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Friday Sermon: Paradise Lost: Armageddon Beckons

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By Babatunde Jose

I was 11 years old when the country attained independence on 1st October 1960. It was our year of ‘Great Expectation”. We had everything going for us as a nation and the future had great promise, not only for our parents but also for us who would later be described as ‘leaders of tomorrow except that tomorrow never came!

Here was a new nation stepping out of the colonial into the post-colonial, our fathers were stepping into the shoes of the Whiteman with all the paraphernalia of senior service. The nation’s diverse economy at the time was the envy of even the departing colonial master. We had the ubiquitous groundnut pyramids in the Northern Region, Cocoa in the West, Rubber, and oil palm in the East and of course, oil had been discovered at Oloibiri in the Niger Delta and the national coffers was bulging with cash. Of course, the marauders and state robbers have not perfected their acts and there was relative peace in the nation’s exchequer except for minor infractions here and there.

The proprietor of our school at Ikenne, late Dr Tai Solarin and some of his rebellious confederates were the first to give the first signal of a discordant tune with the new National Anthem. Mayflower students were made to adopt Solarin’s version of the National Anthem, ‘Hail Nigeria Glorious Land; Land of wealth and liberty. . . . . instead of the ‘Nigeria We Hail Thee. It was a sign that all will not be well. And it turned out that way.

Three years after independence, Western Nigeria was plunged into a political crisis that culminated in the imposition of Emergency Rule and finally a disputed election and the ‘operation wet’; an orgy of burning and looting and ultimately the January 1966 Coup. Our political advance was not only attenuated but truncated. Federalism which was the arrangement that started with the Sir Arthur Richards Constitution that divided the country into three regions of East, West and North, the tripod upon which our political development was hinged and which was developed upon by the Oliver Lyttleton Constitution, the London Constitutional Conference and the 1960 Constitution, was upturned by the ‘ Praetorian Guards’ of the Nigerian Army and a centralized militarist political command was instituted; an arrangement which subsists till today.

The paradise that independence promised was lost with the Civil War and its aftermath. Those of us who were in the Uni in the early seventies witnessed the best of Nigeria and its promise. Universities were well funded so much so that for what is peanuts today, students were well catered for. Hostels were akin to living in a ‘Bread and Breakfast’. Each hall of residence had its own cafeteria where food was plentiful and cheap. Halls had air-conditioned ‘cold rooms’ for studies and the hostels were well maintained: Beds were made, and laundry taken care of. Yes! In UI we had J’Rice and half chicken for lunch with ice cream on Sundays.

Most importantly, there was academic freedom and education was not with tears. The best brains were recruited as academic staff, and I believe, many will look back with nostalgia. Those were the days when final year students dreamt of the car, they would buy with their car-loan which was basic. Most came back to campus for the Convocation with their new cars, except those who went into farming. Companies would have visited the university to recruit before the end of the academic year. Most students had an idea what jobs they were taking up after graduation.

Unfortunately, that paradise was lost in the span of sixty-three years. Where did we go wrong? That is the question that has been begging for an answer.

As for our fathers, the promise was short-lived and by the evening of their lives, that dream became unfulfilled and until many of them died it was one lamentation after the other. My late father once quipped, ‘we never bargained for this turn of events’: That was after electricity became epileptic and the old people had to resort to buying traditional ‘abebe’ or native fan to fan themselves in the hot and humid afternoons. Though they had generators, it was a costly proposition that promised to wipe out their meager pensions. By the end of their lives, the cost of their Mercedes 200 in 1975 was not enough to buy 50 liters of diesel. I am sure many of us have stories to tell our children about how things have changed for the worse in our clime and how our expectations of a better life for our families have been truncated by the misrule and mismanagement of our God-given resources.

It is a shame that many of us who travelled abroad to study in the seventies were rushing home to join the train with high hopes of a bright future. NYSC, which started on the eve of our departure soon acquired the notorious acronym ‘National Youth Suffering Corps’. Meanwhile political development has ceased and in its place was ‘jackboot’ military authoritarian regimes, with a brief respite of civil rule that was soon overrun by the men in uniform. Yet, the world moved on and we started being left behind.

