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Creation of the Woodpecker

Creation of the Woodpecker

By A. O.

Woodpecker

A certain species of woodpecker checks the age of the trees before boring a hole in them and picks those older than 100 years

Creation of the Woodpecker

As we all know, woodpeckers build their nests by boring holes in tree trunks with their beaks. This may sound familiar to most people. But the point many people fail to examine is why woodpeckers suffer no brain hemorrhage when they beat a tattoo so vigorously with their heads.

What the woodpecker does is in a way similar to a human being driving a nail into the wall with his head. If a man ventured to do something like that, he would probably undergo a brain shock followed by a brain hemorrhage. However, a woodpecker can peck a hard tree trunk 38-43 times in just two or three seconds and nothing happens to it.

Nothing happens because the head structure of woodpeckers is ideally created for such a task. The skull of the woodpecker has a remarkable suspension system that absorbs the force of the blows. Its forehead and some skull muscles adjoined to its beak and the jaw joint are so robust that they help lessen the effect of the forceful strokes during pecking.

Calculation and order do not end here. Preferring primarily pine trees, a certain species of woodpecker checks the age of the trees before boring a hole in them and picks those older than 100 years, because pine trees older than 100 years suffer an illness that causes the hard and thick bark to soften. This was only recently discovered by science and perhaps you may be reading of it here for the first time in your life; woodpeckers have known it for centuries.

This is not the only reason why the woodpeckers prefer pine trees. Woodpeckers dig cavities around their nests, the function of which was not originally understood. These cavities were later understood to protect them from a great danger. Over time, the sticky resin that leaks from the pine trees fills up the cavities and the outpost of the woodpecker’s nest is thus filled with a pool whereby woodpeckers can be protected from snakes, their greatest enemies.

Another interesting feature of woodpeckers is that their tongues are thin enough to penetrate even ants’ nests in the trees. Their tongues are also sticky, which allows them to collect the ants that live there. The perfection in their Creation is further revealed by the fact that their tongues have a structure which prevents them from being harmed by the acid in the bodies of the ants.

These woodpeckers, each of whose characteristics is discussed in a different paragraph above, prove with all their detailed features that they are ‘created’. If woodpeckers had evolved coincidentally as the theory of evolution claims, they would have died before they acquired such extraordinarily consistent traits and they would be extinct. However, as they were created by Allah, they started their lives by bearing all the vital characteristics suitable for their life.

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A. O. is a Turkish writer and author.

 

 

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An Interesting Creature: The Nautilus

An Interesting Creature: The Nautilus

By A. O.

nautilus

Obviously, all features that a nautilus has are created.

An Interesting Creature: The Nautilus

You must have seen submarines on TV or in journals. These vessels, which are capable of operating far below the surface of the sea without being noticed, are used in ensuring national security and in some scientific research.

How submarines operate is: As the special diving tanks in a submarine are filled with water, the vessel becomes heavier than water and sinks deep down in the ocean. If water in the tank is emptied and replaced by pressurized air, the submarine rises to the surface of the water again.

Now we will examine the Nautilus, a very interesting creature that employs exactly the same method. The Nautilus has a spiral, pearly-lined shell and dives in the way that submarines do. It has an organ shaped like a snail shell that is 19 cm (7.5 inches) in diameter. This organ contains 28 interconnected “diving chambers”.

These diving chambers operate in the same way as the tanks in a submarine do; in other words, the nautilus needs pressurized air. In submarines, this need is met by a special system installed by engineers in relevant places in the submarine. But how does the nautilus find the pressurized air necessary to expel the water?

nautilusThe answer to this question introduces us to another amazing feature that Allah created. A special gas is produced in the nautilus’ body. This gas is conveyed to the chambers through its bloodstream and eventually expels the water from the cells.

So a nautilus can sink or float to protect itself against its enemies while hunting. In fact, the diving capacity of the Nautilus is much higher than that of a submarine.

A submarine dives only to 400 meters (1310 feet) while it is so easy for a nautilus to dive to 4,000 meters (2.5 miles).

