Nature of Allah SWT
Nature of Allah
Religious and philosophical perspective on the nature of Allah, the purpose of creation and the practical implications of our faith in Allah
Islam is based on monotheism. Tawhid, the oneness of Allah, ISAN core belief for all Muslims. Islam teaches that Allah, the one God has 99 attributes. Although we can understand some of its attributes, its essence can not be understood by a limited mental capacity of a human being. Allah has created man in the first place so they can know their creator through his creations. Realization of the supremacy of Allah, even if necessary for success in the hereafter, has not been applied on humans – is a test that relies on the fact that man has free will beengiven. However, man’s free will is limited, even if he has the freedom to choose between right and wrong, has cannotchange parts of his destiny that Allah has pre-determined. Understanding the nature of God is essential because it has a substantial effect on the duties of a Muslim to Allah.
The oneness of Allah is the most important theological principal in Islam. The first of the five pillars, the offaith statement, which is the first act is to take that Islam stresses the necessity of faith in the oneness of Allah. It begins with the denial of any god but Allah;
“I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger.”
Since the denial, rather than the assertion, in this case serves to emphasize strongly the importance of the oneness of Allah.
The Koran, the words of Allah to the Prophet Muhammad by the angel mediated Jibril (Gabriel), is full of references to the essential belief in one god:
To say ‘He is Allah the One’ 112:1
Allah alone is the creator of all things and he is the One, the Most Supreme 13:17
Saying ‘I am only a Warner, and there is no god but Allah, the One, the Most Supreme. 23:66
He is holy! He is Allah the One, the Most Supreme 39:5
You will also need to demonstrate the uniqueness of God through the Koran, logic can help demonstrate how to explain this too. If you ask a believer in God, if he believes in a god or ten, you will probably find that somewhere in its definition of the word ‘God’, has rulesout the possibility of god being weak, inferior or compromising. From this, we can say that something that is weak, less or compromise can not be a god. Yet the very fact that there is more of a god suggests two contradictory possibilities; Of Thatthe are of equal power and therefore are compromised, or that their power is not uniform resulting in some to be inferior to other Gods. From this ontological argument one can conclude that there can be only one true god.
Zoroastrianism, especially the greek belief that refers to the belief that there are two gods, one good and one evil on reasoning UNION realize that I mentioned can clearly be put aside. However you can also add that if there was a good god and a god of evil, or any other form of polytheism, worldwould into chaos, and then the world order would collapse. Logically, the common use of analogy that you can not have more than a captain of a boat you can start tose reasoning that I’m trying to convey. With the power in the hands of more than one god there would be a clear argument.
However, an effective point that non-Muslims or curious as to pass me is that this theory is contradictory teachings toIslamic, because we are associating God with the human attribute of not being able to share power. The answer to this is clear. It is an assumption by humans that there wouldbe chaos if there were more than one god, because if it was-putting in mind that Islam teaches that human beings with their limited perceptionscannot no prejudice against God than would not be very wrong. However, it is a fact made known to us by Allah in the Qur’an itself:
“If there was in them (the heavens and the earth) other gods besides Allah, then surely both would be ruined.” 21:23
Pantheism is another theory that Muslims believe to be wrong. Although Muslims believe that God is everywhere, is a separate entity and therefore can not be reincarnated as pantheists all believe – that even if they are not strictly defined as polytheists, are certainly not monotheisticin Islamic sense.
Going against the oneness of Allah, Shirk is a sin very important:
“Surely Allah does not forgive that any partner associated with him” Holy Quran 4:49
Regarding the attributes of Allah, Islam teaches that Allah, even though it has many attributes, it can not be fully understood by man. The man is limited in what they thought is evident, however, Allah is unique and above the human manifestation.
Allah, the god of all humanity, is perceived differently in otherreligions. Since the man would be limiting God, creating a physical image of him, the Muslims do not. Allah is as I said unique and superior to his creations. Thus the biblical statement thatwas mentioned in the book of Genesis Ch1 V27 that God created man in His own image is a view that is not shared by Muslims.
Other religions believe that God created looks like, believe in describing the causes from their effects. Thisis an example of which we can describe a body must be horrible (the effect) but we can also say that the person responsible for this death, themurderer, (the cause) is awesome – looks like cause and effect. This theory can easily be put aside, although it may be truefor a limited number of examples, the vast majority can prove wrong, a shoe that does not resemble a shoe maker, etc.
So Islam does not groped in any way to personify Allah. Although it may be true that two of its attributes are that he ‘sees’ and’Hears’, this does not mean that He has eyes and ears, as you and I, his hear or see can not be understood by us asfinite beings.
Allah, the Almighty, is ideal. He is the ‘Stop’ and the judge, as well as the ‘avenger of evil’. It follows that to test mankind to judge fairly and punish those who do evil. An example is that we’re just rightness ofAllah responsible for our actions, unlike the Christian concept of original sin, says that no holder may theQuran bear a burden of another.
