Questioning the Factors That Determine the Value of Scientific Information
(It is presented during the training session of “Good examples in curriculum and publication”.)
This article text is some parts of our book: “Academic Proof of the Creator Visual/Interactive Book (New Perspectives from the Treatise of Nature)” Click Here for Book Page
In this presentation, we would like to share with you our striking analysis which has the characteristics of the precursory and the intellectual basis of an utterly different approach of education and science and the Civilization of Quran which will give a fresh new hope to humanity. We also want to share some of our conclusions on the value, for the humanity, of the scientific works and approaches which search for evidence for the acceptance of a creator and which make their conclusions in this regard.
This is also, in a sense, an evaluation of Medresetüzzehra Educational Approach presented by Said Nursi as an innovative educational project at the beginning of the century. This presentation is part of our target of presenting “Quranic Truths in Risale-i Nur works, with a modern presentation in a comprehensible way, to academic staff and “intelligentsia” and promoting them to be read by this section of the society. It is already submitted in some educational activities and it is also presented to academic staff and management.
I would like to direct your attention to the fact that here our analysis does not aim to prove the existence of a creator. Our detailed work and evidence-based proofs are presented to the attention of the academic world in our book entitled “A Journey of Discovery for an Extraordinary Treasure: Risale-i Nur (The Treatise of Light) Training Program”. On the other hand, the part related to the first and the most important pillar of the six pillars of faith, that is the belief in Allah was presented with seven seminars, which we call as The New Perspectives from Treatise of Nature with visual supports, the videos of these seminars were released and E-books were brought to the benefits of the users free of charge. Now, we continue with our subject.
First of all we have a short video: “OUR STORY IN FOUR MINUTES” (You can watch the video by clicking on the link or the picture below)
Once our spirit is sent to our body, we find ourselves unsolicitously in this amazing and beautiful universe. Well, “Why are we here? Who has sent us here? And where are we going after here? Who are we and what is wanted from us? What are we doing here?
So many things have been said and written in the way of solving the secret of the great cosmic puzzle and the conundrum of the universe, which keeps the answers of these question within and do not open then to everybody. So many thoughts have been revealed by so many individuals under this sky. However, finding definite answers has always been so far away.
Why are the real answers to such questions asked during all history of mankind important for us? What does it mean that the human, which is an unimportant living being in terms of his physical weaknesses, ask questions that are much bigger than what he can handle? Such a weak human being could only gain value and meaning with its intelligence and comprehension and he did so. But his body is still helpless, his needs are limitless and he is sentenced to death. Since all these weaknesses stay as they are, he still continues to seem as if he will “disappear”, would not the value he earned and the meaning he represents turn into insignificance and meaninglessness?
Now at this important point we ask: what kind of truth can change this situation fundamentally?
The human being has been elevated with his intellect and went down back with the death. Then what kind of reality can uplift him back and make his value a real one. We are asking this. Is there such a great discovery that would not negate his great potential and comprehensive capabilities, that will rejoice his sad spirit?
Do you think that the value of such a meaningful reality could be estimated properly?
Such a thing is possible if it is certainly understood that the World is constructed especially for us.
Because such a discovery will also reveal the fact that the purpose of our existence in the world is to see the special treatment towards us and to appreciate it (If this is the case in reality, and it this fact is revealed). In other words, if someone has brought you here and he has been nurturing you with blessings, this is not in vain.
Since we have intellect and comprehension facilities, it is understood that we are asked for something. What is that? It is so easy. It is to see, recognize that special treatment and appreciate it.
If this is really the case, then, the life and the world we live in shall be brightened by a very different light and we will be able to look at the universe from a very different perspective. It means that we will be able to have this opportunity as a human being.
Each one of us will be able to say, “This world is my home and it is specially built for me”.
It will come to the light that the world is not a chaotic place moving haphazardly in the space and among the meteors, for which it is worried that it will bring its doomsday by hitting one of them, leading us into a mystery; a place where continuously some are born and some others die; but rather a guesthouse for us.
