PROVING THE EXISTENCE OF ALLAH (SWT)TO AN ATHEIST by Dr. Zakir Naik

Dr. Zakir Naik

CONGRATULATING AN ATHEIST

Normally, when I meet an atheist, the first thing I like to do is to congratulate him and say, ” My special congratulations to you”, because most of the people who believe in God are doing blind belief – he is a Christian, because his father is a Christian; he is a Hindu, because his father is a Hindu; the majority of the people in the world are blindly following the religion of their fathers. An atheist, on the other hand, even though he may belong to a religious family, uses his intellect to deny the existence of God; what ever concept or qualities of God he may have learnt in his religion may not seem to be logical to him. My Muslim brothers may question me, “Zakir, why are you congratulating an atheist?” The reason that I am congratulating an atheist is because he agrees with the first part of the Shahada i.e. the Islamic Creed, ‘La ilaaha’ – meaning ‘there is no God’. So half my job is already done; now the only part left is ‘il lallah’ i.e. ‘BUT ALLAH’ which I shall do Insha Allah. With others (who are not atheists) I have to first remove from their minds the wrong concept of God they may have and then put the correct concept of one true God. LOGICAL CONCEPT OF GOD My first question to the atheist will be: “What is the definition of God?” For a person to say there is no God, he should know what is the meaning of God. If I hold a book and say that ‘this is a pen’, for the opposite person to say, ‘it is not a pen’, he should know what is the definition of a pen, even if he does not know nor is able to recognise or identify the object I am holding in my hand. For him to say this is not a pen, he should at least know what a pen means. Similarly for an atheist to say ‘there is no God’, he should at least know the concept of God. His concept of God would be derived from the surroundings in which he lives. The god that a large number of people worship has got human qualities – therefore he does not believe in such a god. Similarly a Muslim too does not and should not believe in such false gods. If a non-Muslim believes that Islam is a merciless religion with something to do with terrorism; a religion which does not give rights to women; a religion which contradicts science; in his limited sense that non-Muslim is correct to reject such Islam. The problem is he has a wrong picture of Islam. Even I reject such a false picture of Islam, but at the same time, it becomes my duty as a Muslim to present the correct picture of Islam to that non-Muslim i.e. Islam is a merciful religion, it gives equal rights to the women, it is not incompatible with logic, reason and science; if I present the correct facts about Islam, that non-Muslim may Inshallah accept Islam. Similarly the atheist rejects the false gods and the duty of every Muslim is to present the correct concept of God which he shall Insha Allah not refuse. (You may refer to my article, ‘Concept of God in Islam’, for more details) QUR’AN AND MODERN SCIENCE The methods of proving the existence of God with usage of the material provided in the ‘Concept of God in Islam’ to an atheist may satisfy some but not all. Many atheists demand a scientific proof for the existence of God. I agree that today is the age of science and technology. Let us use scientific knowledge to kill two birds with one stone, i.e. to prove the existence of God and simultaneously prove that the Qur’an is a revelation of God. If a new object or a machine, which no one in the world has ever seen or heard of before, is shown to an atheist or any person and then a question is asked, ” Who is the first person who will be able to provide details of the mechanism of this unknown object? After little bit of thinking, he will reply, ‘the creator of that object.’ Some may say ‘the producer’ while others may say ‘the manufacturer.’ What ever answer the person gives, keep it in your mind, the answer will always be either the creator, the producer, the manufacturer or some what of the same meaning, i.e. the person who has made it or created it. Don’t grapple with words, whatever answer he gives, the meaning will be same, therefore accept it. SCIENTIFIC FACTS MENTIONED IN THE QUR’AN: for details on this subject please refer to my book, ‘THE QUR’AN AND MODERN SCIENCE – COMPATIBLE OR INCOMPATIBLE? THEORY OF PROBABILITY In mathematics there is a theory known as ‘Theory of Probability’. If you have two options, out of which one is right, and one is wrong, the chances that you will chose the right one is half, i.e. one out of the two will be correct. You have 50% chances of being correct. Similarly if you toss a coin the chances that your guess will be correct is 50% (1 out of 2) i.e. 1/2. If you toss a coin the second time, the chances that you will be correct in the second toss is again 50% i.e. half. But the chances that you will be correct in both the tosses is half multiplied by half (1/2 x 1/2) which is equal to 1/4 i.e. 50% of 50% which is equal to 25%. If you toss a coin the third time, chances that you will be correct all three times is (1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2) that is 1/8 or 50% of 50% of 50% that is 12½%. A dice has got six sides. If you throw a dice and guess any number between 1 to 6, the chances that your guess will be correct is 1/6. If you throw the dice the second time, the chances that your guess will be correct in both the throws is (1/6 x 1/6) which is equal to 1/36. If you throw the dice the third time, the chances that all your three guesses are correct is (1/6 x 1/6 x 1/6) is equal to 1/216 that is less than 0.5 %. Let us apply this theory of probability to the Qur’an, and assume that a person has guessed all the information that is mentioned in the Qur’an which was unknown at that time. Let us discuss the probability of all the guesses being simultaneously correct. At the time when the Qur’an was revealed, people thought the world was flat, there are several other options for the shape of the earth. It could be triangular, it could be quadrangular, pentagonal, hexagonal, heptagonal, octagonal, spherical, etc. Lets assume there are about 30 different options for the shape of the earth. The Qur’an rightly says it is spherical, if it was a guess the chances of the guess being correct is 1/30. The light of the moon can be its own light or a reflected light. The Qur’an rightly says it is a reflected light. If it is a guess, the chances that it will be correct is 1/2 and the probability that both the guesses i.e the earth is spherical and the light of the moon is reflected light is 1/30 x 1/2 = 1/60. Further, the Qur’an also mentions every living thing is made of water. Every living thing can be made up of either wood, stone, copper, aluminum, steel, silver, gold, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, oil, water, cement, concrete, etc. The options are say about 10,000. The Qur’an rightly says that everything is made up of water. If it is a guess, the chances that it will be correct is 1/10,000 and the probability of all the three guesses i.e. the earth is spherical, light of moon is reflected light and everything is created from water being correct is 1/30 x 1/2 x 1/10,000 = 1/60,000 which is equal to about .0017%. The Qur’an speaks about hundreds of things that were not known to men at the time of its revelation. Only in three options the result is .0017%. I leave it upto you, to work out the probability if all the hundreds of the unknown facts were guesses, the chances of all of them being correct guesses simultaneously and there being not a single wrong guess. It is beyond human capacity to make all correct guesses without a single mistake, which itself is sufficient to prove to a logical person that the origin of the Qur’an is Divine. CREATOR IS THE AUTHOR OF THE QUR’AN The only logical answer to the question as to who could have mentioned all these scientific facts 1400 years ago before they were discovered, is exactly the same answer initially given by the atheist or any person, to the question who will be the first person who will be able to tell the mechanism of the unknown object. It is the ‘CREATOR’, the producer, the Manufacturer of the whole universe and its contents. In the English language He is ‘God’, or more appropriate in the Arabic language, ‘ALLAH’.

