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The Most Amazing Bedtime Story – Evolution

by | Mar 27, 2022

The nice thing about bedtime stories is that they are a fiction of our imagination. So, I would like to share one with you; and please, get your pillow ready, your teddy and read it before going to sleep. 

Once upon this same Earth, beneath this same sun, long before you… before the ape and the elephant as well, before the wolf, the bison, the whale, before the mammoth and the mastodon (opening words of The Land Before Time); the world was a scary place. 

There lived, deep under the sea, teeny, tiny, miniature, invisible little particles that would rub shoulders with one another. They would collide, crash, clash, and eventually merge to unite into a vibrant active group that could rearrange other particles. In turn, there came to be a lot of these different groups and each had their own thing going for them; one could line particles up in a chain, another could break them apart, others could replicate them, and so on. But they all worked separately and not in harmony. 

Until a big round greasy blob passed along and swallowed a bunch of them whole. Being stuck in this blob, it was the first time that these individual colonies had to work together to escape this messy overlord in order to go back to their independent way of life. So, everyone did his job; but this time, in concert. The escape plan was to produce as many particles as possible to explode the blob. So, the replication colony would make copies of his friends, the ranking colony would line them up. 

Meanwhile, the breakout gang would work desperately hard to breach through the thick greasy walls to smuggle in the sufficient particles from the outside. Everything was going as planned, the blob got bigger and bigger and looked like he was about to explode. But it did not explode, it just split into two. But how could this be? Turned out that there was a mole amongst them, there was one of these groups that would help the blob get bigger until the blob could split itself in two. And this kept on going and going, but to no avail, they could not escape. So instead of continuing this never-ending squabble, everyone came to a peace treaty, everyone would learn to coexist together; all different groups within the blob. However, if it ever got too crowded, the blob would expand and then split into two so that all had their own domain. 

Gradually, these little groups within each blob started to get more and more organized and started to build structures within the blob, a transportation system, and energy plant, waste management facility; it started to look more and more like a real community. And what was interesting is that each community would share its know-how with its sister city, yet still keep a distinct “je ne sais quoi” of its own. Some would develop a motorized method to move within the primeval ocean, others would build stronger barriers around the blob to allow it to resist the elements, and others started to conquer other smaller communities and merge them. 

Once, one of these invaders engulfed a community called Mitochondria, which was really, really good at producing energy, but this little atomic power plant would not be taken apart, so the larger community just taped into its power source. Seeing that there is no point in a feud, both sides agreed to mutually aid one another; the larger community would provide the fuel necessary to produce energy, and the high-end power plant would produce enough energy for all. 

Seeing this method proved to be successful, other communities followed this model plan and even improved on it. They started fractioning all of its services; there became to be an information management and logistics area at the center of things, production and transportation right beside it, the power grid floating around all to distribute the required energy, ports and portals to allow entry and exit of resources and waste… It was no more a little rundown town, it turned into a bustling modern metropolis. 

But we all know that bigger is better, so to rival with all these big shot blobs, smaller similar organized blobs started forming agglomerations with open borders between each other; since they shared the same needs, they might as well unite. 

The moral of the story is when you are at the right place at the right time with the right conditions, anything that is improbable becomes impossible; but could still happen… Exactly! 

This makes no sense!

Exactly!

Exactly doesn’t make more sense either… 

Exactly!

Is there Anything Bad in the Quran? – Existential Questions

Is there Anything Bad in the Quran? – Existential Questions

When I mean bad, I mean something that everyone will agree to as fundamentally wrong. I don’t mean what is acceptable to modern standards, but fundamentally evil. Not only there is no evil within what is ordained, but it can only be depicted as righteous and good when looked at as a whole. Here are some Islamic principles that are listed in the Quran:

Say, “Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited to you. [He commands] that you not associate anything with Him, and to parents, good treatment, and do not kill your children out of poverty; We will provide for you and them. And do not approach immoralities – what is apparent of them and what is concealed. And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed] except by [legal] right. This has He instructed you that you may use reason.”

