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Index

  Common Material, Design and Designer

  Biography

  Jewels of Al-Quran

  Gems from Al-Hadith

  Quotable Quotes

  On the Origin of ‘Witness’

  Glimpse from World Press

  Muslims in the New Millennium

Common Material, Design and Designer

Adnan Aktor
The recent completion of the human gene map within the scope of
the Human Genome Project is an important scientific
development. However some results of this project are being
distorted in some evolutionist publications. It is claimed that the
genes o f chimpanzees are 98% similar to human genes, and this is
presented as an evidence for the claim that apes are close to
humans as claimed by Darwin’s theory of evolution. The
argument is misleading.
The claim of 98% similarity is deceptive. To claim that the genetic
make-ups of man and chimpanzee bear 98% similarity to each
other, the genome of the chimpanzee also has to be mapped just as
that of man and the two have to be compared. However no such
comparison results are available because, so far, only the gene of
the human has been mapped. No such research for the chimpanzee
has been done yet.
This claimed similarity is an exaggerated generalization grounded
on the similarity in the amino acid sequences of some 30-40 basic
proteins present in man and chimpanzee. A sequence analysis has
been made with a method called ‘DNA hybridization’ on the DNA
sequences that are correlated with these proteins and only those
limited numbers of proteins have been compared. However there
are about hundred thousand genes, a nd therefore 100,000 proteins
coded by these genes in humans. The claim that all the genes of
man and ape are 98% similar is based on the similarity in 40 out of
100,000 proteins!
Moreover the above mentioned basic proteins are common vital
molecules present in various other living beings. The structures of
the same kinds of proteins present not only in chimpanzees, but
also in completely different living beings, are very similar to that
of humans.
For example, the genetic analyses published in New Scientist have
revealed a 75% similarity between the DNAs of nematode worms
and man. (New Scientist, 15 May 1999,p.27). This definitely does
not mean that there is only a 25% difference between man and
these worms!
On the other hand, the analyses done on some proteins show man
as close to some very different living beings. In a survey carried
out by the researchers at Cambridge University, some proteins of
land dwelling animals were compared. Amazingly, in nearly all
samples, man and chicken were paired as the closest relatives. The
next closest relative was the crocodile. (New Scientist V. 103. 16
August 1984. p19)
Another example used by evolutionists on ‘the genetic similarity
between man and ape’, is the presence of 48 chromosomes in
chimpanzees and gorillas and 46 chromosomes in man.
Evolutionists regard the closeness of the number of chromosomes
as indication of an evolutionary relationship. However if this logic
were true then man should have an even closer relative than the
chimpanzee: the potato! The number of chromosomes in a potato
is exactly equal to the number of chromosomes in a human: 46.
These examples show that genetic similarity does not constitute
evidence for the theory of evolution. This is because the genetic
similarities are not in line with the alleged evolution schemes, and
on the contrary, they yield completely opposite results.
Not surprisingly, when the issue is evaluated as a whole, it is seen
that the subject of ‘bio-chemical similarities’ does not constitute
an evidence for evolution, but on the contrary leaves the theory in
the lurch. Dr. Christian Schwabe, a biochemistry researcher from
the Medical Faculty of South Carolina University, is an
evolutionist scientist who has spent years to find evidence for
evolution in the molecular domain. He particularly did researches
on insulin and relaxin type proteins and tried to establish
evolutionary relationships between living beings. However he had
to confess many times that he could not find any evidence for
evolution at any point in his studies. He said:‘Molecular evolution
is about to be accepted as a method superior to paleontology for the
discovery of evolutionary relationships. As a molecular evolutionist
I should be elated. Instead it seems disconcerting that many
exceptions exists to the orderly progression of species as
determined by molecular homologies; so many in fact that I think
the exception, the quirks, may carry the more important message’.
(Christian Schwabe, On the Validity of Molecular Evolution,
Trends in Biochemical Sciences. V.II, July 1986)
Based on the recent findings obtained in the field of molecular
biology, the renowned biochemist Prof. Michael Denton made the
following comments: ‘Each class at molecular level is unique,
isolated and unlinked by intermediates. Thus, molecules, like
fossils, have failed to provide the elusive intermediates so long
sought by evolutionary biology. At a molecular level, no organism
is “ancestral” or “primitive” or “advance” compared with its
relatives. There is little doubt that if this molecular evidence had
been available a century ago the idea of organic evolution might
never have been accepted’. (Michael Denton, Evolution: A Theory
in Crisis, London, Burnett Books 1985 pp-290-291)
It is surely natural for the human body to bear some molecular
similarities to other living beings because they all are made up of
the same molecules; and they all use the same water and
atmosphere; and they all consume foods consisting of the same
molecules. Certainly, their metabolism and therefore genetic makeups would resemble one another. This, however, is not evidence
that they evolved from a common ancestor.
This ‘common material’ is not the result of an evolution but of
‘common design’, that is, their being created upon the same plan. It
is possible to explain this subject with an example. All building
constructions are done with similar materials (brick, iron, cement,
etc.). This, however, does not mean that these buildings ‘evolved’
from each other. They are constructed separately by using common
materials. The same is true of living beings as well.
Darwinists are distorting the results of the Human Genome Project.
Life did not originate as a result of unconscious coincidences as
evolution claims, but as the result of the creation of Allah, the
Almighty, the Owner of infinite knowledge and wisdom. *
*Adnan Aktor writes under the pen name, Harun Yahya. He has
published almost 100 titles in Turkish. Some have been translated
into English and other languages. The above article has been
extracted from the Impact International (UK), Vol. 30, No. 8,
August 2000.

