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The Behavior of Bees: Dilemma for Evolutionists

The Behavior of Bees: Dilemma for Evolutionists

By A. O.

The Behavior of Bees: Dilemma for Evolutionists

In the Qur’an, Allah reveals that He has inspired the bee and told it what it should do:

“Your Lord revealed to the bees: “Build dwellings in the mountains and the trees, and also in the structures that people erect. Then eat from every kind of fruit and travel the paths of your Lord, which have been made easy for you to follow.” From inside them comes a drink of varying colors, containing healing for mankind. There is certainly a Sign in that for people who reflect.” (An-Nahl 16:68-69)

As we know, bees collect pollen and produce honey by mixing pollen with secretions from their own bodies. In order to store the honey and raise their young, they make hexagonal wax cells, all of which are exceedingly ordered, have the same angle, and are generally identical. They build honeycombs with these. Moreover, bees that leave the hive in search of food and always return to it possess special systems Allah creates so that they can find their way home.

For an insect to know about the angles in hexagons, discover the formula for wax and design the systems necessary for producing it in their own bodies, and then fit such information into its own DNA so that future members of the same species will possess the same abilities are all, of course, impossible.

It is self-evident that bees have been taught all of these things by a higher power. In other words, such knowledge has been inspired in them, as the verses reveal. Allah, Who knows all, describes to the bee what it needs to do, and the bee then acts in the full light of that inspiration. Such conscious behavior is clear evidence of creation.

The study of such properties in animals reveals the flawless design and higher consciousness inherent in living things. Such things allow one to understand once again Allah’s incomparable might. He has the power to create whatever creature He wills and with whatever attributes He wills, possesses limitless might, and is the Ruler of all.

However, evolutionists believe that such extraordinary features of living things came about by chance. According to this illogical claim, bees learned to calculate angles and managed to transfer that knowledge to other bees by chance. Chance also led to the emergence of bodily systems for producing wax and honey.

Just a few seconds of thought is sufficient to see that such imaginary scenarios are far removed from reason and science. Allah creates bees and gives them consciousness. Such miracles of creation place evolutionists in a dilemma from which they can never escape.

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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Taken with slight editorial modifications from the book titled, “Why Darwinism Is Incompatible with the Qur’an” by the author.

A. O. is a Turkish writer and author.

 

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The Science of Allah’s Creation

The Science of Allah’s Creation

By A. O.

creationThe Science of Allah’s Creation

There is a grave error committed by Muslim evolutionists who accept the assertion that Allah used evolution to create living things. Unlike other evolutionists, such people do not directly say that life emerged by chance.

However, by maintaining that Allah used evolution in His creation, they willingly or otherwise support Darwinism on some points. According to their mistaken perspective, Allah must have used such evolutionary mechanisms as mutation and natural selection.

However, science has demonstrated that neither natural selection nor mutation can create a new species. In other words, they have no evolutionary force. Those who support the idea of evolutionary creation maintain that Allah uses mutations to change a living thing’s genetic data so that it can acquire useful organs, or that Allah first creates primitive creatures and then employs natural selection to turn them into more complex ones and to perfect them. In other words, He uses natural selection to add a new organ, lets already-existing organ atrophy, or do away with it altogether in order to turn one species into another.

It is quite normal for people who are unaware of the latest scientific developments to make such assumptions, particularly if they wish to support evolution. However, such a claim flies in the face of scientific fact. Moreover, as we shall see later, the Qur’an does not mention such a thing.

One thing needs to be made quite clear: Of course, Allah could have employed evolution to create living things if He had so willed. Yet the Qur’an contains no sign of evolution and not one verse supports the evolutionists’ claim of the stage-by-stage emergence of species. Science also reveals the falsity of such a claim.

Since the situation is so clear, there is no way for a Muslim to justify his/her support of it. The only possible reasons for such errors are a lack of information, an inferiority complex when dealing with evolutionists, and the belief that since evolutionists are in the majority they must necessarily be right.

Allah created the Universe from nothing

Allah creates everything, in the form and at the time that He chooses, without the use of any model and out of nothing. He is exalted above any defect and is rich beyond any need. He has no need of any cause, vehicle, or stages for His creation. Nobody should be deceived by the fact that everything is linked to given causes and natural laws. But Allah is beyond all these causes and laws since He created them.

