Allah

The creator and sustainer

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In Islam there is only one God and Allah is the Arabic name for that Divine being. Allah has revealed himself to mankind through His messengers (prophets), from the very first moment that human intellect was able to conceive the notion of God. Allah has revealed to mankind that He has no partner, nor does He have any biological children or anything like unto Him. Allah is the perfect and peerless being who is the Creator, Sustainer and Master of the universe.

 

He is All-Powerful, and All-Knowing. His Knowledge comprehends all things and there is nothing that is outside His power. Indeed, He has many attributes, and while many of these describe His power and glory. His beauty and mercy are also described in great length in the Quran, in which it is said that Allah is the Most Merciful, the Great Forgiver, the Pardoner, the Emancipator, and of course, the Hearer of Prayer. The Most High, The Most Noble, The Great, The Creator - such is Allah, Lord of all the worlds; of all creatures and all realms.

 

 

It is Allah alone who is the creator and sustainer of mankind, the heavens and the earth, and all that is in between. It is to this God, that Islam invites mankind; a God that brings hope and inspires love, and plays a living role in the everyday life of every single being on earth - including the reader.

 

 

His Providence is not confined to a particular people, age or country. He is the Sustainer of all peoples, of all ages, of all places and of all countries. He is the fountainhead of all grace. Every physical and spiritual power is bestowed by Him, and the whole universe is sustained by Him and He is the support of all. God's grace comprehends all peoples, all countries and all ages, lest any people should complain that God bestowed His bounties upon others, but not upon them, or that others received a Book from Him for their guidance, but they did not, or that in other ages He manifested Himself through His revelation, inspiration and miracles, but that He remained hidden in their age. By bestowing His grace upon all He removed all these objections and out of His vast qualities He did not deprive any people or any age of His physical or spiritual bounties.

 

The Being of God is transcendental and is most discreet and cannot be discovered by the power of human reasoning alone. No argument can prove it conclusively, inasmuch as reason can travel only so far that contemplating the universe it feels the need of a Creator. But the feeling of a need is one thing and it is quite another to arrive at the certainty that the God, Whose need has been felt, does in fact exist. As the operation of reason is defective, incomplete and doubtful, a philosopher cannot recognize God purely through reason. Most people who try to determine the existence of God purely through the exercise of reason, in the end are led to disbelief. Reflecting over the creation of the heavens and the Earth does not avail them much and they begin to deride and laugh at the men of God.

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How then can we reach God? God's law of nature and the book of nature, which have been in existence since the creation of man, teach us that to establish a strong relationship with God it is necessary to have experienced His Beneficence and His Beauty. By beneficence, it is meant instances of the moral qualities of God Almighty which a man might have personally experienced in his own being. For instance, God may have become his Guardian when he was helpless and weak and an orphan. Or God may have fulfilled his need at a time of want; or God may have helped him at a time of great sorrow; or God may have guided him without the intervention of a preceptor or guide in his search after God.

 

 

When a person experiences in the shape of Beneficence those Divine attributes which constitute His Beauty his faith is strengthened beyond measure and he is drawn towards God as iron is drawn towards a magnet. His love for God increases manifold and his trust in God becomes very strong. Having experienced that all his good is in God, his hopes in God are strengthened. He continues to incline towards God naturally, without pretence and affectation, and finds himself dependent upon God's help every moment and believes firmly through the contemplation of Divine attributes that he will be successful, because he has experienced in his own person many instances of God's grace, favour and generosity. Therefore, his supplications proceed from the fountain of power and certainty and his resolve becomes extremely firm and unshakable.

 

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His Capacities

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God Almighty operates in this world in three capacities: one, in the capacity of God; two, in the capacity of a friend; and three, in the capacity of an enemy. His treatment of His average creatures proceeds from His capacity as God and His treatment of those who love Him and whom He loves, proceeds not only in His capacity as God, but also predominantly in His capacity of a friend. The world feels that God is supporting the person concerned like a friend.

 

His treatment of His enemies is characterized by painful chastisement and such signs as indicate clearly that God Almighty is the enemy of that people or that person. Sometimes God tests a friend of His by making the whole world his enemy and for a time subjects him to their tongues and their hands, but He does not do this because He desires to destroy His friend, or to disgrace or humiliate him. He does this so that He might show His sign to the world and so that His impertinent opponents should realize that despite their utmost efforts they were not able to harm the person concerned.

