Concept of God in Islam

Concept of God in Islam

By Truth Seeker Staff

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In the world, then there must be a Great Force in action to keep everything in order.

Who is above Us All (He is above Us all, no one is above Him)? Who can Only Help Us? And is there for Us Always when we need Help!

The question of God’s existence has preoccupied men’s minds for many centuries. Those who believe in God seem to agree that the limited finite human intelligence cannot prove the existence of the infinite boundless God. It can only illustrate or demonstrate his existence to the satisfaction of the curious human mind.

Those who deny God claim to rely on science, philosophy, or special theories of knowledge. Their arguments are sometimes inapplicable, sometimes irrelevant, always complex, and often incomprehensible. However, the developed mind will find its way to Allah. Failure to find the way does not mean that there is no way. Denial of reality does not make it unreal.

As we look around in our environments, we see that every family has a head: every school has a principal, every city or town has a mayor; every province or state has a premier/governor, and every nation has a head of state. Moreover, we know beyond doubt that every beautiful art is the creation of some great artist. All this is obvious, yet it does not satisfy the hunger for knowledge and the curiosity of man about the great things in the world. One often wonders at the beauties of nature with its scenic charm and marvels; the almost endless horizons in the sky and their far-reaching expansions; the ceaseless succession of day and night in the most orderly manner; the course of the sun, the moon, and the great stars; the world of animate and inanimate objects, the continuous process and evolution of man, generation after generation. One often wonders because one would like to know the maker and maintainer of all these things with which we live and which we immensely enjoy.

Can we find an explanation of the great universe? Is there any convincing interpretation of the secret of existence? We realize that no family can function properly without a responsible head, that no city can prosperously exist without sound administration, and that no state can survive without a chief of some kind.

We also realize that nothing comes into being on its own. Moreover, we observe that the universe exists and functions in the most orderly manner and that it has survived for hundreds of thousands of years. Can we, then, say that all this is accidental and haphazard? Or can we attribute the existence of man and the whole world to mere chance?

If man were to come into being by accident or by sheer chance, his entire life would be based on chance, and his whole existence would be meaningless, and no rational being would leave his existence at the mercy of fluctuating chance. Every reasonable human being tries to make his life as meaningful as possible and set for himself a model of conduct according to some design. Individuals, groups, and nations do plan their course of action. And every careful plan produces some desired effects. The fact of the matter is that man does engage in the planning of one sort or another and can appreciate the merits of good planning.

Yet man represents only a very small portion of the great universe. And if he can make plans and appreciate the merits of planning, then his own existence and the survival of the universe must also be based on a planned policy. This means that there is a Designing Will behind our material existence and that there is a Unique Mind in the world to bring things into being and keep them moving in order. The marvelous wonders of our world and the secrets of life are too great to be the product of random accident or mere chance.

In the world, then there must be a Great Force in action to keep everything in order.

In the beautiful nature, there must be a Great Artist who creates the most charming pieces of art and produces everything for a special purpose in life. This Force is the strongest of all forces, and this Artist is the greatest of all artists. The true believers and deeply enlightened people recognize this Artist and call Him Allah (His True and Real Name) or God. They call Him God because He is the Creator and the Chief Architect of the world, the Originator of life and the Provider of all things in existence. He is not a man because no man can create or make another man. He is not an animal, nor is He a plant. He is neither an idol nor is He a statue of any kind because none of these things can make itself or create anything else. He is not a machine. He is neither the sun nor is He the moon or any other star, because these things are controlled by a great system, and are themselves made by someone else. He is different from all these things because He is the Maker and Keeper of them all. The maker of anything must be different from and greater than the thing which he makes. We also know that nothing can come to life on its own and that the marvelous world did not create itself or come into existence by accident. The continuous changes in the world prove that it is made and everything which is made must have a maker of some sort.

The Maker and Sustainer of the world, the Creator of and Provider for man, the Active Force and Effective Power in nature are all one and the same, and that is known to be Allah or God. This is the secret of all secrets and the Most Supreme of all beings. The Qur’an, the True Book of God says:

Belief in God and His great power alone can provide mankind with the best Possible explanation of many mysterious things in life. This is the safest way to true knowledge and spiritual insight, the right path to good behavior and sound morals, the surest guide to happiness and prosperity.