Allah, the Lord of the Earth and the heavens, can also do away with these causes if He so wills. For instance, He can create people who do not need oxygen to survive and therefore do not need any lungs. Given this, why would He “need” to perfect the lung by making it evolve over time or through any other mechanism? It is therefore completely wrong for people to think of Allah’s greatness and might as being limited to their own feelings and reason. We can have knowledge only to the extent that He permits.

Allah can use particular stages in His creation if He so wills. For example, He produces a plant from a seed or a human being from the coming together of a sperm and an egg cell. Yet these stages, as we shall see later, have nothing to do with evolution and have no room for chance or coincidence. Every stage in the emergence of a plant, or the turning of a single cell into a human being “in the best of forms,” happens thanks to the perfect systems created by His infinite might.

Allah willed and created the Earth and the heavens, all that lies between, and all living and non-living things. This is very easy for Him, as indicated in the Qur’an:

“He created the heavens and Earth with truth. The day He says “Be!” it is. His speech is Truth…” (Al-An`am 6:73)

“Our Word to a thing when We will it is just to say to it “Be!” and it is.” (An-Nahl 16: 40)

“He gives life and causes to die. When He decides on something, He just says to it, “Be!” and it is.” (Ghafir 40:68)

Creation is very easy for Allah. As these verses reveal, all He has to do is say “Be!,” thereby willing it to be so. Many verses reveal that He created the universe and living things in perfect form. It is a grave mistake for Muslims to adhere to forced explanations in the face of this evident truth and to make such specious claims that Allah employed evolution to create and used mutation, natural selection, and transitional stages between apes and humans. It is quite wrong to put forward such accounts, for which there is no evidence in either the Qur’an or science, in the hope of being accepted by evolutionists.

Allah makes all the laws in the universe and gives them the form He chooses, brings about what He wills and when He wills it, permeates everything in the Earth and the heavens, and rules everything with His power. Yet some people do not fully comprehend His might and thus judge Him based upon their own limited powers. Allah reveals their existence in the Qur’an:

“They do not measure Allah with His true measure when they say: “Allah would not send down anything to a mere human being.”” (Al-An`am 6:91)

“They do not measure Allah with His true measure. Allah is All-Strong, Almighty.” (Al-Hajj 22:74)

“They do not measure Allah with His true measure. The whole Earth will be a mere handful for Him on the Day of Rising the heavens folded up in His right hand. Glory be to Him! He is exalted above the partners they ascribe!” (Az-Zumar 39:67)

Contrary to what those who believe in evolutionary creation suggest, Allah did not first create apes and then cause them to evolve into humans through flawed transitional forms with missing organs. Rather, as the Qur’an reveals, Allah created man in the most perfect manner:

“We created man in the finest mold.” (At-Tin 95:4)

“He created the heavens and Earth with truth and formed you, giving you the best of forms. And He is your final destination.” (At-Taghabun 64:3)

The above verses are some of the proofs that Allah created man in perfect form, in other words, the form that he has now. Of course, man also has several incapacities and weaknesses, all of which remind him of his poverty before his Lord. Deformities and disabilities are the results of a purposeful creation, for they serve as reminders for those who see them and as a test for those who carry them.

As forms and species, Allah created all living things instantaneously and perfectly, with no need for evolution at all. That evident truth is revealed in the Qur’an:

“He is Allah – the Creator, the Maker, the Giver of Form. To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Everything in the heavens and Earth glorifies Him. He is the Almighty, the All-Wise.” (Al-Hashr 59:24)

The Qur’an describes how simple creation is for Allah:

“Does He Who created the heavens and Earth not have the power to create the same again? Yes indeed! He is the Creator, the All-Knowing.” (Ya-Sin 36:81)

“Your creation and rising is only like that of a single self. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.” (Luqman 31:28)

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Taken with slight editorial modifications from the book titled, “Why Darwinism Is Incompatible with the Qur’an” by the author.