The special system of this interesting marine animal is created for us to reflect on. Now consider for a moment. Could a nautilus have attained this system by chance? Could it itself have acquired the bodily structure that enables gas production? Furthermore, this is not the only feature of the Nautilus.

The pressure underwater is quite intense. This is why you feel pressure in your ears when you dive deep. Nevertheless, the pressure you experience is comparatively low; as one descends further in the water, the pressure increases and after a certain depth has deadly effects on living creatures. However, although it is a very small animal and has only an external shell to protect itself, the Nautilus is not affected by this pressure, which can be extreme.

Obviously, all features that a nautilus has are created. This being cannot possibly on its own build the bodily structure to resist a pressure of tons underwater. Allah, Who originates everything perfectly, created this excellent structure. In a verse of the Qur’an, Allah invites people to be heedful:

“Is He Who creates like him who does not create? So will you not pay heed?” (Al-Nahl: 17)

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A. O. is a Turkish writer and author.

 

 

 

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The Amazing Luminescent Creatures

The Amazing Luminescent Creatures

By A. O.

Luminescent Creatures

Despite all the research that has been carried out, humans have not yet produced light as prolific as that of fireflies.

The Amazing Luminescent Creatures

Have you ever seen lights moving in trees at night? The source of these lights, which may sometimes be so numerous that a tree may be suffused with them all over, is fireflies. These are the best known of luminescent living creatures. These animals, which emit light and illuminate trees in the darkness of the night, are among those that scientists have studied most. Soon we will examine why, but first, let us see how these creatures use light.

Fireflies produce green-yellow lights in their bodies. Light is the means of communication for fireflies. As well as giving mating signals, this light is also used for defence against enemies. By means of light, their enemies understand that fireflies are not tasty and thus decide not to feed on them.

The main characteristic of these beetles is that they make the most of light and they virtually do not waste any energy. Therefore, fireflies have become a subject for investigation by scientists for years. However, despite all the research that has been carried out, humans have not yet produced light as prolific as that of fireflies.

It is amazing how a living creature produces light, yet is not adversely affected by its heat. You must have noticed that lamps produce heat as well as illumination. If you touch a source of light, for example, a light bulb, the heat burns your hand. So you might wonder how the firefly is not injured by the heat it produces. In fact, that is what is so amazing about luminescent creatures: the heat they produce does not affect them. That is because the light produced by these creatures is completely different from what we use as a medium of illumination. This light is called “cold light”, and heat is not emitted during the production of this type of light. Therefore, production of this type of light is very effective and scientists have tried for years to imitate this type of light.

As well as fireflies, various underwater creatures, insects and other species also produce their own light. Each has a different way to produce its light, different fields in which to use the light and different durations and types of light. And each on its own is a wonder.

Obviously, it was not the creatures who equipped themselves with the systems to produce light and who ensure the continuance of these systems. A system that produces light in a living creature’s body cannot possibly come into existence as a result of coincidences. Moreover, a structure so perfect that does not cause any damage to the body could not have possibly emerged during the production process. All luminescent creatures are evidence of Allah’s artistry in excellent creation. Allah shows us the evidence of His eternal knowledge, intelligence and power in the creatures He creates. He also reminds mankind that no matter how hard man tries, he cannot bring the flawless mechanisms in nature into existence unless our Lord so wills.

A Note by the Editor:

Allah the Almighty says in the Ever-Glorious Qur’an what means,

“He [Allah] hath created the heavens without supports that ye can see, and hath cast into the earth firm hills, so that it quake not with you; and He hath dispersed therein all kinds of beasts. And We send down water from the sky and We cause (plants) of every goodly kind to grow therein. This is the Creation of Allah. Now show me that which those (ye worship) beside Him have created. Nay, but the wrongdoers are in error manifest!” (Luqman 31: 10-11)

And,

“We shall show them Our portents on the horizons and within themselves until it will be manifest unto them that it is the Truth. Doth not thy Lord suffice, since He is Witness over all things? How! Are they still in doubt about the meeting with their Lord? Lo! Is not He surrounding all things?” (Fussilat 41: 53-54)

 

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A. O. is a Turkish writer and author.