The goal of obtaining this information in the highest degree of certainty is a high horizon for the science.
The quality of all findings in this direction and the inferences of all studies to be made in this area will be a factor that will determine the real value of scientific information.
Moreover, we claim that the value of scientific approaches and studies which search for evidence for acceptance of the existence of a creator and which make their conclusions in this direction is much higher and meaningful for the humanity compared to atheistic approaches which leave the creator out of consideration from the very beginning.
The discovery of the fact that the world is a temporary guesthouse is a great truth giving birth to a chain of spectacular truths.
Recognizing, in its real sense, the owner/master of the palace would change the colour/appearance of everything, and it will be the basis of earning the eternal life.
A person, who knows why he or she is here, will look at everything or every event from this perspective.
Philosophy and science always try to understand the universe. But, either they can’t find conclusive and net answers like a cat trying to reach his own tail, or if any, the answers claimed to be found are shallow and meaningless that do not befit the universe.
Yes, this is a reality. The disappointment is inevitable for a man who tries to understand the universe just by using his intellect. This has been the case in the past and will be so in the future.
This is because; the mind cannot know the reality of the universe on its own without the guidance of the divine revelation. Besides this, the mind itself dictates to be the subject of the divine revelation as all the sayings of the divine message is logical.
Why can the logic not find its way on its own?
For instance, somebody secretly puts you asleep by anesthetizing you and take you to a facility on an island. When you wake up you see there are several people like you brought to the island against their will.
Now we ask this: How could people on the island know the purpose of the establishment of a facility existing on the island?
We wonder if it there is any other way of finding conclusive information on how they came to the island other than the notification of this information by the one who brought them to the island?
Each of the hundreds of people can produce a great number of theories about the island, the facility and about themselves and they can make numerous guesses about why they are kept there. Besides complex conspiracy theories, there could be also people arguing that a definite answer could not be given on this subject. And even, there could be adrifts –with drunken souls saying: “Never mind questioning what and why… Let us eat and drink and enjoy ourselves here. We live as much as we are allowed”. However, these questions need to be asked absolutely.
Every wise person appreciates the importance of finding those answers and sees, as a cause, that wondering why he is brought to the island is a necessity of being a human.
It is so obvious who will answer: The One who has sent you there, who established and has been running that facility, will also give you the answer. If a person is brought to somewhere, against his will, for a purpose, then, the right to speak in that issue belongs to the One who brought him there. The one who knows the answer to this question is only that person knows why you are brought there and what you are asked for. It can’t be anyone else.
Therefore, first of all, we have to find out who has brought us here and then we should learn the answers to our questions from him.
In fact, we are saying a very simple thing: Since the one who does, knows, for sure, the one who knows also speaks. This is a rule of logic.
The person who constructs the universe, who operates this world as a guesthouse and who sent him into this universe against his will, certainly and only knows its reason and what man is asked for. So, without any doubt, He will notify these things as well.
And presumably, he must have informed. Don’t you think so?
The truth is not complicated. The truth is simple, accurate and clear as far as possible. The nature of the truth necessitates that.
The purpose of the creation of the universe as revealed by the Creator through his religion is a clear and simple expression of the truth.
Now we are at a point where all the philosophies and false religions go bankrupt and fail the class.
It is only the Creator Himself that could manifest/notify the real shape/essence of the human being and the purpose of his creation in a definite and clear way.
Yes, this is how it happened.
The God who address to us through his books, which is his divine discourse, and with his Messengers (who are authenticated with their miracles, high morals and with their not asking any fees for their duties as prophets) informed us of the deepest truths in a simple but very eminent declaration.
Now imagine the package of a gift. The gift is put in a top-quality box. The package is surrounded by ribbons, bands. And there are fragrant rose petals placed around the gift inside the box.
The one who puts aside the package of the gift after having opened it and then directs his attention to the gift itself is a wise person.
No one can claim that the person, who is not interested in the gift, throwing it away and playing with the package, is rational.