A. O. is a Turkish writer and author.

 

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Miracles of the Qur’an II (Special Folder)

Miracles of the Qur’an II (Special Folder)

By Dr. Ali Al-Halawani

Miracles of the Qur’an II (Special Folder)Qur'an

It is well known that the Qur’an is the Book of Allah, the Creator of everything, that was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) more that 1400 years ago to guide all humanity to the Straight Path of monotheism (tawhid). The Qur’an is a book of guidance and for people to believe therein and to believe in the Prophethood of Prophet Muhammad, Allah the Almighty made it contain numerous miracles, be it scientific, rhetorical, historical, geographical, marine, etc. It is full of miracles.

Several months ago, Truth Seeker published a special folder under the title, Miracles of the Qur’an which contained some of the previously published materials related to the above topic. This present folder follows to add more information and highlight more materials to disseminate the same message.

Join us to know more about the miracles of the Qur’an…

 

Combustion without Fire

Combustion without Fire

This article presents one of the miracles of the Qur’an that deals with the Divine Light; it is titled Combustion without Fire.

Creation of Nutfah, the Zygote

Creation of Nutfah, the Zygote

This article deals with the Creation of Nutfah, the Zygote, and shows it all as per the Ever-Glorious Qur’an.

Fasting Can Regenerate Entire Immune System

Fasting Can Regenerate Entire Immune System

This article is based on a scientific study that reveals the fact that Fasting Can Regenerate Entire Immune System.

Gender and the 23th Chromosome Pair

Gender and the 23th Chromosome Pair

This article shows the miracle in the creation of Gender and the 23th Chromosome Pair as is mentioned in the Qur’an.

Heavy Clouds in the Qur’an

Heavy Clouds in the Qur’an

This article by Harun Yahya titled, Heavy Clouds in the Qur’an, shows how the Qur’an speaks of the weight of clouds more than 1400 years ago before science discovers this fact.

Hummingbirds and Nectar

Hummingbirds and Nectar

This article by Harun Yahya on Hummingbirds and Nectar shows the miracles in the creation of hummingbirds and how they remember which flowers they consumed their nectar and that they should get back to them in time lest they themselves die.

Light and Darkness

Light and Darkness

This is another miracle of the Qur’an, the miracle of Light and Darkness and the plural form of darkness as mentioned in the Qur’an and the newly discovered facts related to this.

Oxidation in the Blood

Oxidation in the Blood

This articles is on Oxidation in the Blood; it shows one of the scientific miracles of the Qur’an; join us to enjoy it and learn from the Word of Allah.

Pulsars: Pulsating Stars

Pulsars: Pulsating Stars

This article by Harun Yahya is on Pulsars: Pulsating Stars and their mention in the Qur’an more than 1400 years ago; what an amazing miracle!

Revolution of the Earth around the Sun

Revolution of the Earth around the Sun

This article by Prof. Shahul Hameed deals with the Revolution of the Earth around the Sun as per the Qur’an and explains all about it. Join us to enjoy and learn a lot from it.

The Orbit of the Moon

The Orbit of the Moon

This article titled, The Orbit of the Moon, is focused on the scientific miracle mentioned in the Qur’an concerning the duration the moon needs to orbit the earth. This fact has been mentioned and highlighted in the Qur’an more than 1400 years ago.

The Ozone Layer at the Poles as the Sun Rises

The Ozone Layer at the Poles as the Sun Rises

This article deals with one of the scientific miracles mentioned in the Qur’an entitled: The Ozone Layer at the Poles as the Sun Rises; which is mentioned in surat Al-Kahf.

The Ratio of the Sea to the Land

The Ratio of the Sea to the Land

This article show The Ratio of the Sea to the Land as is mentioned in the Qur’an and as is attested to by recent discoveries.

The Region that Controls our Movements

The Region that Controls our Movements

This article entitled, The Region that Controls our Movements, by Harun Yahya which deals with the forelock which science has only recently proved to be responsible for our movements and lying and telling the truth has been mentioned in the Qur’an more than 1400 years ago.

The Returning Sky

The Returning Sky

This article by Harun Yahya on the meaning of the returning sky as can be understood from the Qur’an. The article is titled: The Returning Sky.