 

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Evolution: The Most Potent Spell

Evolution: The Most Potent Spell

By A. O.

evolution

Posterity will marvel that so very flimsy and dubious a hypothesis could be accepted with the incredible credulity that it has

Evolution: The Most Potent Spell

Anyone free of prejudice and the influence of any particular ideology, who uses only his or her reason and logic, will clearly understand that belief in the theory of evolution, which brings to mind the superstitions of societies with no knowledge of science or civilization, is quite impossible.

As explained above, those who believe in the theory of evolution think that a few atoms and molecules thrown into a huge vat could produce thinking, reasoning professors and university students; such scientists as Einstein and Galileo; such artists as Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra and Luciano Pavarotti; as well as antelopes, lemon trees, and carnations. Moreover, as the scientists and professors who believe in this nonsense are educated people, it is quite justifiable to speak of this theory as “the most potent spell in history.”

Never before has any other belief or idea so taken away peoples’ powers of reason, refused to allow them to think intelligently and logically, and hidden the truth from them as if they had been blindfolded. This is an even worse and unbelievable blindness than the totem worship in some parts of Africa, the people of Saba worshiping the Sun, the tribe of the Prophet Abraham (as) worshiping idols they had made with their own hands, or some among the people of the Prophet Moses (as) worshiping the Golden Calf.

In fact, Allah has pointed to this lack of reason in the Qur’an. In many verses, He reveals that some peoples’ minds will be closed and that they will be powerless to see the truth. Some of these verses are as follows:

“As for those who do not believe, it makes no difference to them whether you warn them or do not warn them, they will not believe. Allah has sealed up their hearts and hearing and over their eyes is a blindfold. They will have a terrible punishment.” (Al-Baqarah: 6-7)

“… They have hearts with which they do not understand. They have eyes with which they do not see. They have ears with which they do not hear. Such people are like cattle. No, they are even further astray! They are the unaware.” (Al-A‘raf, 179)

“Even if We opened up to them a door into heaven, and they spent the day ascending through it, they would only say: ‘Our eyesight is befuddled! Or rather we have been put under a spell!’” (Al-Hijr, 14-15)

Words cannot express just how astonishing it is that this spell should hold such a wide community in thrall, keep people from the truth, and not be broken for 150 years. It is understandable that one or a few people might believe in impossible scenarios and claims full of stupidity and illogicality.

However, “magic” is the only possible explanation for people from all over the world believing that unconscious and lifeless atoms suddenly decided to come together and form a universe that functions with a flawless system of organization, discipline, reason, and consciousness; a planet named Earth with all of its features so perfectly suited to life; and living things full of countless complex systems.

In fact, in the Qur’an Allah relates the incident of the Prophet Moses (as) and Pharaoh to show that some people who support atheistic philosophies actually influence others by magic. When Pharaoh was told about the true religion, he told the Prophet Moses (as) to meet with his own magicians. When the Prophet Moses (as) did so, he told them to demonstrate their abilities first. The verses continue:

“He said: ‘You throw.’ And when they threw, they cast a spell on the people’s eyes and caused them to feel great fear of them. They produced an extremely powerful magic.” (Al-A‘raf, 116)

As we have seen, Pharaoh’s magicians were able to deceive everyone, apart from the Prophet Moses (as) and those who believed in him. However, his evidence broke the spell, or “swallowed up what they had forged,” as revealed in the verse:

“We revealed to Moses: ‘Throw down your staff.’ And it immediately swallowed up what they had forged. So the Truth took place and what they did was shown to be false.” (Al-A‘raf, 117-118)

As we can see, when people realized that a spell had been cast upon them and that what they saw was just an illusion, Pharaoh’s magicians lost all credibility. In the present day too, unless those who, under the influence of a similar spell, believe in these ridiculous claims under their scientific disguise and spend their lives defending them, abandon their superstitious beliefs, they also will be humiliated when the full truth emerges and the spell is broken.

