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Monday, September 10, 2007

The Truth of Creation

Prophet Mohammad was sent to invite people to Islam and to come to God and to teach them how to worship Him - the task for which they were created. Many of the people whom he addressed had a hazy idea about God: they believed in God, but they also associated other lesser gods with HIm. Others were atheists or naturalists : their creed was "we live and we die and nothing causes our death except time." (the Quran 45: 24)

The Quran asks such people:
"were they created out of nothing? Or were they the creators (of themselves). Or did they create the heavens and the earth?" (The Quran 52: 35-36)

In other words, the Quran states that for everything, like man, that has a beginning in time, there are only three ways of explaining how it came to be:

1) It was created, or made, or caused by nothing at all. i.e., it came out of nothing.
2) It created itself.
3) It has a creator, cause, or maker outside itself.

Obviously it is inconceivable for something to come out of or be made of nothing at all, and since it is even more inconceivable that it should bring itself into being, then the only conclusion is that it must have a creator outside itself.

Atheism is therefore untenable, if it means the denial of any maker or cause whatsoever. Admitting that is so, why should that cause or maker or creator be the God to whom Prophet Muhammad was inviting people in Islam? Why shouldn't it be one of the many other gods in whom people believe, or why shouldn't the thesis of the materialists be correct? Almost the whole of the Quran is addressed to this question.

In the nutshell, the answer is that, to explain the coming into being of temporal things, the creator (or cause or maker) for which we are looking, logically must have the attributes of God to whom Prophet Mohammad invites us. How so?

The creator must be of a different nature from the things created because if he is of the same nature as they are, he will be temporal and will therefore need a maker. It follows that nothing is like Him. If the maker is not temporal, then He must be eternal. But if he is eternal, he cannot be caused, and if nothing caused him to come into existence, which means that He must be Self-Sufficient. And if he does not depend on anything for the continuance of his own existence, then that existence can have no end. The creator is therefore eternal and everlasting: 'He is the First and the Last'

He is the Self-Sufficient or Self-subsistent or, to use the Quranic term, Al-Qay-Yum. The Creator does not create only in the sense of bringing things into being, he also preserves them and takes them out of existence and is the ultimate cause or whatever happens to them.

'Allah is the Creator of everything. He is the Guardian over everything. Unto Him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth (The Quran 39: 62-63)

'No creature is there crawling on the earth, but its provision rests on Allah. He knows its lodging-place and its repository.' (The Quran 9: 6)

This is what Islam is all about-to worship the True God who created everything and to whom belongs the keys of the universe.

Lets not deviate from this concept

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