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Dr. Ali Al-Halawani is Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Translation, Kulliyyah of Languages and Management (KLM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was Assistant Professor and worked for a number of international universities in Malaysia and Egypt such as Al-Madinah International University, Shah Alam, Malaysia (Mediu) and Misr University for Science & Technology (MUST), Egypt; Former Editor-in-Chief of the Electronic Da`wah Committee (EDC), Kuwait; Former Deputy Chief Editor and Managing Editor of the Living Shari`ah Department, www.islamOnline.net; Member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS); and member of the World Association of Arab Translators & Linguists (Wata). He is a published writer, translator and researcher. You can reach him at [email protected].

 

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Creation of Nutfah, the Zygote

Creation of Nutfah, the Zygote

By Arslan Mayda

zygote

Only one or rarely two of the few sperms which stuck onto this zona radiata manages to penetrate into the egg.

As all the living beings, human being is also created from a male and a female. Gametes (germ cells) of male and female are being coupled at the widest point of cervix within a time span of 12 to 48 hours and thus resulting in the formation of a new and different human zygote.

Although 300 to 600 million sperms set off at the beginning of this period in order to meet with ovule, only the predestined one of them enter into the egg.

For insemination to be possible, an average of 400 million sperms should be available at every ejaculation.

Only 300 to 500 of these sperms would reach at the spot where they couple with the egg (ovum) in tubes, for as much number of sperms as possible should encircle the egg in order for the zygote to be formed.

In case the number of ejaculated sperms would be around 60 to 70 million, only 60 to 70 of them would reach at the spot where they couple with the egg in tubes and this is one of the reasons of male infertility.

The 300 to 500 sperms which strive to enter into egg meet with the cell layer (corona radiata) which is being serially positioned around the zona radiata.

A liquid is secreted from this zona radiata which punctures the euchromosome 1 placed on tip of sperm.

Each of various enzymes set free following the puncture of euchromosome is assigned to overcome a separate obstacle before the sperm.

Duty of the hyaluronidase enzyme, for instance, is to puncture the outer cell layer (corona radiata) which is assigned to protect the egg.

Resultantly, the sperm passes through this cell layer and sticks onto the zona radiata (zona pellucida).

The quasi-trypsin dissolutive (proteolytic) enzymes are employed for overcoming the zona radiata.

Only one or rarely two of the few sperms which stuck onto this zona radiata manages to penetrate into the egg.

It has been estimated that plurality of sperms around the egg, contrary to their rarity, facilitates their entry into the egg. The sperm penetrates into the egg with its tail but tail membrane stays outside.

The protective membrane of the ovum (zona pellucida) starts diffusing calcium within the very first minutes of sperm’s penetration and resultantly, granules are released, receptors are exterminated and the egg becomes structurally transformed.

Consequently, a thick layer is formed over the protective membrane (zona pellucida) for prevention of penetration of another sperm. Following the sperm’s penetration into egg (cytoplasm), the “fusion” process starts.

Fusion is the unification process of sperm and egg cells (pronuclei) each of which are separately containing 23 chromosomes.

Thus, construction of a genetic library which is containing 46 chromosomes and being prerequisite of formation (creation) of a new human baby is completed.

Afterwards, the first mitotic division gives way to a double-celled zygote and the embryo starts forming while settling into the secure base of the uterus.

As the outcoming child is going to be a mixture, i.e., a genuine and particular blend of the genetic codes available in the inherited gene pool, he/she will have resemblance to his/her parents and thus to their reciprocal kins (paternal and maternal grandparents, uncles and aunts and etc.).

Prophet Muhammad and Genetics

Creation of Nutfah, the Zygote2Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, pointed in his various sayings and explanations to the fact that the baby in mother’s womb carries a number of genetic features (characteristics) which are being inherited from the parents: When a Jewish person asked Him, “what is man created from?” he replied: “Man is created from a blend (mixture) of zygotes of both man and woman.” Then the Jew said: “Moses as well said the same before you.”2

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, also shed light onto the fact of resemblance or inheritance of character by way of genes: “Is bathing a must for women?” asked Umm Sulaim to the Prophet. “Yes, it is a must when her seminal fluid outflows and seen,” he replied. “Do women have wet dreams?” she asked. “May God grant you goodness! How otherwise a child resembles to his/her mother?” He replied.3

As seen and understood by His above hadith (saying), He who was the great teacher of mankind was the first person who said that women do also see wet dreams.

