is addressed by God Almighty. That is, God talked to man only, in this realm, and addressed him through heavenly books. This situation – that is, that man is addressed by divine words – shows that man is the best creature of the Owner of this realm.

3.  Man is a large mirror for the names of God. The names that become manifest in almost every part of the universe become manifest in a single man, and man virtually becomes a huge realm by being the object of that manifestation. Yes man is the object of the manifestation of the most of the names of God, His greatest name and the greatest manifestation of each name of God. This situation proves that man has a different value in the sight of God.

4.  Man is a miracle of the power of God. He was created out of a drop of liquid and was equipped with endless material and spiritual organs and feelings. If the mind given to man is weighed and compared to all of the organs given to another creature, the mind alone will overweigh. If you add the other organs and feelings of man to this mind, you will see how valuable man is!

5.  Man is an inspector for the treasures of mercy. God Almighty created man in the form of an inspector for His treasures and equipped him with the best organs and tools. Everything, from the tongue to the eye, from the ear to the mind, from the nose to the hand, becomes keys for him and weighs the bounties of the treasures of mercy. This situation proves that man is the most delicate guest of the Owner of this realm.

6.  Man is the vicegerent of God on earth, the bearer of His trust, the chief of His creatures and the observer of the manifestations of the divine names. When these aspects are considered, no creature can catch up with man; and this tiny man overweighs the giant stars of the sky.

The value given by the Owner of this realm to man is too much to count. Besides, any person who meditates on his body will see the value shown to him and approve that he is the most important guest of this guesthouse.

Is it at all possible that the Lord of this realm should value man so much and then should kill him without the intention of resurrecting him, should condemn him to non-existence by reducing His love and appreciation for him to nothing and should do injustice, which is contrary to His justice and truthfulness. Definitely not!

Yes, the value given to man proves that man was not created only for this world; he will go to an eternal, temporary land and he works for it.

Besides, those organs cannot have been given to man only for this life. For instance, if the following is said to the power of imagination, which is a servant and describer to the mind: “You will be given the sultanate of the world with a lifespan of one million years but then you will be annihilated”, he will be sorry instead of being happy unless the delusions deceive him and his soul intervenes. That is, the biggest ephemeral thing cannot satisfy the tiniest organ of man.

The hands of man that extend toward the eternity, his thoughts that have surrounded the universe and his desires that extend toward the endless bliss show that man was created for the eternity and he will go there. For man, this ephemeral world is a guesthouse and a waiting room for the hereafter.

In short: So much value given to man and so many organs and tools he is equipped with show that man is a candidate for the hereafter and he is invited to Paradise.

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Belief in The Hereafter – 12 – The Proof of Giving Lifehttp://www.windowsofislam.com/belief-in-the-hereafter-12-the-proof-of-giving-life.html http://www.windowsofislam.com/belief-in-the-hereafter-12-the-proof-of-giving-life.html#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 10:26:30 +0000 http://www.windowsofislam.com/?p=3274

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Belief in the Hereafter # 12 :The Proof of Giving Life

Is it at all possible that God should give life to the vast earth that becomes dead and dry in winter in spring, should demonstrate His power by deploying more than three hundred thousand different forms of creation, each of them as remarkable as man and should further demonstrate in this deployment His all-embracing knowledge by the infinite distinctions and differentiations He makes in the complex intermingling of all of those forms and then He should not bring about resurrection, should not gather His creatures together or be unable to do so, should not restore man to life, or be unable to do so, should not be able to inaugurate His Supreme Court and should not be able to create Heaven and Hell? No, never!

Now, let us explain the proof:

We see that the Owner of this realm shows many samples and examples of resurrection after death every century, every year and even every day on this narrow and ephemeral earth.

For instance:

Every spring, we see that in the course of five or six days more than three hundred thousand different kinds of small and big animals and plants are resurrected and the creatures that die in winter are revived. The roots of all the trees and plants, as well as some animals, are revived and restored exactly as they were. The creatures that are created become almost the same as the creatures that died in the previous winter.

The seeds which appear, in their outward form, to be so close to each other, nonetheless, become distinct and differentiated from each other. And then, with extreme speed, ease and facility, they are brought to life in the utmost order and equilibrium in the course of six days or six weeks. And this revival takes place all over the world at the same time. None of them is confused with other beings; no organs of any creatures are forgotten.

Is it at all possible that for the One Who does all of this anything should be difficult that He should be unable to create the heavens and the earth through one command and that He should be unable to resurrect man with a single blast? No, by no means is it possible!

Now let us look at this truth with the binoculars of examples:

Let us suppose there were to be some gifted writer who could write out in a single hour the confused and obliterated letters of three hundred thousand books on a single sheet without any error, omission or defect, complete and in the best form. If someone were then to say to you that that writer could write out again from memory a book written by him that had fallen into the water and become obliterated, would you then say, He cannot do it; I do not believe it”?

You can never say so! It is very easy for that person who could write out three hundred thousand books on a single sheet to write your book, which had fallen into the water. Besides, he had written the book that fell into the water. That is, he knows all of the writings in the book by heart.

Similarly, the earth is a sheet, too. If we regard each species of creatures as a book, three hundred thousand species of creatures are created in spring; that is, three hundred thousand books are written on a single sheet. No book is confused with other books; no errors, mistakes or confusions are observed.

Is it at all possible that a Being that can write three hundred thousand books on the sheet of spring without confusion cannot rewrite the book that fell into water? As a matter of fact, he had written that book for the first time.  Could we doubt that our book of life will be written again after we see with our own eyes the three hundred thousand books written on a single sheet?

Or think of some talented king. In order to demonstrate his power or for the sake of providing a warning example, He removes whole mountains with a single command, turns his realm upside down, and transforms the sea into dry land. Then you see that a great rock rolls down into a valley, so that the path is blocked for guests traveling to attend the king’s reception and they are unable to pass. If someone should say to you: “that exalted one will remove or dissolve the stone, however great it may be, with a single command; he will not leave his guests stranded”, would you then say that he will not remove the stone, or be unable to do so?

Definitely not! The fact that He removes mountains with a single command, turns his realm upside down, and transforms the sea into dry land proves that He can lift a stone.

Similarly, the Lord of Majesty invites his guests to the land of the hereafter and to the gardens of Paradise. This world is a stone that blocks the way of the guests. To be able to reach the land of the hereafter is only possible if that stone is removed. Can it be said for the Being who spins the stars and galaxies like a catapult stone, “How will He remove the stone on the way to the hereafter for the guests?”

