The existence of Allah is a manifest reality

Updated 22 May 2014
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The existence of Allah is a manifest reality

Every point in the universe is filled with matchless manifestations of Allah’s creative artistry. Everywhere we look at reflects His infinite might and greatness. All the delicate structures and balances on Earth and all the countless physical and cosmic laws that pervade it, the Milky Way, the Solar System, the light emitted by the Sun, the rate of expansion of the universe, the level of viscosity of water, Earth’s position in the Milky Way, the distance between the Earth and Moon, the proportions of gasses in the atmosphere and countless other such physical data, together with entities such as the seas, the oceans, the mountains, butterflies, squirrels, deer, tigers, cats and countless others all clearly reveal the existence of our Sublime and Almighty Lord.
Whichever order in the universe or living thing around them human beings may examine, they see the evidence of an extraordinary mind in it. A tiny insect or fish swimming in the blackness of the oceans contains countless details regarding a sublime Creation.
This great mind that pervades every point in the universe is of course proof of the existence of an Almighty Creator Who rules all things. This Creator is Allah. Allah has created all things with extraordinary characteristics and thus given mankind manifest evidence of His own existence and might. There is no need for biochemical laboratories or the results from geological excavations in order to see this. Indeed, the existence of Allah is evident to even the smallest child. Anyone who reflects on the sky, the mountains, the stars, plants, seeds, animals and the creation of the countless things in existence all around for even a short time will witness the creative artistry of Allah and thus recognize and turn to our Lord, Who created him and the whole universe out of nothing.

The existence of Allah pervades all places
Some people imagine that they themselves, matter and the world around them have absolute existence. They think of Allah (surely He is beyond that) as an illusion overlaying that absolute matter. Or else, since they cannot see Allah with their own eyes, they say, “Allah must be somewhere we cannot see, far off in space or the heavens.” (Surely Allah is beyond that.) But these are all grave errors. That is because Allah is everywhere, not just in the heavens. As the only absolute being, Allah pervades the entire universe, all human beings, the Earth, the sky and everywhere, and He is manifested everywhere in the universe.
It must not be forgotten that Allah is unfettered by time and space. His Own Being is different but His manifestations are everywhere. If someone enters a room and says that Allah is not there he is denying Allah. It is revealed in several verses of the Qur’an that Allah enfolds everywhere, that He is closer to us than our own jugulars and that wherever we look we see the Face of Allah. In verse 255 of Surat Al-Baqara, for instance, Allah says “... His Kursi encompasses the heavens and the earth....” Verse 92 of Surah Hud reads, “... My Lord encompasses everything that you do,” thus revealing that Allah also pervades people’s deeds.
The reality revealed in the Qur’an is clear: Allah is not just in the sky. Allah pervades all places. We are told this through the Qur’an. Telling people of the secret behind matter will be instrumental in these verses being better grasped and understood. People who realize that matter has no absolute existence will realize that Allah is present in all places and at all times, that He sees and hears them at every moment, that He witnesses all things, that He is closer to them than their own jugulars and that He hears their every prayer. Allah creates all things, and one must control one’s own mind in order not to forget this.

Science proves the existence of Allah
“Science” is the way to investigate the universe and everything in it and to decipher Allah’s creative artistry and describe it to people. The religion therefore favors science as a path to unlocking the details in Allah’s creation, and therefore strongly encourages it.
In the same way that religion encourages scientific research, so scientific research directed according to the truths revealed by religion will bring very swift and certain results. That is because religion is the only reference source to provide the most accurate and certain answer to the question of how the universe and living things came into being. As Albert Einstein, regarded as one of the greatest scientists of the 20th Century, said, “science without religion is lame.” In other words, there can be no scientific progress down a path not led by religion. Either it takes a long time to obtain results or else, and more frequently, no results are forthcoming at all.
Allah calls on people to research and investigate such subjects as the sky, rain, plants, animals, birth and geographical features. Some of the matters that Allah tells us to reflect on are revealed as follows in verses: “Have they not looked at the sky above them: How We structured it and made it beautiful and how there are no fissures in it? And the earth: How We stretched it out and cast firmly embedded mountains onto it and caused luxuriant plants of every kind to grow in it, an instruction and a reminder for every penitent human being. And We sent down blessed water from the sky and made gardens grow by it and grain for harvesting and soaring date-palms with layered spathes.” (Surah Qaf, 6-10)
“Man has only to look at what he was created from?” (Surat at-Tariq, 5) The facts obtained as the result of scientific research introduce people to the secret of Creation and the infinite knowledge, mind and power of Allah. And that is why a great many scientists who have rendered huge services to mankind over the course of history have been believers; because science is a means of appreciating the might of Allah…

- The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science.


The beauty of prayer in Islam

Updated 23 September 2016
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The beauty of prayer in Islam

GOING deeper into our spiritual state during prayers (salah) requires that we have a presence of heart and are mindful of the words being said during the prayers.
Our prayer will feel shorter, yet when we look at how much time we actually spent, we will think, “Did I just spend 10 minutes?” or even 15 and 20 minutes.
A person who began applying this said he wished the prayer would never end.
A feeling that Ibn Al-Qayyim describes as “what the competitors compete for… it is nourishment for the soul and the delight of the eyes,” and he also said, “If this feeling leaves the heart, it is as though it is a body with no soul.”

