THE ENGINEERING IN NATURE
Airplanes, computers, bridges, and towers are all examples of an engineering design. Various components constituting a single whole are employed in all of them, and plans regarding the way that these components will be combined together are drawn up beforehand.
One must not, of course, forget the engineer, architect, or designer who does all this. But, how are we to tell whether or not there is a plan in something we see from the outside?
If a series of components are brought together in correctly functioning engineering systems in such a way as to perform a superior function to those they perform on their own, then, that reveals the presence of a plan. The greater the characteristics of the components giving rise to the function, the greater the evidence for the plan we need to identify. Examples of this can be seen in systems of various kinds.
Think of a clock, for example. The first components that come to mind will be the hands, cogwheels, pendulum, and face. None of these, on its own, can do what a clock does; indeed, even if they are all present together except for one single component, the clock will still not work.
We can usually easily see engineering designs in mechanical objects. Yet, there are also a great many non-artificial, natural structures all around us. In the same way that a submarine that enables us to breathe in and travel through the depths of the ocean has a plan, so does a fish. The respiratory system that allows it to use the oxygen dissolved in the water as it swims along, the air sac that permits it to ascend and descend in the water, the fins that propel it forward and the special sensory system that permits it to detect vibrations in the water around it are all evidences of this. As with a clock or a submarine, a fish also possesses a large number of systems and components that discharge one basic function.
None of these components, by itself, can be described as a fish, and in their absence the survival of the fish becomes unlikely or even impossible.
You will be seeing just a few of the proofs of this obvious truth in the film you will shortly be watching. The engineering designs that the film describes sometimes appear in a living thing's eye, or in the circulatory system of a giraffe, or in a bird skull. The more you examine these, the more you will see what a grave error the idea that life emerged as the result of chance truly is.
On the other hand, you will also witness the sublime knowledge with which such engineering structures were created and thus see the proofs of Allah's flawless Creation. Indeed, Allah's flawless creative power and artistry are described as follows in one verse of the Qur'an:
"He is Allah-- the Creator, the Maker, the Giver of Form.To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Everything in the Heavens and earth glorifies Him. He is the Almighty, the All-Wise." (Surat al-Hashr, 24)