Or look at the truth with the binoculars of this example:

If you see someone summon together a great army in one day and if someone were then to say, “that person is able to call together the troops in his army, who had dispersed to take rest, and assemble them again in battalions,” and you were to say,

“I do not believe it,” you know well how lunatic would be your denial…

Similarly, every man is a battalion. Atoms and particles are the soldiers of this battalion… God Almighty, who is the commander of this battalion, created man by bringing the atoms and particles together. Doubtlessly, the Being that created this battalion out of nothing will gather the particles, which are the soldiers of this battalion and which started to rest as a result of death, with the blow of a trumpet and the battalion of human beings will be formed again.

Is it difficult for the Being who creates a big regular army consisting of three hundred thousand nations in spring  out of nothing to bring together the particles of the human body? Definitely not!

Revival after death is not something that is irrational. Examples of revival and resurrection are seen every century, every year and even every day. Here are some of them:

The creatures that die in winter are created again in spring either exactly in the same form or in a similar way.

The day is killed by the night and is created again the next morning.

Human beings are killed by sleep and are created again and dispersed in the morning.

The clouds are brought together in the sky; then they are dispersed and then brought together again, showing the samples of the Gathering (hashr).

The trees that die in winter are decorated like houris of Paradise and they are given life.

If you imagine yourself to be alive a thousand years ago and if you compare the past and the future, which are the two wings of the time, you will see samples and examples of the resurrection and the hereafter as many as the number of centuries and days.
Would it not be madness to deny the resurrection of man by regarding it unreasonable despite observing so many samples and examples?

Now, look what the Quran says about the truth that we have mentioned:

“Then contemplate (O man!) the tokens of God’s Mercy! how He gives life to the earth after its death: verily the Same will give life to the men who are dead: for He has power over all things.”(ar-Rum, 50)

The glorious and eternal Dominicality, the almighty and all embracing Sovereignty of the One Who gives life and death to this vast and wondrous earth as if it were a mere animal; Who has made of this earth a pleasing cradle, a fine ship, for man and the animals; Who has made of the sun a lamp furnishing light and heat to the hostelry of the world; Who has made of the planets vehicles for the conveyance of His angels – the Dominicality and Sovereignty of such a One cannot rest upon and be restricted to the transitory, impermanent, unstable, insignificant, changeable, unlasting, deficient and imperfect affairs of this world.

He must, therefore, have another realm, another kingdom, one worthy of Him, permanent, stable, immutable and glorious. He causes us to work for it, and He summons us there.
Now, let us summarize this proof in items:

1. The three hundred thousand species created in spring, in other words, the three hundred thousand resurrection and gathering, introduces us and makes us know the Being behind the curtain, who is al-Muhyi (the Giver of Life), al-Mujid (the Inventor) and al-Khaliq (the Creator).

2. It is not difficult for the Being who writes three hundred thousand books on a single sheet in spring to write our book again. Besides, He had written our book earlier.

3. The person who cannot perceive and realize resurrection and gathering will see that stranger resurrections and gatherings than those of man always take place before the eyes of everybody if he looks at this realm carefully. We do not want to mention some examples again since we have already mentioned them.

To sum up: The person who denies resurrection should look at the season of spring! If his soul still denies the resurrection of man after seeing so many resurrections and gatherings in spring, he should condemn himself!

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Belief in the Hereafter – The Proof of Promising.http://www.windowsofislam.com/belief-in-the-hereafter-the-proof-of-promising.html http://www.windowsofislam.com/belief-in-the-hereafter-the-proof-of-promising.html#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:25:40 +0000 http://www.windowsofislam.com/?p=3266

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Belief in the Hereafter # 11 : The Proof of Promising

Is it at all possible that the Lord of this realm, who has endless knowledge and limitless power, should promise Paradise to His servants who obey His orders and should frighten and warn those who disobey Him against Hell and should inform us about this promise and frightening through all of His prophets and books but then should not keep his promise and show His ignorance and weakness – God forbid. Is it at all possible?

However, what He promises is never difficult for His power. On the contrary, it is very easy for Him. It is as easy as to revive the numerous beings of the previous spring again in the next spring.

What He promised are such things that all of the prophets reported them unanimously and all of the saints unanimously witnessed that they took place.

It is contrary to the dignity of God to break his promise; and it does not fit Him!

Is it at all possible that God Almighty should not bring the things that he repeatedly promised and frightened people with, should show His ignorance and weakness – God forbid –  and should refute His prophets and saints? No, never!

Now, let us try to find an answer to this question: What might be the reasons for not fulfilling the things that people have been promised or that they have been warned against?

We can list those reasons as follows:

1- Ignorance: If a person who promises to do something does not know how to do it, that is, if he is ignorant about the thing he promises, what he promises will not be fulfilled. That is, ignorance is a reason that prevents what is promised from being fulfilled.

2- Weakness: If a person who promises to do something is too weak or poor to do it what he promises will not be fulfilled. That is, weakness is also a reason that prevents what is promised from being fulfilled.

3- Telling lies: If a person who promises to do something is a liar and breaks his promise easily, what he promises will not be fulfilled. That is, lying is another reason that prevents what is promised from being fulfilled.
Then, let us give an example:

If someone said to you, “I will set up a magnificent farm and prepare feasts that you have never seen for you.”

One of the following would be necessary in order to doubt that statement:

1. If the person who makes that promise is an ignorant person, that is, if he does not know how to set up a farm, you can doubt his promise. However, if he is competent about the issue, the second alternative is taken into consideration:

2. If the person is weak and poor, that is, if he cannot afford to set up a farm, you can doubt his promise. However, if he is very influential and rich, and if he has hundreds of farms like the one that he promises, you cannot doubt him in terms of this aspect. Then, it is necessary to check the third alternative:

3. Is this person honest? Does he tell lies? Does he break his promise? If no one has ever heard him tell lies and he never resorts to lying, you cannot doubt him in terms of this aspect, either.

Then, we can say: If the person who promises us to set up the farm and the feasts in it is well-informed, powerful and rich, if he always tells the truth and if he values us and makes us feel that he values us, can we doubt his promise?

To doubt his promise after that would mean to accuse him of ignorance, weakness, poverty, breaking his promise and telling lies.

Similarly, God Almighty promised Paradise to believers and Hell to unbelievers. It is impossible to think that God cannot keep His promise. As we have mentioned above, not keeping one’s promise originates from ignorance, weakness or telling lies. All of them are contrary to the dignity, knowledge and honesty of God Almighty.

O unbeliever! Do you know how foolish a crime you are committing with your unbelief and denial? Paying heed to your own lying fancy, your delirious intellect, your deceptive soul, you reject the One whose glory and stature can in no way admit the breaking of His word. As a matter of fact, his truthfulness and veracity are attested by everything in this realm.

