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Project 365 2019 – WEEK 15

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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By Andale Seaworne

21. Pakistani. Muslim. People call me tubelight. Life is a roller coaster life but if you focus on the ups in life and have faith, life will be beautiful
Thoughts about things happening in everyday life stored in bubbles, waiting for the right time to burst out 😊
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14 replies on “Project 365 2019 – WEEK 15”

Love that you want to help people in humanitarian crises. What an amazing thing to do. The lecture sounded very interesting. I can imagine a lot of children having fun at the carnival – my daughter would love it!

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If you want to understand why humans and the other animals and plants evolved the way they do, I would suggest reading The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. If you switch the attention from individual to a gene, everything becomes more clear. The book is easy to read by lay people, so no worries about this. I’m quite surprised by the simplicity of his arguments regarding genes, especially from someone with his credentials. It can be also easily combated. A few thousand years ago, people had no idea about the water cycle and they were praying to God(s) for rain. That doesn’t mean there is a rain-God or a rain-designer, but that their knowledge was limited.
As far as atheists are concerned, if you want to know what they think you should read what atheists are saying, not what imams/priests are saying. Read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins and books by Christopher Hitchens to understand better what humanism and atheism is about. I would have suggested to talk to atheists, but I doubt there are a lot of them in Pakistan… considering that apostasy carries the death penalty.

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Good to know. Books that are related to such topics r hard to digest. True, its best to know an atheist’s perspective from an atheist. I haven’t come across any. There’s no hard & fast law for apostasy but there is for blasphemy

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