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Modern man no longer wonders!
The “what” and the “why”
O Bewildered Man!
When astronomers eventually unfolded the secret of the rotation of the night and the day, they washed their hands of the matter completely. They came to know the “what”, but they missed the divine guidance to wonder at the “why.” Why the night? And why the day?” Some of them feel amazed and wonder at the marvelous order of the universe. “Every single thing is measured before His sight in due proportion.” They wonder at the marvelous order of the universe, in the rotation of the night and the day, the function of the sun, the moon, the sea, and the land.
Some of them may fall in perplexity, but do not find the way to the source of the Truth. They do not listen to the Qur’ān because the Holy Book has been sentenced by the modern culture in the West and, unfortunately, even in our countries among some westernized intellectuals affected in their minds and their hearts. They do not listen to the Great News from the Maker of the universe, the Maker of man. They do not wonder, they do not inquire, they do not receive the facts from their sources. They would rather say, ‘Modern science has made such-and-such discovery’, and that’s all! Modern science, in constant evolution, brings fantastic discoveries and inventions, but man does not wonder at such findings.
Modern man has normalized his relationships with inventions. The Internet, for instance, is a marvelous invention, one of the wondrous inventions ever. Electronics engineers made it. Did they make it? They certainly made the networks, the wires, etc. But how about electricity, speed measure, and the distance covered by such networks? Those are the creations of God—Exalted be He—which man then pieced together. However, man no longer wonders at such miraculous things.
“And have We not built above you seven strong firmaments?” God—Glorified be He—built above us, the earthlings, seven strong firmaments, seven heavens. The modern sciences know but one heaven. They think that the Noble Qur’ān’s talk of seven heavens is none but a metaphor. For the modern sciences have discovered visible entities the last of which is “Hobble.” They discovered the universe, the expansion of the universe in billions of light years, in twenty billion light years, and tomorrow they will come to four hundred billion. But the universe of God—Exalted be He—is infinite, for God’s creation never ends.
When man is full of conceit on account of the things he makes with his hands, his inventive mind and genius, such self-importance keeps him from listening to the inner call in his heart, if he ever has a heart. If he does not, he will remain superficial and hostage of the modern, consumerist civilization. In the American society, man is well-fed, well-dressed, lives in comfort, enjoys himself as he pleases. Having satisfied his bodily desires, his ambition will not rise above such earthly inclinations to ask, wonder and feel amazed.
“And have We not placed a shining lamp (the sun), and sent down from the clouds abundant water (the rain).” Modern scientists have explained how the rain is formed, how sea water evaporates and rises to the sky, then how the cold winds come, and how clouds and then drops of water are formed, etc. And that’s all! They have explained the “what”, but how about the “why” and the “where”? Water, this is a miracle that defies the human mind. Where did water come from? Water is a divine creation that the modern and postmodern sciences cannot make.
The challenge is clear and explicit in the Noble Qur’ān. In Chapter 56, God—Glorified be He—said: “Do you see the water which you drink? Is it you who send it down from the clouds or are We the senders? If We willed, We verily could have made it salty (and undrinkable). Why then do you not give thanks (to God)?” Where did water come from? They may take water from the sea, desalinate it and make it drinkable, but they cannot make water. That’s impossible. The modern sciences can analyze water, one atom of oxygen and two atoms of hydrogen. Yet they cannot make water. That’s impossible.