Once man believes that God exists he must know His attributes and names. Generally speaking every perfection and absolute goodness belong to Him, and no defect or wrong applies to Him. In specific terms, one should know and believe the following:

  1. God is only One, has no partner or son, and neither gives birth nor is He born. He is eternally besought by all and has no beginning or end, and none is equal to Him (Qur’an)
  2. He is the Merciful and the Compassionate, the Guardian and the True Guide, the Just and the Supreme Lord, the Creator and the Watchful, the First and the Last, the knowing and the Wise, the Hearing, and the Aware, the Witness and the Glorious, the Able and ‘ the Powerful. (Qur’an example)
  3. He is the Loving and the Provider, the Generous and the Benevolent, the Rich and the Independent, the Forgiving and the Clement, the Patient and the Appreciative, the unique and the Protector, the Judge, and the Peace. (Qur’an example)

Each one of these names and attributes of God is mentioned in various places in the  Qur’an. We all enjoy the care and mercy of God Who is so Loving and Kind to His creation. If we try to count His favors upon us, we cannot, because they are countless (Qur’an)

God is High and Supreme, but he is very near to the pious thoughtful people; He answers their prayers and helps them. He loves the people who love Him and forgives their sins. He gives them peace and happiness, knowledge and success, life and protection. He welcomes all those who want to be at peace with Him and never rejects any of them. He teaches man to be good, to do the right and to keep away from the wrong. Because He is so Good and Loving. He recommends and accepts only the good and right things. The door of His mercy is always open to any who sincerely seek His support and protection. (Qur’an)

The Love of God for His creatures is immense and beyond human imagination. We cannot measure or count His favors. He creates us and takes good care of us, not only from the time of our birth onward but even long before that. He makes us in the best form of creation and gives us all the senses and faculties that we need for our growth. He helps us when we cannot help ourselves, and provides for us and for our dependents. He creates in man the mind to understand, the soul and conscience to be good and righteous, the feelings and sentiments to be kind and humane.

By His mercy, we gain true knowledge and see the real light. Because He is Merciful He creates us in the most beautiful shape and provides us with the sun and the moon, the land and the sea, the earth and the skies, the plants and the animals. He is the Creator of all these things and many others for our benefit and use. He makes things that are of service to us in this life, and gives man dignity and intelligence, honor and respect because man is the best of all created things and is God’s viceroy on earth.

The mercy O God gives us hope and peace, courage and confidence. It enables us to remedy our griefs and sorrows, to overcome our difficulties and obtain success and happiness. Indeed, the mercy of God relieves the distressed, cheers the afflicted, consoles the sick, strengthens the desperate, and comforts the needy. In short, the mercy of God is active everywhere all the time in every aspect of our lives. Some people may fail to recognize it only because they take it for granted. But it is real and we can feel it with our hearts and appreciate it with our minds.

The Loving Merciful God never forgets us or lets us down or ignores our sincere calls upon Him. By His Mercy and Love He has shown us the Right Way and sent to us messengers and teachers, books and revelations – all are meant for our help and guidance. The last Messenger from God is Muhammad (PBUH), and the most genuine existing book of Allah is the Qur’an. From the traditions of Muhammad (PBUH) and the teachings of the Qur’an, we learn about the Forgiving God. If a person commits a sin or does something wrong, then he is violating the law of God, committing a grave offense against God and abusing his own dignity and existence. But if he is sincere and wishes to repent, regrets his wrong deeds and wants to return to God, faithfully seeks pardon from God and honestly approaches him, then God will certainly accept him and forgive him. Even those who reject God or his Oneness are assured of forgiveness, should they realize there erroneous attitude and resolve to come back to God. In this connection the Qur’an says:

“God forgives not that partnership should be set up with him; but He forgives anything else, to whom he pleases and; to set up partners with God is to devise a sin most heinous indeed.” (Al-Nisa’ 4: 48)

“Say oh my servants who have transgressed against their souls! despair not the mercy of God: for God forgives all sins: for he is most forgiving, most merciful. Turn to your Lord ( in repentance ) and submit to him, before the penalty comes on you; after that, you shall not be helped. And follow the best of the courses revealed to you from your Lord, before the penalty comes on you on a sudden while you perceive not!” (Al-Zumar 39: 53)

In return for all these great favors and kindness, God does not need anything from us, because He is the needless and the independent. He does not ask us to pay him back, for we cannot reward him or value his immeasurable favors and mercy. What He commands us to do, however, is only to be good, to be thankful and to be appreciative, to follow his recommendations and in force his law, to be the proper manifestation of his goodness and excellent attributes, to be his honest agents and true representatives on earth.

