The Laws of Nature and Quantum Universe
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According to “Mechanic Universe” model which was established by Isaac Newton, the creator provided the matter and the laws at the beginning. Then, the universe started to work like a clock and since then, it has been working like that. In fact, Newton was a devout Christian. But there is another point to be made here. The Christianity which lost its originality is not a religion based on the doctrine, belief of Oneness of the creator (Tawheed). And Tawheed is something more than just believing the existence of a creator in a simple way.
It means more than accepting the existence of a creator and saying that there are no creators other than Him. Here what that means: this creator creates everything and everything without any exception by Himself personally and at every second, and He continues to do so. Therefore, you cannot attribute divinity to Jesus. You cannot attribute holiness to an angel. You can’t let the clergy confess people’s sins. You have just one centre for recourse that creates everything. And He is the one to whom everybody has recourse. The intervention of anybody at anytime is rejected by Islam.
Everything that remains, other than Him, is a means which does not have the capacity to affect in the real sense. They are simple causes, secondary requirements. Divine power and will is the real ruler and omnipotent. This is the doctrine of Oneness (Tawheed).
Otherwise, this belief in oneness which is formulated with the expression of “La ilahe illalah” cannot be fully expressed with its translation, which is: “There is no God but Allah”.
If it were so simple, then Islam could not wipe off, like a dragon, materially and nonmaterial all other religions and philosophies that were existing when it came for the first time to the world scene. Islam swept away all of them. It even swallowed, together with religions and philosophies, all systems of states. Nothing else remained. The history is a witness to this fact with all its grandeur. For this reason, the doctrine of Oneness, Tawheed, is very revolutionary and extraordinary reality both in individual life as well as in the social life.
With the “Quantum Universe” Model, which was developed later, it was to a great degree understood that the Mechanic Universe” Model, which resulted in an understanding of universe as a giant machine working on its own, and of a creator, who intervened just at the time of its formation and then did not meddle with anything else”, a universe which was winded like a clock and then never intervened, was a deficient model. The universe exists through a dynamic creation process by which it is re-created at every second and could continue existing in that way.
Intermediary Note on “Newton mechanics”: Although this is the case, Newton Mechanics is very successful in explaining the functioning of the matter in our daily life with mathematical formulas. For example it is practically useful in finding out where an object, while being here right now, will go and where it will be within five minutes with moving at a certain known speed. However, it was later understood that this model was insufficient in understanding the working and functioning of the matter and the universe.
In the text of the work, the mechanic model of the universe working like a winded watch is objected and the reasons for this objection are explained from the most basic point forth. Since this subject has a critical importance in terms of effecting our lives and beliefs, this point is specially underlined in the work. In the next part of this piece of work, in addition to the question of “What harm do the interventions, in terms of some unimportant issues, of some small causes in the invention/creation process give to divine reign, to His sultanate?” another question is asked “Why shouldn’t we thank to some causes in some small work in place of a creator? And Why couldn’t we attribute some small things to these causes and couldn’t it be possible that they have some right and share, albeit little, in some basic points in addition to the creator who only deserves to be worshiped as He is the one who created the universe? What is the problem of such an attitude? Here, such questions, which would not even occur to anybody’s mind, which may even seem to be unimportant, are also dealt with in Treatise of Nature. As they may be important to know their answers and they may be touching upon critical points in terms of our faith. For the time being, let us underline that these issues could be very critical in terms of faith. What could the fact that nothing, small or big, could intervene in the creation and management of anything, mean for us as human beings?
The inability of anything, small or big, to have a share in the invention/creation of anything means that, nothing, small or big, has the power to give us any damage, in the same manner nothing either has the capability to do good to us in its real sense. Do you know how important is this? What an enormous truth is this, which can change and shake our perception of the universe! If this is true, then everything has changed, everything will change and everything will be different for us. For a person who has discovered this truth and brought it to his life, nothing is the same anymore. The fact that every work is made under the knowledge of the single creator, with his permission, with choice of his will, with the judgement of divine power, by personally Himself, means that there is nobody but Him that should be applied to and asked for His help.