Biography

Nadia Sultana
Muhammad Asad, Leopold Weiss, was born in Lwow, Austria
(later Poland) in 1900, and at the age of 22 made his visit to the
Middle East. He later became an outstanding foreign correspondent
for the Franfurtur Zeitung, and after his conversion to Islam in 1926
he traveled and worked throughout the Muslim world, from North
Africa to as far East as Afghanistan. After years of devoted study he
became one of the leading Muslim scholars of our age. After the
establishment of Pakistan, he was appointed the Director of the
Department of Islamic Reconstruction, West Punjab and later on
became Pakistan's Alternate Representative at the United Nations.
Some of his important books are:Islam at the Crossroads, The Road to
Mecca, The Principles of State and Government in Islam, Sahih Al -
Bukhari: The Early Years of Islam. He also produced a monthly
journal Arafat. He completed an English translation of the Holy
Qur'an (The Message of the Qur’an) and has passed away on 20th
February 1992.

Jewels of Al-Quran

Verily He sent His Messenger with divine guidance and the true
Deen in order for it to be dominant over the world.
[Al Qur’an 9:33]

Gems from Al-Hadith

Nobody who dies and finds good from Allah (in the Hereafter)
would wish to come back to this world even if he were given the
whole world and whatever is in it, except the martyr who, on
seeing the superiority of martyrdom, would like to come back to
the world and get killed again (in Allah’s cause).
[ Sahih Al-Bukhari]

Quotable Quotes

God upholds the just state even if it is unbelieving, but does not
uphold the unjust state even if it is believing. [ Ibn Taymiyyah]

On the Origin of ‘Witness’

Nazmun Nahar
The love for Allah (SWT), the love for Islam and the love for
fellow sisters had inspired a group of Muslimahs to form a Muslim
women’s organization in Bangladesh. The group appeared with
the name 'Witness'- with a connotation as its root is in the Qur’an
:"Witness to the Ultimate Truth". Some sisters used to get together
at the house of its adviser Shah Abdul Hannan, a well-known
scholarly figure in Bangladesh who used to conduct classes on the
fundamentals of Islam and also on the contemporary Islamic
issues. Within a year, the meeting place was shifted to a
participating sister's house. At that time, the classes were primarily
focussed on women's rights and duties in Islam. With time, the
class started to attract sisters from different educational and social
backgrounds. As the group grew larger, the sisters deeply felt the
need for an organizational structure. This had initiated the
emergence of ‘Witness’, the organization. Its primary purpose is to
learn, practice and spread the balanced perspective & message of
Islam all around with special emphasis on the rights & duties of
women. In addition to these, the group's activities involve Dawah,
developing awareness against social injustice, publishing articles
and letters in major newspapers and magazines on important
issues, arranging Islamic book fairs & Islamic dress shows,
conducting social service among the deprived population of the
country & other social activities. [Summarized from Al-Baiyyi
nah, August-October 1998 which is a magazine published by
Witness-Pioneer International.]

