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Friday Sermon: MAN: A Wonder of Creation

By Babatunde Ajose

On the earth are Signs for those of assured Faith. 

As also in your own selves: Will ye not then see? (Quran 51:2021)

After looking at the wonders of God’s creation as manifest in the heavens and earthly creatures, man begins to ponder: How does the size and order of the physical universe deepen your appreciation of God?  ‘He spoke in a loud voice: ‘Fear God and pay him homage, for the hour of his judgment has come! Worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water!’  (Rev.14:7).  How does the earth’s size and proximity to the sun demonstrate God’s wisdom? What purpose does the moon serve? How has God designed humans to enjoy life? There are many questions begging for answers to which science has not been able to offer satisfactory answers. Why are we different from each other in appearance? The Chinaman and the Bantu are not only different in colour but in facial appearance. Is that due to evolution too? The Scandinavian man who is born and lives in Timbuktu all his life will only develop a tan, but never change colour and moreover will give birth to a white baby in Timbuktu. Creation is wonderful in its products. The lizard will never metamorphous into a crocodile, neither will a viper become an Anaconda till the end of time. The million and billions of years of so-called evolution is an abracadabra which science has used to hoodwink us. All animals were created, including their various species. Lucy, that Ape ‘ancestor’ of man is a grand hoax. Lucy was never the ancestor of man. At a point in time man emerged as fully man and not as an ape-man. The National Geographic has perpetuated many of these evolution stories to keep the theory of evolution alive.

“The story of Lucy reeks of evolution-serving circular reasoning. An imaginary ape having human feet and body posture only exists in the minds of those who assume humans evolved from ape-like ancestors. But a look at the fossils instead of listening to evolutionary stories opens a new option: that the Laetoli tracks look human because actual humans made them. But this would force another rewrite of human evolution in general. Paleoanthropologistsare actually coming to terms with the fact that the dating of the appearance of man on the evolutionary timeline may be wrong. There are even some suggestions that there were humans during the Triassic period, between 243 and 233.23 million years ago as focalized footprints of man and dinosaur side by side had been found. SeeMysterious Origins of Man, a documentary anchored by Charlton Heston.

While the Lucy fossil is 3,200,000 years old, the earliest fossils of anatomically modern humans are from the Middle Paleolithic, about 200,000 years ago such as the Omo remains of Ethiopia and the fossils of Herto sometimes classified as Homo sapiens Idaltu. There is however a fossil of an anatomically modern human dating 300,000 years found in Morocco.

It is He Who sendeth down rain from the skies: With it We produce vegetation of all kinds: From some We produce green (crops), out of which We produce grain, heaped up (at harvest); out of the date palm and its sheaths (or spathes) (come) clusters of dates hanging low and near: And (then there are) gardens of grapes, and olives, and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety): When they begin to bear fruit, feast your eyes with the fruit and the ripeness thereof. Behold! In these things there are Signs for people who believe. (Quran 6:99)

What is DNA?  Of all God’s earthly creations, how are humans different? In the Bible, Mathew 6:26-28, we are told to observe intensely God’s handiwork as doing so can deepen our faith, instill confidence in the Creator. The Quran reads:

And Allah has created every animal from water: Of them there are some that creep on their bellies; some that walk on hind legs; and some that walk on four. Allah creates what He wills; for verily Allah has power over all things. (Quran 24:45)

The greatest of all creations is man himself; the marvelous machine—precise and efficient. Though man-made machines are lubricated only by outside sources; the body lubricates itself by manufacturing a jelly-like substance in the right amount at every place it is needed.

The body has a chemical plant far more intricate than any plant that man has ever built. This plant changes the food we eat into living tissue. It causes the growth of flesh, blood, bones and teeth. It even repairs the body when parts are damaged by accident or disease. Power, for work and play, comes from the food we eat.

The body’s cooling system is very efficient during time of excessive heat. The human body has an automatic thermostat that takes care of both our heating and cooling systems, keeping body temperature at about 37°C (98.6°F).

As for the human brain, it is ‘… the most complex and orderly arrangement of matter in the universe’, says Isaac Asimov. The brain is the centre of a complex computer system more wonderful than the greatest one ever built by man. And in just one human brain there is probably more wiring, more electrical circuitry, than in all the computer systems of the world put together. Yes, it is a wonderful thing—this brain of ours.

In our eye the focus and aperture are adjusted automatically; a process called accommodationThe act or state of adjustment or adaptation; the automatic adjustment in the focal length of the lens of the eye to permit retinal focus of images of objects at varying distances.

The sound we hear is being played on a perfect little musical instrument inside our ear. The sound waves go down the auditory canal and are carried by the bones of the middle ear to the cochlea, which is rolled up like a tiny sea shell. The cochlea is filled with liquid, and transferring sound waves from air to liquid is one of the most difficult problems known to science. Three tiny bones called the ossicles are just right to do the job that enables us to hear properly. Interestingly, the size of these little bones does not change from the time we are born.

The heart actually is a muscular pump forcing blood through thousands of miles of blood vessels. Blood carries food and oxygen to every part of the body. The heart pumps an average of six liters (1.5 U.S. gallons) of blood every minute, and in one day pumps enough blood to fill more than forty 200-litre (50-gallon) drums.

A far more astonishing wonder is in the development of the human embryos.

Man We did create from a quintessence (of clay); Then We placed him as (a drop of) sperm in a place of rest, firmly fixed; Then We made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood; then of that clot We made a (foetus) lump; then We made out of that lump bones and clothed the bones with flesh; then We developed out of it another creature. So blesses be Allah, the Best to create! (Quran 23:12-14)

The wonders which occur during the nine-month gestation period are unsurpassable. During the first four weeks of the new life, billions of cells are formed, and they arrange themselves according to a fascinating plan to shape the new human being: A dramatic new development occurs; the first blood vessels appear. A few days later another wonderful event takes place: Within the tiny breast of the 1.7 mm long embryo two blood vessels join to form the heart, which begins to pump blood through the miniscule body. The tiny new heart provides the developing brain with blood and oxygen. In the fourth month, the heart of the foetus already pumps almost 30 litres of blood per day, and at birth this volume will increase to about 350 litres. These arrangements could not have been by chance.  And all these from a drop of sperm!

In the embryonic stage, lungs, eyes, and ears develop, although they are not used yet. After two months, the embryo is only three to four centimeters long. It is so small that it could literally fit inside a walnut shell, but even at this stage all organs are already present. During the following months the organs increase in size and assume their eventual shape. Allâhu Akbar!

How is it possible that embryonic development does not entail a disorderly growth of cells, but is systematic and purposeful according to a set timetable? A precise plan, in which all stages are programmed in the finest detail, underlies all these processes. Surely, there is God!

Having said all these, Man is a most ungrateful and inconsiderate being. He steals from his fellow man and even commits other transgressions in the name of God. He is a liar, cheat, fornicator and a reveler in all forms of iniquity. Like our political leaders, Man is often not worth the value of the skin that covers his lips. Yet, Man forgets all that Allah has said in the Quran Chapter 76 Al-Insan (The Human Being):

Has there not been over Man a long period of Time, when he was nothing–(not even) mentioned? Verily We created Man from a drop of mingled sperm, in order to try him: So We gave him (the gifts) of Hearing and Sight.  We showed him the Way: Whether he be grateful or ungrateful (rests on his will).  For the Rejecters We have prepared Chains, Yokes, and a Blazing Fire. (Quran 76:1-4)

If only they knew!

Barka Juma’at and a happy weekend

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