In fact, world-renowned British writer and philosopher Malcolm Muggeridge, who was an atheist defending evolution for some 60 years, but who subsequently realized the truth, reveals the position in which the theory of evolution would find itself in the near future in these terms:

I myself am convinced that the theory of evolution, especially the extent to which it’s been applied, will be one of the great jokes in the history books in the future. Posterity will marvel that so very flimsy and dubious an hypothesis could be accepted with the incredible credulity that it has.

That future is not far off: On the contrary, people will soon see that “chance” is not a deity, and will look back on the theory of evolution as the worst deceit and the most terrible spell in the world. That spell is already rapidly beginning to be lifted from the shoulders of people all over the world. Many people who see its true face are wondering with amazement how they could ever have been taken in by it.

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A. O. is a Turkish writer and author.

 

 

 

 

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Dragonflies: Flight Machines

By A. O.

dragonflies

Sikorsky helicopters were produced in today’s technology by taking this particular form of the wings of the dragonfly as a model.

Dragonflies: Flight Machines

It is possible to see dragonflies in many places where water exists. If you know this insect, you might have already seen that it moves very fast and that it can make very sudden and sharp maneuvers. Nevertheless, for those who are not familiar with it, let us have a look at this insect.

The appearance of a dragonfly resembles a helicopter. This insect has such a perfect talent for flight that regardless of the speed and direction it is flying in, it can suddenly stop and fly in just the opposite direction, to such an extent that it may remain suspended in the air and wait in the proper position to attack its prey. This is by means of its wings, which it can flap very fast. When it is in this position, it can make a swift turn and head towards its prey. In fact, these are merely a few facets of its maneuverability that have been sources of inspiration for mankind in the construction of helicopters that are the products of today’s advanced technology.

The body of a dragonfly has a ringed structure that gives the impression of its being covered with metal. A dragonfly, whose color may vary from ice blue to claret red, has two pairs of wings on its back, one at the front and the other at the rear. While flying, the two front wings move up as the two rear wings move down.

Sikorsky helicopters were produced in today’s technology by taking this particular form of the wings of the dragonfly as a model. First, the picture of a dragonfly was loaded onto a computer. Considering the dragonfly’s maneuvers in the air, 2,000 special drawings were made. At the end of this study, Sikorsky came up with its new and very strong model with its advanced mobility, meant for transporting soldiers and supplies.

Have you ever noticed a dragonfly’s eyes? Dragonflies have perfect vision. The eyes of the dragonfly are considered the best insect eyes by scientists. A dragonfly has a pair of eyes, each one of which contains about 30,000 lenses. These eyes, which look like two hemispheres and cover half of the insect’s head, provide a broad field of view. Consequently, even its back is virtually within the dragonfly’s range of vision.

These are merely a few of the features of dragonflies, described very briefly. Suppose that any one of these features of the dragonfly say the particular type of wings, did not exist. Could this insect then make sudden maneuvers and catch its prey? On the other hand, if it did not have eyes that enabled it to see in every direction, could it manage to escape from its enemies?

The absence of any of the systems that a dragonfly possesses will give rise to a dysfunction of other systems. Yet, the dragonfly was created completely with all of its systems. Allah created the dragonfly perfect, like all other creatures, and it is thanks to Allah’s creation that this insect lives at ease.

– A Note by the Editor:

Allah the Almighty says in the Ever-Glorious Qur’an what means,

“Say: ‘Who is the Lord of the heavens and the earth?’ Say: ‘Allah.’ Say: ‘So why have you taken protectors apart from Him who possess no power to help or harm themselves?’ Say: ‘Are the blind and seeing equal? Or are darkness and light the same? Or have they assigned partners to Allah Who create as He creates so that all creating seems the same to them?’ Say: ‘Allah is the Creator of everything. He is the One, the All-Conquering.’” (Al-Ra`d: 16)