Dubai, the Gulf States, Singapore and the Asian Tigers, all became poster nations as we regressed into a state of underdevelopment and backwardness.

Our National Shipping Line, which boasted of new vessels, captained by our boys who had undergone training in the merchant marine were a pride to all and sundry. It used to be a thing of joy for those of us in London in those days when their ships berthed at Tilbury, and we went visiting and got jolly on board. Before we knew it, those vessels were gone with the wind in our national orgy of wreckage of the National economy.

The same fate befell our beloved Nigeria Airways which carried our flag to such diverse destinations as London, New York, Dubai and Jedda. Those were the ‘oun foloke’ era when our girls became international traders. Conduit Street in West London was ever bubbling with Nigerian passengers booking flights back home. Our friends and mates, who had trained at the School of Aviation, Zaria had become big boys in the airline industry and were respected all over the world for flying one of the largest and safest fleets in Africa. Alas, our national carrier too met its waterloo in the hands of our kamikaze rulers. The proud pilots and engineers were pensioned off into obscurity, never to be heard off again. That era was gone forever.

With the coming of the military and their tinkering with the structural arrangements of the country, our federalism assumed a unique flavor, distinct from any other ever witnessed in world politics. You might call it ‘unitary federalism’, a syncretism of federalism, devoid of fiscal separation; a federalism that is patterned along military centralized command structure; a federalism where the three legislative lists have assumed an obscurity to the extent of making nonsense of that arrangement, where the federal authority could determine the minimum wage in the federating units and at times meddle into the collection of waste. Students of political science would find it difficult to classify our system or create a taxonomy of the revenue formulae we are working on. The political system of post-independence and its economic superstructure have assumed witchcraft features that have refused to lend itself to a definition.

As a result of the dislocation and bifurcation, the immediate post-independence reliance on development planning had been jettisoned as a rule of the thumb approach to economic development. Several white elephant projects were started but never finished, while some never left the drawing board. These projects have been mentioned in our ‘Monuments of Waste’, in the past.

Because of the unwholesome attitude to economic management and the mismanagement and squandering of resources, our common patrimony has been frittered away and, where this has not been the case, the treasury had been looted and serially robbed.

The country’s population has increased exponentially since independence and without any commensurate increase in infrastructural and social development. The overall result is a glaring miserization, pauperization and impoverishment of the population.

We have since witnessed a regression into illiteracy with over 12 million children out of school. Even those that have attended school are half-baked and in many cases unemployable.

Suyi Ayodele, writing in the Nigerian Tribune: “Nigeria celebrated its 63 years of independence on Sunday, October 1, 2023. But Nigerians could not rejoice. Why? Every vital organ that the country needs to be able to do acrobatics for the 63rd anniversary of its nationhood has been harvested by bad governance that has been its lot since independence in 1960. The last eight years under General Muhammadu Buhari have been the worst ever in the checkered history of the nation. Unfortunately, the present administration of President Bola Tinubu appears to be the very one sent from the pit of hell to finally nail the coffin of the country. The agony of the people since May 29, 2023, when Tinubu assumed office remains a contender for a conspicuous space in the World’s Guinness Book of Records. From our lethargic executive to the comatose legislature and the amenable judiciary, Nigeria is on the reverse gear to the Stone Age.”

At independence there was a great revolution of rising expectation in the air and the future was very bright. Equally unfortunate too, that revolution of rising expectation turned out to be a revolution of rising frustration.

“Yet our leaders cannot perceive that a day will come when the people’s goat will be pushed to the wall, and it will turn back to attack its tormentors. The country is sitting precariously on a keg of gunpowder, yet our leaders are busy playing cards with boxes of matches, and we don’t want to believe that their nostrils have long been harvested!”- Suyi Ayodele

It is therefore correct to say Armageddon beckons!!!

