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Good Logistics do not guarantee Victory, but Bad Logistics will guarantee Defeat

by | Nov 15, 2020

This saying goes for war, but it pretty much sums up through which lens one should see things. Too many people misplace their trust in Allah. What I mean by that is that they ask Allah for what they want without working for it. For instance, what would you say about a farmer that does not seed his land, does not water it, and expects a record harvest other than weeds… You would say that he just came out of a mental institution. Unfortunately, these are the same circumstances that plague many faiths. People ask God for something without laying the groundwork. In Arabic, this groundwork is called Asbab (reason/cause).

Now, let’s see what should be the mindset. You are sick, you go see the doctor, he prescribes you the medicine, you take it. Now, the medicine in itself is not the cure, it is the treatment. So you fully know that this medication is useless without Allah’s will as the cure, but you know that the medication is a Sabab to your recovery.

We find a lot of these Asbab in the Quran. For example, when Moses (ﷺ) hits the sea (or large body of water) with his staff and it splits in half. Or when Mary shakes the date palm and fresh dates fall to her feet. In these situations, Allah could have made these things happen by sheer word: “Be, and it is.” However, Allah wants us to live by Asbab and Dua (imploration), together. So the way to go is by using due diligence, but fully putting one’s confidence in Allah for the outcome, regardless of the outcome.

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Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

If anyone is a betting man, he knows that most of the time he will lose; it is a question of numbers. Winning every time is improbable and practically impossible. When flipping a coin, you have one chance out of two of getting it right. 50%, not bad; but repeat it four times straight; not too confident, are you?

Let’s transpose that example to the prophet Muhammad; he got every single verifiable (with our limited knowledge to date) phenomenon right. Not only he got them right, but most of them are also explained; not just enunciated or left for interpretation. Let’s say there are about 20 scientific/natural phenomenon (Actually, more have been mentioned and others left out since a multitude of authors have done a better job than me explaining them. Plus, 20 seems like a pretty round number, and we don’t want to sound boastful either) that were elucidated 1400 years ago, by an illiterate Arab that had no aspirations to science whatsoever… When you do the math: ½ at the power 20 is ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½. That gives you the possibility of 1/1 048 576 of getting it right. That is less than one in a million probability; becoming less and less a betting man…Keep in mind, considering that the questioning is in a yes or no format; true or false to a given question (without formulating the solution and adding all the explanation that comes with it in the Quran and Hadith).

The thing is, it is not because the prophet Muhammad was an expert in astronomy, geology, chemistry, nuclear physics, biology, botany, entomology, oceanology, or even historical science that he got it right all the time. It is because the only thing he got right out of all of this is that he wholeheartedly believed in Allah. All these, verses, signs, scientific phenomenon were not explained or tackled by the prophet Muhammad; they were brought forth by Allah, the All-Knowing.

And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.

Surah Al-Anam (6 – 59)


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