The reason why Hell is so terrifying is the magnitude of man’s crime because man commits such big crimes despite his infinite pettiness. By denying the hereafter, he accuses God of ignorance, weakness and telling lies. He deserves eternal and great punishment due to this crime.

Now, let us summarize this important and strong proof in items:

1. God Almighty promised Paradise to believers and Hell to unbelievers.

2. God Almighty informed us about this promise through His prophets and books.

3. That is, not to bring the hereafter means to refute all of the prophets and the books. God is free and away from refuting His loyal servants and His own books.

4. Breaking one’s promise originates from ignorance, weakness or telling lies. Since it is impossible to think that God is ignorant, weak and dishonest, it is impossible to deny the existence of the hereafter.

5. That is, those who deny the existence of the hereafter accuse God Almighty of ignorance, weakness and lying; the punishment for this big crime is definitely Hell.

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Belief in the Hereafter : The Proof of Preserving.http://www.windowsofislam.com/belief-in-the-hereafter-the-proof-of-preserving.html http://www.windowsofislam.com/belief-in-the-hereafter-the-proof-of-preserving.html#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 06:52:46 +0000 http://www.windowsofislam.com/?p=3250

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Belief in the Hereafter # 10 : The Proof of Preserving

Is it at all possible that the preserver that preserves everything whether small or big  in the heavens and on the earth should not preserve the deeds and acts of man, who has been given the rank of vicegerency on earth and should not punish or reward him  duly?

Definitely not!

We will examine this proof under two headings:

1st STEP: WHO IS AL-HAFIZ (THE PRESERVER) THAT PRESERVES EVERYTHING?

When we look at this realm carefully, we see that the deeds of everything, small or big, valuable or worthless, are preserved. For instance:

All the programs and life stories of flowers are preserved in minute seeds.  In the next spring, the seed rips and all of the deeds of the flowers are transmitted from the seed.

Who is the Being that preserves all of the plans and programs, deeds and life stories of the flowers in tiny seeds?

Who is the Being that preserves the deeds of even a simple plant and transmits those deeds in the next spring?

Who else can preserve the plans and programs of endless flowers in tiny seeds and in the next spring can make those flowers emerge from those seeds without confusing any of them? Yes, who but God can do it?

All of the programs and deeds of all trees are preserved in tiny seeds. That tiny seed keeps all of the deeds and programs of the tree. When it is put in the ground, it transmits the book of deeds of the tree.

Who places the plans and programs of all deeds into tiny seeds and gives the books of deeds of the trees to their tiny seeds?
Can you show a doer other than God for that wise deed?

Who but God can make those tiny seeds books of deeds for trees?

The programs and life stories of animals are preserved in their eggs. Those small eggs are like books of deeds for those animals, and all of the properties of those animals are kept in the eggs.

Who is the Being that preserves a colorful peacock in a simple egg and then cracks the egg to take the peacock out?
Who is the One that makes all eggs like books of deeds for animals and preserves all of the programs of animals in that egg?

It is God because nobody else can have the power to do it. Preserving necessitates endless knowledge, limitless power, endless wisdom, unconditioned will and other attributes. It is impossible for a Being that does not have those attributes to preserve the plan and program of an animal in an egg. Only God has those endless attributes.

The plans and programs of humans are preserved in a drop of liquid. In that liquid called nutfa, all of the plans and programs of man are preserved and all of his properties are recorded. We are asking again:

Who is the Being that preserves man, who is a wonderful piece of art, in drop of liquid called nutfa? Who is the One that makes a drop of liquid like a library and writes man in that liquid?

Yes, it is God. It is God who makes a drop of liquid the beginning of man and who preserves the extraordinary program of man in it?

What about the DNAs of man? The DNA molecules in one single cell are like a 46-volume encyclopedia, each of which has 20.000 pages and contains that much information. There are 60 thousand trillion cells in man.

Who is the One that makes each DNA a giant encyclopedia and preserves information of one million pages in it? It is definitely God because coincidence cannot write even a letter on its own let alone books.

Have a look at the memory of man, too! In a small place like a nail, all of the things that happen to man, his life story and all of the information that he learnt throughout his life are kept and preserved. Who is the One that keeps and preserves all of the deeds of man and his experiences in life in the tiny memory? It is definitely God because this extraordinary deed cannot be explained by any reasons.

There is no need to explain the proofs of preservation in this realm at length because even man, who is very weak, can record everything by making use of the law of preservation. Cameras, computers, tape recorders, flash memories, hard disks and many more devices are things that have been produced based on the law of preservation.

The preservation in this realm, that is, the preservation and recording of the plan, program, life story and deeds of each creature with care, informs us about the Being behind the curtain with His name “Hafiz”. Such preservation cannot be an act of the coincidence and blind and dumb causes. Only God can be the doer of that wise deed.

Now, let us move to the second step and open the gate of the hereafter:

2nd STEP: THE NAME AL-HAFIZ NECESSITATES THE HEREAFTER

Is it at all possible that the  preserver that preserves everything whether small or big  in the heavens and on the earth should not preserve the deeds and acts of manwho has been given the rank of vicegerency on earth and should not punish or reward him  duly?

Since the Owner of this Realm is the Preserver, since he preserves everything that takes place in His Land and since He preserves ordinary, ephemeral and unimportant things like that, is it at all possible that He should not preserve the deeds of man, who is the vicegerent of God on earth and the carrier of His trust, and should not account him based on that preserving? Definitely not!

It is understood from the manifestation of the preserving in this way that the Owner of those beings takes great care of the recording of everything that takes place in His land.

He takes utmost care of His domination. He takes care so much that He writes and has the slightest event and the smallest service written; He preserves the copy of everything that takes place in His land.

This preserving indicates that an important book of deeds will be opened and especially the great deeds, important acts of man, who is the most honorable creature, will be subject to an important accounting and weighing; his pages of deeds will be published.

Is it possible to doubt and say, “How will He preserve the spirits of those who die?” for the Preserver, who preserves the program of a tree which resembles a spirit in its tiniest seed like a point?

Is it at all possible that man should be honored with vicegerency and trust and then he should lie in the grave comfortably, not be awakened, not be accounted for all of his deeds, whether big or small, not go to the Gathering place, not see the Great Court, go to non-existence and hide under the ground? No, never!

Now, let us summarize this proof:

1- The fact that the programs and copies, in a sense, deeds of everything are preserved in seeds, kernels, liquid drops called nutfa, memories, DNAs and other places proves that there is a Being behind the curtain and He preserves everything in His land.

