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Article appeared Friday, December 25th, 2015 in The News Today, Bangladesh

The Revelation (407)

yousuf mahbubul Islam, PhD

When examining a work of art, what does its quality speak of? For example, in case of the world
famous painting, Mona Lisa, why is it valuable? Is it valuable because of the girl in the picture or
does it show proof of the skill of the painter and establish him as one of the greatest artists time
has seen? So, although no one today has seen Leonardo da Vinci physically painting a picture,
people realize how great a painter he was through his works of art.
It is interesting to note that Leonardo did not, in fact, sign his paintings {1}, i.e., he did not write
his name anywhere in the painting just as any painter would normally do. So how are paintings
attributed to him? According to Wikipedia {1}, The attributions draw on the opinions of various
scholars. Art scholars have taken the time and trouble to work out what can be called his
signature style or the individual way an artist would design and use his/her brush strokes to craft
a painting and attributed the origin of particular paintings to him! So, although Leonardo did not
leave his name, scholars did research to find the authorship of unknown paintings and attributed
many great works of art to him!
While it is obvious that a unique inanimate work of art cannot randomly materialize or put itself
together, can it be logically possible that the much more complex living being, i.e., the unique
painter with all his distinctive skills, is the result of a random process or has put himself
together? So, like in the case of Leonardos painting, if a group of scholars got together to
identify the originator or Creator of mankind, what would they find? Would they find that every
living organism on earth has an embedded digital code (DNA) that is full of information related
to the construction of the individual? One such Cambridge scholar, Stephen Meyer has written a
book, Signature in the Cell {2} that summarizes his findings.
The universe is comprised of matter, energy, and the information that gives order to
matter and energy, thereby bringing life into being. In the cell, information is carried by
DNA, which functions like a software program. The signature in the cell is that of the
master programmer of life. {2, italics added}
So, although we cannot physically see the Master Programmer of life, we have access to the
construction information in each cell, which is much like a software program that, in fact, guides
the life generating processes of the living organism. To write the software program of life or DNA
code the same four basic building blocks have been used, regardless of the living organism.
Just as we appreciate the skills of Leonardo da Vinci, should we be appreciating the skills of the
Master Programmer of Life, i.e., the Creator of Life?
Just as an example of the Creators skills and design, we may look at how the design of facial
muscles of a human being helps express different emotions. To do this, the Creator would first
have to conceive and design each emotion. He would then have to conceive how and which
muscles would express the emotion. Then He would have to consider the placement, the size,
the anchorage, the movement and how the intensity of emotion would trigger the movement of
the corresponding muscles. In addition, He would also have to design the method of
interpretation, so that other human beings can recognize the emotion from the facial expression.
Scholars and researchers have recently discovered 21 distinct facial movements to express 21
different emotions {3}. As reported,
Dr Aleix Martinez, from Ohio State University in the US, said: "We've gone beyond
facial expressions for simple emotions like 'happy' or 'sad.' We found a strong

consistency in how people move their facial muscles to express 21 categories of


emotions. {3}
The strong consistency in muscle movement speaks of intelligent and deliberate design and
thereby shows the Creators handiwork. In Chapter 15 or Sura Al-Hijr the Creator gives
examples of other designs that He has created for us.
It is We who have set out the Zodiacal Signs in the heavens and made them fairseeming to (all) beholders. [15.16]
Rather than simply use the Zodiac Signs to behold the Creators design of beauty, increasingly
there are people who use these Signs for Astrology, the Occult and Witchcraft {4} to predict the
future and influence events. However, we are warned against this,
True there were persons among mankind who took shelter with persons among the
Jinns but they increased them in folly. [72.6]
Jinn [15.27, 55.15] are another creation of Allah and Iblees or Satan [17.53], who is a Jinn, is an
avowed enemy to man. Among the Jinn, Satan has many followers who misguide mankind.
Among these are those who try to pry into the secrets of the heavens and earth. The following
Verse reports a discussion among the Jinn.
And we pried into the secrets of heaven; but we found it filled with stern guards and
flaming fires. We used indeed to sit there in (hidden) stations to (steal) a hearing; but
any who listens now will find a flaming fire watching him in ambush. [72.8 72.9]
And therefore, Allah confirms,

15.17 And (moreover) we have guarded them from every evil spirit accursed:
15.18 But any that gains a hearing by stealth is pursued by a flaming fire bright
(to see).
So Jinn not only misguide men, they do not have access to the secrets of the heavens and the
earth as they would have men believe. Instead of running after Astrology, Occult, Witchcraft
while seeking the help of Jinn, man should concentrate on the blessings given by the Creator.

15.19 And the earth We have spread out (like a carpet); set thereon mountains
firm and immovable; and produced therein all kinds of things in due balance.
15.20 And We have provided therein means of subsistence for you and for those
for whose sustenance you are not responsible.
Jinns have no power. Allah is the source of everything all we need to do is approach Him.

15.21 And there is not a thing but its (sources and) treasures (inexhaustible) are
with Us; but We only send down thereof in due and ascertainable measures.
-------{Notes}:
{1} https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_works_by_Leonardo_da_Vinci
{2} http://www.signatureinthecell.com/about-the-book.php
{3} http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/10735230/Scientists-map-how-ourfaces-betray-our-feelings.html
{4} http://www.gospelway.com/religiousgroups/astrology.php