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From Caterpillar to
What would you do if you had 450-500 eggs that you had to
keep outside? It would no doubt be the wisest way to take the
necessary precautions that will prevent them from being
scattered and strewed with the effects of natural causes like
wind. Hence, the silkworm (450-500) which is among the animals
that lay the highest number of eggs at once, apply very wise
methods to preserve its eggs. The silkworm prevents its eggs
from being scattered or strewed by attaching them to each
other with an adhesive material (string) it secrets.
The caterpillars that leave their eggs will find an
appropriate branch for themselves and will stick to that
branch with the same string. Then they begin to build a cocoon
with the string they secrete to get developed in it. It will
take 3-4 days of non-stop working for the new born caterpillar
to finish this process. During this period the caterpillar
would turn around itself for thousands of times and secrete
approximately 900-1500 m. long strings. With the end of this
process, the caterpillar, without giving any break, will begin
the metamorphosis process which will turn itself a beautiful,
Neither the precautions that the mother silkworm takes in
order to preserve its young, nor the attitude of the little
caterpillar unaware of anything which does not have any
experience or knowledge can be explained by evolution. First
of all, the string secreted by the mother silkworm to protect
its young has a miraculous structure on its own. The baby
caterpillar that builds a cocoon appropriate to its
surroundings, and the metamorphosis process that begins all of
a sudden and ends without any problem coerce the limits of
human understanding. Under these circumstances we can
definitely say that every caterpillar is born knowing what to
do; this means every one of them is "taught" to do what they
Let us clarify this miracle with another example: What
would you think if you see a new born -human being- baby,
standing up just one or two hours after his birth and
beginning to gather the materials needed to prepare a bed
(quilt, pillow, cushion, etc.), and what would you think if
you see this new born baby succeeding in doing his own bed?
After you throw off your bewilderment, the most logical
result that you can reach to is that the baby is "trained" to
do these somehow in his mothers womb in an extraordinary way.
The case of the caterpillars are in fact no different from the
above mentioned baby.
This would again take us to the same result: all these
living beings are born, behave and live just as the way their
Creator, Allah created and designed. Qur'an announces that
Allah had revealed to the honeybee and had commanded the
honeybee to produce honey (Sura Nahl, 68-69). This announces
an example of a giant secret of life. This secret states the
fact that, all living creatures that are submitted to Allah's
will and follow the faith designated by Allah. The honeybee
produces honey upon this, and so the silkworm produces silk
just with the very same reason...
Symmetry in Wings
If you look at the wings of the butterflies in the
photograph you will see perfect symmetry. These wings
decorated with figures, spots and colours are masterpieces of
art and the marvels of creation of Allah.
While examining these wings you will easily notice that the
figures and the colours on both sides are identical, no matter
how complex its design. Even the smallest spot appears
identically on both sides. Hence, there occurs a perfect
design and symmetry.
At the same time, a colour on this very delicate and fine
wing never gets mixed with another colour and the existing
colours are distinguished from the others with a distinct
border. These colours are formed by series of spots arranged
one on another. How can these spots, that would be scattered
with a touch of a finger tip, be arranged, without any loss,
to form the exactly identical design on both wings? Even an
extra single spot would cause the symmetry to be corrupted.
But you can not find any kind of disorder on any one of the
butterfly wings on earth. Each of them has aesthetic and
well-arranged appearance that looks as if it was the
masterpiece of a talented artist. This is because the
butterflies, like all other living beings, are created by the
Superior Creator, Allah.
"He is Allah , the Creator, the Evolver, the Bestower of
Forms (or Colours). To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names:
whatever is in the heavens and on earth, doth declare His
Praises and Glory: and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise."
(Sura Al-Hashr, 24)
"Is then He Who creates like one that creates not? Will ye
not receive admonition?" (Sura An-Nahl, 17)
These aesthetic and orderly figures on the wings of the
butterflies indicate that these living beings are formed as a
result of unique creation, but not as a result of series of
Source: Jamiatul Ulama (Kwazulu-Natal)