Islamic Science

Arecibo Message: An indirect acknowledgement to the message of Allah – By Muhammad Umair

Allah’s favour on humans

Allah has sent down his message in the form of Holy Quran for the guidance of human beings. Along with the Quran, He raised a Prophet amongst us to preach us the righteous things and to guide us to our final destination i.e Jannah. Although it was nearly sufficient for humans to recognise their God by observing his creation, so beautifully and precisely designed that a minute fluctuation or a slight error may create a chaos. Nevertheless, Allah didn’t leave us in the wilderness, He guided us on each and every step. It’s his great favour on humans that He sent down his book and the messenger to elaborate the message of that book. Allah says in his glorious book, “And Allah has surely conferred favour on the believers when He raised in their midst a messenger from among themselves who recites to them His verses and makes them pure and teaches them the Book and the Wisdom, while earlier, they were in open error”.(Aale Imraan; Ayah-164)

Ignoring the truth

The pattern, design, balance and precise calculation in the universe are indicating towards the intelligent designer, yet the people, particularly scientists, are ignoring His existence, they have made use of their senses to get worldly benefits but they are not using their faculties to get the eternal benefits. Allah says in His Holy Book, “And surely We have created for Hell a lot of people from among Jinn and mankind. They have hearts wherewith they understand not, have eyes wherewith they see not, and have ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle. Rather, they are much more misled. They are the heedless”.(Al-A’raaf; Ayah-179)

They see an intelligent design in the things they make. They sense a maker of even an ill planned house which they find in the excavation, but they consider this marvellous flawless creation without a creator. The coding they do with ones and zeros is not random but the more complex coding of human genes with Adenine, Cytosine, Guanine, Thymine is an accidental phenomenon.

One such hypocrisy of the scientists is exposed when they sent the first interstellar message, called the Arecibo message to communicate with aliens, if exist.

Arecibo Message

On 16th of November 1974, from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, The Arecibo message was sent to the cluster of 300000 stars called as M13, located at an edge of Milky way galaxy, (our solar system is also a part of Milky way galaxy) at a distance of about 25000 light years. Arecibo message was designed by Dr Frank Drake, with the assistance of Carl Sagan and Collen University staff. Dr Frank Drake also devised the Drake equation to find out the probability of existence of extraterrestrial intelligent being in the Universe.

The Arecibo message consists of 7 information, which are as follows:

1) The numbers one (1) to ten (10) (white).
2) The atomic numbers of the elements hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and phosphorus, which make up deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) (purple).
3) The formulas for the sugars and bases in the nucleotides of DNA (green).
4) The number of nucleotides in DNA, and a graphic of the double helix structure of DNA (white & blue).
5) A graphic figure of a human, the dimension (physical height) of an average man, and the human population of Earth (red, blue/white, & white respectively).
6) A graphic of the Solar System indicating which of the planets the message is coming from (yellow).
7) A graphic of the Arecibo radio telescope and the dimension (the physical diameter) of the transmitting antenna dish (purple, white, & blue).
(Source: Wikipedia)

It was said at the time of message transmission that it is symbolic as the message will take about 25000 years to reach the desired destination and the M13 cluster towards which it is aimed would have moved from its current position, nevertheless, it will reach somewhere in the M13 cluster though not at the exact one. It was just to show that how powerful the new radio telescope is, that it can transmit signal to a greater distance.

Hypocrisy of Atheist Scientists

The most noteworthy thing is their saying at the time of Arecibo message transmission that if there exist some intelligent being out there, they would decipher the message and come to know that the message is not random, rather it is sent by some intelligent being.

They observe the beautiful creation of Allah, they know its complexity, delicacy, precision and perfection day in and day out. They know that how everything is working on the precise calculation. The constants like Planck’s, Gravitational etc. were already there, they have just calculated them. The harmony and the  consistency in the heavenly bodies, genetic coding, the complex structure of the protein, coordinated functioning of the living cell, complex nature of human brain, heart, eye, etc., miraculous functioning of different human organs in coordination, unfathomable mind of human, existence of water and its special properties, its cycle and distribution on earth, special and exclusive life supporting conditions on earth, numerous different flora & fauna and the microorganisms, are they all the part of accidental outcome of the random events?

These scientists have given an answer themselves. They have made a case against them. If their tiny creation like Arecibo message is not random then this marvellous creation of universe of which they are only the part, is also not random, if their Arecibo message is decipherable and the intelligent being in the outer space, if exist any, should pay heed to it upon receiving, then the Quran sent down by the creator itself is most worthy of paying heed by the dwellers of the earth, they might not be able to communicate with the aliens, but Allah, the creator is communicating with them through his glorious Qur’an, “This is a message for mankind, so that they (take lesson and) be warned, and so that they may know that He is One God, and so that the people of understanding may take to the advice.”(Ibrahim – Ayah 52)

It is a book which stays vindicated all through, philosophical notions and the scientific theories came and vanished but the the eternal truth in the form of Quran is untouched. All the facts that Quran mentioned are being proved today irrespective of they being historic, philosophical, scientific etc. “We will show them Our signs in the universe and within their own beings until it will become manifest to them that it is the truth. Is it not enough about your Lord that He is witness to everything?” (Fussilat – Ayah 53)

It would be a great service to the whole humankind if the scientists, who influence the thoughts and actions of masses, acknowledge the message in the form of Holy book Quran and in the form of this flawless universe.

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February 2019