Measurements & Mathematics: Why They Matters

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

Allah Azawajalla Al-Waduud wants humans to know and understand that all things that HE created are all with measurements. And they are all designed with balance. Human has been warned about the danger if these creations go imbalance.

As a human being, I would say, measurements are numbers. That also explains the reason why  Allah quantify all HIS creations through measurements. If I could understand it, so are other humans. That is a lot of numbers. Measurements or numbers is the language that human brain (logic and reasoning) can understand and comprehend in sense-making to the existence of Allah and all of HIS creations. And that’s including us, the human – the measurement of each part of our physical body, and the metaphysics. The external and internal organs as well as the spiritual components.

Allah’s creations serve a specific purpose. Through measurements Allah wants us to understand the implications of our good deeds and wrongs doings to Allah, to ourselves, to other humans and to nature. These are all calculated by the two Angels by our sides. Since measurements are the language that we understood and be able to calculate, they are our guide to evaluating whether we are an underachiever, or we have reached the limits or goes beyond limits. But then this measurement should be interpreted within the correct context, i.e. with the standard sets by Allah Al-Khabiir rather than the standard sets of the human.

All creations are with measurements. God measurements are balanced. These plants – the flowers, the leaves, the stems, the branches, etc. are with the perfect design to meet their need to survive and strive in their ecological system and current environment.
The word “measurement” in the Al-Quran triggers my curiosity. Why Allah wants us to know that over and over again? I have been thinking of this word and its meaning for months!
Allah creates all creations and HE creates them with measurements. Allah taught this fact to human through the Qalamullah (Al-Quran) and sent down the Prophet Muhammad saw and other 24 Prophets to disseminate, remind, reinforce, guide and give examples for clarifications. Through the Qalamullah, Allah has asked us all humans to read, to ponder, to seek evidence and practice as well as to diffuse them to others. The following is a list of verses in Al-Quran (English translation by Yusuf Ali), on the creations and humans’ rezky (sustenance) that Allah designs with measurement:
  • And the earth We have spread out (like a carpet); set thereon mountains firm and immovable, and produced therein all kinds of things in due balance (with measurement). (Al Hijr: Surat 15, Ayat 20)
  • ... the rains from the sky that flow into the valley with measures … (Ar Ra’ad: Surat 13, Ayat 17)
  • And there is not a thing but its (sources and) treasures (inexhaustible) are with Us, but We only send down thereof in due and ascertainable measures. (Al Hijr, Surat 15, Ayat 22)
  • He to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: no son has He begotten, nor has He a partner in His dominion: it is He Who created all things and ordered them in due proportions. (Al Furqan, Surat 25, Ayat 3)
  • If Allah were to enlarge the provision for His Servants, they would indeed transgress beyond all bounds through the earth; but He sends (it) down in due measure as He pleases: For He is with His Servants Well-acquainted, Watchful. (27) Ash Shura, Surat 42, Ayat 27)
  • Verily, all things have We created in proportion and measure. (Al Qamar, Surat 54, Ayat 50)

Mathematics are based on numbers and assumptions. Therefore,  the measurements of Allah’s creation could be understood and comprehend through mathematics. That explains why mathematics has the ability to explain phenomena. Research works departed from a priori theory or a combination of theories. The theory (or theories) guides researchers to collect data as evidence using appropriate methodologies to prove whether the theory at hand is working. Most of the collected data (or the evidence) are huge in size, researchers required a simple strategy to summarize and to make sense of their data. That is where the manual method of analyzing the data has evolved to sophisticated methods, and more statistical software packages are introduced. All statistical software packages are built upon cognitive reasoning with a combination of mathematical logics, assumptions, and conditions. Like MPlus, SPSS, Stata, Jump, and SAS &  R (SAS & R are the least statistical softwares that I am able to understand and use presently) as well as much more. Subhanallah. Allahuakbar.

However, there are still limitations to the current logic of mathematics. Apparently, these logics of mathematics are created by humans. There are much more areas in the creation of Allah Al-Khabiir left unexplored and unexplained. Allah knows best.

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Bacalah dengan (menyebut) nama Tuhanmu Yang Menciptakan. Dia (Tuhanmu) telah menciptakan manusia dari segumpal darah. Bacalah, dengan (menyebut) nama Tuhanmu Yang Pemurah. Yang mengajar (manusia) dengan perantaraan kalam. Dia (Tuhanmu) mengajarkan kepada manusia apa yang tidak diketahuinya.
(Surah Al-Iqraq (1-5):

Translation for Surah Al-Iqraq, verses 1 to 5:

I seek refuge in Allah (swt) from the accursed Shaiytaan
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Read! in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created― (1) Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood: (2) Read! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful― (3) He Who taught (the use of) the Pen― (4) Taught man that which he knew not (5).

Note:  I wrote this short article because I believe what Zinsser (1988; 2006) was advocating at his time, Writing is Learning. He claimed that writing is a thinking process. This also means thinking process infers to learning. When a person read and writing, he/she facilitates his/her thinking process thus he/she is in a learning curve. So Zinsser viewed these elements — writing, reading, and thinking–as fundamental to the learning process.


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