He does not want to enslave us because he is the One who grants us dignity and honor. He does not wish to subjugate us because He is One who emancipates us from fear and superstitions. He does not desire to humiliate us because He is the One who creates us and exalts our ranks above all other beings. So whatever rules and prescriptions He passes unto us are designed for our own benefit and good. They are meant to help us enjoy our lives with one another in Peace and Kindness, in brotherhood and co-operation. They are destined to make us attain his most pleasant company and adopt the surest approach to Eternal Happiness in life after death.

There are various ways to know God and there are many things to tell about him. The Great wonders and impressive marvels of the world are like open books in which we can read about God. Besides, God, Himself comes to our Aid through the many messengers and revelations He has sent down to man. These messengers and revelations tell us everything we need to know about God. So by reflecting on nature, by hearing the words of the messengers, and by reading the Divine revelations we can gain most convincing knowledge about God and find the Straight Path to Him.

The aforesaid discussion brings forth the following facts:

There is God. He is ONE.

  1. He is the creator, sustainer, and provider of this universe

and there are no partners unto Him.

  1. He is the One and the Only One who can guide us in the

Right Path in all walks of our life. It is in following His

guidance the success and salvation of man, Here and in

the Hereafter lies says the Qur’an:

“Allah Himself bears witness that there is no God but He and likewise do the Angels and the men possessed of knowledge bear witness in truth and justice that there is no God but He the Almighty the All-Wise” (Aal `Imran 3:18)

“Say, ‘God’s guidance is the (only) Guidance And we have been directed to submit ourselves to the Lord of the Worlds” (Al-An`am 6:71).

Now it is the duty of every one of us to acknowledge Him, acquire the Knowledge of His guidance and lead a life of complete submission to His guidance.

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Taken with slight editorial modifications from Islamic Propagation Centre International (IPCI), 481 Coventry Road, Birmingham B10 OJS UK.

 

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False Eyes

By Harun Yahya

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Such a convincing pattern can be the result only of sublime Creation, not of coincidences.

There are some wonderful and unimaginably interesting defense methods in the animal world. One of these is false eyes. With such false eyes, various butterflies, caterpillars and fish species convince their enemies that they are “dangerous”.

The butterflies open their wings as soon as they sense danger and display a pair of eyes on each of their wings which appear quite threatening to their enemies.

Let us take our time and think: can these extremely convincing eyes be the result of a coincidence? How does the butterfly know that a pair of scary eyes appears when it opens its wings and that the sight of them would frighten its enemy? Has the butterfly happened to see the pattern on its wings and decided that this pattern was frightening and that it could use it in a moment of danger?

Such a convincing pattern can be the result only of sublime Creation, not of coincidences. Moreover, it is by no means possible to think that the butterfly is aware of the patterns on its wings and discovered this as a defense tactic by itself. It is obvious that Allah, Who created the butterfly, bestowed on its body such a pattern and inspired in the animal the instinct to use it in moments of danger.

A Note by the Editor:

Allah the Almighty says in the Ever-Glorious Qur’an what means,

“He [Allah] hath created the heavens without supports that ye can see and hath cast into the earth firm hills so that it quake not with you, and He hath dispersed therein all kinds of beasts. And We send down water from the sky and We cause (plants) of every goodly kind to grow therein. This is the Creation of Allah. Now show me that which those (ye worship) beside Him have created. Nay, but the wrongdoers are in error manifest!” (Luqman 31: 10-11)

And,

“We shall show them Our portents on the horizons and within themselves until it will be manifest unto them that it is the Truth. Doth not thy Lord suffice since He is Witness over all things? How! Are they still in doubt about the meeting with their Lord? Lo! Is not He surrounding all things?” (Fussilat 41: 53-54)

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Harun Yahya was born in Ankara in 1956. He studied arts at Istanbul’s Mimar Sinan University and philosophy at Istanbul University. Since the 1980s, the author has published many books on political, faith-related and scientific issues. Harun Yahya is well known as an author who has written very important works disclosing the imposture of evolutionists, the invalidity of their claims and the dark liaisons between Darwinism and bloody ideologies. Some of the books of the author have been translated into English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Albanian, Arabic, Polish, Russian, Bosnian, Indonesian, Turkish, Tatar, Urdu and Malay and published in the countries concerned. Harun Yahya’s books appeal to all people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, regardless of their age, race and nationality, as they center around one goal: to open the readers mind by presenting the signs of Gods eternal existence to them.