And do not approach the orphan’s property except in a way that is best until he reaches maturity. And give full measure and weight in justice. We do not charge any soul except [with that within] its capacity. And when you testify, be just, even if [it concerns] a near relative. And the covenant of Allah fulfill. This has He instructed you that you may remember.

And, [moreover], this is My path, which is straight, so follow it; and do not follow [other] ways, for you will be separated from His way. This has He instructed you that you may become righteous.

Surah Al-Anam (6 – 151-153)

Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.

Surah An-Nahl (16 – 90)

And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word.

And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, “My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.”

Your Lord is most knowing of what is within yourselves. If you should be righteous [in intention] – then indeed He is ever, to the often returning [to Him], Forgiving.

And give the relative his right, and [also] the poor and the traveler, and do not spend wastefully.

Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful.

And if you [must] turn away from the needy awaiting mercy from your Lord which you expect, then speak to them a gentle word.

And do not make your hand [as] chained to your neck or extend it completely and [thereby] become blamed and insolvent.

Indeed, your Lord extends provision for whom He wills and restricts [it]. Indeed He is ever, concerning His servants, Acquainted and Seeing.

And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin.

And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way.

And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden, except by right. And whoever is killed unjustly – We have given his heir authority, but let him not exceed limits in [the matter of] taking life. Indeed, he has been supported [by the law].

And do not approach the property of an orphan, except in the way that is best, until he reaches maturity. And fulfill [every] commitment. Indeed, the commitment is ever [that about which one will be] questioned.

And give full measure when you measure, and weigh with an even balance. That is the best [way] and best in result.

And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart – about all those [one] will be questioned.

And do not walk upon the earth exultantly. Indeed, you will never tear the earth [apart], and you will never reach the mountains in height.

All that – its evil is ever, in the sight of your Lord, detested.

That is from what your Lord has revealed to you, [O Muhammad], of wisdom. And, [O mankind], do not make [as equal] with Allah another deity, lest you be thrown into Hell, blamed and banished.

Surah Al-Isra (17 – 23-39)

Most of the accusations come from people who do not agree with the standard of morality or virtue that is ordained in Islam. For instance, the Hijab for women; not being allowed to have a sip of wine or not even having a girlfriend… These practices have become customary in “modern” civilizations, yet they are considered illicit in Islam. Society is always faced with dumbing down standards and laws to curtail the desires of the majority. But the fundamental question remains; what makes it right now but made it wrong before (and vice versa)? This type of thinking induces decadence. Virtues and morals become trivial, unattainable utopias, unrealistic… mockeries.

This was the same discourse used by the people of Lot thousands of years ago when they wanted him and his family out of their city.

But the answer of his people was only that they said, “Evict them from your city! Indeed, they are men who keep themselves pure.”

Surah Al-Aaraf (7 – 82)

Wow! Accused of being too pure… It’s like someone who says: “Ah! He gets on my nerves because he is too polite.” or: “look at her; she thinks she is so superior! She doesn’t even want to dress like us.” and the classic: “Look at that geek; he thinks that his A+ is going to stop him from that face pounding.” What is it that makes that person’s conduct wrong in the first place; what did he do to deserve this reprimand? Is it high self-esteem (or lack of it)? Is it because a person is different (where his difference is not accepted)? Is it because of jealousy (or more likely envy)?

It is sad to see that we have reached a point where righteous conduct is ridiculed and marginalized. Someone who gives his seat on the bus is looked at awkwardly; a student who says Mam and Sir is called a suck-up; a 16-year-old virgin is made fun of. But, as we have seen, this attitude has been present for millennia, all depending on the context and stage in which a society is to be found.

But in the end…

And it will be said to those who feared Allah, “What did your Lord send down?” They will say, “[That which is] good.” For those who do good in this world is good; and the home of the Hereafter is better. And how excellent is the home of the righteous –

Surah An-Nahl (16 – 30)

Faith

the process of belief