Saturday, 25 April 2009

To my Dear Professor

Done my reading for the night and picked up my Quran. I pondered. Allah...if only my professor knows. I always think in dialogs. The dialogs in my head went :

Professor: What do you Muslims believe?

Student: We believe that God is One and Muhammad is the Messenger of God.

Professor: You learn science, a knowledge from evidence. Tell me why you think there is God? 

Student: Because there exist you and me, the microorganisms we cant see and the nature so amazingly complex but beautiful. I don't know anyone or anything that can make any of these, but we are all here. There has to be a Creator.

Professor: Okay. What about spontaneity. Why do you reject the possibility that substances may well just spontaneously exist and then from there, organisms are formed.

Student: I don't believe something as complex as us can ever be spontaneous sir. How can the existence of DNA so precise be spontaneous. Even the saliva has many functions. And all these functions are relevant to the mouth, not randomly beneficial to the legs or the head. It moisturises the mouth that may easily be dry as the air in the environment is dryer than in the mouth (osmosis), it contains antibodies to protect the mouth as it is an area exposed to pathogens and insults, it contains digestive enzymes as it is where food comes in from. The saliva, sir, is so systematic it can never be spontaneously formed.

Professor: Okay. Then, tell me, why do you believe that there is only ONE God? 

Student: I see this in two ways. The first was explained to me by a teacher. You realize how in every atom of every cell in our body and in everything else, the electrons go around the positively charged nucleus. These electrons stay in their orbits and simply don't collide with the next. This is the system of which we and every single thing in this world function by. So, there isn't any other system but one. And then the planets go around the Sun in the same system. That one, same system. 

Professor: Yes, I am aware of that. What's your second point?

Student: That everything works best only if they go by Allah's way. The way of this One God. In the Quran, which we believe is the words of God, we are taught that the strong has to help to weak. The better off has to help the needy. And our Prophet Muhammad preaches the very same thing. In the body sir, if there is any damage, these damaged cells will be helped by local inflammatory response cells. Neighboring capillaries, neutrophils will all work to help this damaged area heal. They provide the damaged area with food (nutrients), cleaning service (neutrophils removing debris) and even a new home (scar tissue formation). They may not be able to function best in this new home, but still they now have another home. This is how tissue healing works. Had there been no inflammatory response, there will be no healing. That is also why, sir, in Islam, we reject the proud  evolutionary idea of 'The Survival of The Fittest". If the way we choose to work by is this, then the stronger ones will trample on the weak ones. Not only that that the social problems not heal, the problem will be cancerous. The way of Allah that He explains in the Quran for many aspects of life, is what our body functions best by. It is what we will function best by. 

Professor: Right. I do know that Muhammad preaches about Islam. But how do you know he is the Messenger of God? That he speaks of teachings from God?

Student: Interesting, I was just pondering about this. What we know about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is what he said and what he did. Whatever he conveyed. When I was studying your lecture on apoptosis, I was reminded of this. I believe now, even more, that Muhammad (PBUH) conveys the teaching of the One God because he calls for us to follow the already existing system in us that Allah created. For example, he taught us to support our brothers in wrong and in right. Then, a companion asked, but how can we support our brother in wrong? Then, the Prophet said, by stopping him from doing wrong. This, sir, is the way God's creation works too. In our cell cycle, you know better than me that there are checkpoints. A checkpoint between the Growth phase 1 to the Synthesis phase ensures that this cell that wishes to undergo further DNA synthesis and then further growth and cell division has its DNA in correct and good conditions. DNA integrity, you call it. If the checkpoint detects that the DNA integrity of the cell is impaired,like when the DNA contains mutations (hence will produce bad daughter cells), the following phases of the cell cycle will not be allowed to continue. If the DNA damage is less severe, the process in simply delayed until the damage is corrected. If the damage is very severe, the cell is sent for apoptosis (programmed cell death). Is this not how the Prophet asked us to work by? The way of the Creator. This is among how I know that Muhammad (PBUH) conveys the teaching of the One God.

Professor: Hm, like you said before, the way Genome integrity is maintained would work best in society too. Only, they call it law and order. We truly function best if we follow this system. 

Student: Yes. Our Prophet also calls it brotherhood. 

Professor: It's very interesting that "God is One, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God" that you believe comprises all this. I must admit, I will think more about the concept. Thanks for sharing. Have a good day.

Student: That, which you call concept, we call Guidance. And it's a real pleasure sir. You have a good day too.