Each in its own orbit runs

Each in its own orbit runs

By MAULANA WAHIDUD... | 17 September, 2016

Modern technology has produced a mechanical ‘man’ – the robot – which performs the prodigious feats of walking, talking and working. But, at the end of it all, it functions in a purely mechanical way, just like any other man-made machine. 

On one occasion, a robot was being tested at a London office. The secretary decided to give it a trial run. She was testing the battery, when, the robot sprang to life and began to stalk along behind her. In the process, a new typewriter was knocked over and damaged. Finally, with great difficulty the robot was brought under control. 

In the world of today, those who do not believe in God say that the universe is nothing but a vast machine, and that it moves like a robot, in a mindless, mechanical fashion. But for millions and millions of years the perfect and harmonious movement of the universe has contradicted such a supposition. 

Had the universe been a mere robot-like mechanism, there would certainly have been many unaccountable clashes – like the one in the London office. 

According to the Quran, “The sun, too, follows its determined course laid down for it by the Almighty, the All Knowing. We have ordained phases for the moon until finally it becomes like an old date-stalk. The sun cannot overtake the moon, nor can the night outpace the day: each floats in [its own] orbit.” (36:38-40)

This statement of the Quran has been borne out in the present world by human observations and scientific discoveries, and this in itself is enough to prove that the universe is governed by some conscious and intelligent being. Without this the universe could never have been disciplined and harmonious to such a degree of perfection as it is.


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The world and the galaxies and the billions of stars and planets and black holes and a lot more have existed and moved along their paths with infinitely less violence than what the revelations of the plurality of Gods have so generously produced. The world moving on its elliptical path around the sun, regularly, as a matter of fact, does in deed move like an autonomous robot. Every culture has had its cosmology. The Quranic is one of the many cosmologies known in history. The Aztecs computed the arithmetic of the annual cycle with greater accuracy than the makers of the Gregorian calendar. Buddhism has been, and still is, one of the most peaceful, genuinely spiritual ways of life and it felicitously rejects the belief in God and in the soul as impediments to the genuine mystical search for enlightenment, for the transcendental self-knowing. Atheists have always advocated peace, tolerance, humaneness, in conjunction with the rejection of any divinity -- up there, far above, in the dark beyond. God, as Jehovah, as Father, as Allah advocate brutal violence as their identity. I would give one atheist Voltaire for all the Mullahs and Imams who have ever existed since Muhammad raised his first sword for the first time. Today we need more Voltaires. We would have peace. It is a still an unexpiated crime for Islam and Muslims to have eliminated so many peaceful Buddhist cultures in the name of their violent God and his many murderous injunctions. A robot does not necessarily kill. The Believer kills and calls it doing goodness!

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