The Quran: ‘Glory be to God, the Best of Creators!’

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A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule.  A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk. A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist.  Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people  stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace.  He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it.  No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats averaged $100.

The details of the above legend may be off in minutiae but the theme is true.

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

We definitely take all the master pieces of Allah’s creation for granted. The title of this article is borrowed from a verse of the 23rd chapter of the Quran, the Arabic words are: فَتَبَارَكَ اللَّهُ أَحْسَنُ الْخَالِقِينَ:

We created man from an essence of clay, then We placed him as a drop of fluid in a safe place, then We made that drop into a clinging form, and We made that form into a lump of flesh, and We made that lump into bones, and We clothed those bones with flesh, and later We made him into other forms. Glory be to God, the best of creators! (Al Quran 23:12-14)

These verses talk about the development of the fetus, in an age, in 7th century, when people hardly had any curiosity about the subject:

But, the miracle of the Quran does not only lie in accurate description of yet unknown natural phenomena, rather the whole claim of of Allah being the best of Creators, when we look at the complete creation of humans through guided evaluation.

As a physician, the more I see and read about different diseases, the more I marvel at the miracle of a healthy body with thousands if not millions of automated checks and balances to keep the human body functioning amazingly in a variety of situations and circumstances.

The complexity and organization that we come to see through the study of genetics and molecular biology in health and disease is really mind boggling. The conclusion is inescapable that Allah is the best of Creators.

But, like Joshua Bell was ignored, we ignore Allah’s creativity and providence in most moments of our unthinking lives. To rectify that as best as we can I am simply going to add a series of articles on the theme of God the Creator:

The Miracle of Water and the Miracle of the Quran

The anesthesia of familiarity: There should be a Creator of Our Universe

The Quranic Challenge to the Atheists: Make a Fly, if You Can

The Creator, the Maker, the Fashioner: A Quranic Commentary for the 21st Century

Ten Raised to Five Hundred Reasons for Our Gracious God

Our Highlights On Religion and Science: Science is Now the Best Tool to Arrive at True Religion

Muslim Sunrise Centennial Issue Beautifully Summarizes a Century of Work on Religion and Science for Islam

Reading the Quran with Sir David Attenborough

Al Quran: And We have made the heaven a roof, well-protected

Video: Richard Dawkins Tracking Back His Atheism

The Five Authors to read in Order to Comprehend the Bible and the Quran in Light of the Scientific Revolution

If there is freewill, so is Providence: Refuting the best of atheism through the latest science

Al Hakeem: The Wise, The Creator With A Purpose

A challenge for Dawkins: Where did carbon come from?

The Big Question – Is there a God? BBC Debate

The Muslim Times, Perhaps the Only Medium Presenting the Creator God of the Holy Quran

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  1. Embryology is mentioned in Surah Hajj, chapter number 22, in Surah Momin, chapter number 40 and also in Surah Alaq, chapter 96:

    “O people, if you are in doubt concerning the Resurrection, then consider that We have indeed created you from dust, then from a sperm drop, then a clinging form, then from a lump of flesh, partly formed and partly unformed, in order that We may make Our power manifest to you. And We cause what We will to remain in the wombs for an appointed term; then We bring you forth as babes; then We rear you that you may attain to your age of full strength. And there are some of you who are caused to die prematurely, and there are others among you who are driven to the worst part of life with the result that they know nothing after having had knowledge. And you see the earth lifeless, but when We send down water thereon, it stirs and swells, and grows every kind of beautiful vegetation.” (Al Quran 22:5)

    “He it is Who created you from dust, then from a sperm-drop, then from a tiny clinging form; then He brings you forth as a child; then He lets you grow that you may attain your full strength; then He lets you become old — though some among you are caused to die before — and He lets you live that you may reach a term appointed, and that you may learn wisdom.” (Al Quran 40:67)

    “Read! In the name of your Lord who created: He created man from a clinging form.” (Al Quran 96:1-2)

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