The Law of Repetition

Duration of civilization decreases with time

© By Dr. Adel Elsaie

Source:  History of Truth - The Truth about God and Religions Vol. 1 - In Search of God , 2012 - page 37

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One Ayah in the Quran in Surah 55 is repeated 31 times. This Ayah states: "Then which of the favors of your Lord will you deny?" This Surah is 78 Ayat (or Ayahs, Arabic: Ayat) and lists many favors that Allah bestows upon us, and after citing each favor; the above Ayah is repeated as a continuous reminder to humanity to acknowledge His unlimited generosity. It is interesting to note that the Arabic word for "humanity" is derived from the same Arabic term that means "forgetfulness."

Another Ayah is repeated 4 times in Surah 54 starting in Ayah 17. The Ayah states "And We have indeed made the Quran easy to understand and remember. Then is there any that will receive admonition?" Moreover, a part of an Ayah is repeated 5 times in Surah 27 starting in Ayah 60 "Can there be another god besides Allah?"

The above repeated Ayat are just examples of the repetition in the Quran. The repetition of a certain Ayah adds to the beauty and eloquence of the authentic Word of God. It touches the hearts and minds of the believers. This repetition may be thought of as part of the style of the Word of God.

It is possible to extend this style of repetition in the Quran to physical phenomena or events. Consequently I will introduce the Law of repetition. Generally the Divine Law of repetition examines the repetitive design or repetitive event in different branches of science. It then attempts to answer the question of who is the cause of this repetition. The Divine Law of Cause and Effect attributes one cause to one effect. This law is a strong proof for the existence of God. The more general Law of Repetition attributes repetitive effects in non-related fields to One God. This law simply states that because common guidelines exist, in all living organisms, physical objects or historical events, then the Designer or the Creator of all organisms, objects or events is the same. This law also states that because a phenomenon exists in different branches of science, then this phenomenon has to be attributed to only one Uncaused Cause. With humility and open mind, we should believe that God exists.

There are overwhelming evidences to believe that the unseen God does indeed exist, because one can observe the signs and the physical results of His creation. One can see these signs in the technical perfection and intricacy of the structure of atoms, solar systems, galaxies, and living cells. They all have a similar design of a nucleus and objects rotating around it. This similarity or repetition in their design reveals that the Designer or Creator of these physical objects is the same, regardless of their size or function.

Humans, animals, and birds have many repetitive features because they all share the Earth’s common environment. On the outside they have symmetrical organs - two hands, two or four legs, two eyes, two ears - all arranged symmetrically. Hair, feathers, and scales are also arranged symmetrically. Even the colored designs on the wings of the butterfly are arranged symmetrically! The internal organs of humans and animals are arranged to use the space inside efficiently. The human left lung has fewer lobes so that it can accommodate the heart, which nestles inside it. Nearly every species, from cow to chicken to human, has its heart on the left. No one really knows the exact mechanism that pushes the cells of the heart to the left during the embryonic stage. No one really knows the exact mechanism that pushes the cells of the ears to each side of the head during the embryonic stage. Etc.

Another application of the Law of Repetition is the old cliché that states "history repeats itself." Let us understand what this statement means. In one way it means that civilization and power in certain countries rises to a peak, and then citizens become blinded by success, then this civilization reaches its demise, and another civilization starts, and so on. Everyone knows that. But, did you also notice that the more ancient empires lasted more than the following ones. History books tell us about the following civilizations and empires:

Sumerian civilization in Iraq (3500 - 800 BC)

Egyptian civilization (3000 - 1070 BC)

Minoan civilization in Crete (3000 -1000 BC)

Creek civilization (2000 - 300 BC)

Chinese civilization (1523 BC - 906 AD)

Indian civilization (1500 -185 BC)

Mexican civilization (1200 - 300 BC)

Roman Empire (753 BC - 476 AD)

Byzantine Empire (330 - 1453)

Islamic Caliphate (632 - 1526)

Ottoman Caliphate (1300 - 1923)

British Empire (1558 -1982)

French Empire (1804 -1962)

Russian Empire (1689 -1917)

Soviet Empire (1917 -1992)

American civilization (1865 -)

History books show that the duration of civilizations used to be a few thousand years, then several hundreds. Now we live in an era where "superpowers" last a few hundred years, or even less than a hundred years as in the case of the Soviet Union. People who can be affected by preconceived ideas write history books, which can also be audited and adjusted by governments according to the political climate of that time. The Ottoman Caliphate is a case in point. Historians claim that it was an empire. History books in many Islamic countries consider that empire a case of colonization. Very few history books mention that it was an Islamic Caliphate that united many Islamic countries. This is a fact that many governments choose to ignore. If we recognize the Ottoman Caliphate as an extension of the previous Islamic Caliphate, it would make its duration from 632-1923 or about 1300 years. Consequently, the next Law of Repetition states the following:

Duration of civilization decreases with time.

The only exception to this Law is the Islamic Caliphate. Since the Muslims lost the Ottoman Caliphate, Islamic revival is growing in all Islamic countries, and Islam is the fastest growing religion in non-Islamic countries.