2- The fact that the plans and programs of simple and worthless things like flowers and trees are preserved proves that the deeds of man are preserved, too. Man is the trustee of the rank of vicegerency, carrier of the great trust in this realm; and he is addressed specially by God. It is impossible for God Almighty to preserve the deeds of the simplest things but not to preserve the deeds of man, who is related to the sultanate of His lordship.

3- Man’s deeds are preserved because there will be an accounting. However, man is not accounted or questioned at all in this world. This situation proves that there must be another place and a great court where man will be accounted for his deeds. That place is the hereafter.

4- Then, we can say that it is necessary to deny the name al-Hafiz of God Almighty first in order to be able to deny the hereafter. A person who cannot deny the name al-Hafiz will have to accept that the deeds of man are preserved. Since this preserving is done for accounting and the accounting is not in this world, the existence of the hereafter will have to be accepted.

5- It means it is necessary to deny the name al-Hafiz of God in order to be able to deny the hereafter. It is necessary to deny this universe and lose one’s senses in order to be able to deny the name al-Hafiz because there exists preserving in everything, from seeds to kernels, from the power of memory to eggs, from DNAs to cells. As the rule, “deeds cannot be without doers” indicates, this preserving must have a doer, too. A person who cannot deny the preservation that takes place before his eyes cannot deny its doer, the All-Preserving Lord of Majesty, either. To deny the preservation can only be possible by losing one’s mind and humanity. We have nothing to say to those who give up their mind and humanity!

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Belief in the Hereafter – The Proof of Grandeur and Majestyhttp://www.windowsofislam.com/belief-in-the-hereafter-the-proof-of-grandeur-and-majesty.html http://www.windowsofislam.com/belief-in-the-hereafter-the-proof-of-grandeur-and-majesty.html#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:09:54 +0000 http://www.windowsofislam.com/?p=3248

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Is it at all possible that the Being who makes all of the beings from atoms to the sun obey his orders like obedient soldiers and who shows His grand sultanate by controlling the whole universe should deal only with the ephemeral beings who live temporarily in this guest-house of the world and should not create an eternal and permanent land that will be a mirror for His grand sultanate? Definitely not!

We can explain this proof as follows:

A person who looks at this realm carefully will see that a magnificent sultanate and training is dominant over it.

The magnificent activities like the alternation of the seasons, the ultimately regular and grand movements of the stars and galaxies, astonishing obedience like making the world a cradle for the creatures in it, making the moon a candle and the sun a lamp for them, perfect activities like reviving and decorating the earth, which dies and dries in winter, in spring…

And other magnificent activities, which are too many to count, show that there is a great training behind the curtain; and it rules and dominates with a magnificent sultanate. Doubtlessly, such a sultanate wants creatures worthy of Him and beings that will reflect His grandeur.

However, you see that His most valuable guests and the most favored slaves, human beings, come together in a wretched state and temporarily in this world guest-house. The guest-house gets full and empty every day; it changes every hour.

All people stop for a few minutes in this exhibition of the world in order to watch the samples of the valuable works and the antique works of the art of that Being in the stalls of the markets of this world and then disappear. The exhibition of this world changes every minute; those who come to the world leave it and those who leave it do not return.

This state and situation shows it definitely that there are permanent palaces for that eternal sultanate, fixed houses and gardens and treasures full of the best originals of the samples that we see in the world behind this guest-house, this area and this exhibition. That is, the hard work and efforts here are for them. He makes us work here and gives the reward there. Everybody will have bliss there –if they do not lose the test –based on their ability and deeds.

It is impossible for that grand sultanate to dominate over the ephemeral and despicable people that are bound to die here and not to have another land.

Now, let us have a look at this truthwith the binoculars of this example:

You are on a road. You see there is an inn on the road. A notable personbuilt that innfor his guests. He spentmillions of gold coinsfor the one-night stay and enjoymentof the visitors to decorate the inn.

Those guests watch those decorations for a short time; they taste very few of those bounties and leave without being able to satisfy themselves. However, the guests take pictures of the decorations in the inn.

The servants of that notable person pay great attention to the deeds of the guests and record those deeds carefully.

You also see that the notable person destroys most of those valuable decorations every day and makes new decorations for the new guests; he spends millions of gold coins on the inn every day.

Will you doubt that the person who built that inn have permanent and high palaces, unending and valuable treasures and permanent generosity after you see that inn? The treats and bounties of that person in the inn aim to increase their desires and to make them incline toward the presents he has prepared for them.

As it is pointed in the example, if you look at the situation in this guest-house of the world carefully and without getting drunk, you will understand these nine principles:

First principle: You will understand that this world is not for itself just like that inn;it is impossible for the world to take that form.This worldis a guest-housebuilt by wisdom so that the convoys of creatures will stop at and then go on.

Second principle: You will also understand that the ones staying in that inn are guests.Their generous Lord invites them to Paradise, the Land of Peace.

Third principle: You will also understand that the decorations in this world are not just for enjoyment or wandering because it may give you pleasure for some time but it will give you pain when it leaves you. It will make you taste some food and whet your appetite but it will not fill you up. Either its life or your life is too short to fill you up. It means the decorations that are valuable but short-lived exist so that that you will draw a lesson and praise God; they are there to encourage you to obtain their originals in Paradise and they are there for some other lofty reasons.

Fourth principle: You will also understand that the decorations in this worldare the samples and copies of the bounties that God, who is All Merciful,and All Compassionate, prepared for believersin Paradise.

Fifth principle: You will also understand that those ephemeral creatures were not created so that they would disappearor that they would be destroyed after appearing for a while; they were created so that they would appear for some time, their copies would be produced, their pictures would be taken,their meanings would be known and their ends would be recorded.

For instance, one of the thousands of their results is this:the ephemeral views in this worldwill be permanent for the people of Paradise.

The people of Paradise will watch the recordings of this worldin Paradise and they will remember their memories in the world and rejoice.It is understood by this that things were created for permanence not for mortality; they may seem to die but they actually complete their duty and move to another place. A mortal thing dies in one aspect but it remains eternal in many aspects. A word that comes out of your mouth disappears but it entrusts thousands of its examples to ears, it makes as many meanings as the minds of people that listen to it permanent; and then it disappears.

Similarly, a flower, a word of God’s power, smiles and looks at us for a short time, and then hides behind the veil of annihilation. However, it hides by leaving a copy of its apparent picture in the memory of everything that sees it and its spiritual nature in each of its seed. It is as if each memory and seed were a camera to save the flower, or a house for its continuation and perpetuation. If such be the case with an object at the simplest level of life, is it not readily understood how closely man, the highest form of life and the possessor of an eternal soul, is tied to eternity?