“The Intermediary Note on the World of Causes”: Of course, in our daily life, we are living in a “world of causes”. It is necessary to say this. For example, we will ask one of our friends to bring us a glass of water. In that case, shall we ask directly Allah to give us this glass of water? No, this is not correct. Don’t think it in this way. It is not such a fantastic thing. Here we do not deny the existence of causes. But here, there is the fact that, even these causes can’t work without the permission of divine will and power and that it is possible to have recourse to Him any moment. “It is important and necessary not to mix the provisions of the Circle of Causes with the provisions of the Circle of Believes” with each other and this is only possible with attributing the results to Allah despite having recourse to the causes and with believing that material causes do not have real affect. Maybe, observing these causes and the laws of nature means respecting the laws of creation made by Allah in the universe by His own will.
Therefore, there is no place to fear of anybody but of Allah and submit our needs to anybody but to Him. This is a great thing. A human being could understand this. A man who sees the universe from this peak of faith and belief in Oneness Tawheed), needn’t fear of anybody, anything for any reason anywhere under any condition and he needn’t ask a favour of anybody and feel destituteness.
Now we turn back to our subject. What kind of relation does the passage from “Mechanic Universe” Model to “Quantum Universe” Model have with the divine creation and the working of divine will? In order to understand this, we need to know the basic stand of the quantum physics with regard to the structure of the matter and its functioning. The mental journey that you will take with three videos that we recommend you watch will help us to achieve this.
First video deals with the basic approach of quantum physics which enables us to understand how the matter behaves in the subatomic world. In quantum physics, there is a very basic experiment known as “Young Experiment” or “Double-Slit Experiment.” Understanding the findings of this experiment means having a basic idea of how the quantum world is shaped. Our first video is “Dr Quantum – Double Slit Experiment”. It lasts 5 minutes and 3 seconds (You can find it on the web with the same name.)
The second video is about “Entanglement”, which is one of the basic concepts of Quantum Mechanics. The concept of entanglement states that all of the matter/objects which are created, are related and connected with each other and at subatomic level, everything is the same and one, reflection of one truth. The name of the second video “Dr Quantum and Entanglement”, which lasts 1 minute and 38 seconds (You can find in on the web with the same name.)
Our third video explains the quantum world in two minutes. It ponders the meaning of the things that happen in the quantum world for the world in which we are living. The name of this video is “Quantum World in Two Minutes”. It is 2 minutes and 14 seconds long. (If you search the web with this name you can find it there).
You should certainly watch these videos with care and try to understand but you needn’t worry if there are certain parts that you don’t understand or have difficulty in understanding. Here we will share with you, in an easily understandable way, our findings about “what the findings about quantum physics mean for us and how they change the shape of the world in which we are living”. We suggest that you start your voyage in the mysterious world of “Quantum Universe” by watching these videos first.
Now, we will deal with what we should understand of and what conclusions we should draw from the concepts which we have just mentioned above and which are explained in these videos in a detailed manner. Quantum Physics tells us something new: It says that the matter which seems in a decisive, stable, observable and determinable condition is not so at all in the subatomic world and it behaves a whole lot of a different way. It determines that the matter behaves in such a way, with observable experiments, with mathematical formulas, showing its necessity of being in this way. So, it is not just a theory, it does not stay at hypothetical level. The Quantum Mechanics works at the subatomic level, just like the way the Newtonian Mechanics works at the atomic level and above. In other words, it is not a science-fiction like the theory of evolution. The matter does not act like a stable and concrete particle which is in a certain location. In fact it behaves both like a particle and like a wave. Then, what does this mean?
The potential movement of the subatomic matter is so complex and uncertain/indefinite that in fact, such an indecisive thing should not create a regular and decisive structure. However, somehow, this does not happen in this way. Have a look at the objects around you and at your body! They don’t scatter away all of a sudden. Why? They don’t lose their body and shape by losing their atoms, electrons in a second. They keep their position decisively. You, the objects around you and the book which you are just reading now keep their positions. We wonder how this is possible. It is so interesting that, macro world, that is our apparent world, which is composed of particles of the micro world, does not seem to be affected by the entanglement of the micro world.
This structural and unshakable decisiveness, that shows itself to us as being observers, repeats itself continuously and somehow does not get out of order and continues in a stable manner! In the world which is seen with our naked eye, a basketball is seen only in one place in a basketball court, but quantum mechanics says that the reality is just the opposite of what we see! It informs us the possibility of the existence of the electrons of the basketball anywhere in the basketball court potentially with the multiple probabilities and even says that they move as if they exist in this way. This is not all that it says. It also says that, in subatomic level, everything is the same and one and connected with each other, that is the concept of entanglement. More interestingly, it says that once we are involved in the process as observers, all potential situations collapse, in other words, they disappear, and our reality, the only situation specially related to us comes into being. And it says that, when we are not involved in the situation with our will and observation, all potential positions of the external world and alternative templates of fate stay in a situation which is called “Super Position”, like the existence of the basketballs everywhere in the basket court. This is a very interesting situation. The universe and the matter inside it, somehow, stand still and wait for you. They wait for your involvement with your will and existence and once you are involved a template of fate which is special for you appears, at that time, a template of fate appropriate to what you wish, which is already existing, is brought, put there, created. Just like when you push the button over an elevator and you go to the floor which you choose.