QUR’AN IS A BOOK OF SIGNS AND NOT SCIENCE Let me remind you that the Qur’an is not a book of Science, ‘S-C-IE-N-C-E’ but a book of Signs ‘S-I-G-N-S’ i.e. a book of ayaats. The Qur’an contains more than 6,000 ayaats, i.e. ‘signs’, out of which more than a thousand speak about Science. I am not trying to prove that the Qur’an is the word of God using scientific knowledge as a yard stick because any yardstick is supposed to be more superior than what is being checked or verified.

For us Muslims the Qur’an is the Furqan i.e. criteria to judge right from wrong and the ultimate yardstick which is more superior to scientific knowledge. But for an educated man who is an atheist, scientific knowledge is the ultimate test which he believes in. We do know that science many a times takes ‘U’ turns, therefore I have restricted the examples only to scientific facts which have sufficient proof and evidence and not scientific theories based on assumptions. Using the ultimate yardstick of the atheist, I am trying to prove to him that the Qur’an is the word of God and it contains the scientific knowledge which is his yardstick which was discovered recently, while the Qur’an was revealed 1400 year ago. At the end of the discussion, we both come to the same conclusion that God though superior to science, is not incompatible with it.

SCIENCE IS ELIMINATING MODELS OF GOD BUT NOT GOD Francis Bacon, the famous philosopher, has rightly said that a little knowledge of science makes man an atheist, but an in-depth study of science makes him a believer in God. Scientists today are eliminating models of God, but they are not eliminating God. If you translate this into Arabic, it is La illaha illal la, There is no god, (god with a small ‘g’ that is fake god) but God (with a capital ‘G’). Surah Fussilat: “Soon We will show them our signs in the (farthest) regions (of the earth), and in their own souls, until it becomes manifest to them that this is the Truth. Is it not enough that thy Lord doth witness all things?” [Al-Quran 41:53]

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Where is justice towards the people of Rohingyas? Where?

The unheard cries of the Rohingyas people!!!! Does the media care?

 

What!!! Nobody is hearing their cries!! Nobody sees their sufferings!!! Where are those who are militating for peace and justice?

New York Times journalist Thomas Fuller said the migrants pleaded desperately as he and other journalists approached the boat, crying:

“Please help us! I have no water! Please give me water!”

he migrants have been kept alive by food and water passed to them from fishing boats.

Reports say they have been forced to drink their own urine in a bid to survive.

The passengers said they had been onboard the boat for three months. They said 10 passengers who died on the voyage had been thrown overboard.

Thai authorities refused to grant permission for the boat to land. Regional police official Major General Puttichat Akhachan told Reuters: “We declined them entry to the country but we gave them food and water to adhere to our human rights obligations.”

Denied citizenship by national law, Myanmar’s Rohingya are effectively stateless. They have limited access to education or adequate health care and cannot move around freely. They have been attacked by the military and chased from their homes and land by extremist Buddhist mobs in a country that regards them as illegal settlers.

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It’s Not About Religion.. Its About Humanity…Who will help the Rohingas people?

This is what different people from different walks of life are saying about this situation:

“Living in 2015, witnessing such lives of fellow human helplessly is just enough to realise this world has lot of things to fix to restore the faith in humanity”

“These are human beings, like you and me, they are in very unlucky circumstances. Where is our humanity? So sad!”

Burmese government are acting such racist attitude toward their own rohinga citizens which are the main reasons of causing such catastrophic situation .
I m from bangladesh and in our costal boundary and Burmese border , millions of people trying to enter the country only to live . Shameful for Burma.”

“Leaving these helpless people in no where – – what kind of judgment it is ? People are talking about justice for the sake of law but how they forget that without people there will be no justice. Please Indonesia – – Please Thailand — Please Myanmar – – take them to your land for the sake of humanity . Then you accuse them . First please give them a chance to live – -”

“This is a strange time when human being is exploring the space and reaching the moon but they can’t reach other people’s heart. so sad.”

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“The Earth and soil, Water and Air, the Sun and Moon, the Stars and Sky all  belong to Allah and Human are living in this world as travelers or visitors. But Human divided this world may parts and gives boundaries between the parts and gives names for the parts like Asia, Europe, Africa and E,T,C. Some of the Human are snatching each other belonging like Rakhines and Myanmar government. Playing game with Rohingya people as football. Oh! powerful human of the world! please save the Rohingya people. Thank you so much.”

Halal food and restaurants in Mauritius

ARE MUSLIMS EATING HALAL FOOD WHEN THEY GO TO NON-MUSLIM RESTAURANTS WHICH PROPOSE HALAL? DO MUSLIMS REALLY KNOW WHAT IS MEANT BY HALAL? VEGETARIAN FOOD ARE NOT NECESSARILY HALAL. BEWARE!!!

Let us fear Allah in its proper way by searching for the right knowledge before we satisfy our desire for tasty food!!!

As Muslims are a minority in Mauritius, it means that halal food and restaurants CANNOT BE FOUND EVERYWHERE.