 

 

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God’s Name Al-Mu`ti (The Giver)

God’s Name Al-Mu`ti (The Giver)

By Dr. Muhammad Ratib An-Nabulsi

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God gives endless graces; health and intelligence, money and power, to many of His creation; but tranquility is given, in portions, to His chosen ones of believers.

With the beautiful names of God, there are names that must always be mentioned together.

And the name “Al-Mu`ti” (The Giver) is no exception as God is “The Giver – The Preventer”, Who prohibits in order to give, takes in order to give and lowers in order to raise.

“As life is temporary, Allah created this world as an abode of affliction: “For sure We are ever putting (men) to the test.” (Al-Mu`minun 23; 30)

The difference is very clear between someone who appoints an employee and puts him six months under probation. The employer’s mission is to count the employee’s mistakes, and mercilessly, if they are too many, he will cancel the contract. But if that employee is his son, he will watch him, stop him at every mistake and guide him. Because the father’s mercy requires follow up, and because God is merciful with His creatures; God drives us to His door, and that is one of His graces; being The Giver and Preventer.

God gives endless graces; health and intelligence, money and power, to many of His creation; but tranquility is given, in portions, to His chosen ones of believers. If He gives you, who can prevent Him? And if He prohibits who will give you?

What Does God Give?

1- Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said: “Whosoever Allah means goodness for is educated in religion, and Allah is The Giver and I am the divider, and from this nation, there will still be some people who are conspicuous for those against them until Allah’s order is manifested while they are conspicuous” (Al-Bukhari)

“Thus, the dignity of knowledge is the greatest gift from God: “And He taught you that which you knew not. And ever great is the Grace of Allah unto you (O Muhammad).” (Al-Nisa’ 4; 113)

Because God created a power of perception in man, unless man seeks knowledge, he will be degraded from his level of humanity to a level that does not suit him. Therefore, if you want the world, you must seek knowledge, and if you want the afterlife, you must seek knowledge as well:

“Are those who know equal to those who know not?” (Az-Zumar 39; 9)

“…Allah will exalt in degree those of you who believe and those who have been granted knowledge.” (Al-Mujadilah 58; 11)

In the Qur’an Allah adopted work and knowledge as two favorite values among His creation. Such knowledge includes that of Allah, of His creation and of His orders and seeking knowledge is what raises man to the level of his humanity, and to a level that suits him.

2- Water is another gift from Allah; we put it in tankers, lead it to houses by pipes, distribute it in bottles, these are secondary jobs which are not considered from the core of water. We have become skilled in presenting it, in wrapping, canning, and delivering it, but the primary thing is that Allah is The Giver.

3- From God’s rewards is the grace of existence;

“Has there not been over man a period of time when he was not a thing worth mentioning?” (Al-Insan 76; 1)

You exist, you have entity and a name, you enjoy life, you have a wife, children, a home, a status, and convictions. Therefore, the first grace is the bliss of existence. Sometimes when I read a book I look at the date it was written, if that date was before I was born, I reflect where was I on that date? I had no name in the whole earth.

4- God granted us the bliss of supply; He gave you a respiratory system, but there is air, a digestive system, but there is water, food, meat, vegetables, and crops. You need a partner, so He created a woman for you and created you for her. He gave you the second half, so she gave birth to children who filled your house with joy. After He had granted you the bliss of existence and the bliss of supply, He granted you the bliss of right guidance and wisdom. Sometimes, the road is paved, a while later signs are placed; a slippery slope, a dangerous crossroads, a narrow road … etc, those signs are guidance to drivers.

5- Subjecting the universe as acquaintance and honoring is another from Allah’s Gifts; the universe, the greatest stable thing in belief, was subjected to man, with a script in the Qur’an, as acquaintance and honoring.

“And He has subjected to you all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth; it is all as a favor and kindness from Him.” (Al-Jathiyah 45; 13)

As all that is in the universe is subjected to man, to Allah, man is more honorable than the universe. That is a first fact; man is the first creature, the creature in charge to whom God gave this universe and subjected it to him as acquaintance and honoring.