He has also been the first person who articulated the concept of “dominancy,” which wasn’t understood before 1850s. He said: “The child resembles to either side of the parents whose seminal fluid comes to the fore and surpasses the others in mother’s womb during the intercourse. If there is an equilibrium, then, resemblance is also in equilibrium for both sides.”4

“If, during the intercourse, seminal fluid of the man precedes and surpasses that of the woman, then, the child resembles to the father, and if seminal fluid of the woman precedes and surpasses that of the man, then, the child resembles to the mother.”5

“If seminal fluid of the woman surpasses that of the man, then, the child resembles to his/her maternal uncles, and, if seminal fluid of the man surpasses that of the woman, then, the child resembles to his/her paternal uncles.”6

In another one of His sayings, He points out to the fact that the recessive characters (features) in the grand ancestral gene pool would dominantly and collectively emerge after following a couple of generations: “A man having a blackish baby boy approached and said to the Prophet: “I am suspecting my wife.” “Do you have camels?” the Prophet asked him. “Yes,” he replied. “Then, how are their colors?” The Prophet asked. “Red.” “Is there any one with grey color among them?” “Yes, there is.” “Then, where did this grey color come from?” asked the Prophet. “Presumably from a line of its ancestors,” the man responded. “Here you are! This child of you is also presumed to be coming from a line of your ancestors,” the Prophet told the man.7

 

References

  1. An euchromosome zone enriched by lysosome enzymes is noticed on stem of a mature sperm cell. The lysosome enzymes penetrate into the egg cell and impregnate it.
  2. Ahmad Bin Hanbal, Aynee, Ramouz Al Ahadeeth, Kanz Al Ummal, Jami’ul Saghir.
  3. Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawoud, Aynee, Ahmad Bin Hanbal.
  4. Muslim, Ibn Majah.
  5. Bukhari, Ahmad Bin Hanbal.
  6. Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawoud.
  7. Abu Dawoud, Muslim, Ahmad Bin Hanbal, Ibn Majah.

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Taken with slight editorial modifications from the Fountain Magazine: Issue 81 / May – June 2011.

Dr. Arslan Mayda is a medical doctor at Sifa Hospital in Izmir, Turkey.

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Adaptation to Weather Extremes

Adaptation to Weather Extremes

By Aisha Abdelhamid

WeatherWith Ramadan occurring in one of the hottest months of the year for those of us in the northern hemisphere, and one of the coldest times of the year for those in the southern hemisphere, our physical ability to handle weather extremes becomes an interesting topic to reflect upon.

Can you imagine the special situation required of our bodies to adapt to extreme changes in the weather? For example, if my sister, currently experiencing winter in southern Australia, visits me for the Eid in a Mediterranean Country during summer, she will experience a dramatic change in climate.

Her body must adapt to summer, and then she will return home, once again adjusting to winter. How do our bodies handle such changes?

In fact, Allah has provided us with very efficient systems for regulating our internal temperature, automatically maintaining a stable core body temperature in cold winters, warm summers, and wild swings between both extremes.

The normal core body temperature for a healthy human is around 37°C. However, this can vary by as much as +/- 0.6°C depending on the physical activity, metabolism, hormonal levels, and even the time of day.

Adapting to Cold Weather

In cold weather, if the core body temperature drops below 34.4°C, hypothermia occurs. If it continues declining, the temperature regulating system in the hypothalamus usually fails around 29.4°C, with death soon after.

Living in cold locations, humans undergo physical adaptation to increase internal heat production.

As observed by the German biologist Carl Bergmann in 1847, humans in cold regions have greater body mass than those in warm climates.

The process of metabolism, converting food to fuel in our body’s cells, is accompanied by heat production. Therefore, greater body mass is equivalent to more cells, which produce greater heat for protection from cold.

Additionally, Allah provides other long-term physical adaptations to cold, including increased basal metabolic rate, as well as heat-insulating fat surrounding vital organs. Changes in blood flow patterns are also noted among people living in cold climates.