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Friday Sermon: Dark Days on the Horizon

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These are very perilous times indeed. The chickens are coming home to roost. All the shenanigans of the political scoundrels at the helm of our affairs have revealed a hollow sham and the people have come to the realization that they are holding the short end of the stick. Their heads have been shaved in their absence. With no food to eat, starvation looms and a people’s revolt, far worse than the End-Sars is imminent. It is ‘darkness visible.

 ‘It is darkness visible, when the people are uncertain about their future, when their security is threatened, and their daily bread is not guaranteed. It is darkness visible, when our whole political future lies in the hands of kamikaze leaders who have stolen our patrimony. It is darkness visible, when the future of our children and our children’s children is increasingly bleak. It is darkness visible when people are hungry and there is no food to eat.

It is darkness visible when there is food, but the price is beyond the purchasing power of the people. It is darkness visible when the price of a bag of rice is three times the national minimum wage. It is darkness visible when mothers start selling their children to feed other children. It is darkness visible when the leaders have no solutions to the existential problems of the people. It is darkness visible when the social atmosphere is pregnant with the pong of impending revolution.

Today, our nation is on the precipice. There is naked poverty and hunger in the land, children out of school, parents without roofs over their heads and our sick without medical care resorting to quacks and’ Ajase Poki-Poki’.

According to the World Bank, 40.1% of the total population is classified as poor. This means that, on average, 4 out of 10 individuals in Nigeria have real per capita expenditures below 137,430 Naira per year. This translates to over 82.9 million Nigerians who are considered poor by national standards.

The challenges faced by Nigerians include sluggish growth, low human capital, labor market weaknesses, and exposure to shocks. Many Nigerians, especially in the north, also lack education and access to basic infrastructure such as electricity, safe drinking water, and improved sanitation. Despite hard work, most workers are engaged in small-scale household farm and non-farm enterprises, with only 17% of Nigerian workers holding wage jobs that can effectively lift people out of poverty.

Climate and conflict shocks disproportionately affect Nigeria’s poor, and their effects have been compounded by poorly articulated economic policies. Yet, government support for households remains scant. Households have resorted to dangerous coping strategies, including reducing education and scaling back food consumption, which could have negative long-term consequences for their human capital.

These issues affect some parts of Nigeria more than others, and addressing them requires deep, long-term reforms to foster and sustain pro-poor growth. According to Owei Lakemfa, ‘The current economic woes of the country are rooted in the mindless policies of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. The APC’s economic policy is inflation-genocide with the nuclear capability to wipe out the lower classes, and replace them at the bottom of society, with the hitherto middle class.’

Much needs to be done to help lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty, including boosting health and education, bolstering productive jobs, and expanding social protection. Implementing pro-poor initiatives will require unlocking fiscal space and reforming the regimes of subsidies, alongside countervailing measures to protect the poor as reforms are effected.

Worst of all, people are hungry, impoverished and penurious. The current economic situation has exacerbated the condition of the forgotten poor masses. They are the unaccounted for; forsaken by society, hewers of wood and drawers of water; ‘the wretched of the earth’. They seek a living, not from the leftover but from the waste dumps and dustbin of life. They are dirty, unkempt; spiritually and physically naked. They are perpetually sick and diseased. Without means of livelihood and unemployable, sometimes even as common labourers. The dredge of society, who merely exist but are not living, standing on the periphery of death. They live and die in obscurity: Many are not even deserving of decent burial but dumped in unmarked graves or left to decompose in sewers and ‘evil forests’; meat for the clarions and vultures.

To all intents and purposes, they do not care if God exists. How can they worship a God who has forsaken them and thrown them to the whims and caprices of their uncaring leaders. The concept of a benevolent God is alien to them. What manner of preaching can you make to people who are perpetually in hunger, want and deprivation? What scripture can fill their empty stomach?

Their lives are not captured by statistical data being peddled by economic agencies. They are not worth the pen and ink we use in chalking up these data on poverty. Of what meaning is the dollar a day to people who cannot comprehend a Naira a day? They are not part of the national economy. They are victims and collateral damage of a corrupt, unkind, and evil society.

