VIII.The Proof of Meticulous Care

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VIII)The Proof of Meticulous Care
Whoever contemplates this universe created by Allah (Glorious & Exalted) finds it in the utmost balance, proportionate to an unimaginable extent.
     How, then, could this astonishing balance be possible if the universe was created haphazardly?
     Anyone who thinks about this universe and all the creatures in it can see that it is not a random assortment of beings; it is systematically ordered and intricately designed. There is a purpose behind it which indicates that this universe and all the creatures and beings therein have an All-Knowing, All-Wise Creator.
     Thus, we find that the movement of these creations and beings is well-balanced; one does not interrupt the other. In fact, the laws that govern them are one; they do not differ in time or place, except when God the Creator wills them to differ. That in itself is a miracle leading us to Him (Glorious & Exalted), to His Absolute Power, and to the glory of His creation.[1]
     Thus, we should know that there is no contradiction between a thing being created and there being a cause for its creation. Indeed, it is the Way of Allah (Glorious & Exalted) to create with reasons, for He (Glorious & Exalted) is the Creator of these causes and He is the One Who makes the causes.
      Thus, everything we see and witness in terms of incredible balance and precise order in this universe is proof of the meticulous care of Allah (Glorious & Exalted) over his creation.
     To shed light on some of that which will demonstrate this glorious balance and meticulous harmony in the order of the universe, in which there is proof of the Perfect Wisdom of this Creator God and the gloriousness of His handiwork, and an indication of His Great Care (Glorious & Exalted) in His creation.
The Saying of Allah Most High:
{Have We not made the earth as a bed * And the mountains as pegs? * And We have created you in pairs * And have made your sleep as a thing for rest. * And have made the night as a covering * And have made the day for livelihood. * And We have built above you seven strong (heavens)* And have made (therein)a shining lamp (the sun)* And have sent down from the rainy clouds abundant water. * That We may produce therewith corn and vegetation * And gardens of thick growth.}
[Al-Naba' 78: 6-16]
Let us contemplate these Noble Verses from the Book of Allah (Glorious & Exalted) which call us to ponder the signs and creations of Allah Most High—to think about the relations between every one of these creations and the other, and their benefits, interests and purposes which point to the care Allah (Glorious & Exalted) shows towards His creation.
The earth we live on is enormous in relation to us, yet it does not equal the size of an atom in relation to this great universe. Were it the size of the moon, the force of its gravity would be one-sixth the strength of its current gravity. The result would be that it could not hold the water and air around it, as is the case on the moon where there is no water and which is not surrounded by an atmosphere. The cold at night would be so extreme that it would freeze anything on it and the heat in the daytime would burn anything on it.
     On the other hand, if the circumference of the earth were twice its current size, the force of its gravity would be double. Then its atmosphere would be compressed, which would produced pressure which would have a negative effect on the life we live. The bigger the earth's size, the more this pressure would make it impossible for living beings to exist.[2]
The earth completes one rotation around its axis every twenty-four hours. This means that it spins around its axis at a speed of 1,000 miles per hour.
     Were we to suppose that this speed were to slow down to 200 miles per hour, the length of night and day would be ten times as much as they are now. As a result, the sun (at its present strength) would burn everything above the earth, and anything still left would fall victim to the intense cold at night.[3]
The earth's crust: If the earth's crust were thicker than it is now by 10 feet, there would be no oxygen, since the earth's crust would absorb the oxygen, thus making life impossible.
Water vapor: If the bottom of the oceans were a few feet deeper than they are now, they would attract oxygen and the carbon dioxide that plants take in to produce the oxygen necessary for life. This would make it impossible for plants to exist on the earth and life would cease to exist without oxygen.[4]
The atmosphere: If the atmosphere were thinner than it is now, meteors would penetrate it, and they would fall to the earth and burn it.[5]
The sun: If the sun were closer to the earth by half its present distance, the leaves would burn from its heat, and if it were farther away by twice the current distance between it and the earth, the extreme cold that would result from that would extinguish all life on the face of the earth.
     Were the sun's place taken by another star many times as hot as it, the earth would be a terrible furnace.[6]
     There are many, many more examples of this incredible equilibrium and delicate proportion in the order of the visible universe. This indicates the meticulous care Allah (Glorious & Exalted) shows with His creation and the way He protects them. It is proof of His Existence, His Wisdom and the glory of His handiwork.
[2]The Challenge of Islam (Al-Islam Yatahadaa), by Wahiduddin Khan
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