The Existence (Ep. 3) – Bringing Islamic History to Life
The Existence (Ep. 3) – Bringing Islamic History to Life And you know, there are lots of videos that have been produced recently I saw them with atheist logic. What they do is they show people, putting things together or things that would come together out of nowhere, and it would say Atheist logic. And it remains me at the debate that Imam Abu Hanifah rahimahullah had with a group of people called Ad-Dahriyya. Ad-Dahriyya… The literal translation of Ad-Dahriyya are the timers. In essence these were people that said, مَا يُهْلِكُنَا إِلَّا الدَّهْرُ that, “Nothing does away with us except for time.” “There is no creator. There is no creator of time. There is nothing that takes place after we passed away. There is no after life”, so on so forth. So these group challenged Imam Abu Hanifah rahimahullah because he was a thorn in their side. I mean, he was really just doing away with their movements all together. So they said, “Let’s have a debate!” So they show up to the debate and Imam Abu Hanifah rahimahullah doesn’t show up. And he’s taking his time and people are starting to say, you know, “Maybe he’s scared.”; “Maybe he really knows that he can’t debate with this people.”; “He knows he’s gonna lose the debate.” So Imam Abu Hanifah rahimahullah he shows up like an hour late. and you know, the debater on the side of Ad-Dahriyyah, the Atheist, He says, you know, “This is clearly a sign of you not knowing what you’re going to say today! You clearly don’t know how to argue with us on this point!” So Imam Abu Hanifah rahimahullah he says, “Well, let me explain to you what happened.” He said, “I have to come across the riverbank. And in order to come across the riverbank, I needed a boat, I needed a raft.” He said, “So when I got there I realize I don’t have one. So I sat there and I watched and I waited for nature to create me a raft. So I waited for, you know, a few pieces of wood, a few chunks of wood to showed up. And then lo and behold the wind brought them together. And then nails came from the bottom of surface of the ocean and they started to nail them together.” And he said, you know, “By the end of it…”, and obviously I’m paraphrasing the story, “So by the end of it, you know, I was able to sail and get across the riverbank and debate you here. That’s why I’m late.” So the guy on the other side starts to laugh, he says, “You really expect us to believe that?” He said, “You people suggest that all of this came from nothing, that all of this is a matter of chance and not designed, and you are amazed by the creation of a boat being from the mother nature?” So this is Atheist logic, right? That comes from Imam Abu Hanifah rahimahullah. It’s one thing to say that, you know, there is no creator, it’s another thing to say that there is no designer after the creation. But things are so complex. It makes absolutely no sense. So Imam Abu Hanifah is addressing the simple fact, the simple logic, that in order for you to be here, there must been something before you. It’s like believe in your ancestors. You never seen them but you know that they were there. Because it’s by the process of cause and effect. You wouldn’t be here without them. Imam Asy-Syaafi’i rahimahullahuta’ala, he came up with the far more deeper answer in regards to the design part, the design piece. You know an Atheist asked him, “How do you know that there is a God?” He said, “Because of the leaves of شجرة التوت”, which is the mulberry tree. He said, “What do you mean?” He said, “Well, the leaves of these tree have the same taste, the same color, the same smell, and the same form. And when the silk worm eats it, it gives silk. And when the bee eats it, it gives honey. And when the sheep eats it, it becomes milk. And when the gazelle eats it, it becomes musk.” So he said, “Who could have made this so diverse in regards to its production, if it wasn’t Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى, other than a creator.” And then he recited:
فَتَبَارَكَ اللَّهُ أَحْسَنُ الْخَالِقِينَ the verse on Suratul Mu’minun. That, “Blessed be Allah the best of all creators.” So it’s beautiful when you think about it that Imam Asy-Syaafi’i was able to derive that from a simple leaf, that there’s no way that this miracle could of come from anything but a designer. So it’s cause and effect to know that there was a creator. You don’t need physical evidence. You don’t need to see it. And then after that coming to the conclusion that this design is perfect, it’s beautiful. So it’s only makes it clear and without the creator there would be no creation, and there would be no explanation for our existence. What then of the beautiful sciences, the differences in colors, and the difference in diversity of all the things around us, what then do you make of that?