The love of Allah
Some people’s relationship with Allah is limited to following orders and leaving prohibitions, so that one does not enter hell. Of course, we must follow orders and leave prohibitions, but it needs to be done out of more than fear and hope; it should also be done out of love for Allah. Allah says in the Qur’an: “… Allah will bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him.” (Qur’an, 5:54)
We often find that when a lover meets the beloved, hearts are stirred and there is warmth in that meeting. Yet when we meet Allah, there is not even an ounce of this same feeling. Allah says in the Qur’an: “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.” (Qur’an, 2:165)
And those who believe are stronger in love for Allah. There should be a feeling of longing, and when we raise our hands to start the prayer, warmth and love should fill our hearts because we are now meeting with Allah. A dua of the Prophet (peace be upon him): “O Allah, I ask You for the longing to meet You” (An-Nisa’i, Al-Hakim)
Ibn Al-Qayyim says in his book Tareeq Al-Hijratain that Allah loves His Messengers and His believing servants, and they love Him and nothing is more beloved to them than Him. The love of one’s parents has a certain type of sweetness, as does the love of one’s children, but the love of Allah far supersedes any of that. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “Any person who combines these three qualities will experience the sweetness of faith: 1) that God and His messenger are dearer to him than anything else; 2) that his love of others is purely for God’s sake; and 3) that he hates to relapse into disbelief as much as he hates to be thrown in the fire.” (Bukhari)
Thus, the first thing he mentioned was: “… that God and His messenger are more beloved to him than anything else…”
Ibn Al-Qayyim says: “Since ‘there is nothing like unto Him’ (Qur’an, 42:11), there is nothing like experiencing love for Him.”
If you feel this love for Him, it will be a feeling so intense, so sweet, that you would wish the prayer would never ever end.
Do you truly want to feel this love? Then ask yourself: ‘why do you or should you love Allah?’
Know that you love people for one (or all, in varying degrees) of three reasons: For their beauty, because of their exalted character or/and because they have done good to you. And know that Allah combines all of these three to the utmost degree.

All-embracing beauty
We’ve all been touched by beauty. It is almost fitrah (natural disposition) to love what is beautiful. Ali ibn Abi Talib, may Allah be pleased with him, said about the Prophet, peace be upon him, that it was “as if the sun is shining from his face.” Jabir (may God be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah was more handsome, beautiful, and radiant than the full moon” (Tirmidhi)
Allah made all His Prophets have a certain beauty so that people would have a natural inclination toward them.
And beauty is more than what is in the face, because beauty is in all of creation and somehow has the ability to take our breath away and give us peace simultaneously. The glimmer of the crescent moon on a calm night, the intensity of a waterfall as the water drops for thousands of feet, the sunset by the sea … certain scenes of natural unspoiled beauty stirs something in us. As Allah is the One Who made it beautiful, so what of Allah’s beauty?
Ibn Al-Qayyim said: “And it is enough to realize Allah’s Beauty when we know that every internal and external beauty in this life and the next are created by Him, so what of the beauty of their Creator?”
This fitrah for loving what is beautiful is because Allah is beautiful. One of His Names is Al-Jameel (the Most Beautiful). Ibn Al-Qayyim states that the beauty of Allah is something that a person cannot imagine and only He knows it. There is nothing of it in creation save for glimpses.
Ibn Al-Qayyim says if all of creation were the most beautiful they could be (so let’s imagine, ever single human being looked as beautiful as Yusuf, peace be upon him, and the whole world was like Paradise), and all of them combined from the beginning of time until the Day of Judgment, they would not even be like a ray in comparison to the sun when compared to Allah. Allah’s beauty is so intense that we will not even be able to take it in this life. In the Qur’an, Allah describes Musa’s (peace be upon him) request: “And when Moses arrived at Our appointed time and his Lord spoke to him, he said, ‘My Lord, show me (Yourself) that I may look at You.’ (Allah) said: ‘You will not see Me but look at the mountain; if it should remain in place, then you will see Me.’ But when his Lord appeared to the mountain He rendered it level, and Moses fell unconscious.” (Qur’an, 7:143)
Even the mountain could not bear the beauty of Allah and crumbled, and when Musa, peace be upon him, saw this (he did not even see Allah), he fell unconscious. This is why on the Day of Judgment it is Allah’s light that will shine on everything. We talk about breathtaking beauty, but we have yet to experience Allah’s beauty. While things in this world can be beautiful or majestic or if they combine both they are finite, true majesty and beauty are for Allah: “And there will remain the Face of your Lord, Owner of Majesty and Honor.” (Qur’an, 55:27)
Keeping all of this in mind, the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “Allah directs His Face toward the face of His servant who is praying, as long as he does not turn away” (Tirmidhi).
Remember this in your prayer, and ask Allah to allow you the joy of seeing Him in Paradise.