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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Islamic concept of God

By: sidheeq saqafi

Holy Quran asks men to think about the existence of God and find it out from anything that he is able to see in the universe. Rather than asking men to learn about the creator, the Holy Quran encourages them to logically think about it from wonderful phenomenon like sun, moon, galaxies, animals, sea, and so on.

Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water (rain) which Allah sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving (living) creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed Ayat (proofs, evidence, signs, etc.) for people of understanding” (Quran 2:164)

The existence of God is absolute, because he is the creator of life and everything in this universe. These sorts of Quran verses were drawn to the attention of those who denied the existence of God by showing them the excellence of the creation in order to awake their hearts and open their minds. We realize that no family would function properly without a responsible head. A city or nation cannot prosperously run without sound administration there. What about the universe? It functions in the most orderly manner. It is the evidence that there is a God, a creator and a controller who functions everything in this world. Here lies the fundamental aspect of Islam regarding God.
Belief in Allah

Muslims believe Allah as creator. He is the eternal power and controller whom Muslims worship and surrender. Belief in Allah is the basic and first of all tenet of Islam. Allah is merciful, generous, the giver of peace, and He only created death and life. Every thing is from Him and will go back to him.

The following verses of Holy Quran help us think of Allah, miracles in this universe and his wise creations..

And it is He Who has created you on the earth, and to Him you shall be gathered back

And it is He Who gives life and causes death, and His is the alternation of night and day Will you not then understand?

Nay, but they say the like of what the men of old said

They said: "When we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we be resurrected indeed?

"Verily, this we have been promised, we and our fathers before (us)! This is only the tales of the ancients!"

Say: "Whose is the earth and whosoever is therein? If you know!"

They will say: "It is Allâh's!" Say: "Will you not then remember?"

Say: "Who is (the) Lord of the seven heavens, and (the) Lord of the Great Throne?"

They will say: "Allâh" Say: "Will you not then fear Allâh (believe in His Oneness, obey Him, believe in the Resurrection and Recompense for each and every good or bad deed)"

Say "In Whose Hand is the sovereignty of everything (ie treasures of each and everything)? And He protects (all), while against Whom there is no protector, (ie if Allâh saves anyone none can punish or harm him, and if Allâh punishes or harms anyone none can save him), if you know" [Tafsir Al-Qurtubî, Vol , Page ]

They will say: "(All that belongs) to Allâh" Say: "How then are you deceived and turn away from the truth?"

Nay, but We have brought them the truth (Islâmic Monotheism), and verily, they (disbelievers) are liars

No son (or offspring or children) did Allâh beget, nor is there any ilâh (god) along with Him; (if there had been many gods), behold, each god would have taken away what he had created, and some would have tried to overcome others! Glorified be Allâh above all that they attribute to Him!

All-Knower of the unseen and the seen! Exalted be He over all that they associate as partners to Him!

Say (O Muhammad SAW): " My Lord! If You would show me that with which they are threatened (torment)

(Holy Quran- 23: 78-92).

Oneness of God

Allah is one. God being more than one is not logical and cannot be believed. Oneness of God is the basic concept of Islam regarding God. Religions that say that there are three or hundreds of Gods totally failed to logically explain and convince their argument. Allah is one, who alone controls the whole universe. If there is more than one for controlling universe, it instead, creates troubles, rather than a structural control on this universe. God with partners, or with children concepts are illogic and basically create misunderstanding about true concept of God.

Allah says:

Allah, there is no God but He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists Neither slumber, nor sleep overtake Him To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on earth Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them (His creatures) in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter And they will never compass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills His Kursî extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them And He is the Most High, the Most Great [This Verse : is called Ayat-ul-Kursî]

1 comments: on "Islamic concept of God"

Siddique Saqafi Sidheequi said...

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