Poverty is a ruthless and relentless enemy with an arsenal of weapons: infant mortality, hunger, disease, illiteracy and child labour, among other things. The list of obstacles the poor must overcome seems endless, insurmountable, and insuperable.

But we have reached the end of the road, The hungry poor are teetering on the brink of revolution and have started to protest from Niger to Ogun, Oyo to Borno and all over the country. The rivulets of protests will soon become a roaring river of revolt if care is not taken.

Facts highlight the devastating effect poverty has on its victims, especially the most vulnerable. How does health impact poverty? Does a lack of education cause poverty, or does poverty create a lack of access to education? And can poor health impact education, too? It gets complicated. Cause and effect can be difficult to pin down. All these challenges are intertwined.

Poverty and health are strongly linked. Health problems can plunge people into poverty or keep them from escaping it, and those in poverty are more likely to suffer disease because of lack of treatment.

Everyone knows that education is important, but its role in giving kids a ticket out of poverty is huge! But who gives education to the children of the ‘poor’?

Not enough food. Not enough of the right vitamins and minerals to be healthy. What is the meaning of vitamins to the wretched poor that have nothing to eat and no hope of any food on the table? They do not even have a table to put food on. The how, what, when and where of food disparity is a difficult nut to crack – and even more so when dealing with poverty and want.

In the 2023 Global Hunger Index, Nigeria ranked 109th out of the 125 countries: With a score of 28.3, Nigeria has a level of hunger that is serious.

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa; with more than 206 million people. Hunger is one of the major issues that affect the citizens. 40% (82 million people) of the citizens live below the International Poverty Line, whilst another 25% are vulnerable.

There are millions of people in Nigeria struggling to meet basic needs. The United Nations estimates 25 million people in Nigeria — or about 15% of the total population — are food insecure. Analysts say regional instability, climate change and inflation are the major triggers of food insecurity in Nigeria. Farming in the security challenged areas has become a hazardous and dangerous proposition. Hence, food shortages.

This year, Nigeria is expected to see about 26.5 million people grappling with high levels of food insecurity, as disclosed by the Government and its partners during the unveiling of the October 2023 Cadre Harmonisé analysis on food insecurity.

What is the main cause of food insecurity in Nigeria? Some of the major factors identified to be contributing to food insecurity in Nigeria include poverty, climate change, conflict and insecurity, increasing population, poor policy implementation, inefficient agricultural practices, post-harvest losses and low budgetary allocation to agriculture, among others.

How can we solve hunger in Nigeria? Food prices continue to increase because of inflation and insecurity. With 25 million Nigerians at high risk of hunger, the Nigerian government must encourage private investments in the agricultural sector by providing incentives that apply to both primary and secondary food producers.

Social safety net programs, such as cash transfers and food subsidies, can also help to alleviate poverty and improve food security for vulnerable populations, that is where such cash palliatives are not embezzled, and the current distribution of palliatives are not hoarded by greedy leaders at all levels. Agriculture is the backbone of Nigeria’s economy, and improving agricultural productivity can help to increase food production and reduce food insecurity. But these cannot take care of the immediate climate of hunger. People need food aid now!

Rising food costs push Nigeria’s inflation rate to 28.9% (National Bureau of Statistics). The NBS report also said the food inflation rate in December 2023 was 33.93 percent.

Between 2020 and 2022, on average 21.3 percent of the population in Nigeria experienced hunger. Today the percentage is higher. People in severe hunger would go for entire days without food, due to lack of money or other resources.

Can our leaders provide the answers? No Sir! These are people who cannot make projections into the future. All they think about is the NOW, self-aggrandizement, and feathering their nest. The future is therefore bleak not only for the poor, but also for the not so poor.

Under this uncertain climate, Armageddon beckons and revolts of unpredictable proportions would soon be underway. We do not need a Nostradamus to tell us that we are in deep trouble. Wahala has already started. When the come comes to become, the poor will start eating the rich and not so rich.