The person who is not interested in the gift itself and pays all his attention to Its fancy package declares her ignorance and lack of Intelligence.
This universe can be resembled to an enormous set of gifts, containing a large number of valuable and meaningful gifts. Their eye-brightening decorations and artful appearances are just like the packages of that giant gift set. The packages are carefully decorated in this way due to the value and the meaning of the gift.
Then, if it is asked: what kind of value does it have? What is the meaning that it has? The value of the gift comes from the fact that the One with unlimited power, knowledge, excellence, beauty, compassion and generosity, have sent it in order to introduce and endear Himself to us.
The meaning of the gift, on the other hand, is that it is an open invitation to us to introduce his excellent beauty showing that, if we know and love the sender of this gift, he will continue to give the originals of these gifts forever.
The fact that the blessings contained in these gifts are tasted by everybody only for a limited time and nobody is allowed to be fully satisfied shows us that these gifts are only samples of the original gifts so that we could seek for the real blessings.
It should be assessed what kind of an apathy and ignorance besides mindlessness if someone is not realizing that this is the real gift and why and by whom it has been sent.
Divine revelation is like the sun when it comes to the declaration of the essence of the matter. Just like sun enlightens the matter and shows us its existence, in the same way, Quran, which is a divine revelation, takes the wisdom, the truth and the meaning of the matter out from where they are hiding and shows us their real meaning. It is not possible to see and know the existence of objects in a dark square. Without the sun of Quran, if the mind, which is like a dim hand lamp, is used on its own, the essence of the matter can’t be seen and known in its proper sense. The parts seen by mind on their own are nothing more than the messy and blurred copies of the reality. The approaches that leave the creator out of consideration and claim to be scientific, look at everything at the universe for their own interest and do not take into account the Master who has created them. What happens in that case? The deepest meaning of nature, which is a valuable and meaningful piece of art, hides out and their highest moral and spiritual values take cover, just its material value remains. How much would it worth?
We wonder how deep is the meaning of such a situation: you accidentally satisfy your needs with the fruits extended to you by the hands of branches coming out of the soil like a mud which is formed by coming together of factors that do not know you; in other words, you are given these blessings by coincidence.
Well, what about the meaning of such a situation: You know that a person, who can only be known with its works where he shows his endless beauty and excellence, limitless power, knowledge, will and compassion, who knows, sees and loves you, offers you these fruits in order to make himself known to you as he has already made this soil and tree a cover for himself. How high and beautiful could be the meaning and the value of knowing that these fruits are sent you as gifts by such a person compared to other situation?
And, what if, such information leads you to the source of all gifts, being a harbinger for the gifts to be received, meaning that you are invited to meet and know the owner of the treatments. How much importance should be placed on that?
Wouldn’t the real beauty of this universe be revealed if we look at it in the name of the powerful and compassionate master, who is the owner and the ruler of this universe, whom we have known to be aware of our all needs and desires by understanding that He is the One who creates an orange just in accordance with the needs of our body, our visual pleasure and taste?
Wouldn’t the saying “How beautifully it is created” give an utterly different meaning and value to the matter and objects?
Unfortunately, mistaken and ill-judged presentations made by the materialists of our time, whose eyes are in their minds, shaping the scientific data as they like in their materialistic worldview, are accepted as correct and palatable and hence, in this way, the masses are deprived of the moral treasure of the real understanding of science which is nourishing the soul and opening the doors of personal development to the end.
Whereas, Quran and scientific approaches and interpretations, which are developed through a window opened by the existence of a creator, open an infinite treasure of science/knowledge for the minds, by showing the exemplary miracles of divine power everywhere and over every living being.
Thus, a door of spiritual elevation is opened up with every living being from which lessons are drawn and with artful creature, whose beauty is amazing.
To the attention of all human being who are the lovers of the truth and to the community of scientist, who are our friends and companions on the way to achieve the reality, we would like to state and declare that:
A scientific approach leaving the existence of the creator out of discussion as irrelevant is a meaningless mass of information, a false nonsense and an insult to the high value the universe possesses.