Saturday, June 16, 2012

Thinking about Insects

Many things can be thought of by someone who spends his day at home. While cleaning the house, he found a spider knitting its nest in a corner of the house. If he is aware of the necessity to think of an animal that is often ignored by this person, he will understand that the door of knowledge has been opened for him. The little insect he was witnessing was a miracle. The spider's nest has a perfect symmetry. He was amazed by a tiny spider but has the ability to make a perfect design that is so amazing.
After that he made a brief observation to get some other facts: the fiber used by spiders turned out to be 30% more flexible than rubber fibers of the same thickness. The fibers produced by spiders have such high quality that they are imitated by humans in making bulletproof jackets. Remarkably, spiders' nests that are considered simple by most humans, turned out to be made of materials of the same quality as the most ideal industrial materials in the world. When witnessing a perfect design in living things around it, humans continue to think and then push it to find more amazing facts.
When observing a fly that is encountered at any time but has never been noticed or even feeling very disturbed and eager to kill it, he sees that the insect has a habit of cleaning itself up to even the smallest parts of its body. These flies often perch somewhere and then clean their hands and feet separately. After that, this fly cleanses the dust that sticks to the wings and head using the hands and feet thoroughly. This fly continues to do so until it is sure of its cleanliness.
All flies and insects cleanse their bodies in the same way: attentively and thoroughly to even the smallest things. This shows the existence of the only Creator who taught them how to cleanse themselves. When flying, flies flap their wings approximately 500 times every second. Even though none of the man-made machines are capable of this incredible speed.
Even if there is, the machine will break and burn due to friction. But the wings, muscles or joints of these flies are not damaged. Flies can fly in any direction without being affected by wind direction and speed. Even with the most up-to-date technology, humans are still not able to make machines that have extraordinary specifications and flying techniques as well as flies. That is, living things that tend to be underestimated and don't get much human attention, can do jobs that humans cannot do.
No doubt, it is not possible to claim that a fly does this solely because of the ability and intelligence that it has. All the special characteristics of flies are the abilities that God gives to them. Everything that is seen in passing by humans turns out that there is life, whether seen or not. Not even one square centimeter on this earth which does not contain life.
Humans, plants and animals are creatures that humans can see. However, there are still other creatures that are not visible to humans but humans are aware of their existence. For example the house that he lived in was full of microscopic creatures called "mites". The same goes for the air that he breathes, inside it contains an infinite number of viruses, or the garden soil that contains a lot of bacteria.
Someone who ponders about the extraordinary diversity of life on earth, will know the perfection of these creatures. Every creature he sees is a sign of the majesty of God's creation, so is the extraordinary miracle hidden in these microscopic creatures.
Viruses, bacteria or mites that are not visible to the naked eye have a unique body mechanism. Habitats, ways of eating, their reproductive systems and defenses are all created by God. Someone who thinks deeply about this phenomenon remembers Allah's verse:
"And how many animals that can not (carry) their own resources. It is Allah Who gives it to you and to you. He is the Hearer, the Knower."(QS Al-Ankabuut, 29: 60)
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