But we could still wriggle out of the impending danger if certain measures are taken immediately, writes Owei Lakemfa, (journalist and union leader emeritus): “Drastic downward review of fuel prices which is the main cause of hyperinflation and grinding poverty. A major reason why food inflation is at 33 per cent is because the cost of transporting it is far higher than the cost of production.

“The second immediate step is to rescue the Naira as no import-dependent consumer nation can throw its currency into shark-infested seas without providing it with even a life jacket. The third, is to stop the mindless taxation of the populace, including the endless upward adjustment of the Customs rates for imports which has added to hyperinflation.

“Declare an emergency on insecurity that has forced many farmers off the farms. Fifth, the establishment of State and Community Police should be at the stage of implementation not contemplation.” And I agree with Owei.

But do they have the will and political sagacity to implement these suggestions? Videbimus. We shall see.

Ihdinas Siratal Mustaqim – Guide us on the Straight Path (Quran 1:6)

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Friday Sermon: The Mysteries of Life: Perfection of God’s Creation

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“Extol the limitless glory of the name of your Lord, the Most High, who creates and proportions well, who determines and guides, who brings forth the pasturage, then turns it to withered grass.” (SŪRAH Al-A`lā :1-5)

“He (Allah) is the Originator of the heavens and the earth… He created all things and He has knowledge of all things.” (Surat al-An’am: 101)

Everything God has created is well proportioned and perfected. Every creature is assigned its own role and given guidance so that it may know its role and play it. It is told the purpose of its creation, given what it needs for sustenance and guided to it. This is clearly visible in everything around us, large or small, important, or trivial. For everything is well perfected and guided to fulfil the purpose of its creation.

There are many unexplained mysteries of creation exemplified in the behaviours of animals and plants:

· Bird migration is one of nature’s great wonders. The physiology that allows birds to navigate storms and extreme distances to their destinations defies logic. Birds can fly up to 16,000 miles during their migration. Some go at 30 mph to arrive at their destination on time. Birds can travel up to 533 hours at this speed to reach their destination. Some birds would need 66 days to travel 8 hours daily to reach their migration goal.

Migrating birds use celestial cues, (quantum effects) to navigate, much as sailors of old used the sun and stars to guide them. But unlike humans, birds also detect the magnetic field generated by Earth’s molten core and use it to determine their position and direction.

There is the record-breaking feat of the Arctic Tern. By far the longest migration known in the animal kingdom, this medium-sized bird travels 90,000 km (55,923 miles) from pole to pole every year — from Greenland in the North to the Weddell Sea in the South.

Bar-tailed Godwit broke a Guinness World Record, when it flew 8,435 miles non-stop from Alaska to Tasmania, Australia. The 11-day journey without rest or food was tracked by a satellite tag on the migratory bird. Incredible!!!

 · The tiny insects must have microscopic eyes, how perfect we do not know, and the hawks, the eagle and the condor must have telescopic vision. They were created that way, not by evolution.

Other wonders of God’s creation include some of the following:

· People believe that mosquitoes feed on blood. Mosquitoes feed on flower nectar. The female mosquito is the only one that sucks blood, and that is for the sake of the eggs that she carries.

· Dogs have inquiring noses and have a terrific sense of smell which surpasses that of man. Hence, they are useful as sniffers in crime investigations. Who trained the dog to sniff?

 · All animals hear sounds, many of which are outside our range of vibration, with an acuteness that far surpasses our limited sense of hearing.

 · The young salmon spends years at sea, then comes back to its own river, and what is more, it travels up the side of the river into which flows the tributary in which it was born. What brings them back so definitely? If a salmon going up a river is transferred to another tributary, it will at once realize it is not in the right tributary and will fight its way down to the mainstream and then turn up against the current to finish its destiny. Who gave the salmon this sense of direction?

· There is, however, a much more difficult reverse problem to solve in the case of the eel. These amazing creatures migrate at maturity from all the ponds and rivers everywhere, those from Europe across thousands of miles of ocean, all go to the Sargasso Sea, (abysmal deeps south of Bermuda). There they breed and die. The little ones, with no apparent means of knowing anything except that they are in a wilderness of water, start back and find their way to the shore from which their parents came and then to every river, lake, and little pond, so that each body of water is always populated with eels.