Sixth principle: You will also understand thatman has not been left to graze where he wills,with a halter loosely tied around his neck; on the contrary, the copies of all his deedsare recorded and registered,and the results of all his actsare preserved for accounting.

Seventh principle: You will understand, further, that the destruction of the beautiful creatures of summer and spring in the autumn is not the death of the creatures. Instead, it is a form of dismissal after the completion of service;it is also a form of emptying in order to clear a space for the new creation that is to come in the following spring.It is a form of divine warning to conscious beings to awake from the neglect that causes them to forget their duties, from the drunken torpor that causes them to forget their obligation of offering thanks.

Eighth principle: You will understand this, too, thatthe eternal Maker of this transient world has another, everlasting world; it is to this that He urges and impels His servants.

Ninth principle: You will understand, also, that so Compassionate a Being will bestow upon His choice servants in that world such gifts as no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard, nor has their image crossed the heart of any man.

We believe in it.

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Belief in the Hereafter-Prefacehttp://www.windowsofislam.com/belief-in-the-hereafter-introduction.html http://www.windowsofislam.com/belief-in-the-hereafter-introduction.html#comments Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:05:02 +0000 http://windowsofislam.com/?p=832

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Belief in the Hereafter: Preface

“When the sun (with its spacious light) is folded up; When the stars fall, losing their luster; When the mountains vanish (like a mirage); When the she-camels, ten months with young, are left untended; When the wild beasts are herded together (in human habitations); When the oceans boil over with a swell; When the souls are sorted out, (being joined, like with like); When the female (infant) buried alive, is questioned― For what crime she was killed; When the Scrolls are laid open; When the World on High is unveiled, When the Blazing Fire is kindled to fierce heat; And when the Garden is brought near  (Then) shall each soul know what it has put forward.”

As is clear with the statement of this kind of verses, one day shall come and there will be an end for this world and the gate of another realm will be opened. This is as definite as the existence of the universe that we see.

In this work named “Belief in the Hereafter”, the gathering, which means resurrection after death and coming together in the Gathering Place and which is one of the pillars of faith, is proven with the certainty of two plus two equaling four. The truths mentioned in this work are so powerful that they convince even the most stubborn disbeliever.

If someone was to claim about a palace or a city: “This palace or city will be destroyed, and will then be repaired and reconstructed so that it is intact,” six questions would surely arise in the face of his claim.

The First: Why should they be destroyed? Is there a reason or something to necessitate it? If the answer is “Yes” and if it is proved, the second question will be asked.

“Does the builder who would destroy and then reconstruct them possess the power to do so? Would he be capable of it?” If the answer is “Yes,” and if it is proved, the third question will be asked.

“Is the destruction of this palace or building possible?” If the answer is “Yes,” and if it is proved, the fourth question will be asked.

“And, will such a possible destruction occur in the future?” If the answer is “Yes,” and if it is proved, the following two further questions would arise:

The Fifth and Sixth questions “Is it possible for this strange palace or city to be reconstructed? If it is possible then, Will it be constructed?” If the answer is “Yes,” and if they are proved as well, then in no aspect or corner of this matter can a gap or chink remain through which any doubt, misgiving or suspicion might enter.

Just like that simile, if it is proved that there are reasons for the destruction and reconstruction of this palace of the world and the city of the universe, that its doer and master is able to do it, that its destruction is possible and will take place and that its reconstruction is possible and will take place, there will be no doubt or suspicion regarding the issue.

In this work, each one of those six aspects will be proved with the certainty of two plus two equaling four, and the existence of the hereafter will be shown definitely like the sun.

In order to properly benefit from our work, first of all, you need to know the path and method that we followed. In this work, “Belief in the Hereafter” we followed a method like this:

We examined the proofs under main headings and items. Each heading is separate and enough to prove the existence of the Hereafter. The strength resulting from all headings is absolutely irrefutable.

In each proof, there is a two-step method:

Step 1: In this step, the actions and manifestations in the universe are mentioned, and then we pass from action to doer, from name to its owner and from attributes to their owner.

For example, in the first step of the first proof, we will mention the sovereignty visible in the universe; through this proof, we will prove the existence of God, the Monarch of Pre-Eternity and Post-Eternity. In the first step of the second proof, we will mention the mercy visible in the universe and by using this proof of mercy, we will prove the existence of God, the All-Merciful. In the first step of the third proof, we will mention the dignity visible in the universe and through it, we will prove the existence of God, the Most Dignified One. The same method will be applied to the other proofs.

So, in step 1, we will mention the actions, names and attributes and then pass to doer from action, to the owner of the name from names, to the owner of the attributes from the attributes because actions cannot be without doers, names without owners, and attributes without makers; a needle cannot exist without a manufacturer and a letter cannot exist without a writer.

So in step 1, the existence of God is also proven.

After the deed and the manifestation are explained and the owner of the name is shown in the first step, it is proved that this name and the attribute necessitate the hereafter in the second step. That is, this step is the step through which the existence of the hereafter is proved.

The topics mentioned in each proof consist of three rings of chain.

1- The manifestation in the universe.

2- The names and attributes visible in this manifestation.

3- These names and attributes necessitating the Hereafter.

These chains are interlaced, and one cannot do any harm to any single chain without completely destroying the whole; in other words, in order to rip off a single chain, one must destroy the whole. The topic is a whole, if one cannot refute the whole topic, he cannot refute a single part of it, either.

Therefore, we can say that,

In order to deny the existence of the Hereafter, first of all, one needs to deny the owner of the name, that is God.

In order to deny God’s existence, one needs to deny the actions and names visible in the universe.

In order to deny the actions and the names visible in the universe, one needs to deny the universe as a whole, which is not possible.

In other words, if one cannot deny the universe, he/she cannot deny the visible actions, either; if he/she cannot deny the actions, he/she cannot deny the doer, either; the one who cannot deny the doer, cannot deny the name belonging to the doer necessitating the Hereafter apparent in the actions, either.

In short: In every heading, such a way is followed that in order to deny the Hereafter, one will have to deny the universe and abdicate the reason. In this work, the existence of the universe will be proven in the most clear fashion.

While the work “Belief in the Hereafter” was being prepared, Badiuzzaman Said Nursi’s booklet, “Resurrection and the Hereafter” was used as a source, which is also known as “the Tenth Word”. All of the truths explained in our work have been taken from Badiuzzaman Said Nursi’s mentioned work.

With this work, we aim:

· To bring our faith from the level of imitation to the level of investigation regarding the belief in the Hereafter,

· To eliminate the doubts of those people who are unsure about the Hereafter,

· To be a means for unbelievers to enter belief,

· To be a guide for those who may have to be engaged in a discussion with unbelievers,

· And finally to gain the consent of God Almighty.