God & Modern Man

 

There are over 8 million species on earth. But one species stands alone. Mankind.

 

From the darkness of our caves, we spread across land and sea, to every corner of the globe.

 

Thousands of years of great civilizations, from age to age, have carried on the torch of humanity.

 

Today, we stand at the apex of our dominion. We move across the planet in minutes and communicate across oceans in the blink of an eye, pushing science and technology to unimaginable heights.

 

And yet, even though we have become so advanced, all is not well with the human race today.

 

 

Attributes of allah

Al Adl, The Just

Al Ahad, The One

Al Ali, The High

Al Awwal, The First

Al Azeez, The Mighty

Al Ba'ith, The Resurrector

Al Bari, The Originator

Al Baseer, The All Seeing

Al Batin, The Hidden

Dhul Jalale walIkram, The Lord of Majesty and Bounty

Al Ghaffar, The All forgiving

Al Hadi, The Guide

Al Hakam, The Judge

Al Afu. The Pardoner

Al Akhir, The Last

Al Aleem, The Knowing

Al Azeem, The Great

Al Badi, The Incomparable

Al Baqi, The Everlasting

Al Mujeeb, The Responser

Al Mumeet, The Giver of Death

Al Muntaqim, The Avenger

Al Muqeet, The Sustainer

Al Wasi, The All Embracing

Al Barr, The Benign

Al Basit, The Expander

Ad Dhar, The Distresser

Al Fattah, The Opener

Al Ghaffar, The Forgiver

Al Ghanee, The Self Sufficient

Al Hafeez, The Preserver

Al Hakeem, The Wise

Al Haleem, The Forbearing

Al Haqq, The True

Al Hayy, The Living

Al Jaleel, The Sublime

Al Kabeer, The Great

Al Khabeer, The All-Knowing

Al Khaliq, The Creator

Al Majeed, The Glorious

Al Malik, The Sovereign

Malik ul Mulk, The Owner of Sovereignty

Al Mubdi, The Originator

Al Muqtadir, The Powerful

Al Muta'li, The Most Exalted

Al Muzill, The Abaser

An Nur, The Light

Al Qadir, The Powerful

Al Wa'li, The Governor

 

 

Al Muhaymin, The Protector

Al Muhyi, The Giver of Life

Al Mu'izz, The Honourer

Al Mumin, The Guardian of Faith

Al Muqaddim, The Expediter

Al Muqsit, The Just

Al Musawwir, The Fashioner

Al Mutakabbir, The Majestic

An Nafi, The Propitious

Al Qabid, The Constrictor

Al Qahhar, The Subduer

Al Qayyum, The Self Subsisting

Ar Rafe The Exalter

Ar Rahman, The Most Gracious

Ar Rasheed, The Guide to the Right Path

As Sabur, The Patient

As Samad, The Eternal

Ash Shaheed, The Witness

Al Tawwab, The Oft Returning

Al Qawi, The Strong

Al Quddus, The Holy

Ar Raheem, The Ever Merciful

Ar Raqeeb, The Watchful

Ar Rauf The Compassionate

Al Wakeel, The Trustee

 

 

Al Wahhab, The Bestower

Al Wajid, The Finder

Al Walee, The Friend

Al Warith, The Inheritor

Al Zahir, The Manifest

Al Hameed, The Praiseworthy

Al Haseeb, The Reckoner

Al Jabbar, The Compeller

Al Jame, The Gatherer

Al Kareem, The Generous

Al Khalid, The Abaser

Al Lateef, The Subtle One

Al Majid, The Noble

Al Mani, The Preventer

Al Mateen, The Firm

Al Mu'akhir, The Postponer

Al Mughni, The Enricher

Al Muhsi, The Reckoner

Al Mueed, The Restorer

Ar Razzaaq, The Provider

As Salam, The Source of Peace

As Samee, The All Hearing

Ash Shakur, The Appreciator

Al Wadud, The Loving

Al Wahid, The Unique

 

 

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