From the movement of the galaxies to the complexities of the interaction of molecules, from the dynamics of eco-systems to the intricacies of DNA, all lead to the obvious fact of the existence of the great Wisdom, Knowledge and Power that allows our Universe to exist and function.
Some people said that the only form of knowledge available to humans is experimental knowledge, gained primarily by the use of outer senses. This led to the belief that human beings are constituted in such a way that the knowledge of reality is always unavailable to them. The knowledge of here and now became the only object of human knowledge and concern. Thus from this point of view, the Belief of seeking knowledge of reality behind appearances is abandoned, because it is beyond the scope of human understanding.
The claim that something does not exist, because you haven’t seen or heard it, is unacceptable. When we consider the limitations of our sensual perception and of our reasoning powers, it is not necessary that we understand everything. We can speak meaningfully about everything simply on the basis of our perception.
As for Man, there are two dimensions to his existence: One of matter and the other of spirit. To the level of material existence, Man becomes a machine or a mere animal at the best case.
But think about yourself:
· Your eyes with which you see.
· Your ears with which you hear.
· Your tongues with which you taste and talk.
· Your hands, and feet, your heart and brain.
At the level of spirit, what is it that makes man rebellious, angry, disappointed, frightened or hopeful?
What is his dimension that gives him his imagination, his artistic genius, his creative urge?
Why does he have nightmares and sweet dreams?
Look around you:
· at the beautiful sunset on a summer evening.
· at the moon and the stars on a cloudless night.
· at the water that you drink.
· at the trees and how they grow from tiny seeds.
The Holy Qur’an says in Surah 2, verse 164, the meaning of the following:
(Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alternation of the night and the day; in the sailing of the ships through the ocean for the profit of mankind; in the rain which God Sends down from the skies, and the life which He gives therewith to an earth that is dead; in the beasts of all kinds that He scatters through the earth; in the change of the winds, and the clouds which they Trail like their slaves between the sky and the earth;- [Here] indeed are signs for a people that are wise)
That is to say the signs we see in ourselves and in the universe around us should necessarily lead a wise person to the Ultimate Reality behind it all. And that is how we arrive at the realization that God Almighty is the Moving Power behind all life and all existence.
By: Nouran Radwan