The mystery of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) goes back millennia. Naturalists and researchers were stumped by their life cycle and the late development of sex organs.

With its many life stages, its biology is truly vexing. But perhaps the biggest mystery has been tied to just where all eels set out for when they head toward the ocean via coastal streams and rivers at the end of their lives. 

Though scientists had seemingly solved the mystery of the eel and its reproduction by the early 1900s through the discovery of its sex organs, no one knew where they went to procreate. The eels disappeared into the ocean, and aged larval eels appeared near the shores. The question remained, where did they go?

The first inkling that the eels might be traveling to the Sargasso Sea came from the herculean efforts of Danish zoologist Johannes Schmidt. From 1904 to 1921 Schmidt tirelessly trawled the ocean to find the larvae and by extension the birthplace of eels.

The eels did indeed make a 3,000 – 6,200-mile (5,000 – 10,000 km) migration across the Atlantic Ocean, the second longest recorded migration of a bony fish. They have braved the mighty currents, storms, and tides, and have conquered the beating waves on every shore. They can now grow and when they are mature, they will, by some mysterious law, go back through it all to complete the cycle.

Nature has also delayed the maturity of the European eel by a year or more to make up for its much greater journey. Where does the directing impulse originate? Do atoms and molecules when combined in an eel have a sense of direction and willpower to exercise it?

 

· Many animals are like a lobster, which, having lost a claw, will by some restimulation of the cells and the reactivation of the genes discover that a part of the body is missing and restore it.

 

· A fresh-water polyp divided into halves can reform itself out of one of these halves.

 

· The calf of the giraffe immediately it is born, hits the ground running, failing to do this, it becomes suya for the waiting predators. Who thought the calf to walk immediately it is born? It is its creator, God!

In the melee of creation many creatures have come to exhibit a high degree of certain forms of instinct, and intelligence. The wasp catches the grasshopper, digs a hole in the earth, stings the grasshopper in exactly the right place so that it becomes unconscious but lives as a form of preserved meat.

The wasp lays her eggs exactly in the right place, perhaps not knowing that when they hatch, her children can eat the insect  which it had buried for them. The wasp must have done all this right the first and every time, or there would be no wasps of this species.

Science cannot explain this mystery, and yet it cannot be attributed to chance. The wasp covers a hole in the earth, departs cheerfully, and dies. Neither she nor her ancestors have reasoned out the process, nor does she know what happens to her offspring. She doesn’t even know that she has worked and lived her life for the preservation of the race.

How do the inanimate atoms and molecules of matter composing an ant set these complicated processes in motion? There must be Intelligence somewhere. True, there must be a Creator who guides these and other creatures, large and small. There is God!

The examples we have quoted above are but a few of the large number of remarkable aspects science has recorded in the worlds of plants, insects, birds, and animals. But all these aspects reflect only a part of the import of the two verses: “who creates and proportions well, who determines and guides.” (Quran 87:2-3)

Our knowledge covers only a scanty part of what is in the visible universe, beyond which extends a whole world of which we know nothing apart from the few hints God has chosen to drop us, as befits our limited abilities.

Let us consider how Allah created the earth so that living things can survive, how orderly everything in the universe is.

Many events on earth make it possible for us to live. Is it possible that these thousands of events have come together spontaneously and formed such a place as earth? Of course not. Not even one of these events could happen by chance.

Allah has created earth for human beings. And, because of this, earth is the most suitable place for us. The talks of going to colonize and populate another planet are scientific fantasia. That is even if man discovers a planet that can sustain life. God created man for earth and the earth for man.

Subhana Rabbika Rabbil ‘izzati ‘amma yasifun, Wa salamun ‘alal-Mursalin, Wal hamdu lillahi Rabbil ‘alamin. Thy Lord is Holy and clear of all that is alleged against Him (by the non-believers); and He is Exalted.