6- God created man a perfect stature; He gave us the perfect form and nature:

“Verily, We created man in the best stature (mold).” (At-Tin 95; 4)

“Our Lord is He Who gave to each thing its form and nature, then guided it aright.”(Taha 20; 50)

“Have We not made for him a pair of eyes?” (Al-Balad 90; 8)

Part of belief is to think deeply in the creation of the heavens and the earth. If man thinks of his five senses, his systems, the circulatory system, the heart, the nervous system, the digestive system, he will find great evidence to the greatness of Allah:

“Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding. Those who remember Allah standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth.” (Al `Imran 3; 190, 191)

The Reality of Giving

1- God gives us two kinds of graces: worldly graces; such as health, power, money and beauty, and spiritual graces; such as tranquility, security, pleasure, and happiness. But the worldly graces end up with the end of the world:

“As for man, when his Lord tries him by giving him honor and bounties, then he says (in exultation): “My Lord has honored me. But when He tries him by straitening his means of life, he says: “My Lord has humiliated me!” (Al-Fajr 89; 15, 16)

The answer came with prohibition: “Nay” (Al-Fajr 89; 17) Acceptance of both the gifts and the prohibitions is acceptance of the fate and preordainment that’s why He tells us “O my slaves! My worldly gifts are not honoring, and my prohibitions are not deprivation; my gifts are afflictions and my preventions are cure.”

Therefore, Allah grants health, intelligence, power, beauty, and money to many of His creatures, but He gives tranquility in considerable amounts to His true believers, He grants you spiritual graces and pleasure so you are pleased with Him and with yourself. That is; you have accepted God’s fate and preordainment, you are pleased with the hardship inflicted on you for your absolute belief that there is a great wisdom behind it.

2- Be with God and you will find Him with you, leave everybody and beware of your greed; this is a monotheistic meaning in giving. In this way, monotheism interferes with the meaning of giving, because no one can prohibit what you have granted, and no one can give what you have prohibited, your relationship is with Him The Raiser, The Degrader, The Honoring, The Humiliating, The Preventer, The Giver.

“Do you not see that Allah has subjected to your (use) all things in the heavens and on earth, and has made His bounties flow to you in exceeding measure, (both) seen and unseen? Yet there are among men those who dispute about Allah, without knowledge, and without guidance, and without a Book to enlighten them!” (Luqman 31; 20)

3- Natural disasters, deprivation, and hardships are hidden graces because Allah says:

“Why should Allah punish you if you have thanked (Him) and have believed in Him” (An-Nisa’ 4; 147)

When man believes and thanks, all treatments end because he achieved the goal of his existence. Sometimes calamity inflicts and becomes a reason for guidance when you discover its wisdom; you will melt like a candle for love of Allah:

“Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Who say, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah, We belong, and to Him is our return”. They are those on whom (descend) blessings from Allah, and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance.” (Al-Baqarah 2; 155-157)

4- Prohibition is a Gift From The Most Wise: If God uncovers to you the wisdom of prohibition, it will become the core of giving, and sometimes a punishment for your misdeeds:

“And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much.” (Ash-Shura 42; 30 )

Yourself a Giver

Giving is a quality of prophets and messengers; the powerful people took and never gave, the prophets gave and never took. A believer builds his life on giving:

“As for him who gives (in charity) and keeps his duty to Allah. And (in all sincerity) testifies to the best.” (Al-Layl 92; 5, 6)

“But he who is a greedy miser and thinks himself self-sufficient, and disbelieves in goodness, we will make smooth for him the path for evil. And what will his wealth avail him when he goes down (in destruction)?” (Al-Layl 92; 8-11)

This is a profound quality; he gives from his time, money, experience, and strength for the sake of Allah:

“Who is he that will lend to Allah goodly loan so that He may multiply it to him many times?” (Al-Baqarah 2; 145)

Thus, whosoever loves, deplores, gives, and prohibits for the sake of Allah has complete faith.

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This article is a summarized version of the article (Al-Mu`ti) by the author, published at his website www.nabulsi.com.

Dr. Muhammad Ratib An-Nabulsi is a Muslim Syrian preacher and writer. He has written a number of Islamic books, most remarkable of which are: “Encyclopedia of the Beautiful Names of Allah”, “Encyclopedia of Scientific Miracles of the Holy Qur’an and Prophetic Sunnah,” “Outlooks on Islam” and “Contemplations on Islam”. He delivers a number of lessons, orations, symposiums and chat programs broadcasted on the Syrian, Arab, and Islamic radios and Televisions.

