A Colourful World
ever thought what it would be like to live in a world without colour?
Free yourself for a moment from your experience, forget all that
you've learned and start using your imagination. Try to visualise
your body, the people around you, the seas, the sky, trees, flowers,
in short everything in black. Imagine that there is no colour around
you. Try to think how you would feel if people, cats, dogs, birds,
butterflies, and fruits had no colour at all. You would never want
to live in such a world, would you?
Most people may never have thought about what a colourful world
they are living in or wondered how such a diversity of colour has
come to exist on earth. They may never have given a thought to how
a world without colour would be. This is because everyone who sees
was born into a world full of colour. However, a model of a black
and white, colourless world is not impossible. On the contrary,
the really amazing thing is our living in a bright, colourful world.
(In the following chapters, we will discuss in detail why the existence
of a colourful world is so amazing)
A colourless world would normally be thought of as having only black,
white and shades of grey. However, black, white and shades of grey
are also colours. In this respect, it is difficult to imagine colourlessness.
To describe colourlessness, one always feels the need to mention
a colour. With statements such as "it was colourless, completely
dark", "there was no colour in her face; it was completely
white" people try to describe colourlessness. In fact, these
are not the descriptions of colourlessness, but of a world of black
Try, just for a second, to imagine that all of a sudden, everything
loses its colour. In such a situation, everything would mix with
everything else and it would become impossible to distinguish one
object from another. It would become impossible to see, for example,
an orange, red strawberries or colourful flowers on a brown wooden
table, for neither would the colour of the orange be orange, nor
that of the table brown, nor that of the strawberries red. For a
person, it would be quite annoying to live, even for a short time,
in such a colourless world, which is even difficult to describe.
Colour has a crucial role in man's communication with the outside
world, in the proper functioning of his memory, and in his brain's
fulfilment of its learning functions. This is because humans can
develop appropriate connections between events and places, people
and objects only through their external appearances and colours.
Neither hearing nor touch alone suffice to define objects. For humans,
the external world only means something when it is seen as a whole
with its colours.
Identifying objects and
our surroundings are not the only benefits from the diversity of
colours. The perfect harmony of colour in nature gives the human
soul great pleasure. In order to see this harmony and derive pleasure
from every detail of it, man has been equipped with a pair of eyes,
which have a very special design. In the world of animate beings,
human eyes are the most functional and can perceive colours in their
smallest details, so much so that the human eye is sensitive to
millions of colours.1Evidently, the visual apparatus
in humans that works so perfectly has been specially designed to
see a world full of colour.
The only being on earth that can understand the existence of such
an order in the universe is man because he has the power to reflect
and reason. Hence, in the light of all the foregoing, we conclude
Every detail, pattern and colour in the heavens and the earth have
been created for humans to acknowledge and so to appreciate this
order and reflect on it. The colours in nature have been arranged
in such a manner as to appeal to the human soul. Perfect symmetry
and harmony prevail within colour, both in the worlds of animate
and inanimate beings. This situation will certainly evoke some questions
in the mind of someone who reflects, such as:
What makes the earth colourful? How do the colours, which make our
world so extraordinarily beautiful, come into being? To whom belong
the design of the diverse colours and the harmony between them?
Is it possible to say that whatever exists might have come into
existence by purposeless changes brought about by a chain of coincidence?
Certainly, no one would claim such an
absurdity. Uncontrolled coincidences cannot create anything, let
alone billions of colours. Just observe the wings of a butterfly
or colourful flowers of any kind, each of which looks like a wonder
of art. It is surely impossible for sound reason to attribute all
these to unconscious processes.
We can have a better understanding of
this fact if we take an example. When one sees a painting depicting
trees and flowers in nature, one would not claim nor even think
that the harmony of colour, the organised patterns and the conscious
design in this painting could have come into existence by coincidence.
If someone came along and said, "the paint boxes were overturned
by the wind, mixed, and with the effect of rain etc., and after
a long period of time this beautiful painting was formed",
it is certain that nobody would take him seriously. There is a very
interesting situation here. Although nobody would attempt to put
forward such an unreasonable claim, some people can nevertheless
claim that the perfect colouring and symmetry of nature came about
by such an unconscious process. Nevertheless, evolutionists produce
theses that it is the workings of coincidence to explain this subject
and they produce various researches. They do not hesitate to put
forward baseless claims on the issue.
This is obvious blindness, with which it is difficult to come to
terms. Still, someone who escapes from this blindness through exercising
his faculty of thought will understand that he actually lives in
an extremely miraculous environment on the earth. He would also
fully acknowledge that such an environment furnished with the most
appropriate conditions for the survival of humankind could not have
come into existence by chance.
Just as a man who reflects, acknowledges
the moment he looks at a painting that it has a painter, so will
he understand that the multi-coloured, harmonious and extremely
picturesque environment around him also has a Creator.
This Creator is Allah, Who has no partner in creation, Who creates
everything in full harmony, and Who placed us in this world overflowing
with numerous beautiful things embellished with millions of colours.
All the things Allah creates are in perfect harmony with each other.
Allah describes the uniqueness of His artistry in creation in the
Qur'an as follows:
He Who created the seven heavens in layers. You will not find any
flaw in the creation of the All-Merciful. Look again-do you see
any gaps? Then look again and again. Your sight will return to you
dazzled and exhausted! (Surat
Bilim ve Teknik Dergisi (Journal of Science and Technics), March 1985,