Muslims do not agree with the Judeo-Christian concept of God who need to rest as they say he did after creatingthe world. All God needs to say is, ‘Be and it is’. Fatigue is a human attribute, as is making mistakes, this is not applicable togod which is infallible. Allah is also pre-existing one that created everything, he is the first and, as Aristotle put it in his cosmologicaltheory ‘prime mover’.
Allah, the Creator has perfect knowledge. Muslims believe in the omniscience of God, He knows everything that is tangible and evident thatis, He knows the past and the future. Muslims blame the Christian faith that God has perfect knowledge, for example in the Bible it says that God has underestimated the intelligence of his creations-He did not think that man could build a Tower of Babel (Genesis CH11 v5-7, Exodus Ch32 V14). Muslims claim that after having created everything, knows everything there is to know.
To be a Muslim is essential to believe in destiny, whethergood or bad, which Allah has set for us (known as Qadr in Arabic). The Quran says:
“To say, nothing should happen we will save what Allah has ordained for us”
This does not mean that man has free will, because if not the justice of Allah would be compromised youcannot judge a person does not have the freedom to choose what he does. Allah, the ‘only’, has given man free will and destiny, the action of a human being is withdestiny interconnected and both are mutually necessary, as Imam Ali, son of Abi Talib (AS) said:
“The predestined will of Allah and the action of a human being are like the spirit and body, spirit without the body does not have the physicality and the body without the soul is a picture without movement. If the two are communicating become As Al-Qadr and action, because if there was Qadr then you do not know the difference between creation and Creator, and if there was action, without being willed and predestined by Allah than it would have happened. ”
Some things like our deaths and illnesses are beyond human will, no matter what a person does, if for example that God has now Settha where you are going to die because it does not look like this:
“And no soul can die except by Allah’s leave, a decree with a fixed term” Holy Quran 3:146
“They say ‘If we had a part in the government of things, we should not have been killed here.’ Say ‘If he had stayed in your homes, surely those on which the fight would go ahead had been enjoyed by point of death. “Qur’an 3:155
Earnings are also an example of things that are predestined by Allah, a poor person could work all your life, but they never become richwhilst others are rich without effort. This example is generalized to take us to a specific comment; Although thingssuch as our income is predestined by Allah, we must strive to improve our conditions, even if they are willed by God, the God ifwe can change his will:
“Surely Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change the” Holy Quran
Yet, we return to the old question: Why did God create man? There are always asks this question, if God is perfectwhat would use the man to him? None. Allah has created man to his advantage, has created man for the good of Thehadith qudsi says:
“O son of Adam, I created for my own benefit, but who benefit from me as your God, alone, for I am your savior”
But how can we benefit from Allah? We are able to benefit from God to worship him, because if we worship Allah, we will be rewarded. This is one reason in his car:
“And I have not created the Jin and the man, but that they worship me” Qur’an 51:57
Now the next thing that you can ask is ‘How do we worship?’ To worship God, we must accept the fact that there is a God, this implies that God created man as well, because I know, but this is the main reason? The Prophet’s grandson, Imam Hussain bin Ali (AS), implies that it is when he said:
“O people, Allah did not create mankind, but who know him, because if they know you love it, love it and if it will benefit from his grace”
However, you can see the purpose of creating a different look, and then end up with an answer completely different from what is the main reason. If you return to the question of how we can benefit from Allah, we can find a different reason, other than worship. All creation isalready benefit. Our existence is a benefit. Being created is an example of the mercy of Allah towards us. So we can conclude that we were created, basically because Allah is merciful.However, although there are many different points of view for the answer to why we were created, they are all connected in some way and each of them is right.
In defining what is meant by duty of a Muslim, we can generalize that the duty of a Muslim is to worship Allah. To elaborate further, the Muslims do not see the cult-term vague sense of prayer and fasting, etc. – worship can be any aspect of daily life aMuslim is on the intention. For example, when a Muslim is also to receive an education, provided that heintends to use it for good, is seen as worship and will be rewarded.
Each of the divine attributes of Allah has practical implications in thelife of a Muslim organization. Clear, understanding of the unique nature of Allah Taqwa improves a person, or belief in god. Having taqwa in our hearts throughout our daily life adds a feeling of peace, satisfaction with one’s self and constant happiness, because when they return to Allah will say:
And you, O soul at peace. Return to your Lord well pleased with him and he’ll be happy with you Holy Quran 89:28-29
Realization that Allah knows all, hears all and sees everything we do is one of the most important aspects of the nature of Allah who can benefit aMuslim. Knowing that ‘there are not two but the third is Allah (hadith) increases our’self-what we might call the police’. For example, when one is alone as a teenager when his parents is far from severe, can say that there isno one to fear, then why bother to pray? The answer to this is given in the following hadith:
“Fear Allah as if you can see, if you can not imagine seeing him, knowing that He sees you.”
Allah sees everything we do so we should be faithful inour duties even when we are alone.
For those who have a very high realization of the nature of Allah, do not worship him for his fear of hell, no lack of subjects for his paradise, but because God is worthy of all praise. Imam Ali (AS), cousin of the prophet says:
“Oh Allah, I worship the greed of your paradise, nor the fear of hell, but because you are worthy of all praise.”
This is the ideal that all Muslims should strive.