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Friday Sermon: The Mysteries of Life: Miracles in Our Bodies

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O man! what has deluded you in respect of your Noble Lord?

He Who created you and formed you and proportioned you and assembled you in whatever way He willed. (Surat al-Infitar: 6-8)

Every point of our body consists of cells. Cells provide structure and function for all living things, from microorganisms to humans. Scientists consider them the smallest form of life. Cells house the biological machinery that makes the proteins, chemicals, and signals responsible for everything that happens inside our bodies. Despite its smallness, however, a cell’s structure has not yet been fully understood. Scientists are still carrying out their research on the systems that a cell has.

The average adult male has around 36 trillion cells in their body, while average adult females have 28 trillion, researchers have found.

How is it that trillions of cells come together, know what to do and co-operate to function? Moreover, no trouble arises during these processes. No cell attempts to do another’s task or refuses to perform its own task. Besides, all these processes take place at an extraordinary speed.

Our cells sometimes act like a chemist to produce chemical substances, sometimes act like an engineer to make calculations, and sometimes work to meet the needs of some other cells.

Some of the most vital functions performed by a cell are Structure and Support; Growth, in complex organisms such as humans, the tissues grow by simple multiplication of cells; Transport …; Energy Production; Metabolism; and Reproduction. They could not have possibly learnt how to carry out these tasks in time by chance. Still, we owe our life to the conscious acts of these tiny cells, which we cannot even see with the naked eye. Surely in them there is a very important fact for us to understand. There is a possessor of superior wisdom who makes our cells perform all these tasks and teaches them what to do.

Each one of the trillions of cells in our body fulfills its tasks perfectly as a result of the Creator’s perfect plan. Waking up every morning, smelling the coffee, breathing without any difficulty, and lots of other things we do are thanks to Allah’s compassion and mercy:

In the creation of the heavens and earth, and the alternation of the night and day, and the ships which sail the seas to people’s benefit, and the water which Allah sends down from the sky—by which He brings the earth to life when it was dead and scatters about in it creatures of every kind—and the varying direction of the winds, and the clouds subservient between heaven and earth, there are Signs for people who use their intellect. (Surat al-Baqara:164)

The first cell that formed man originated in the womb by the union of two cells, one released by our mother and the other by our father. This cell kept dividing and later became a piece of flesh. Then, as the cells that formed this flesh continued to divide to form new cells, our body was shaped bit by bit. Each new cell acquired a different shape. Whereas some became blood cells, some became bone cells and yet others became nerve cells. There are 200 types of different cells in our bodies. In fact, all of these cells are composed of identical components, yet each performs different tasks.  All in the womb.

In shape, our blood cells are globular, their task being to transport oxygen, which is required by our body, by means of blood vessels. Thanks to their shape, they can easily flow through the blood vessels together with the oxygen they carry. Skin cells, on the other hand, are clamped together and closely arranged in a line. So, our skin is impervious to microbes and water.

Scientists have conducted many studies in order to produce a fluid similar to blood. However, having failed to do so, they gave up trying to imitate blood and focused on research in other fields.

The importance of our blood vessels cannot be overemphasized. They are about 120,000 kilometers in length capable of being wrapped round the earth 2.5 times – the length of the equator is 40,000 kilometers. What do you think of that? Blood vessels are not just tubes through which blood flows. They are a unique and complex organ, and any damage to them causes a disease.

Clogged blood vessels in legs – varicose veins, swelling, a feeling of heavy, cold or, on the contrary, a strong burning feeling in feet. Dry and cracked skin on heels. Blood circulation disorders – protection from bacteria disappears, and mycosis appears. Nails get broken. Clogging of the blood vessels that supply liver – steatosis of liver. When you eat fatty food, you get a bitter taste in your mouth.

Broken and clogged blood vessels that supply power to joints – cartilage damage. Joint pain, osteochondrosis and hernia appear. Intestinal vessels lose their elasticity – hemorrhoids appear. Vessels of the eyes – eyesight is failing. A cataract is developing. The red eyes, for which we blame tiredness, are actually micro-hemorrhages, cracks of the small capillaries in the eyes. Circulatory disorders in the brain – vertigo, tinnitus, and memory loss. Have you ever had the experience of going to the room and forgetting what you needed there? Or being unable to memorize a word. These are the signs of cerebrovascular diseases.