And,

“He [Allah] hath created the heavens without supports that ye can see and hath cast into the earth firm hills, so that it quake not with you; and He hath dispersed therein all kinds of beasts. And We send down water from the sky and We cause (plants) of every goodly kind to grow therein. This is the Creation of Allah. Now show me that which those (ye worship) beside Him have created. Nay, but the wrongdoers are in error manifest!” (Luqman 31: 10-11)

And,

“We shall show them Our portents on the horizons and within themselves until it will be manifest unto them that it is the Truth. Doth not thy Lord suffice since He is Witness over all things? How! Are they still in doubt about the meeting with their Lord? Lo! Is not He surrounding all things?” (Fussilat 41: 53-54)

 

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A. O. is a Turkish writer and author.

 

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The Sleeping Bag of the Parrotfish

The Sleeping Bag of the Parrotfish

By A. O.

parrotfish

How did parrotfish obtain this protective sheath that they use at night?

The Sleeping Bag of the Parrotfish

The fish shown in the picture is called the parrotfish, since it resembles a parrot, as you may have noticed. This colorful fish employs quite an unusual method to protect itself against its enemies.

Especially at night, it covers its entire body with a gelatin-like substance that it produces itself. Before answering the question “why?”, let us see how this substance is produced and used.

This gelatinous sheath of the parrotfish is secreted from the upper side of the gill cavity. The fish secretes the substance while it breathes. After a while this sheath covers the entire body of the fish. By doing so the fish places itself within a kind of sleeping bag and becomes protected from external danger at night. This substance also enables the fish to conceal itself by camouflage.

As a vital function, the transparent sleeping bag protects the fish from moray eels, one of its bitter enemies. Moray eels have an excellent sense of smell and can find their prey with it. However, the protective sheath of the parrotfish prevents the moray from perceiving its scent. The moray does not notice the fish in the sheath even if it bumps into it while passing by.

This being the case, one must ask the following questions: How did parrotfish obtain this protective sheath that they use at night? How do they know that their leading enemy hunts by means of its sense of smell? How did they discover a substance so essential in obstructing the moray’s sense of smell so enabling them to spend the night in safety?

Obviously, one cannot expect a fish to decide to produce a chemical in its body and then to cover itself with this substance. Nor could such a thing have developed spontaneously through time. Parrotfish could not consciously plan to produce such a substance and could not make up such a system in their bodies of their own volition; neither could a parrotfish that lived 1,000 or 10,000 years ago.

The Moray eel

It is a clever method of camouflage that the body of the fish is covered with gelatin, which is totally suitable for protecting the fish from its enemy.

It is obvious that such a feature could come into existence only as a result of the marvelous creation of Almighty Allah, the Lord of all the worlds and the Creator of all things.

 

A Note by the Editor:

Allah the Almighty says in the Ever-Glorious Qur’an what means,

“Say: ‘Who is the Lord of the heavens and the earth?’ Say: ‘Allah.’ Say: ‘So why have you taken protectors apart from Him who possess no power to help or harm themselves?’ Say: ‘Are the blind and seeing equal? Or are darkness and light the same? Or have they assigned partners to Allah Who create as He creates so that all creating seems the same to them?’ Say: ‘Allah is the Creator of everything. He is the One, the All-Conquering.’” (Al-Ra`d: 16)

And,

“He [Allah] hath created the heavens without supports that ye can see and hath cast into the earth firm hills, so that it quake not with you; and He hath dispersed therein all kinds of beasts. And We send down water from the sky and We cause (plants) of every goodly kind to grow therein. This is the Creation of Allah. Now show me that which those (ye worship) beside Him have created. Nay, but the wrongdoers are in error manifest!” (Luqman 31: 10-11)

And,

“We shall show them Our portents on the horizons and within themselves until it will be manifest unto them that it is the Truth. Doth not thy Lord suffice since He is Witness over all things? How! Are they still in doubt about the meeting with their Lord? Lo! Is not He surrounding all things?” (Fussilat 41: 53-54)

 

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A. O. is a Turkish writer and author.

 

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