Bismillah Hir Rahman Ir Raheem
Assalam Alaikum. Peace be upon you all
Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great week:
Sunday, 7th April
A speaker, Dr. Shoaib Ahmed Malik, will be given a guest lecture in our class on Monday tomorrow. The topic is The Grand Design. I would’ve preferred hearing the talk of Atheism, Science and Islam as it is a more easily understandable topic and is a common debate. The Grand Design may go into a more scientific and complex area that takes some time for me to grasp.
Monday, 8th April
The talk he gave was very interesting. It was based on the concept of whether the universe was created spontaneously or was there a Creator, a Designer who made the Universe. He gave a few examples of how things can be complex and specific, simple and specific, complex and non-specific, and simple and non-specific. For e.g the word cat is simple and specific, and cta is simple and non-specific and there is no pattern or meaning. In this way, he described examples of nature that DNA is made up of nucleotides that have specific bases that pair in specific pattern of complementary base pairing, and this results in a complex structure. So DNA is complex and specific, like nature, indicating that such creations cannot be made randomly without a purpose.
In the end, a classfellow asked a question that people prefer Atheism because of their belief that God is described by three features; All-Powerful, All-Merciful and All-Knowledgable, but He can’t be all three at the same time. For e.g, God has knowledge and merciful but he is not powerful as all over the world, people are suffering from diseases, war, poverty and He doesn’t use his power to help them while on the other hand, those causing such horrors are living life comfortably.
To that, he says we people have our own definitions of what is good and evil but that can vary from person to person. Atheists assume that justice should be served completely in this world as they do not believe in the Hereafter. Whereas in the Hereafter, all justice will be served by Allah more fairly than by anyone. I remember a similar thing said by Nouman Ali Khan that a murderer can kill 100 people but you can only punish him by execution once, which is really unfair. But the remaining punishment is served in the Hereafter, thus justice is served.
Allah’s Power, Knowledge and Mercy is not limited to our definitions of good and evil and His methods are beyond our human understanding and we need to accept that.
Tuesday, 9th April
Nowadays, I’m passing by a Carnival view during my leisure walks. Carnivals take place about twice a year in my colony, usually in Spring. It’s a great festival for children to enjoy and have fun in the rides.
Wednesday, 10th April
Today we had a practical called Peripheral Smear. Here, we take a sample of our own blood, smear it on a glass slide, stain it and observe it under a microscope to see all the cells in the blood; the red blood cells, white blood cells and small fragments of platelets.
It was quite annoying to take the blood out. My fingertip had to be pricked by a needle four times and the blood that came out was unfortunately too little to be observed so we weren’t able to see the cells clearly.
Thursday, 11th April
I’ve been seeing alot of beautiful colours lately.
Friday, 12th April
I attended a TEDx talk here in Islamabad. I have been wanting to attend one for so long and I was selected along with 140 people from 800+ applicants. I feel so honoured to have been a part of this event. Further details are in my next blog post
Saturday, 13th April
I got these pamphlets, a big black book and a box from yesterday’s event. The box was taking from the pile of boxes placed on the back of the stage. Inshallah in the future, I will be giving my everything to help those suffering in various humanitarian crisises.
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So that’s how my week went. How was yours? Do let me know in the comments.
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