Success and assistance come only from God.

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The Proof of Sovereigntyhttp://www.windowsofislam.com/saltanat-delili.html http://www.windowsofislam.com/saltanat-delili.html#comments Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:06:50 +0000 http://windowsofislam.com/?p=834

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The Proof of Sovereignty

Is it at all possible that the Monarch of this universe, the All-Glorious One, should create the universe with quite elevated aims in order to show His perfection, on the other hand, should not give rewards to those who, in return, are faithful and worshipping; and should not punish those who insult and deny them? The reward and the punishment is hardly felt in this world. So there is, and should be, a place of reward and punishment somewhere else.

We will examine this proof under two headings. First of all, let us take a short journey and see the sovereignty ruling over this world. And then let us know who the possessor of this sovereignty is:

About 300 billion galaxies that are known and about 300 billion stars therein continue their existence in a perfect fashion. All galaxies, stars, planets, and satellites revolve around boththemselves and certain orbits along with the systems they belong to.

Furthermore, the concept of speed in the universe is at mind-boggling dimensions compared to the worldly measures. of stars, planets, galaxies, galaxy clusters that weigh millions of tons move in the space at a terrifying speed.

The world rotates around its axis at of 1670 km/hr and around the sun at a speed of 108.000 km/hr. While the solar system rotates around the center of the galaxy at a speed of 720.000 km/hr, the Milky Way moves in the space at a speed of 950.000 km/hr. These movements are so intense that each year the world and the solar system go 500 million kilometer further than the previous year’s position.

Is it at all possible that such an orderly movement be coincidental? How can a man who has to explain the movement of a car on a smooth surface with the skill of the driver attribute the orderliness in this universe to chance?

Yes, the universe is such a palace that stars are the candles of that palace. The world is just a very small room in that palace. The sun is the lamp and the stove, and the moon is the night lamp of that room. The sun, the lamp of our world, is 1.300.000 times greater than our world.

In our own galaxy, the Milky Way, there are 200 billion to 300 billion stars. Can you imagine a place in which there are 300 billion stars, each of which is as big as the sun? Who can make all those stars travel without colliding with each other?

The central heat of the sun is 20.000.000 degrees centigrade. (It is a known fact that water boils at 100 degrees centigrade.) If we were able to bring a substance as tiny as the head of a needle to the world from the sun, it could burn something which is 160 km far away. If the whole world were woods and coal, it would not meet the sun’s need of fuel even for one day. Who burns the stove of the sun without a pause?

The distance of the sun to the world is 150.000.000 km. The diameter of our Milky Way is 100.000 light years. (The speed of light per second is 300.000 km.) If we were to get on a rocket going at a speed of 10.000 km in a second, we would need 15.800.000.000 years to go from one end of our galaxy to the other end.

We have learnt that the sun is 1.300.000 times greater than the world. Now please be careful! We are going to talk about a star which our imagination cannot grasp: The star of Canis Majoris! This star, whose radius is 2100 times as big as the radius of the sun, is known as the biggest star. This star is so big that more than seven quadrillion worlds are necessary to fill inside it.

Let us take a look at our world this time: There are 1.000.000 different species in the world. If we suppose each species is a regiment, there are 1.000.000 regiments in the army of the world, and each regiment has numerous members. In the regiment of flies, there are more flies created in one spring than human beings to be created till the end of the world.

Yes, this world is such an army that the soldiers in this army have different nationalities, different weapons, different clothes, different orders, different appearances and different food. Neither time nor words would be enough to describe the sovereignty ruling over the world…

Now we ask you: We know that a village must have a headman, a city must have a governor, and a country must have a president; is it at all possible that this magnificent sovereignty seen in this universe be without a governor?

When we see a marvelous palace, we understand that the palace must have an owner. Even if we do not see its owner, the palace, with its existence and beauty, points to its owner and his glory.

If such a simple palace cannot be without an owner, is it at all possible that this palace which we call the universe can be without an owner?

If we see a great army moving in an orderly fashion, but if we do not see its commander, is it ever likely that this army is without a commander and an owner? Definitely not! Some situations such as soldiers’ proper manners, having weapons, having their clothes changed, having their needs met point out that this army belongs to a commander and a governor and that it acts in accordance with his orders.

If even such a small army cannot be disciplined, fed and if their needs cannot be met without a commander and cannot be referred to chance, is it ever possible that thousands of different armies of animals and plants be without a commander and owner?

As we have said, it is such an army that there are different nations, different weapons, different clothes, different orders, different appearances, different food etc in it.

Is it at all possible that such an army be without a commander? This army has such a Commander that He forgets none of them and does not confuse anything while doing something.

This army is much greater than our imaginary army and it makes us know its Commander, God with His names the Absolute Ruler and Monarch, as greatly and perfectly.

Denying Almighty God, who is the Sustainer of this army, is only possible through denying this apparent sovereignty. The one who cannot deny this apparent sovereignty cannot deny the Almighty God, the Monarch of Pre-Eternity and Post-Eternity, either. That is to say, the existence of Almighty God is as clear and precise as the existence of this universe.

STEP 2: THE NAME OF MONARCH (SULTAN) NECESSITATING THE HEREAFTER

In the 1st step, we saw the sovereignty in the universe and through the rule “Acts cannot be without one who performs them”, we reached the existence and the name of God, the Monarch, Who is the possessor of the sovereignty. In this step, we are going to prove that the name of Monarch (Sultan) necessitates the Hereafter.

As is known, even the minor sultans give rewards to those who serve them well and punish those who rise in a rebellion against them. Reward and punishment are crucial for sovereignty.

If a rebel revolts against the sultan and says: “The Sultan cannot get hold of me, he cannot punish me, he does not have power, etc.” The sultan should have him caught and put him in prison in order to protect the glory of his sovereignty. Even if there is no prison in his country, in order to preserve the glory of his sovereignty, he should make a prison for that rebel and catch him and put him in the prison so that the glory his sovereignty may be protected and humiliation will not replace dignity.

Since the sultan has to award those in service of Him and punish the rebels in order to protect the glory of His sovereignty, we ask:

Does God, the Monarch of Pre-Eternity and Post-Eternity, whose existence we proved in the 1st step, truly award those who serve Him in this world? And in this world, does He truly punish those who revolt against Him?

No He does not! Neither those who serve are awarded nor those who revolt are rightfully punished in this world.

Then we ask again: What should God Almighty, the Monarch of Pre-Eternity and Post-Eternity, do to protect the dignity and glory of His sovereignty?

Surely, He is supposed to prepare places for both reward and punishment, and award those serving Him and punish those revolting against Him. Otherwise, He is regarded not to have protected the glory of His sovereignty.

