Advocates of Absurdities
Can poison be food to someone? Until scientists discovered the photosynthesis of trees, many may not have believed that it was possible. A person would die in a room full of carbon dioxide; yet trees blissfully absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, which, of course, helps other creatures to survive. Michael Dombeck, a former forest service chief in the US , estimated that a tree with 18 inches in diameter may generate enough oxygen for a family of four.
Everyone knows this simple science. What people don’t know is that Titus Lucretius Carus (c.99-55 BC), a Roman poet and philosopher, predicted the whole phenomenon 2000 years ago. I am fascinated by Lucretius’ anti-religious comments. He wisely stated, “So potent was religion in persuading to evil deeds.” Anyway, it’s not about his religious conviction but his prophetic comment in regards to photosynthesis. He foretold, “What is food to one, is to others bitter poison.”
I take full responsibility of making this story up. It is as ridiculous as it can be. This logic has no merit and it does not make any sense unless we perceive the situation with an Islamic mind.
Yes, many pseudo-scientists of Islam purposely find scientific formulas in the Quran. There is one, Harun Yahya, whose spontaneous explanation of Quranic verses in the light of science would make my story authentic. Harun Yahya, whose actual name is Adnan Okter, claims to have ‘intel inside’, making him an intellectual. We, the apostates of Islam, have a reason for hiding behind phony names. After all, there are people–believers of a 7th century Samurai, wearing black ninja dress with double-edged sword– looking for us. It’s not clear why Adnan Okter started with a fictitious name. Only one explanation makes sense: most likely he was not confident of what he was writing, and he feared that people would throw rotten eggs after reading his Qi-fi (Quranic fiction) books.
Harun Yahya wrote hundreds of books and Muslims received them with great enthusiasm. After gaining enough confidence, Adnan Okter, aka Harun Yahya, came out from the dark and became a well-known author. He also maintains a website where a great many articles are published, explaining the hidden meanings of the Quran.
In one of his articles, “The Information Network in Dolphins is Superior to the Internet”, he cites the study of a New Zealand researcher who discovered the communication system of animal communities. Lusseau, the researcher, observed a group of dolphins and compared the method with the Internet network system. Harun Yahya, without hesitation, claimed, “….the flow of information on the Internet shows the existence of a superior intellect that regulates the information network in dolphins and many other similar living things in nature. There can be no doubt but that this superior intellect is that of the Omniscient, Almighty God.”
Now, the question is which God? Is it the God of Muslims, is it the God of Hindus, or is it the God of Christians? Harun Yahya tries to prove his God, Allah’s handy work on the information network, and picks one verse from the Quran that says, “”Truly your Lord is the Almighty, the Most Merciful” (Qur’an, 26:9). How does this verse relate to the discovery of the New Zealand researcher?
In another article, “The Secret of How Spiders Walk on Ceilings”, Harun Yahya explains how spiders hang from the ceiling. A human head holds about 100,000 hairs but there are 600,000 hairs under a spider’s foot. These hairs with triangular tips create an adhesive force, enough to support 173 times of its own body weight. To support his argument, Harun brings another verse, “God created every animal from water. Some of them go on their bellies, some of them on two legs, and some on four. God creates whatever He wills. God has power over all things” (Qur’an, 24:45).
Three cheers for scientist Allah! Until Quranic verses were revealed, no one knew that animals walk on four legs, humans walk on two legs and alligators walk on their bellies! Probably an infant of the Stone Age knew these facts, yet Yahya gives credit to Allah for his miraculous / ridiculous statement. Interestingly, Allah even forgot to mention spiders, that hang from the ceiling and have more than four legs, but Yahya quotes this verse while keeping a straight face.
More importantly, according to all Muslims, credit goes to Allah but it never has been proved that Allah has done anything for mankind. It’s like the rooster who claimed that the sun would not rise until he crows. Our Muslim intellectuals never realize that the sun will rise whether Mr. Rooster crows or not. Likewise, life goes on whether Allah brays or not.