They are mostly found in Muslims’ regions such as Plaine-Verte and Rue Desforges in Port-Louis, at Pailles and Phoenix [mainly]

A Muslim halal restaurant should have his cook, his waiters and servers as believers who understand the importance of saying bismillah and cooking the food with the right ingredient. It is contradictory to have a Muslim owner who hire non Muslim as cook since the latter does not understand the importance of halal!!!

The good news is : There are more and more halal restaurants scattered in Beau-Bassin, Rose-Hill and Quatre-Bornes nowadays. For Muslim tourists who happen to travel by Flic-en-Flac, they can eat at Zub Express, Flic-en-Flac, a halal restaurant owned by Muslims and the servers/waiters are Muslims, clean look and properly dressed.

Most wholesale butchers in Mauritius are Muslims. There are many Muslims who are owners of snacks, restaurants and even street vendors and we thank them very much for doing such great jobs!

There are also some fast foods which provide halal food but please see their certificates. The best thing, when you are not sure, is to eat fish [hey…yes]!!! The famous fish and chips and I hope the ingredients are all halal.

We hope that hotels provide more and more halal food for Muslim tourists in our country and that they take into consideration that halal food should not be served next to pork ….They should NOT PUT PORK NEXT TO CHEESE AND SO FORTH!!!!

However, we should NEVER be misled by Indian restaurants which propose vegetarian food etc for halal restaurants. Vegetarian food are not necessarily halal. Beware!!!

There is nothing more disgusting than to go to a fast food which is supposed to offer halal food, but their waiters/receptionists have a dirty look and unclean appearance…..!!!! How is it possible that we have become a passive permissive community who accepts everything and talk behind? You just don’t need to eat at places who accept waiters and workers who wear dirty clothes, have horrible look, with long dirty nails…..I don’t need to give you a whole picture

Muslims should not fall in the trap of many restaurants owners who propose halal food while they do not possess any halal certificate!!!! Or those restaurants whose owners are Muslims but employ non-Muslims to take care of their restaurants…..

“I have seen many Muslims passively accept what the hotels propose. It is up to them to contribute to to help hotel managers understand that it is high time to offer halal food in restaurants as there are more and more Muslims worldwide who travel” – important notice.

I remember a case when I was in South Africa. I paid the hotel including breakfast and as I came down for breakfast, there were chicken and beef but they were NOT halal. And many Muslims were eating!!! What were they eating? Only having bread, butter and cheese and a cup of tea while they have paid for a buffet!!! Or are they eating haram without caring? Anyway, Allah knows best but they were all very passive. And I decided to ask the cook and he told me that clients should put their orders on the eve, so that they may be served halal food!!! This is a good idea and this is how Muslims should handle things when they book a hotel.The first thing is to ask for halal food. The first thing is to show your concern about eating halal. If you don’t care, no one will care for you!!!

By the way, you should know that haram does not imply only pork. It implies such things that are prohibited by Islam, such as sacrificing an animal not in the name of Allah, naming another god or gods instead of saying: Bismillah [in the name of Allah], animal blood in the food, having wine or any alcoholic drinks in the food, even those animals that are not allowed to be eaten such as monkeys…or any ingredients that contain such things as pork, wine or blood. What about food cross-contamination? What if they are cooking halal chicken in the same recipient that contain blood or pork?

Based on this fact, do you sincerely believe that a non-Muslim will cook food for you in the name of Allah???? Do you think that a non-Muslim who himself/herself eats haram will dutifully cook halal for you, take all the necessary precaution to cook your food separately so that there is no cross-contamination

We find this in Bangkok where owners publicize their products halal yet they are owned by non-Muslims who have no idea about halal. Unfortunately, many Muslims, when it comes to eating and having a good time around a table, DO NOT CARE WHAT THEY EAT. They do not verify and do not care to verify. How can people neglect a Muslim restaurant which provides halal and prefer a non-Muslim restaurant which serves alcohol drinks ? They do this because they do not read the Quran and do not understand that food has a higher objective  than taste and pleasure!!!

