The Twelfth Flash
[This explains two fine points related to the Qur’an, and was written in connection with two minor questions put by Re’fet Bey.1]
In His Name, be He glorified!
And there is nothing but it glorifies Him with praise.(17:44)
Peace be upon you, and on your brothers, and God’s mercy and blessings!
My Dear, Loyal Brother, Re’fet Bey,
Your questions at this difficult time put me in a difficult position. On this occasion they are both unimportant, but they did seem to me to be significant since they are related to two points of the Qur’an and your question about the globe of the earth touches on criticisms about the seven levels of the earth and the heavens made by geography and astronomy. So disregarding the unimportant nature of the questions, I shall explain two fine points about two verses of the Qur’an, in a scholarly and general way.
This consists of two points.
F i r s t P o i n t : According to the verses,
How many are the creatures that carry not their own sustenance? It is God who feeds [both] them and you.(29:60) * For God is He who gives [all] sustenance – Lord of Power, Steadfast [for ever],(51:58)
sustenance is supervised by the All-Powerful One of Glory and comes directly from the treasury of His mercy. Since the sustenance of all living creatures is guaranteed by the Sustainer, none should die of hunger.
Re’fet Barutçu, 1886-1975. He first visited Bediuzzaman in Barla in 1931 and thereafter became one of his close students, serving prison sentences together with him in Eskişehir and Denizli. He was a retired yüzbaşı (captain) in the army.