The Existence of Allah 2

Proofs of Allah’s Existence[1]

A-úthu billáhi minash shaytánir rajeem. Bisilláhir rahmánir raheem

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam, ” Do they not look at the sky above them, how We have made it and adorned it and there are no flaws in it? And the earth, We have spread it out and set thereon mountains standing firm, and produced therein every kind of beautiful growth in pairs.

For an insight and reminder to every servant turning to Allah. And We sent down from the sky rain charged with blessing, and We produce therewith gardens and grain for harvest. And tall (and stately) palm trees, with shoots of fruit stalks, piled one over another; as sustenance for (Allah’s) servants. And We give new life therewith to land that is dead: thus will be the resurrection.”

Arabic introduction

“Bethink of him who had an argument with Ibraheem about his Lord, because Allah had given him the kingdom; how when Ibraheem said ‘My Lord is He Who gives life and causes death’, he answered: ‘I give life and cause death.’ Ibraheem said: ‘Allah causes the sun to rise in the East, so do you cause it to come up from the West’.

Thus was the disbeliever confounded (abashed).’

A confirmation and a reminder to the believers and a challenge, a huge and impossible challenge to the unbelievers and those who associate partners with Alláh. And that is how the closing chapters of Surat Al-Waqia’a can be described. In the same vein, Ali bin Abi Taalib, may Allah be pleased with him, was asked: ‘ Have you seen your Lord (Allah)? His short but concise answer confounded his questioner:‘ How could I worship what I do not see?’ He went on to explain that what the eyes fail to see is seen by the intellect, the heart of man.

Although the existence of Allah requires no proof simply because the existence of everything else is proved in reference to Him, The Most High, to make matters easy for the human intellect to comprehend, man is asked to contemplate his own creation and all that is in the Universe. Indeed the Ayaat recited at the opening of this khutbah from Surat Qaaf is just one example.

Coming back to Surat Al Waqia’a we recite: “We created you; will you then admit the truth? Have you seen that which you emit? Do you create it or are We the Creator? We mete out death among you and We are not to be outrun. That We may transfigure you and make you what you know not. And verily you know the first creation, why, then, do you not reflect?”

Allah, The Exalted, is reminding mankind that He (Subhaaneh) created them from nothing. Is not He who created in the first instance able to re-create? Why cannot you believe in the Resurrection? He Who created you is indeed able to re-create you in any shape or form. Reflect on your hearing, eye-sight or your hearts and remind yourselves of the Creator.

“He it is Who produces creation, then reproduces it and it is easier for Him”.

“And he had coined for Us a similitude, and had forgotten the fact of his creation saying: ‘Who will revive these bones when they have rotted away?’ Say:’He will revive them who created them first for He is Knower of every creation’.

“Have you seen that which you cultivate? Is it you who foster it, or are We the Fosterer? If We willed, We verily could make it chaff, then would you cease not to exclaim: Lo! We are laden with debt! No, but we are deprived’.

Indeed man may saw the seeds, whether that seed grows into a plant and bears fruit is not in the hands of man. Only Allah, Tabaraka wa Ta’ala, decides which seed will develop into a plant and which shall not germinate.

Before closing let us remind ourselves of the two men mentioned in Surat Al-Kahf and see what happened to the one who committed kufr having prided himself of his wealth and offspring:

“And his fruit was beset (with destruction). Then began he to wring his hands for all that he had spent upon it, when (now) it was all ruined on its trellises and to say: ‘Would that I had ascribed no partner to my Lord’. “

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

 ” Or (take) the similitude of one who passed by a hamlet, all in ruins to its roots. He said: ‘Oh! How shall Allah bring it (ever) to life, after (this) its death?’ But Allah caused him to die for a hundred years, then raised him up (again). He said: ‘how long did you tarry (thus)?’ He said: ‘(perhaps) a day or part of day.’ He said: ’Nay, you have tarried thus a hundred years: but look at your food and your drink, they show no sign of age: and look at your donkey: and that We may make you a Sign unto the people. Look further at the bones, how We bring them together and clothe them with flesh.’ When this was shown clearly to him, he said: ’I know that Allah has power over all things.”

“Have you observed the water which you drink? Is it you who shed it from the rain clouds, or are We the Shedder? If We willed, We verily could make it bitter.

Why, then, give you no thanks?”

It has been related from Abi Ja’afer that whenever the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, drank water, he used to say: ‘Praise be to Allah who by His Grace provided us with palatable, sweet water to drink and did not make it saltish, bitter because of our sins’.

“Have you observed the fire which you kindle (strike-out)? Was it you who made the tree thereof to grow or were We the Grower? We, even We, appointed it a memorial and a comfort for the dwellers in the wilderness. Therefore, O Muhammad, praise the name of your Lord, the Magnificent’

It is indeed a reminder of the greater Fire of Hell, for the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “This fire that you kindle, O people, is one seventieth of Hell Fire” Then he added “It has been struck in the sea twice to make it beneficial to the Sons of Adam” meaning its heat has been reduced……


[1] Khalid Mustafa Abdul Kader/Royal Holloway College/Univ. of London /UK

 

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