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Loving Allah: The Greatest Aspiration

Loving Allah: The Greatest Aspiration

By Jinan Bastaki

Loving AllahIt is probably impossible to find a human being who does not love.

Most people love their families, spouses, and friends.

Others love status and money. You can tell a person’s love for something or someone by what they do and how they act.

And we love all of these things despite their temporary nature, despite the fact that they disappoint us sometimes. It is almost an intrinsic part of a human being.

And we all love for similar reasons—we love people for the perceived good qualities that we see in a person or the way they treat us. We love things because of the way those things make us feel.

Why should we love Allah?

How can we not? If we put together all the reasons why we love other people or things, and then apply it to Allah, we should see that truly it is Him that deserves our love. And because human beings are naturally inclined to love, it is only the love of Allah that can satisfy this need. Ibn Taymiyyah, may God be pleased with him, said: “The heart will not find complete happiness except by loving Allah and by striving towards what is dear to Him.”

Amongst the things to aspire to when striving for the tranquility of the heart, loving Allah above all else is the greatest. When we direct our love and our emotions towards Allah, everything else follows. Our actions follow because they reflect what is in our heart. It is liberating because our love is directed at the source of all our blessings, not merely the means. We see everything as coming from Allah, and because we love Him and think well of Him, we know that everything is for a purpose.

The first thing the Prophet, peace be upon him, said to the people of Madinah was: “O people! Love Allah with all of your hearts for what He has given you from blessings…” Allah says in the Qur’an:

“And if you should count the favor of Allah, you could not enumerate them.” (Ibrahim, 14:34)

Try to count everything good in your life, and everything that seemed bad but turned out to be good. All that is from Allah; the fact that you are Muslim, the fact that, as the Prophet told us, everything that happens in the life of a Muslim is good, and this is only for the believers. If you are given blessings, then it is an opportunity to be thankful, and if you are tested, it is for you to be patient. And what is amazing is that we have been guaranteed things for patience in the face of calamity, and we know that nothing will go to waste insha` Allah (God willing).

If we find that we don’t love Allah, it is because we don’t know Him. All the pleasures of the world are not an ounce of what the pleasure of what Allah has prepared in paradise and the greatest pleasure is to see Him and be with Him.

Are we true in our love for Allah?

Many of us would say without hesitation that we love Allah. But there are different levels of love. Some of us may love our parents more than our siblings. We love all of them, but our love for our parents is over and above the love for our siblings. Yet the love that will give us true tranquility in our hearts is the love that prefers Allah over all else:

“Say, [O Muhammad], “If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings with which you are pleased are more beloved to you than Allah and His Messenger and jihad [struggle] in His cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people.” (Al-Tawbah, 9:24)

Allah in this verse is not telling us we should not love. On the contrary, Allah tells us in another verse that He has made between spouses “love and mercy”. We are encouraged to love each other. The Prophet told us, “When one of you has love for his brother, he should inform him that he loves him,” (Al-Bukhari). But we should not love them more than Allah because love tends to mean preference. We do things for our loved ones because we know that they will like it or appreciate it. And when we prefer others over Allah, or make them equal to Allah, that is when we find difficulty because we are putting our hope in something finite and fallible:

And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah. But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah… (Al-Baqarah, 2:165)

This doesn’t mean we won’t make mistakes. We will because the children of Adam constantly make mistakes. And sometimes we will choose things over Allah. The key is to seek forgiveness. The key is to realize and work on improving. It is that act that is so beloved to Allah.

There are some ways for us to know if we truly love Allah. We are told in the Qur’an:

Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. (Al `Imran 3:31)

We know that the Prophet is the best example and he is the beloved of Allah. How far do we follow the Prophet? And we shouldn’t only think of the outward things, such as the way he dressed or growing a beard. Rather we should look at who the Prophet was, what was the essence of his character and how he treated people. Once the love for Allah and His Messenger grows, we will want to follow everything.

Another way to test ourselves is to look at all of the different types of people that Allah loves in the Qur’an—for example, Allah says that He loves the patient. Then we should ask ourselves—do we strive to be that person to receive the love of Allah?

