Tuesday, September 11, 2012

How the Prophet Moses' (pbuh) Staff Turned into a Snake

As He did with the Prophet Jesus (pbuh), Allah also gave miracles to the Prophet Moses (pbuh), who, as we know, by the will of Allah saved his people from Pharaoh by dividing the sea in two. Again by the will of Allah, the Prophet Moses' (pbuh) staff turned into a snake. This is how this fact is revealed in the Qur'an:

What is that in your right hand, Moses?'

He said, 'It is my staff. I lean on it and beat down leaves for my sheep with it and have other uses for it.'

He said, 'Throw it down, Moses.'

He threw it down and suddenly it was a slithering snake.

He said, 'Take hold of it and have no fear. We will return it to its original form. (Surah Ta Ha, 17-21)

As with the example of the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) making a bird out of mud, the phenomenon of the Prophet Moses' (pbuh) staff is also one of the greatest proofs that Allah can create a living thing outside natural causes.
The moment the Prophet Moses (pbuh) casts down the rod on his hands, it turns, as a blessing from Allah, from being a lifeless piece of wood into a fast-moving snake that swallows everything produced by the others there, in other words that possesses a digestive system. In this way, Allah shows people an example of how He creates life out of nothing. Inanimate matter comes to life only by Allah commanding it to "Be!" This miracle bestowed on the Prophet Moses (pbuh) by Allah demolished the superstitious beliefs of the ancient Egyptians, and the people around him immediately saw the truth, abandoned their superstitious beliefs and believed in Allah.
Creation is an easy matter for Allah, He Who creates from nothing with no need of natural causes. In the same way that He created the jinn and the angels in different ways, He also created human beings as separate entities, with no need for evolution. The same applies to other living things, such as animals and plants. Allah has created all of these from nothing, without causing any of them to evolve, in other words, without turning one species into another.
As is revealed in verses, it is sufficient for Allah to issue the command "Be!" in other words, for Him to so wish it:
It is He Who created the heavens and the Earth with truth. The day He says 'Be!' it is. His speech is Truth… (Surat al-An'am, 73)
Our Word to a thing when We desire it is just to say to it 'Be!' and it is. (Surat an-Nahl, 40)
It is He Who gives life and causes to die. When He decides on something, He just says to it, 'Be!' and it is. (Surah Ghafir, 68)
That being the case, it is therefore a grave error for believers to raise specious objections to this clear fact and to make inconsistent claims along the lines of "Allah created living things through evolution" and "In creating, He used mutations, natural selection, the intermediate stages between apes and humans."

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