A disbeliever indirectly comes to say: “O God, who declares to be Sultan. You cannot catch me, punish me, put me in prison, and you cannot create Hell, either, you do not have enough power to create the Hereafter…”

Yes, all those words are the ones resulting from disbelief which a disbeliever indirectly comes to say. Even if God did not have any reasons to create Hell, he would create it just because of those words of the disbeliever and put him in there and thus, protect the glory of His sovereignty.

Now, let us sum up the first proof in items and understand the issue better:

1. From particles to stars and from atoms to galaxies, there is a magnificent sovereignty visible in this universe and this sovereignty is ruling over everywhere.

2. A village must have headman, a city must have a governor, and this country must have a president; similarly, this sovereignty going on in this universe cannot be carried out without the Sultan. To deny this Sultan is only possible by denying the whole universe; and to deny the visible sovereignty is not possible for anybody who is not out of his mind.

3. The Sultans award those who serve them. It is to protect the dignity of the sovereignty. However, those who serve the Sultan of this universe are not deservedly awarded in this world. Then, there should be somewhere else to give the reward so that the dignity of the sovereignty should be protected.

4. The sultans punish those who revolt against them; thus, they protect the magnificence and glory of their sovereignty. Yet, on the other hand, those who revolt against God Almighty, the Sultan of this universe, are not deservedly punished. So, there should be somewhere else for punishment so that the dignity of the sovereignty should be protected.

5. In order to deny the Hereafter, one should firstly deny the name of Sultan of God Almighty. In order to deny the name of Sultan, one should deny the glorious sovereignty apparent in the universe. So, if one cannot deny the glorious sovereignty, he cannot deny the One Who is the Sultan of this sovereignty, either. And the one who cannot deny the Sultan cannot deny the Hereafter, either, since the glory of the sovereignty is only protected by the arrival of the Hereafter.

As we said in the beginning, the existence of the Hereafter is proven through three steps. Each step is like a chain. These chains are interlaced, and one cannot do any harm to any single chain without completely destroying the whole. If one cannot break all of the chains, he cannot break a single chain of it, either.

So, the one who cannot deny the sovereignty in the universe cannot deny the One Who is the Sultan of this sovereignty, either; because sovereignty cannot be without a sultan. If you cannot deny the Sultan, you cannot deny the Hereafter, either. Because by the arrival of the Hereafter, the glory of the Sultan gets protected.

Therefore, we can say this: Surely, the Sultan, Who has power over everything and rotates the huge stars easily, is going to bring the Hereafter and give reward to those who truly serve Him. He is also going to throw some people who come to say in rebellion, “You cannot get hold of me, you have no power on me” into His eternal Hell, by imposing them the punishment they deserve.  It is as clear and precise as this visible sovereignty.

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The Proof of Mercyhttp://www.windowsofislam.com/merhamet-delili.html http://www.windowsofislam.com/merhamet-delili.html#comments Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:13:43 +0000 http://windowsofislam.com/?p=839

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The Proof of Mercy

Is it at all possible that the Lord of this realm, who has endless mercy and compassion with the witnessing of His visible activities, will not reward His genuine slaves in a way that fits His mercy and compassion?  Reward is virtually non-existent here; there must be a place of reward somewhere else so that His mercy will be manifest there.

We will examine this proof under two headings: Under the first heading, our eyes will make a small trip in this visible realm and see the mercy and compassion that rule the world; and we will prove the existence of the being, who is “ar-Rahim” (the All Compassionate); under the second heading, we will show that the mercy and compassion necessitate the hereafter.

1st STEP: WHO IS THE OWNER OF THE MERCY MANIFEST IN THIS REALM?

God is ar-Rahim. Ar-Rahim means the one who shows mercy, feels pity for and shows compassion to the creatures that He created. He has encompassed all of the realms with His mercy.

• He created this realm out of nothing with His mercy,

• He clothed each being with a dress peculiar to each being,

• He educated each being in different forms,

• He taught them their duties,

• He equipped them with the tools that are necessary for them to maintain their lives,

• He met their material and spiritual needs with compassion.

Let us see some drops from that sea of mercy together!

If you saw a great fire being extinguished by water coming out of a hose but if you did not see the hand that held the hose, would you think the hose itself extinguished the fire? Of course not! The doer of the deed of extinguishing must have attributes like life, knowledge and power. A being that is lifeless, that does not know what fire is and that cannot hold the hose cannot extinguish the fire.  Above all, extinguishing originates from mercy; a being without mercy cannot be the doer of that deed. If everybody came together, they could not make us believe that the hose itself extinguished that fire.

Who sends water down in drops from the clouds that are like a hose in order to extinguish the fire of the earth and to soothe the temperature of life?

Doubtlessly, lifeless and unconscious clouds cannot be the doer of the deed that make us feel this mercy and compassion. Then, who is holding the hose? Let the Quran answer the question:

“He is the One that sends down rain (even) after (men) have given up all hope and scatters His Mercy (far and wide). And He is the Protector Worthy Of all Praise.” (ash-Shura 28)

Each drop that comes down in the form of rain is the manifestation of the name ar-Rahim. And other manifestations of mercy!

To make curative and sweet honey in the abdomen of a poisonous insect and to serve that honey with the hands of that insect cannot be the deed of that insect. That is, what makes honey is not the insect but the mercy of God.

In the season of spring, to clothe all of the trees in the best clothes like the houris of Paradise and to decorate them with flowers and fruits and to feed us through dry branches that are like hands with fruits of different flavors, colors, aromas and shapes is definitely a manifestation of mercy. Otherwise, those dry trees would not know us and would not show mercy on us.

To clothe us in a very soft dress like silk through a handless insect is the outcome of mercy. Otherwise, that handless insect would not eat the green mulberry leaves and produce white silk for us.

What about animals like cows, camels, sheep and goats? It is the deed of mercy to make them eat green grass and produce white nourishing milk out of blood and flesh and to make those animals like a milk plant.

And to make that huge sun a stove and lamp for the world, to make the moon a candle and a calendar and to decorate the sky with stars is definitely a manifestation of mercy.

Now, let us have a look at a partial manifestation of mercy in man:

What would we do if we did not have eyes? A completely dark realm!

What if we did not have ears? A silent realm!

What if we did not have a tongue and it did not have the sense of tasting? A realm with no speech and flavor!

What if we did not have a nose? A realm with no smell!

Of course, it would be very difficult to live in a realm like that. What would we do if we did not have material gifts like hands, feet and fingers and spiritual gifts like the mind, fear, compassion and love? It means a manifestation of mercy is visible in the grant of every organ.