Sweetness of Faith

Moreover, if we find that Islam is difficult, know that loving Allah is the key to tasting the sweetness of faith. The Prophet told us,

“There are three things which if a person finds them, he has found the sweetness of faith: when Allah and His Messenger are dearer to him than all else; when he loves a person for no other reason than for the sake of Allah; and when he hates to return to kufr after Allah has saved him from it as he would hate to be thrown into fire,” (Al-Bukhari).

How can I make my heart love Allah?

• Read the Qur’an with reflection.

• Perform more voluntary acts of worship: “Nothing endears My servant to Me than doing of what I have made obligatory upon him to do. And My servant continues to draw nearer to Me with the supererogatory so that I shall love him.” (Al-Bukhari)

• Always remember Allah; the righteous used to say that if you awake and sleep remembering Allah, then you awake and sleep without a sin. Not that we will not make mistakes, but sins are erased by constant remembrance of Allah, and good deeds.

• Choose what Allah prefers over what you prefer.

 

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Taken with slight modifications from www.suhaibwebb.com

Jinan Bastaki is a graduate of the LSE and currently resides in the Gulf.

 

 

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How Should We Assess God?

How Should We Assess God?

By Harun Yahya

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Only those who reflect on the purpose of the creation around them, who have a clear faculty of discernment, who apply their minds and use their conscience, can recognize the truth that which these signs imply

“They do not measure God with His true measure. God is All-Strong, Almighty.” (Al-Hajj: 74)

God manifests His Infinite Might and Knowledge in everywhere. The perfection of every part of the human body, the knowledge in the design of a flower, the beauty in its color and scent, the glory in the heavens and the universe, the order in the orbits of the planets, the fish in the depths of oceans, and the intricate design in everything you see around you, are all clear manifestations of God’s infiniteness and power. Some disbelievers, despite perceiving God’s existence and His infinite might, deny Him out of arrogance. They do not acknowledge God’s true greatness. Because they lack wisdom, they fail to see the evident signs of God’s existence and of His greatness manifested in all beings. The inattention of these people is expressed in a verse as follows:

“How many Signs there are in the heavens and earth! Yet they pass them by, turning away from them.” (Yusuf: 105)

Only those who reflect on the purpose of the creation around them, who have a clear faculty of discernment, who apply their minds and use their conscience, can recognize the truth that which these signs imply. They are those who believe. One of the primary attributes of a believer is his ability to be perceptive. Believers, who are capable of exercising their minds, unencumbered by false motives, come to recognize God’s artistry and power through His creation and thus have a full appreciation of His greatness and glory. A verse of the Qur’an relates that those who are able to think clearly see God’s signs wherever they turn:

“In the creation of the heavens and earth, and the alternation of the night and day, and the ships which sail the seas to people’s benefit, and the water which God sends down from the sky—by which He brings the earth to life when it was dead and scatters about in it creatures of every kind—and the varying direction of the winds, and the clouds subservient between heaven and earth, there are Signs for people who use their intellect.” (Al-Baqarah: 164)

A person so disposed recognizes the signs of God’s existence everywhere he looks, perceiving Him for His true might. Believers keep their minds continually occupied with the remembrance of God, while the majority of humanity spend their lives without a thought to these facts. In a verse of the Qur’an, the ideal behavior of a Muslim is related as follows:

“…those who remember God, standing, sitting and lying on their sides, and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth: ‘Our Lord, You have not created this for nothing. Glory be to You! So safeguard us from the punishment of the Fire.’” (Al `Imran: 191)

 

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Harun Yahya was born in Ankara in 1956. He studied arts at Istanbul’s Mimar Sinan University and philosophy at Istanbul University. Since the 1980s, the author has published many books on political, faith-related and scientific issues. Harun Yahya is well known as an author who has written very important works disclosing the imposture of evolutionists, the invalidity of their claims and the dark liaisons between Darwinism and bloody ideologies. Some of the books of the author have been translated into English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Albanian, Arabic, Polish, Russian, Bosnian, Indonesian, Turkish, Tatar, Urdu and Malay and published in the countries concerned. Harun Yahya’s books appeal to all people, Muslims, and non-Muslims alike, regardless of their age, race, and nationality, as they center around one goal: to open the readers’ mind by presenting the signs of Gods eternal existence to them.

 

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Who Is Allah?

Who Is Allah?

