Imagine pointing at the moon, using finger, muscles and bones of your arm and hand while associating some language with this pointing and as such make others see the moon. For example you point and say: look at the disk-like shape, different crescents for different days of the year, gray spots like hills and valleys. Or you point and say nothing! All the same, thoughts and feelings conjured within your audience.
You do not issue anything of the moon’s true nature and essence, for it is 380,000 kilometers away, out of reach, however in this life we have the endowment of the Ishara faculty , a pointing tool to render something about a remote target.
People look along your arm and hand and finger consequently could place the words in the context of the disk-like stellar object, without traveling to the moon nor becoming an astronomer!
Your words alone have no meaning, your hand and finger alone have no meaning, their inexorable combination does. And does render thoughts which have nothing do with the arm hand finger and acoustics of your voice.
Similar to moon, we point at the word/concept of Death, as was used by Allah, we cannot reach to Allah and we cannot understand the nature and essence of Death, but we can make Ishara at Death, we can point at the Death and others looking along the vector of this pointing cognize a new thought.
Call that Vectorial Thought or Ishara.
Isarah 1: Apoptosis
Apoptosis (from Ancient Greek ἀπόπτωσις “falling off”) is a process of programmed cell death that occurs in multicellular organisms. Biochemical events lead to characteristic cell changes (morphology) and death. These changes include blebbing, cell shrinkage, nuclear fragmentation, chromatin condensation, chromosomal DNA fragmentation, and global mRNA decay. Between 50 and 70 billion cells die each day due to apoptosis in the average human adult. For an average child between the ages of 8 and 14, approximately 20 billion to 30 billion cells die a day.
What we call Death, is actually a terrific systemic ensemble of processes and highly specialized molecules and atomic structures, with unfathomable parallel operating mechanism, without which the life would not be possible:
Ishara 2. Life only possible upon Death
Cancer is immortality of a single cell, which wrecks havoc in all living organisms:
Make believe that above Ishara 1-2 are arm hand and finger pointing and the words in the video what you say to people around you to render the concept of Death i.e. pointing at Death.
In English language of Jews and Christians the word death simply means cessation of life:
A permanent cessation of all vital functions : the end of life
In the language of Qur’an:
67:2. Al-Ladhi (That Which, Allah) created Death and Life
ٱلَّذِي خَلَقَ ٱلْمَوْتَ وَٱلْحَيَاةَ
Death is a designed engineered innovated being, like any other designs engineering and innovations:
The Death is a creation from creativity of Allah the Lofty
الأَزهري عن الليث: المَوْتُ خَلْقٌ من خَلق اللهِ تعالى.
In other words Death is not an abstract concept marking the cessation of life, it is an entity which has processes and designs, as does life.
In the verse above Death is mentioned prior to Life, and that was a source of much discussions amongst the grammarians and exegetes of Qur’an:
The antecedence of Death to Life might mean:
- Death in this life, life in the Life After
- Death is a Substratum upon which resides Life
تفسير فتح القدير/ الشوكاني (ت 1250 هـ)
وقيل: المراد الموت في الدنيا، والحياة في الآخرة. وقدّم الموت على الحياة؛ لأن أصل الأشياء عدم الحياة، والحياة عارضة لها.
This idea of Death as the cornerstone of life namely the Programmed Cell Death truly found relative validity around 1970s! So even within the Western Scientific thoughts the concept of Death as the Substratum for life is quite novel and afresh.
Prior to the verse above Allah is mentioned as the Blest who created Death and Life i.e. Death as is Life a true blessing from The Divine Blest One.
Death is blessing, without Programmed Cell Death, for example you would not have toes or fingers!
We would have been hugest blobs of useless organic matter without purpose and functionality.
Therefore Death is a blessing Allah endowed upon every human being, upon every living being.
We did not infer nor interpret these statements as conclusions, neither does the finger pointing at the moon, we simply pointed at the Death, pointed at the Divine Words thus rendered de novo concepts in mind.
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