Likewise, all other cells too have exactly ideal shapes that are suited to their tasks. However, it is surely not by chance that these cells acquired the shapes they possess. Each has been planned in detail and nothing has come into existence by coincidence. In order for a design and a product to come into being, there needs to be a source of intelligence. That is the essence of this Sermon. Who made these possible? Our Lord created every single part of our bodies perfectly:

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. (Surat al-Hashr: 24)

Have you ever asked yourself these questions?  Should I breathe now? Is the amount of blood that my heart pumps sufficient?  Which of my cells and organs require how much energy? When should my stomach start digesting the food I’ve eaten?  Is the intensity of the light entering my eye in due proportion? Which muscles should I contract in order to move my arm?

These questions sound odd because they are never asked. Our bodies perform all these processes automatically. And it uses the network of nerves to do this. This network is formed by the union of trillions of nerve cells. Thanks to this network, the cells in our brain are linked to the muscle cells in our feet, and all body cells communicate with each other.

Similarly, stimuli are sent from the entire body to the brain via the nerves. From every single part of our body messages are sent to our brain continuously and at an amazing speed. So, we can talk, laugh, run, taste the flavor of food, all these processes occur without interruption. All these are thanks to the perfect harmony between our brain and nervous system. Yet, we are sold the idea that all these processes are coincidental and due to chance.

Thanks to the splendid creation of Allah, our brain can carry out all these processes at the same time. Despite years of scientific research, the mechanism of these cells has not been fully discovered. But remember that these cells, whose system has not been found out by human beings yet, have been working perfectly like all other components of the body since the first man was created on the face of the earth. Therein lies a conundrum for evolutionists.

There are 206 bones in our body out of which 27 are interconnected in our hand. And because bones cannot be bent there are joints at the connection points of our bones. Thanks to these joints, we can easily bend our arm, raise our leg, and use our fingers. Who made this possible? What bones are made of has interested scientists a lot and they have tried to imitate bone tissue for years. However, nobody has been able to develop a substance with such advanced characteristics as bone has. Interesting to know that Bone ossification, or osteogenesis, is the process of bone formation. This process begins between the sixth and seventh weeks of embryonic development and continues until about age twenty-five, although this varies slightly based on the individual.

All these facts reveal to us that the human body is the result of an excellent design and superior creation. … Look at the bones—how We raise them up and clothe them in flesh… (Surat al-Baqara: 259)

Every organ and every cell of our bodies runs with an incredible speed and function perfectly at the same time. All perform the tasks that they are appointed to in harmony. Blood keeps conveying to cells the nourishment that they need to live. The stomach and intestines break down this nourishment and make it suitable for use by cells. Nerve cells keep sending stimuli to all parts of the body; the brain evaluates these stimuli, as a result of which we see, hear, taste, and perceive all other senses.

When one of these tasks is delayed or not performed, the regular order of the bodily functions deteriorates. If nerve cells become impaired, our limbs will not work; if stomach cells become diminished, we cannot digest the food we eat; if the cells in the tongue become reduced, we cannot taste what we eat. However, except in the case of certain diseases, none of the above happens. Every component of our body keeps performing its regular functions non-stop while we are living our everyday life. The perfection that you are blessed with at every instant of our life surely has a cause.

Nothing can originate on its own to have such a complete and faultless mechanism. There is God ooo!

Everyone in the heavens and earth belongs to Him. All are submissive to Him. It is He Who originated creation and then regenerates it. That is very easy for Him. His is the most exalted designation in the heavens and the earth. He is the Almighty, the All-Wise. (Surat ar-Rum: 26-27)

That is Allah, your Lord. There is no god but Him, the Creator of everything. So, worship Him. He is responsible for everything. (Surat al-An‘am: 102)

Barka Juma’at and happy weekend

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