Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
decades ago, the concept of ‘zero-defect management’ was propounded. A lot of
literature was produced on the subject and considerable research was conducted
on the issue. The concept spread rapidly in parts of the West and major efforts
were made to try to implement it. However, despite much effort, it came to be
accepted that ‘zero-defect management’ isn’t at all possible in human affairs.
It proved to be a failure!
around the same time as ‘zero-defect management’ in human affairs proved to be
a failure, scientific research was proving that the system of nature that
operates throughout the universe is based precisely on the principle of
‘zero-defect management’. To take just one instance, the stars and the planets
move in perfect precision. So, if you want to know at what time the sun will
rise tomorrow and at what time it will set, you can get the exact information
today itself—so accurate is the motion of Earth around the sun!
So, on the
one hand, the idea of ‘zero-defect management’ in the human world proved itself
to be a complete flop while, on the other hand, in the natural world it was
shown that ‘zero-defect management’ operates fully and in a perfect manner! So
perfect is this management of the non-human world that we can know today itself
that on 15th April 2025 in New Delhi, sunrise will be at 05:56 am and sunset at
One can get
accurate information of sunrise and sunset for any other place in the world,
too, well in advance. In just the same way, the rest of the natural world is
working in perfect order, as science reveals. Through various scientific
disciplines we can get the information we want regarding such phenomenon for
the distant past as well as the distant future, and this information will be
accurate, without any change.
reflect on the fact that this material world is functioning under the
management of the Creator. From its very inception it has been operating on the
principle of ‘zero-defect management’. In contrast to this is the human world,
where man makes plans but things are always subject to change, modification and
failure. For instance, an industrialist conceives a project, but no matter how
hard he may try, he cannot implement the project in a zero-defect manner.
say, it is in comparison that we understand. Compare God’s way of managing
things with man’s way. The Divine management that orders phenomenon in the
non-human world is completely zero-defect. In contrast, human management is
necessarily flawed, in some way or the other. From various verses of the Quran
we gain inspiration to reflect on the difference between the two. This
comparative study tells us there is a basic difference between them. In the
human world, despite all our efforts, there is and can be no zero-defect
management: it is simply impossible. In contrast, in the natural world
established and managed by God, zero-defect management prevails fully and
throughout, and with complete accuracy.
reflect on this difference we realise that there is a Creator of this universe,
who is All-Powerful and Perfect. The difference between man’s world and the
physical world, the world of the exact sciences, is a firm evidence of God’s
existence. As the Quran (67:3-4) tells us:
seven heavens one above the other in layers. You will not find any flaw in the
creation of the Gracious One. Then look once again: can you see any flaw? Then
look again and again. Your gaze will come back to you confused and exhausted.
the Quran (50:6) says:
they not observed the sky above them and marked how We have built it and
adorned it, leaving no flaws in it
discovery of the system of the universe being flawless is proving one attribute
of God to be true, and that is, in the words of the Quran: “God: there is no
deity save Him, the Living, the Eternal One. Neither slumber nor sleep