There are various critics of the evolution of Makkah over time, with our kaabah shrouded by skyscrapers that boast of their beauty over the simple and pure beauty of the house of Allaah azzawajal. And although I do prefer the traditional and historic view of Mecca, and I am disappointed that our beautiful kaabah is hidden in the shadows of boastful developments, the area of Hajj definitely needed expansion now that traveling to Makkah is more doable in this age. And with so many more people travelling to Makkah, we need that many more places to house them. Considering our lifestyle, not many visitors would be willing to pitch up a tent for those ten days, and which “such discomfort,” how many Muslims would actually look forward to revisiting in the future? It is unfortunate that our needs are as such, but it is also the reality we’ve created for ourselves. This post isn’t about whether or not we’re destroying Makkah, because I can make valid arguments supporting both perspectives. This post is merely a representation of the conflicted Muslim soul when they think of Islam, what we’ve adjusted for the better, and for what cost, and what we’ve destroyed, for what purposes.
I can feel the pain you suppress behind that beautiful smile and my heart aches and prays for you. It prays that your beautiful soul find happiness by which it can truly smile. I await the day in which your smile is full and pure, and not shrouded by dark pain. I hope you can understand how beautiful you are to me and to so many others whose hearts smile because of you. Because you radiate happiness every where you go and every step you take - every person you encounter glows from the joy that grows when their soul meets you. I pray you can feel the happiness you so genuinely, generously, and sincerely shower others with. Because you deserve nothing but happiness and nothing but the best. I truly believe that you struggle the most because only those who know pain are able to give others such immense happiness. Only those who help others when they’re weak are the truly strong ones. I look at you, talk to you, listen to you, and feel bliss and peace. I feel blessed to have a friend like you - despite everything we’ve been through and everything we’ve faced… Every force that could have pulled us apart and has… We’ve overcome it. Because you truly are worth holding onto like dear life. Because you are dear to me. And to countless others who have felt your light. And every time I walk away from you, you leave behind smiles in my heart… Yet, I feel the chill of a smiling, pained soul. Yours. You give us smiles as you conceal your scars that continue to dig into you. I truly pray for your happiness. For your success. For peace in your heart, soul, and mind. And I pray you can always experience the bliss you’ve given me. May you always be smiling that beautiful smile - strong and true, with no pain or suffering to conceal.
It’s always women that are striving to be like men. I’ve never heard a man say “I want to be pregnant.” or “I want to experience labour and give birth to my own child.” If men were able to practice such roles, then perhaps women could practice more of men’s roles. But the world is very limited and we can only make so many changes. Certain things can’t be changed. It’s disrespectful that we complain of our roles when, some times, we are the only ones that can fulfil them and it is our obligation to give back to the world that has provided us with food and shelter from its nature we destroy every day.
I was once talking to a science professor of mine who very passionately and strongly argued against the existence of a higher power (ie: God) of any sort. In a single statement, he laughed and told me to stop talking about religion and that if I can’t support it with science then a thing such as religion hasn’t reached any validity. It was rude and disrespectful to me at the time, and had I wanted to, I could have explained the various advances science has made centuries and decades after Islam explained the basis of those theories, but his ignorance was so disgusting to me that I couldn’t respond. And alhamdulillah I didn’t.
Today, if I could have said something, it wouldn’t be about scientific evidence in the qur’an or about the greatest scientists that often began believing in a higher power as their understanding of the universe increased.
I would want to teach this professor something about science - the fundamental principle of science. The principle is that science actually cannot prove anything. No theory, no hypothesis can be proven through any number of evidence or experiments or observations. The only thing science can do is disprove something. Because you can always find evidence to support something, but as soon as you find evidence disproving it, you have established truth and validity by falsifying a prior belief.
And that is the limit of science. It can’t directly prove anything.
It’s disappointing that my professor requested proof from me and stated that “if you can’t use science to prove it, then it doesn’t meet the standard requirements for a debate,” when science can’t prove anything at all.
Note: I am a scientist and love science.
In Islam, we do believe in evolution.
We do believe that environmental forces test the limits of individuals, and the individuals that are able to combat and conquer those environmental forces are more likely to reach maturity and procreate.
We do believe that the individuals unable to do so, are unable to pass off their genetic traits to offsprings and thus their genetic traits become less and less available in that population’s genetic pool.
We do believe that any individual that procreates passes on their heritable genes to their offspring, increasing those traits in availability in that population’s genetic pool.
We do believe that these heritable traits can often replicate inaccurately in the offspring by means of forming a mutation.
We do believe that mutations that result in favourable traits and enhance the individual’s ability to combat environmental forces will allow the individual to grow to maturity and procreate, thus enhancing the availability of those traits in that population’s gene pool.
We do believe these mutations have the ability to mutate further and further from generation to generation and often result in speciation - new species diverging from old ones.
We do believe that these mutations occur at random.
We believe that the random mutations are planned by Allaah.
We believe that speciation is planned by Allaah.
We believe that Allaah has the might to plan exactly what mutation will cause what kind of speciation centuries down the road, and we believe He does plan this.
We also believe that many species have common ancestors, but not all. And we believe this because He has mentioned it to us in His book.
We believe He is able to produce spontaneous generation and that is how He created the first jin, the first human, the second human, and the angels.
We believe that all that seems random to us is planned by Allaah and He has a course of action that only makes sense to our finite minds as it unfolds.
We believe He has given us signs all around us of His existence, His perfect planning, their perfect execution, the perfect balance that He has created.
Because the most intelligent and enlightened minds are those that can’t fathom there not being a higher power to create the perfect balance and action that exists today, existed before us, and will exist after us.