03 Nov False Arguments About the Origin of Existence: Arguments For The Existence of Invisible Beings.Part2
The perfection of existence is through life. Moreover, life is the real basis and the light of existence; consciousness, in turn, is the light of life. Since life and consciousness are so important, and a perfect harmony evidently prevails over the whole creation, and again since the universe displays a firm cohesion, and as this small everrotating sphere of ours is full of countless living and intelligent be-ings, so it is equally certain that those heavenly [realms] should have conscious, living beings particular to themselves. Just as the fish live in water, so those spirit beings may exist in the heat of the sun. Fire does not consume light; rather, light becomes brighter because of fire. We observe that the Eternal Power creates countless living beings from inert, solid substances and transforms the densest mater into subtle living compounds by life. Thus It radiates the light of life everywhere in great abundance and furnishes most things with the light of consciousness.
From this we can conclude that the All-Powerful, All-Wise One would certainly not leave without life and consciousness more refined, subtle forms of matter like light and ether, which are close to and fitting for the spirit. Indeed He creates animate and conscious beings in great numbers from light, darkness, ether, air and even from meanings and words. As He creates numerous species of animals, He also creates from such subtle and higher forms of matter numerous different spirit creatures. One kind … are the angles, others are the varieties of spirit beings and jinn. [Said Nursi, The Words 1 (Turestar, 1993), 113-17.]
Half a century after Said Nursi wrote this, nearly 300 animal species, almost all of them previously unknown, have been discovered living around hydrothermal vents that form when seawater leaking through the ocean floor at spreading ridges is heated by the underlying magma and rushes into the cold ocean.
V. Tunniclife writes:
All life requires energy, and nearly all life on Earth looks to the sun as the source. But solar energy is not the only kind of energy available on the Earth. Consider the energy that drives the movement and eruption of the planet’s crust. When you look at an active volcano, you are witnessing the escape of heat that has been produced by radioactive decay in the Earth’s interior and is finally reaching the surface. Why should there not be biological communities associated with the same nuclear energy that moves continents and makes mountains? And why could not whole communities be fuelled by chemical, rather than, solar energy?
… Most of us associate the escape of heat from the interior of the Earth with violent events and unstable physical conditions, with extreme high temperatures and the release of toxic gassescircumstances that are hardly conducive to life. The notion that biologic communities might spring up in a geologically active environment once seemed fantastic. And until recently, few organisms were known to survive without a direct or indirect way to tap the sun’s energy. But such communities do exist, and they represent one of the most startling discoveries of 20th century biology. They live in the deep ocean, under con-ditions that are both severe and variable.
This startling discovery contains clues to other realities, which science should consider. Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, states that angels are created from light. We read in the Qur’an that God created humanity from dried soil, wet clay, and an extract of clay, and then made humanity His khalifa [one who comes after (to rule according to God’s commandments)] for this planet. Many interpreters of the Qur’an have concluded from this that jinn once ruled Earth and were succeeded by humanity.