Saturday, December 9, 2006

37)Allegories and Symbolism extractable from 'ayats' or signs in nature?

I have a book by Harun Yahya that I bought from the Islamic bookstore on Gerrard street in Toronto, situated between Lahore Tikka house and Baldev's Paan. For more animation video files on Harun Yahya's work, see here:

The book I have talks about scientific miracles mentioned in the Quran. It is an excellent book, well-illustrated and I particularly liked the chapter that talks about the Sura relating to the Bee. This is where Allah creates the bee in such a way that it makes more honey than it itself needs, all to satisfy the needs of man. This is one example of the mercy that Allah shows to man.

While the Quran has many specific descriptions that show that Islam is a natural religion, there are also verses that encourage man to search for more examples, using his own rational intellect, from nature, especially events in nature that one can extract symbolic and allegorical meaning from. The search for symbolic meaning in 'ayats'(signs) of nature is, of course, a very Ismaili thing to do because it pays homage to the important concepts of 'zahir' and 'batin'.


Islam, eminently logical, placing the greatest emphasis on knowledge, purports to understand God's creation:Aga Khan 4.
The God of the Quran is the One whose Ayats(Signs) are the Universe in which we live, move and have our being:Aga Khan 3