WHERE IS ALLAH?
WHERE IS ALLAH?
WHERE IS ALLAH?
Answer: Unless you’ve decided not to “see” Him, you cannot “miss” Him!
“There is nothing whatsoever like Him.” [The Noble Qur’an 42:11]
“No vision can grasp Allah but Allah grasps all vision.” [6:103]
We cannot see Allah The Most Exalted the way we see other things.
What do we tell those who want to know His address!
If they want a good answer, then they must ask a good question.
The question itself is wrong!
You can ask the whereabouts of a person or an object that exists in time and space.
For example, you live in time (today), and you have a body that fills some space.
Allah is The Creator of time and space.
The Creator cannot be of the same nature as the things He created.
Allah does not ‘resemble’ His creations, and is beyond the grasp of human imagination.
If He is of the same nature as His creations, then He too, like His creations, would be in need of a Creator to satisfy His needs.
A creator who is not self-sufficient cannot be The Creator [Al Khaliq].
Allah The Creator is not limited by time and space and is independent of needs.
Allah is “everywhere” in the sense that there is no place that is without His presence.
The Noble Qur’an
What does The Noble Qur’an say about the ‘whereabouts’ of Allah The Most Merciful?
“He is firmly established on the Throne of authority.” [20:5]
“Whichever direction you turn, there is the presence of Allah.” [2:115]
“We are nearer to man than he is to his jugular vein.” [50:16]
“He is with you wherever you are – Allah is aware of all your actions.” [57:4]
“When my servants question you [Muhammad] about Me, tell them that I am very close to them.” [2:186]
“The Hand of Allah was above their hands [when they pledged allegiance to you, O Prophet].” [48:10]
The purpose of these verses is not to give us a description of Allah’s whereabouts.
The hidden meanings of these verses are known only to Allah The Almighty. [3:7]
In their contexts, these verses convey the grandeur and magnificence of The Almighty.
The Qur’an states that Allah is unique and that nothing resembles Him. [42:11, 112:4]
Those with “knowledge” will know Allah by reflecting on the things created by Him. [30:20-25]
All things in the Universe are ayat (signs) that point to the existence of a Perfect, All-Knowing, Almighty and Merciful Creator.
Our body and The solar system
The solar system created by Allah provides us with ‘night’ to rest.
We wake up in the morning refreshed to begin the search for our sustenance.
Neither does the solar system have an understanding of our needs nor do we have the power to make the solar system serve our needs.
This can happen only by the Will of The Supreme Creator.
Water and our survival
Human beings, animals and trees need fresh water for survival.
If salt water invades our rivers, lakes and wells, and rains down from the sky, then all life on earth will perish in a very short time.
Neither fresh water nor salt water ‘know’ of their respective roles in ensuring our sustenance or preventing our ruin.
This network of collaboration in Creation can only be the work of A Supreme Organizer Who has perfect knowledge and control of everything in creation.
He is Allah The Almighty.
Names and Attributes of Allah
Allah has no form. He is above all form. We distinguish a thing by comparing it. We know “fat” by comparing it to “thin”. Allah cannot be compared to anything as Allah does not resemble anything.
Worshipping physical representations of God is considered shirk or the act of associating partners with God. It is the only unpardonable sin in Islam.
Others worship statues and pictures of God. Islam rejects these man-made works as false gods that cannot create even “a single fly” and describes those who worship them as “feebleminded”. [22:73]
Muslims don’t try to imagine God because God is beyond the grasp of human imagination. Nothing is like Him.
They focus instead on the attributes of Allah. What is Allah like? What is His nature? What does He do? The descriptions are in Allah’s Names and Attributes.
Of the Beautiful Names and Attributes of Allah, two well-known ones are The Most Merciful [Ar-Rahim] and The Most Compassionate [Ar-Rahman].
Muslims know that their every act of mercy towards things created by Allah brings them closer to Allah The Most Merciful.
Seek nearness to Divine by walking The Straight Path of Islam.
The Almighty says, “If the Believer comes to Me walking, I go to him running.”
By Dr Y Mansoor Marican, Ph. D