By Truth Seeker Staff

Allah

The One True God is a reflection of the unique concept that Islam associates with God.

Allah is the proper name of the One True God. Nothing else can be called Allah. This term has no plural or gender, which shows its uniqueness when compared with the word ‘god’, that can be made plural, gods; or feminine, goddess. It is a known fact that every language has one or more terms that are used in reference to God and sometimes to lesser deities. This is not the case with Allah.

Some of the biggest misconceptions that many non-Muslims have about Islam have to do with the word “Allah”. For various reasons, many people have come to believe that Muslims worship a different God than Christians and Jews. This is totally false, since “Allah” is simply the Arabic word for “God” — and there is only One God. However, it is certainly true that Jews, Christians, and Muslims all have different concepts of Almighty God. For example, Muslims, like Jews, reject the Christian beliefs of Trinity and Divine Incarnation. However, this does not mean that each of these three religions worships a different God – because there is only One True God. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are classified as ‘Monotheistic’, however, Islam teaches that other religions have, in one way or another, distorted and nullified a pure and proper belief in Almighty God by neglecting His true teachings and mixing them with man-made ideas.

The One True God is a reflection of the unique concept that Islam associates with God. To a Muslim, Allah is the Almighty, Creator, and Sustainer of the universe, who is similar to nothing and nothing is comparable to Him. The Prophet Muhammad (may Allah exalt his mention) was asked by his contemporaries about Allah; the answer came directly from Allah Himself in the form of a short chapter of the Qur’an, which is considered the essence or the motto of monotheism. This is chapter 112 which reads (what means):

“Say: ‘He is Allah, (who is) One, Allah, the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, nor is there to Him any equivalent.’” (Al-Ikhlas 112:1)

Some non-Muslims allege that God in Islam is a stern and cruel God who demands to be obeyed fully. He is not loving and kind. Nothing can be farther from the truth than this allegation. It is enough to know that with the exception of one, each of the 114 chapters of the Qur’an begins with the verse: “In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate.” In one of the sayings of Prophet Muhammad, we are told that: “Allah is more loving and kinder than a mother to her dear child.

However, Allah is also Just. Hence, wrongdoers and sinners must have their share of punishment, and the pious will receive His bounties and favors. People suffering throughout their lives while seeking Allah’s bounty and people oppressing and exploiting other people all their lives should not receive similar treatment from their Lord. Expecting similar treatment for them is contrary to the very belief in the accountability of man in the Hereafter, which removes all the incentives for striving to attain a moral and virtuous life in this world.

Islam rejects characterizing God in any human form or depicting Him as favoring certain individuals or nations on the basis of wealth, power or race. He created human beings as equals. They may distinguish themselves and get His favor only through virtue and piety.

The concepts that God rested in the seventh day of creation, that God wrestled with one of His soldiers, that God is an envious plotter against mankind, or that God is incarnate in any human being are considered blasphemy from the Islamic point of view.

The Creator must have a different nature from the things He created because if He were of the same nature as them, He would be temporal and would, therefore, need a maker. Therefore, nothing is like Him. If the Maker is not temporal, then He must be Eternal. The Eternal cannot be bound by limitations. He is the Self-Sufficient because nothing outside Him can cause him to continue to exist, and if nothing outside Him causes Him to continue to exist, this means that He is Self-Sufficient. And if He does not depend on anything for the continuance of His own existence, then His existence can have no end. The Creator is therefore Eternal and Everlasting.

Linguistically, it is interesting to note that the Aramaic word “El”, which is the word for God in the language that `Eesa (Jesus), may Allah exalt his mention, spoke, is certainly more similar in sound to the word “Allah” than the English word “God”. This also holds true for the various Hebrew words for God, which is “El” and “Elah”, and the plural form “Elohim”. The reason for these similarities is that Aramaic, Hebrew, and Arabic are all Semitic languages with common origins. It should also be noted that in translating the Bible into English, the Hebrew word “El” is translated variously as “God”, “god” and “angel”! This imprecise language allows different translators, based on their preconceived notions, to translate the word to fit their own views. The Arabic word “Allah” presents no such difficulty or ambiguity, since it is only used for Almighty God alone. Additionally, in English, the only difference between “god”, meaning a false god, and “God”, meaning the One True God, is the capital “G” which is commonly used in written works.

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Taken with slight editorial modifications from www.islamweb.net.

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