The main reason for it is, surely GREED. GREEDINESS CAN TAKE US TO HELLFIRE. GREEDINESS IS WHAT MAKE US FALL INTO SINS.

Do you, as Muslims know what is halal? Do you know why it is important to eat halal? Do you know why the slaughtering of animals in a halal way is important for your health?

Do you really care what you eat? Do you really care about the environment in which you are eating? Do you care whether you are eating among many idols while you are supposed to reject idols? Do you care to eat in a place where all kinds of music and songs are being played in your ears and in the ears of your children or babies? Do you care that your babies record these satanic words in their innocent minds while  you are happy eating and drinking among people who are swearing, smoking, drinking alcohol?

Unfortunately, the world has become so ignorant nowadays. We see intellectual Muslims who do not care about halal anymore and who even propose other Muslims to eat at non-Muslim restaurants,; we see Muslims who care to cook halal food at home but once they are outside, they do not care anymore….

We are commanded to take of the pure, wholesome and legal food and drink that Allah in His Mercy and Bounty has provided us and abstain from all the harmful, corrupt, unclean, and filthy. One of the general principles of Islam is that all that is good, pure and beneficial is allowed, and all that is evil, filthy, unclean and harmful is forbidden.

So please, let’s care more about what we are eating and let us fear Allah in the way He should be feared. Give the proper signals to restaurants so that they may improve of their food, their employees, the service…..

Any suggestions and positive answers are most welcomed for tourists in Mauritius

 

 

Muslims, listen to what Brother Nouman Ali khan advise you to do

When Muslims think about how their beloved prophet [pbuh] and so many others from the brotherhood of prophets before him like Jesus and Noah (may  peace and blessings be showered upon them all) would respond to ridicule, insult, mockery, allegations, hate and even physical persecution, they learn a timeless truth about these carriers of revelation: in face of such things they responded with even greater intensity of perseverance and loving concern even for their opposition.

Unless we Muslims have sacrificed the way they have so relentlessly in their noble careers for the good of the people, we are not to carry hatred in our hearts for those that mock us or our faith. We are offended, yes, but we will respond in a way that honors the legacy of these great role models and we will reflect deeply and ask ourselves, how would they have responded?

They simply allowed their character, genuine concern for the well being of humanity, and the timeless truth of their unified message to speak louder than the words of hurt hurled their way throughout their lives

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The change that I want to witness within myself…

“Yesterday I was clever,
So I wanted to change the world.

Today I am wise,
So I am changing myself” – Rumi

Many people have worked hard in trying to change others and change the world but the missing element is that they miss to change themselves. They have lived to make others happy while they themselves were not happy.

Decide to be happy. Start today….take 5 minutes to befriend yourself and sit with yourself [that is, alone] with no one around and you will learn who you are….

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I wish you all the best moments in life

How to treat anger?

Get rid of anger, anger is disastrous, anger ruins your marriage, anger means you cannot control your emotions

Prelude

Nowadays, more and more people suffer from anger. they cannot control their anger. Some do not even realize that anger is disastrous. they threaten everybody and bully their own wives and children. These people are never happy. It is not because they have the upper hand that they are happy, NO. Their negative vibes are too heavy for them this is why they need to burst out in ten minutes, every thirty minutes ….

In order for you to get an idea how to cure your anger, please read this story

Do you know the story of the two wolves?

Indeed, there are two wolves inside us….discover

An old Indian Grandfather said to his grandson who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice……..
“Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy.
It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times.”
He continued……
“It is as if there are two wolves inside me; One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all round him and does not take offence when no offence was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way. He saves all his energy for the right fight.


But the other wolf, ahhh!

He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason.
He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing.
Sometimes it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit.”

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather’s eyes and asked…

“Which one wins, Grandfather?”

The Grandfather smiled and quietly said……
“The one I feed.

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Advice: the ego is your worst enemy. It will not leave you until you decide to let go of the ego. The ego is dangerous because it wants to make you its slave, ruin your life and lose your place in paradise…

This inner work is called purification. you need to purify your mind from all disturbing events, incidents that you have seen or met. you should clean your heart with dhikr-Ullah

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