In the name of Allah the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful,
“وَفِي الأَرْضِ قِطَعٌ مُّتَجَاوِرَاتٌ وَجَنَّاتٌ مِّنْ أَعْنَابٍ وَزَرْعٌ وَنَخِيلٌ صِنْوَانٌ وَغَيْرُ صِنْوَانٍ يُسْقَى بِمَاء وَاحِدٍ وَنُفَضِّلُ بَعْضَهَا عَلَى بَعْضٍ فِي الأُكُلِ إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يَعْقِلُونَ”
“And within the land are neighboring plots and gardens of grapevines and crops and palm trees, [growing] several from a root or otherwise, watered with one water; but We make some of them exceed others in [quality of] fruit. Indeed in that are signs for a people who reason.”
Dear reader,there lies a sign in the diversity of the structure of the earth.Each region is unique in its color diverse in structure some parts stony,flat,rugged,smooth,dry and wet.All these are made neighbour one to the other while preserving their own unique qualities.This dear reader is an indication of the Divine Wisdom,Design and Purpose.Herein lies a sign in geology.
In addition to that there are differences between plants and fruits with regard to shape,color,taste,scent,shape of leaves,root system etc.All these variances and complex diversities exist despite the fact that they are all watered by the same water.Further still some exceed others in quality.Herein lies a sign in botany.
Dear reader,the Quran is not a science manual.No.In this age science has been taken as somewhat of a litmus test.If something can be proven by science its acceptable if not it is to be discarded or at least put on some fictitious shelf to be solved as science advances.Thus empirical knowledge has in essence become the core of educational pursuits.
However, anyone with a remote understanding of epistemology (the theory of knowledge) will know that empirical analysis is not the only way to arrive at the truth.The Quran encourages us to use our intellects to arrive at the conclusion that:
- There is only One God who deserves complete Worship who is Allah the Exalted Most High
- Muhammad upon whom be peace is His Last and final messenger sent to all humanity
- The Quran is the Word of God
- There is life after death
- The day of judgement will come to pass
Thus in the diversity of the structure of the earth and plant life are signposts to the Divine;Allah our Kind Wise Lord,His Oneness & absolute Perfection.None of what He does is random.There is a purpose behind this perfect planning.Allah our Kind Lord did not create all this in jest but rather in truth.
However, these signs are for those who reason.For those who refuse to use their God given intellect then surely all they are doing is striving to earn the wrath of Allah the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful.
and Allah knows best.
Asalaam aleykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. (May the peace and Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon you.)