In the short term, as when a sudden, drastic change in location to a cold climate occurs, physical acclimatization has also been wondrously designed into our body systems by Allah to protect us in this case.

Sensing a drastic change in climate, our bodies respond to protect core body temperature. First, vasoconstriction occurs, narrowing blood vessels near the skin’s surface.

By reducing blood flow to areas in closest contact with the cold, less heat is lost through radiation. However, if temperatures are below freezing, our bodies won’t maintain vasoconstriction, because frostbite would occur.

Consequently, the internal temperature system responds with vasodilation, dilating these same blood vessels, increasing warm blood flowing near the skin to protect from freezing.

Cycling continuously between vasoconstriction and vasodilation, the body attempts to protect both stable core body temperature and skin from freezing.

Shivering, a natural increase in small muscle activity also helps produce heat.

Adapting to Hot Weather

In hot weather, if the core body temperature rises to 40.6-41.7°C, hyperthermia occurs. This condition can be fatal within only a few days, due to internal organs deteriorating.

Though, Allah has also designed our bodies to protectively respond to heat. Radiation is responsible for reducing most excess body heat; but in hot, dry climates, evaporative cooling, or sweating, can be significantly more helpful.

As noted by Bergmann also, less massive bodies are the rule among individuals living closer to the equator.

This is due to the same relationship between metabolism and heat production, where less massive bodies have fewer cells, and thus produce less heat. As we see, Allah designs our bodies for our individual locations and circumstances.

As the weather heats up, body heat is radiated from our skin. First, bringing blood vessels closer to skin, vasodilation increases heat radiation from the body.

Then, sweating releases water to cool the skin as it evaporates. These processes cycle continuously to protect both a stable core body temperature and the skin from being damaged by heat.

However, sweating’s cooling efficiency is directly related to the degree of humidity in the air. When moisture content is high, sweat can’t readily evaporate. Without rapid evaporation, the cooling effect of sweating is reduced.

On the other hand, less body fluid is lost in high humidity conditions, protecting the body by retaining precious fluid and mineral salts.

In hot, dry weather, sweat evaporates quickly, providing an efficient cooling effect. Even though, rapid loss of water and salts from sweating is more significant in dry, desert conditions.

Over a quart of fluid an hour may be lost through sweating on a hot summer day in the desert. Replacing body fluids is critical to keep the body hydrated and replace lost mineral salts.

A lemonade juice with a bit of salt added can be a very healthy alternative to a commercial sport drink.

Adapting to Sudden Changes in Climate

With the sudden change of climates, a person going from a cold environment to a hot environment or vice versa experiences additional adaptations, provided by Allah for special protection in this case.

For example, when experiencing a hot weather within a period as short as a few days, the degree of salt in the sweat gradually decreases, and the volume of sweat increases.

The natural volume of a person’s urine decreases, additionally reserving precious body fluids and mineral salts.

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Aisha Abdelhamid is a native of Long Beach, California, happily residing in Egypt with her husband, Mohamed. A syndicated writer for Important Media Network, Aisha often represents the Muslim perspective on EdenKeeper.org, an interfaith website exploring the relationship between faith and the natural environment.

Taken with slight editorial modifications from aboutislam.net

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Why Does Islam Prohibit Drinking Alcohol?

Why Does Islam Prohibit Drinking Alcohol?

By Aisha Stacey

AlcoholIslam’s holistic approach to health and well-being means that anything that is harmful or mostly harmful, is forbidden. Therefore, Islam takes an uncompromising stand towards alcohol and forbids its consumption in either small or large quantities. Alcohol is undoubtedly harmful and adversely affects the mind and the body. It clouds the mind, causes disease, wastes money, and destroys individuals, families, and communities. Researchers[1] have proven that there is a strong link between alcohol and gambling. Drinking impairs judgment, lowers inhibition, and encourages the type of risk-taking involved in gambling and dangerous activities. Allah tells us in the Qur’an that intoxicants and gambling are abominations from Satan and orders us to avoid them. (Al-Ma’idah 5: 90)

In Australia, a country with a population of around 20 million, about 3000 people die each year from alcohol abuse while 65,000 others are hospitalized. Studies have consistently revealed a link between heavy drinking and brain damage and around 2500 Australians are treated annually for alcohol-related brain damage. Research in the United Kingdom indicates that 6% of cancer deaths are related to alcohol abuse and Harvard Centre for Cancer Prevention says that drinking greatly increases the risk for numerous cancers. Alcohol is considered highly carcinogenic, increasing the risk of mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, and breast cancers. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, causing the child to be small at birth, have some facial malformations, small eye openings, webbed or even missing fingers or toes, organ deformities, learning disabilities, mental retardation and much more.