Quantum mechanics informs us that for everybody, a special world is created. We wonder if some of the realities that find a place in Islam with such expressions as: “Allah, gives to his servant whatever he sincerely wants, even if he is a denier.” and “However my servant knows me, I treat him that way” do not seem to have some relevance with the way of working of quantum universe.
Now we would like to refer to famous books about quantum physics and law of attraction, for which documentaries were also shot: as “The Secret” and “What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole”
We see that what is described as SECRET in these books and also in some other books such as “Famous Law of Attraction” and “Quantum Thinking Style” in such expressions:
“Ask the Universe, and it will do whatever you wish” or “the way that we see events and believe shapes your reality” kind of “Supposedly the Big Secret” is in fact existing in a much more real, meaningful and greater way in the reality of faith and Islam.
This is the Real Big Secret of the Universe Opening All Doors and Overcoming All Difficulties: Finding someone who knows and sees you any moment; who has the sole power to do harm or good; who has no limit in his compassion; knowing him and devoting yourself to that person…
On the other hand, in “Law of Attraction”, you are asked to believe in and in fact, pray (?!) to a nondescript universe which does not have compassion, and which does not know you. And even, in the book of “The Secret”, with this method called “Law of Attraction, which is resembled by the book itself to “waiting for Aladdin’s Genie to make your wish true”, divine truths, whose workings and the reality are quite different, are distorted and today’s men are provided with a modern nonsense, which contains, if any, some trifling reality.
Think of this: If Allah, who is the owner and the ruler of this universe, gives someone who does not either recognize or know Him, who does not worship him; whatever he wants just because this man wanted it sincerely, with a language of necessity; then, how would He treat a man, who knows and loves Him with all the names and attributes taught by His prophets; who knows His wishes declared in the books sent by Him and who obeys this wishes and who worship Him consciously in accordance with the purpose He has shown with His religion? How would he shape the entire universe, the present, the future and the eternal time in favour of that servant?
How much would he treat that servant and to what extent, at what level, would He fulfil the wishes of that servant?
This is such a high place where He treats that servant. His Prophet describes it as such: “Eyes have never seen such a place neither have ears heard of it, nor did the heart of a man can imagine”.
Be careful! The Law of Attraction could help you own a Ferrari, but belief in Allah, would give you the unimaginable and wonderful blessings of an infinite life and provide you with the honour of seeing Someone whose beauty makes us even forget the Heavens.
Compared to the paramount truths of faith and Islam, the concept of “The Law of Attraction” could not have any status which is more valuable than a popular but cheap toy.
Now think of this: What could be the reason why this big universe, which is composed of the particles of the subatomic world, where all matter is observed to be exist in a uniform and simple structure appears the way as we see it?
If the matter – in terms of its nature – have such a uniform structure that it cannot be thought of as something separate and different from other particles, then how and why could it differentiate itself? How is this possible? In other words, how the specialized shape/form of the visible world has come into existence?
If there are infinite numbers of possible forms and variations of different shapes and situations that could be realized with combinations of the particles of the matter and the material causes in different styles which could be expressed with probability calculations;
Then, despite their confusion because they face infinite number and variety of complex probabilities and dead-ends, how is it possible that:
* They enter into new ways, getting out of dead-ends, with a great skill
*And, they choose a certain option without any hesitation,
*And, each time they decisively take right and accurate actions,
*And, whatever they do, they choose the shortest way, the easiest manner and most beneficial form and hence achieve the visible steady state of the matter (Please look at the intermediary note below); and they create and orderly and artful living being.
*And they are able to function continuously in the body of that living thing?
Even trying to envision that admirably interesting, decisive activity of the matter, which is determinable, measurable and stable at the level of Newtonian Mechanics is taking place on its own without any external intervention is fantasy far beyond the limits of mind and imagination, absolutely abortive science-fiction, and it is making up an unreal story in the name of science!