God, who decorated man with such material and spiritual organs and feelings, equipped animals with the organs that are necessary for them in order to be able make use of this realm. He equipped birds with wings and taught them to fly; He equipped fish with fins and taught them to swim; He gave each being a body and organs that are necessary for them to maintain their lives, treating them with His mercy. The mercy of God has encompassed everything like that.

In short: If the affairs of this world are observed closely, it will be seen that every living being, from the weakest one to the strongest one, is given the sustenance they need. Not even one of them is forgotten. Every needy creature is unexpectedly given what he needs. Such feasts and grants are given to creatures that it is obviously seen that an endless hand of mercy is in question.

Tens of volumes of books can be written regarding the mercy and compassion seen in the universe. As the saying goes, “A word to the wise is enough”, we do not want to add anything else and refer the other manifestations of mercy to your meditation and we move to the second step, “mercy and compassion necessitate the hereafter.”

2nd STEP: THE NAME AR-RAHIM NECESSITATES THE HEREAFTER

This is the question: What do endless mercy and limitless compassion necessitate?

The answer: Endless mercy and limitless compassion necessitate grant and mercy that fit it. However, only one part out of millions of parts like a drop in the ocean of that mercy and compassion will take place and be manifest in this ephemeral world and short life.

It means this world is not a place enough for that limitless mercy. It proves that there must be a place that deserves and is suitable for that mercy and compassion; and there is such a place.

To deny the existence of this mercy, which is visible by the eye, is like to deny the existence of the sun that fills the day with its light. If the hereafter does not occur, the mercy and compassion that we see will be meaningless. Not only will it be meaningless but it will also be transformed into its opposite.

For instance, the mind is a gift of mercy. However, if the hereafter does not occur, the mind will not be a gift but a trouble. It will gather the sorrows of the past and the fears of the future at present and bites its owner like a snake.

The feeling of mercy and compassion in man is also a gift. However, if the hereafter does not occur, and if death becomes the end, this feeling ceases to be a gift and becomes a trouble. Is it necessary to explain how the feeling of compassion will burn man, who always loses his beloved ones and buries them in non-existence?

All of the bounties like that will be transformed into torture and mockery if the hereafter does not occur. Therefore, the hereafter is necessary so that the mercy and compassion will not be transformed into its opposite. There is no doubt that the Owner of Beauty, who owns this mercy, will not let mercy and compassion be transferred into their opposites and He will create Paradise, which is as easy as creating a flower for Him.

In addition, imagine this now:

A poor person has rolled down a high mountain and has clutched at a tree just as he is about to fall into a precipice.

If we throw a rope to him and pull him upwards and, just as he is about to be saved, let the rope go and cause him to fall into precipice, will our previous compassionate deeds be of any importance? Does that compassion not turn to mocking? And does the feeling of compassion that encourages us to save him let us release the rope? Definitely not!

Just like this example, we clutched at the rope of power of God, came to existence out of non-existence, and were saved from falling into the realms of non-existence? Yes, God gave us this body and sent us to this realm. He bestowed many grants on us. If the hereafter does not occur and we go to non-existence with death, will it not be like releasing the rope?

There is no doubt that the divine mercy will not send us to the darkness of non-existence, which is similar to letting the rope go. If he wanted to send us to non-existence, he would not bring us to this world and he would not treat us with compassion.

If the hereafter does not occur, the compassion will be transformed to mocking. Will it be a favor and grant if we send a table full of food to the cell of a person whom we sentenced to death? Definitely not.

If the hereafter does not come, there will be no difference between that prisoner and us. Will God ever let this incident happen, which will deny His compassion and mercy? Definitely, not!

Let us look at the fact that mercy necessitates the hereafter with the binoculars of that example:

If we see someone drowning in the sea, we will jump into the sea and save that person if we have a bit of mercy and if we know how to swim.

Now the question is this: Will we hang this man after saving him by facing thousands of difficulties? Or will we send him into fire?

Definitely not! Our mercy will net let us do it. If it did, we would not save him from the sea and let him die there.

Saving him from the sea proves the mercy in us; the mercy in us proves that we will not hang him and will not throw him into fire.

Similarly, God Almighty saved us from the sea of non-existence and brought us to this realm. He fed us with His compassion in this realm like a baby. Is it at all possible for God, who is the owner of this mercy, to kill man and not to resurrect him and make him deny His mercy? Definitely not!

If He were so merciless as to kill us and not to resurrect us, He would not have created us out of nothing and would not have fed us like a delicate baby.

Now let us summarize this proof in items:

1. Endless mercy and compassion are visible in this realm. This mercy and compassion have encompassed everything everywhere, from a fly to planets.

2. Since deeds cannot be without doers, this mercy and compassion must have an owner. Blind power, unconscious nature, fictitious laws and lifeless causes cannot be the doer of this mercy and compassion. The doer of those deeds can only be God Almighty, who is ar-Rahim and al-Karim (the Generous).

3. Since God Almighty has endless mercy, there must be the hereafter, too. Endless mercy wants to grant and show mercy that fits it. However, this mercy is too big for this ephemeral world and this mercy cannot be manifest fully in this world. That is, eternal places and houses are necessary for this mercy to be manifest fully. Those eternal places are present only in the hereafter and in Paradise.

4. It is necessary to deny God, who is ar-Rahim, in order to be able to deny the hereafter. A person who cannot deny God and His name ar-Rahim cannot deny the hereafter because the existence of mercy and compassion necessitate the existence of the hereafter as we have proved.

5. A person who cannot deny God cannot deny the hereafter; similarly, a person who cannot deny the mercy and compassion visible in this realm cannot deny God. A name cannot exist without a being and an attribute cannot exist without the thing to be attributed. The visible attributes of mercy and compassion prove the existence of a Being who is ar-Rahim and al-Karim. Since the unconscious nature and blind coincidence cannot own those attributes, the owner of those attributes is God and nobody else can be the owner of them.

6. Since the hereafter can only be denied through denying God and since God can only be denied by denying the visible mercy and compassion, which is impossible to deny, we can say that it is necessary to deny the visible mercy in order to be able to deny the hereafter. And nobody who is sane can do it.

7. If the hereafter does not occur, the visible mercy and compassion will be transformed into their opposites, that is, into mercilessness and ruthlessness, and the mercy and compassion will be transformed into mockery. Since we have given the examples related to the issue, we will be brief and complete this proof by attracting the attention to this point:

The Being who has endless mercy and generosity will never transform His mercy into mercilessness and His compassion into ruthlessness; He will not transform those manifestations into mocking. The only way to do it is through the hereafter. As it will be proved later, to bring the hereafter and to create Paradise is as easy as to create a flower for His power.

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