Researchers in Australia have also estimated that 47% of all those who commit violent crimes, and 43% of all victims of these crimes, were drunk prior to the event. Alcohol is responsible for 44% of fire injuries, 34% of falls and drownings, 30% of car accidents, 16% of child abuse instances, and 7% of industrial accidents. Even though it is clear that alcohol is responsible for a great many evils it is legal and even encouraged in most societies. In Muslim countries where alcohol is forbidden many people still find it difficult to resist temptation and fall prey to the disease that is alcoholism. Amazingly even in the light of such startling evidence against alcohol, people around the globe continue to consume alcohol in ever-increasing amounts. Why?

Alcohol is one of the tools Satan uses to distract humankind from the worship of Allah. Allah states clearly in the Qur’an that Satan is an open enemy towards humankind yet by drinking alcohol, we invite Satan into our lives and make it easy for him to distract us from our real purpose in life, to worship Allah.

“Surely, Satan is an enemy to you, so treat him as an enemy. He only invites his followers that they may become the dwellers of the blazing Fire.” (Fatir 35:6)

Alcohol affects the mind and makes sinful behavior and evil actions fair seeming. It creates enmity and hatred between people, prevents them from remembering Allah and distracts them from praying, and calls them to participate in unlawful sexual relationships. Alcohol generates shame, regret, and disgrace, and renders the drinker witless. It leads to the disclosure of secrets and exposure of faults.

“Satan wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants (alcoholic drinks) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah and from the prayer. So, will you not then abstain?” (Al-Ma’idah 5:91)

In pre-Islamic Arabia, alcohol use was widespread. To eradicate this evil, Allah in His mercy revealed the prohibition in stages. First, He made it clear to them that the harm of drinking alcohol is greater than its benefit, next He told the Muslims not to come to prayer while intoxicated and finally, He revealed a verse totally prohibiting alcohol.

“O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), gambling, idolatry, and divining arrows are an abomination of Satan’s handiwork. So avoid that so that you may be successful.” (Al-Ma’idah 5: 90)

When this was revealed the Muslim citizens of Madinah immediately began to destroy and empty their alcohol containers into the streets. Even those who were guiltlessly enjoying cups of wine spat the alcohol from their mouths. It is said that the streets of Madinah ran with alcohol. Why then is it so difficult to expunge this evil in the 21st century? Believers today must completely trust Allah, in the same way, that the first Muslims trusted Allah and understood that He was their only Protector and Provider. All power and strength come from Allah and a scourge like alcohol can be eradicated only when those affected by alcohol turn to Allah with complete submission.

The Qur’an is a book of guidance sent to all of humankind. It is a set of instructions from the Creator for His creation. If we follow these instructions, our lives will be easy and tranquil, even in the face of disaster and mishap. Allah links alcohol and gambling to idolatry and declares it filthy and evil; however, He is merciful and generous towards the believers and acknowledges the power of addiction.

Islam is committed to encouraging and facilitating those who wish to repent of evil-doing and sinful behavior. Allah accepts repentance from those who are truly sorry for their actions and committed to staying away from sin. Muslim communities do not ostracise those who have made mistakes but keep them within the fold of Islam encouraging them to seek the closeness to Allah that will allow them to leave sinful behavior. Friends, family, and neighbors do not just look away while a person destroys himself or his family. Islam is a community-oriented faith. There is no place for an individual to do what he wants to do if it hurts others. Alcohol abuse affects not just the alcoholic but also his or her family, and the community. There is great wisdom in the prohibition of alcohol.

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[1] All research in this article is taken from http://salvos.org.au/need-help/thefacts/documents/Bingedrinking.pdf

 

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