Monday, June 27, 2011


One stormy night many years ago, an elderly man and his wife entered the lobby of a small hotel in Philadelphia. Trying to get out of the rain, the couple approached the front desk hoping to get some shelter for the night.
“Could you possibly give us a room here?” the husband asked. The clerk, a friendly man with a winning smile, looked at the couple and explained that there were three conventions in town. “All of our rooms are taken,” the clerk said. “But I can’t send a nice couple like you out into the rain at one o’clock in the night. Would you perhaps be willing to sleep in my room? It’s not exactly a suite, but it will be good enough to make you folks comfortable for the night.” When the couple declined, the young man pressed on. “Don’t worry about me. I’ll make out just fine,” he told them. So the couple agreed.
As he paid his bill the morning, the elderly man said to the clerk , “You are the kind of manager who should be the boss of the best hotel in the United States. May be someday I will build one for you.” The clerk looked at them and smiled. The three of them had a good laugh. As they drove away, the elderly couple agreed that the helpful clerk was indeed exceptional, as finding people who are both friendly and helpful isn’t easy.
Two years passed. The clerk had almost forgotten the incident when he received a letter from the old man. It recalled that stormy night and enclosed a round trip ticket to New York, asking the young man to pay them a visit.
The old man met him in New York and led him to the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. He then pointed to a great new building there, a pale reddish stone, with torrets and watch towers thrusting up to the sky. “that,” said the old man, “is the hotel I have just built for you to manage” You must be joking”, the young man said, “I can assure you I am not” said the older man, a sly smile playing around his mouth.
The Older man’s name was William Waldorf Aster, and that magnificent structure was the original Waldorf- Astoria Hotel. The young clerk who became its first manager was George C. Boldt. This young clerk never foresaw the turn of events that would lead him to become the manager of one of the world’s most glamorous hotels.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


He creates you, in the wombs of your mothers, in stages, one after the other, in three stages of darkness. Chapter 39 The throngs( zumar), verse: 6
The fetus in the mother’s womb is a fragile thing. If it were not protected well, heat, cold, temperature variations, impacts or even the mother’s sudden movement might kill it or cause it irreparable damage. The three zones within the mother’s womb protect the fetus against all sorts of dangers. These are:
1.       The abdominal wall,
2.      The uterine wall
3.      The amniotic sac.
With the level of knowledge at the time, this information could not have been available. The fetus continues to develop in the dark of these three regions. The amniotic sac contains a fluid that fills the amnion to protect the embryo from desiccation (dehydration) and shock. This substance is a kind of cushion that absorbs shocks, balances exerted pressures, prevents the amniotic membrane from adhering to the embryo and enables the fetus to change position in the uterus. I f the fetus could not easily move in the said fluid, it would remain idle as a mass of flesh and would likely suffer injuries leading to various complications. Equal distribution of heat enables the fetus to be at a constant temperature: 31°C. We observe that our Creator has designed everything perfectly in its minutest detail, satisfying all the requirements of our body and protecting it against the dangers lurking in the outside world.
It was also said that verse pointed to the fact that during the stages of creation we passed through three different phases of development. According to this view the three veils of darkness refer to:
1.       The fallopian tubes: Either of the paired oviducts that extend from ovary to uterus for conduction of the ovum in mammals. The sperm, having fertilized the egg, proceeds on along the fallopian tubes. The zygote during this journey begins to divide and reproduce itself.
2.      The uterine wall: the stage during which the embryo hangs on the wall.
3.      Amniotic sac: the sac fills with a fluid that surrounds the fetus. The next step of evolution call for a longer period of development.
A glance at the outward aspect presents a uniformity of sight. But were we to dwindle to the size of a tiny cell and explore the environment, we would see how different these chambers were. The first dark space is reminiscent of a monumental tunnel with respect to the cell. The second compartment is a dark forest where no light penetrates, and the third compartment reflects the dark depths of the sea.
There are three interconnected layers or three spaces through which the fetus passes. God knows whether the reference is to one or to the other. And there are three stages through which the embryo evolves. The three stages in question are:
1.       The pre- embryonic stage: this stage is called the “first trimester”. As the cells multiply, they get organized in three layers; this process takes two weeks.
2.      The embryonic stage: basic organs begin to emerge from the cell layers. This stage is referred to as the “second trimester” extending from the second week to the eighth week.
3.      The fetus stage: the face, hands and feet appear and the human figure is formed. This is the “ third trimester” that extends from the 8th week until birth.
Our shaping up takes places in stages, in each of which new evidences emerge. Data relative to embryology have been acquired only in the recent past. Neither before the descent of the Quran, nor in the course of the millennium succeeding it can you find such information available. The Quran indicated the composition of the semen, from a drop of which man was created. The Quran coined names that describe the development stages of the embryo; namely hanging to the wall of the uterus ( alaq), succeeded by the chewed lump of flesh (mudga). Thus the Quran uses terminology based on the positions of the fetus assumes. There was no source before the Quran which asserted that the muscles were made after the formation of bones.
To assert a scientific fact, a scientific background is a must. It is on such a foundation that other data can rest, which , in turn, calls for advanced microscopes and micro cameras. At the descent of the Quran, there was no such scientific background or such instruments. Nobody of sound mind can come forward and say that the information in the Quran was a result of fortunate coincidences.
4-We created the human being in the best design
5-Then turned him into the lowliest of the lowly.
Chapter 95: the fig ( ath-theen), verse: 4-5
35-were they created of nothing or were they themselves the creators?
Chapter 5: The Mount( AL thoor) verse: 35