Children’s Fitra: Did the Creation Create Itself?

The 8-year-old is really into Legos, and yesterday he was building a very intricate race car.

I sat down next to him to watch at one point.

He said, “Mama, this is one of the most complicated cars I’ve ever built! It has so many little parts.”

I concurred.

He added as he kept constructing, “Imagine how much more complicated a plane is! A real plane that people fly in! How many little and big parts must *that* have?!!”

I said, “You’re right. Now imagine a human body, and how many parts *that* has!”

He nodded enthusiastically. “That is the most complex thing of all!”

I said, “Isn’t it crazy how some people, like الملحدين (atheists), try to say that there is no Creator and that nobody created them? They say things like, “Nobody created me. I am just the product of random chance! Over time the human body just came together to look like it does just by itself, or because of evolution, because of nature!”

He laughed outright. “Yeah, that makes as much sense as if I said, “This race car here wasn’t built by a person! It just built itself. All these Lego parts just naturally came together by themselves! At first, there were tiny Lego pieces all laying here, then there was a cloud of dust, and when the dust settled, this awesome race car appeared suddenly, fully built, all shiny and pretty!”

Children, with their natural inbuilt fitra, understand what atheists don’t.

Things don’t just randomly appear out of nowhere. Creation doesn’t create itself. If there is a created being, it silently indicates that there must be a Creator.

Allah aptly describes these deniers in the Quran:

وَقَالُوا مَا هِيَ إِلَّا حَيَاتُنَا الدُّنْيَا نَمُوتُ وَنَحْيَا وَمَا يُهْلِكُنَا إِلَّا الدَّهْرُ وَمَا لَهُمْ بِذَلِكَ مِنْ عِلْمٍ إِنْ هُمْ إِلَّا يَظُنُّونَ

“And they say, “There is not but our worldly life; we die and live, and nothing destroys us except time.” And they have of that no knowledge; they are only assuming.” (Surat Al-Jathiyah, 24)

And then He replies to them:

أَمْ خُلِقُوا مِنْ غَيْرِ شَيْءٍ أَمْ هُمُ الْخَالِقُونَ

“Or were they created without anything or are they themselves the creators?” (Surat At-Tur, 35)

أَأَنتُمْ أَشَدُّ خَلْقًا أَمِ السَّمَاءُ ۚ بَنَاهَا

“Which is harder to create: you or the sky? He [Allah] built it.” (Surat An-Nazi`at, 27)

سَنُرِيهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي الْآفَاقِ وَفِي أَنْفُسِهِمْ حَتَّى يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ أَوَلَمْ يَكْفِ بِرَبِّكَ أَنَّهُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ

“We will show them Our signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the truth. But is it not sufficient concerning your Lord that He is, over all things, a Witness?” (Surat Fussilat, 53)

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