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1 161 The Objectives for Creating this Universe Dear Friends, Assalamu Alaikum, Alhamdulillah, there are literally hundreds of Madrasahs or ‘schools of religious learning’ for Muslims; you may even refer to them as the seminaries of the Muslims. There is this observable trend where more and more Muslims are opting for Madrasah learning, as against secular education. This is not merely a social or a community trend confined to Sri Lanka only, but it is an observable global phenomenon. It is com
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  1  2 161 The Objectives for Creating this Universe Dear Friends, Assalamu Alaikum, Alhamdulillah, there are literally hundreds of Madrasahs or ‘ schools of religious learning ’  for Muslims; you may even refer to them as the seminaries of the Muslims. There is this observable trend where more and more Muslims are opting for Madrasah learning, as against secular education. This is not merely a social or a community trend confined to Sri Lanka only, but it is an observable global phenomenon. It is common knowledge that Islam does not encourage or does not have room for a priestly class of Muslims. All Muslims are required to be seekers and every Muslim is required to help others to seek and to learn. However a thought that disturbs me is that I find that those students who pass out of the Madrasah rather than becoming seekers of knowledge, they are sucked in to a system that transforms them to vociferous teachers and preachers. As I have mentioned, this is disturbing. Therefore the gist of all these talks in this series ‘Pleasing Madrasah Reforms’ is to encourage or to motivate the administrators of the Madrasahs as well as the students to becoming seekers and learners  –   lifelong seekers and learners. The research and the emerging answers are truly exciting! In my last two talks, I first brought up the rather perplexing puzzle ‘Is GOD just or unjust?’ and then followed that talk up with a talk titled ‘Opportunity to be forgiven’  I now continue the drift of the earlier talks and I am now trying to find out what happened before we arrived on or was placed on this Earth. The evidence or the pointers would be from what we observe and from the Aayaths of the Quran. There are two ways of observing this Universe. The first way could be described as the view of an Atheist. The Atheist’s view would be that everything in this Universe happens by random chaos, but there is an order to that chaos, a sort of a balancing of a multiplicity of elements, objects and forces. The second way would be to view the observable Universe and to reach a conclusion that there is too much order in the Universe or this to be just a series of cosmic coincidences arising out of random chaos. There is compelling evidence to demonstrate ‘ design ’  in everything and that design is not just hodgepodge design but brilliantly and meticulously planned design.  Now out of the two ways of viewing the observable Universe, obviously the second way or the viewing with the belief that there has to be a planner a designer a creator a manager a sustainer etc and all these are roles or attributes of one beneficent and gracious GOD ’  is really the more interesting one. It is the more intellectually stimulating premise. So when we believe that there is an all-powerful God there automatically arises many questions. If there is a GOD, then there has to be a purpose or even many synchronized purposes to everything.  3 So then we begin to seek out these purposes or these objectives. Let me voice a few of them;    Why has God created this whole universe?    Is there really a plan for this Universe and for everything in it?    On a more personal level, ‘Is there a plan for my life? Are these not the most important question I can ever ask? Then there are other questions.    Is the future yet to be written, or is it already written?    Do I have free will?    Who am I?    Am I just a biological machine?    Then why do I have consciousness?    What is consciousness?    How do I find out?    Would I learn all these answers after I die?    Then what is the use of learning these answers after I die? Is it not more useful if I knew the answers to these questions whilst I am alive, whilst it could be useful to me, useful to fulfilling the purpose of my life? Oh, there are so many questions! We are seeking out these answers from the Aayaths of the Quran. In my last talk titled ‘ Opportunity to be forgiven ’ ( this was talk No 160) I was able to point out Aayaths of the Quran that instructed us about a future life after death and also some Aayaths of the Quran that instructed us about events that took place before we arrived on this Earth or were  placed on this Earth. So today let us try to work out through the Aayaths of the Quran what happened in the past. Let us try to work out as to what happened before we arrived on Planet Earth or the events that led to us being sent to or being placed on Planet Earth. Exciting isn’t it?  It is an adventure that is more exciting than some popular science fiction because now it is not fiction it is reality, it is the truth. The really exciting part is that we are involved not just as  participants but actually as stakeholders! We have to work it out through the evidence pointed out to us in the Quran. From where do we begin our seeking? Let us begin with the creation of the Heavens and the Earth or in other words the creation of the Universe. Let us study the pointers or the Aayaths of the Quran, along with the evidence from the world of science. We have all heard about the ‘Big Bang’ theory.   This is how Wikipedia describes the ‘Big Bang’ theory.   ‘  The Big Bang is the scientific theory that is most consistent with observations of the past and  present states of the universe, and it is widely accepted within the scientific community.  It offers a comprehensive explanation for a broad range of observed phenomena ’  4 According to this theory the Universe began around 13.7 Billion Years ago. Before this ‘ Big Bang ’  this Universe was  just not there . From an infinitesimal dot, referred to as a singularity, suddenly this whole Universe exploded into  being  –   so we call it the Big Bang  –   however there was no noise. Where did this take place?  Now that too is a big puzzle. If there was no universe then there was no space. So in other words there was no space for it to happen. Ever since that Big Bang, over these 13.7 Billion years, the Universe is undergoing changes and is continuing to expand. It is predicted that this expansion cannot continue indefinitely and at one point in the future the Universe would reach its limits of expansion and then it would implode or would roll back to its srcinal condition. This future event is termed the ‘Big Crunch’  Now the Quran describes these developments. The Big Bang, the continuously expanding Universe and the final Big Crunch is pointed out to us in 3 Aayaths, as follows; In the past or in the beginning there was this Big Bang; S Al Anbiya (21:30) Did the disbelievers not observe that the heavens and the earth were closed, then We opened them? َ   َِَا   ََ   ْََوَاوُَ   َضْرَْاَو   ِتاَوََا   َنَ   ۖَُهَْَََ   ًْَر   َََ   The main phrases from that Aayath in this case would be: (   َضْرَْاَو   ِتاَوََا   َنَ )  –   means the heavens and the earth were closed  ( ًْَر   َََ ) Kaanathaa RathQan - means a closed entity, and ( َُهَْَََ ) FafathaQnaa Humaa - means, we opened them. After this Big Bang there is continuous expansion  –   we could call this the present state; S Adh Dhaariyaath (51:47) And the sky was built by Us with might; and indeed We are the expanders. ﴿   َنُِُَ   َِَو   ٍدْَِ   ََْََ   َءََاَو   (  ٍدْَِ   ََْََ   َءََاَو ) Was Samaa’a banaiynaaHa bi aiydhin  and the sky we constructed it with might

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