by Bushra Ahmed

The Light (UK), January 2010 Issue (p. 8)

As we look around us we can see beautiful sunsets and dawn and heavenly bodies, etc. The beauty of all these astounds us. But why is this? Why does nature provide us with a calming effect and sooth our mood with its beauty? And those of us who ponder, immediately on sight of it praise Allah. This is because one thing is for certain: all this was no accident.

Evolution as presented by Darwin, states that living creatures evolved and we came into existence through a process of adaptability. One point that struck me was when Darwin said that his theory did not negate the existence of God. The reason for this is that God could have created the system of evolution itself! Anyhow, how then did this process start? Maybe it was initiated by God. Anyway, Darwin was also claimed to have stated that

“the theory of the eye is unexplainable”.

The creatures from the start had eyes so how come this never evolved?

Another of nature’s phenomena called the “Equinox” is where the hours of the day and night are exactly equal on that day. This is around 22nd March and 22nd September. This made me analyse nature even further. Is God trying to tell us something through this occurrence? I figured it might be an indication to us to attempt to equate this life and the Hereafter, just as balance that exists in nature. Maybe it is a sign for us also to balance our lives in this very world. Being good can never tip the scales of justice. Nature provides a constant check and we also must always check ourselves and our morals.

The balance of deen (religion) and dunya (material world) was a topic of one of Dr Zakir Naik’s programmes. In it a lady posed a question whether the after-life was more important than this world. But in my humble opinion it is good to concentrate on the hereafter because this world is the jumping off pad and the aim is the hereafter and we are here to prepare for it. But both must be balanced as is stated in the Quran in 2:201:

رَبَّنَاۤ اٰتِنَا فِی الدُّنۡیَا حَسَنَۃً وَّ فِی الۡاٰخِرَۃِ حَسَنَۃً وَّ قِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ ﴿۲۰۱﴾

“Our Lord, grant us good in this world and good in the Hereafter, and save us from the chastisement of the Fire”. [The Holy Quran, 2:201]

In this dunya, however, appreciating nature’s beauty personally makes me prostrate to Allah and on such occasions I say my prayers with more vigour and it provides me with incentive in reading the Quran. Therefore, admiring nature is a form of worship. Nature is God’s technique of magnetism towards a Creator and a pathway towards our Creator whether being Islamic already or on the verge of adopting this path.

Not only is nature visible around us, but there is, for example, nature that is so far beneath the sea that most of us do not know about it. Small machines are sent down to view nature and there have been amazing discoveries! They have recently discovered that octopuses not only change colour or “camouflage” as it is called (which in itself is amazing) but they are also able to change their shape. Such techniques are used to protect them­selves from predators. The food pyramid still exists, but as a show of mercy Allah protects some of the victims sometimes. In other such displays of nature a fish can become like a floating leaf!

This worship in this world can also be done with our very eyes which then links with our minds into praises of Allah — Subhan-allah!