Glimpse from World Press

Yusuf Islam Releases Alphabet Song
Yusuf Islam, the musician once known as Cat Stevens, has
launched a children’s album that uses the Arabic alphabet to spell
out the fundamentals of Islam. The album, A is for Allah, is his
third mainly spoken-word album since he returned to the recording
studio in 1995 after 17-year break. In 1988 he also released a
music album , I Have No Cannons That Roar, to support the
people of Bosnia. After withdrawing from the music industry in
1978, Yusuf Islam founded his own school in London, and has
campaigned for Muslim schools in the UK to receive state funds.
As Cat Stevens, he was one of the biggest solo artists of 1960s and
1970s, after first making it into the limelight at the age of 19. He
abandoned music in 1977 when he returned to Islam.
A is for Allah takes its title from a so ng written by Yusuf Islam to
teach his first born child that the letter A stood first and foremost
for Allah the Almighty and not, as is often taught, only for apple.
The philosophy of life, which pervades Western society, begins
with the very first lesson a child learns in the classroom. The
primal etching on the minds of such innocent beings and the
attention teachers give to certain things has a long lasting
influence on their perception of this world. Often it takes little or
no account of the basic hum an desire: to know and learn to love
our Creator. Narrated by Yusuf and based on the 28 letter Arabic
Alphabet, this is an exciting double album that reaches new
heights in education and entertainment. Bursting with rich sound
effects and featuring voices of Yusuf Islam and four others. A is
for Allah is must for every explorer of wisdom, young and old.
This book ($11.95) and double CD ($19.95) or double cassette
($10.95) is for those who seek to teach their young that behind and
beyond everything in this life and this world is Allah Most High.
Website: www.astrolabepictures.com .To order call Tel: 1 800 392
7876. [Islamic Horizons (USA)]
Construction of Minaret Uncertain
The construction of Minaret at The Oxford Center for Islamic
Studies in UK has become uncertain because of the opposition of
councilors, academics and the citizens of Oxford objecting that the
construction of the Minaret will drastically change the skyline of
the city. Saudi Arabia has donated 20 million pound for the
construction of the Center to be built on three acre land that would
have a 100 feet Minaret (tower), a 75 feet dome, a prayer hall,
library and quadrangle. Impartial observers feared that ‘Xenophobia
or Islamphobia’ has been the main cause of objections to the plan.
Earlier plan to build the Islamic Center near Merton College was
similarly blocked and subsequently abandoned in 1997 because of
its alleged impact on the skyline. [Islamic Review (Malaysia)]

Muslims in the New Millennium

Early Muslims contributed a lot for future generations. We are
tremendously benefited from their efforts. They were the pioneers
of science and culture. They contributed to such fundamental
disciplines as Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Aviation,
Philosophy, Navigation, Poetry, Social Sciences and Humanities.
Some of these pioneers are Ibn Seena, Al Byrooni, Ibn Khaldoon,
Al Ghazali, Al Razi etc. They also contributed a lot in the science
of religion, especially in the fields of Hadith, Sira (the life of
Prophet Muhammad), Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Tafseer
(Analysis of the Holy Quran) and delivering message of Allah to
non-Muslims. Later Muslims were afflicted with decadence and the
Muslim civilization went into dormancy. Many of us today talk
about the good past and the present evil, but very few of us talk
about the future. We are proud of our Islamic heritage and
ancestors, but what have we done for future so that our posterity
will be proud of us?
This is time for us to spread the authentic knowledge of Islam
among the Muslims as well as informing non-Muslims of the
message of Islam. For this we have to establish Islamic institutions.
First of all we have to be united. We should not be the camp
followers of the West. We should have dreams as our ancestors had.
We should have hopes and visions. Our ancestors put all their
dreams into reality 1,400 years ago. If they could, why not we be
able to materialize those in this new millennium? If we can
strengthen our Iman and do fulfil our responsibilities we will
inshAllah be successful. We are to strive very hard to establish the
religion of Allah. We look forward the day when majority of the
people of the world will accept Islam and will abide by the
teachings of Islam. If each and every one of us take the initiative to
inform one person about Islam-if only one person is to accept Islam
by each one of us-then and only then we may hope to s ay that in
future the whole of the world will be one Muslim Nation.