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  • Zack Shaheen

Created out of nothing?




All praise is due to Allah, the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful. We praise Him, seek His aid, and ask for His forgiveness. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah, alone, without any partner or associate; He is the Lord of all worlds. May Allah have mercy on those who turn to Him in repentance and those who purify themselves, and may He shower His blessings and peace upon the family of Allah’s righteous servants. Ameen. ​

 

Today I would like to talk to you about Allah. Allah is the one and only God, the Creator of the world, its Sustainer, Cherisher, and the Sovereign Lord. He is an all-powerful, all-knowing Deity who rules over all things in this universe and beyond.


Allah is described in the Qur’an - the holy book of Islam - as being singularly Unique and All-Compassionate. He is said to have no equal or likeness and is without beginning or end. He created the entire universe with a single command: “Be!”


Allah has 99 beautiful names which describe His perfection and uniqueness. Some of these names are: the Creator, the Provider, the All-Seeing and All-Hearing, the Loving and Merciful, and many more.


Muslims believe that Allah is responsible for all creation, including us humans. He knows each of us intimately - our thoughts, feelings, and desires - and He is in control of all things. He has given us free will to make our own choices, but ultimately, He is the one who holds all power and authority.


In conclusion, Allah is an amazing God who deserves to be venerated and praised for His greatness. May Allah bless us all and guide us in our journey through life. May Allah guide us all on the path of righteousness and bless us with His infinite mercy. Amen.




35. Or were they created by nothing Or were they themselves the creators 36. Or did they create the heavens and the earth Nay, but they have no firm belief. 37. Or are with them the treasures of your Lord Or are they the tyrants with the authority to do as they like 38. Or have they a stairway (to heaven), by means of which they listen Then let their listener produce some manifest proof. 39. Or has He only daughters and you have sons 40. Or is it that you ask a wage from them so that they are burdened with a load of debt 41. Or that the Unseen is with them, and they write it down 42. Or do they intend a plot But those who disbelieve are themselves plotted against! 43. Or have they a god other than Allah Glorified be Allah from all that they ascribe as partners.

Affirming Tawhid and annulling the Plots of the Idolators. This is the position where Tawhid of Allah's Lordship and Divinity are affirmed

Allah the Exalted said,

﴿أَمْ خُلِقُواْ مِنْ غَيْرِ شَىْءٍ أَمْ هُمُ الْخَـلِقُونَ ﴾


(Or were they created by nothing Or were they themselves the creators) Allah asks them, were they created without a maker or did they create themselves Neither is true. Allah is the One Who created them and brought them into existence after they were nothing. Al-Bukhari recorded that Jubayr bin Mut`im said, "I heard the Prophet recite Surat At-Tur in Al-Maghrib prayer and when he reached this Ayah,


﴿أَمْ خُلِقُواْ مِنْ غَيْرِ شَىْءٍ أَمْ هُمُ الْخَـلِقُونَ - أَمْ خَلَقُواْ السَّمَـوَتِ وَالاٌّرْضَ بَل لاَّ يُوقِنُونَ - أَمْ عِندَهُمْ خَزَآئِنُ رَبِّكَ أَمْ هُمُ الْمُسَيْطِرُونَ ﴾


(Or were they created by nothing Or were they themselves the creators Or did they create the heavens and the earth Nay, but they have no firm belief. Or are with them the treasures of your Lord Or are they the tyrants with the authority to do as they like), I felt my heart would fly away.'' This Hadith is collected in the Two Sahihs using various chains of narration. Jubayr bin Mut`im went to the Messenger of Allah after the battle of Badr to ransom the captured idolators. At that time, he was still an idolator. Hearing the Prophet recite this Ayah was one of the reasons that he later embraced Islam. Allah the Exalted said, o

﴿أَمْ خَلَقُواْ السَّمَـوَتِ وَالاٌّرْضَ بَل لاَّ يُوقِنُونَ ﴾

(Or did they create the heavens and the earth Nay, but they have no firm belief.) meaning, Allah is censuring the idolators for their idolatry, while asking them if they created the heavens and earth. They knew that Allah Alone is the Creator without partners with Him. However, they fell into idolatry because they had no firm belief,

﴿أَمْ عِندَهُمْ خَزَآئِنُ رَبِّكَ أَمْ هُمُ الْمُسَيْطِرُونَ ﴾

(Or are with them the treasures of your Lord Or are they the tyrants with the authority to do as they like) meanings, do they have the authority to do whatever they will in His kingdom Do they hold the keys to His treasures in their hands

﴿أَمْ هُمُ الْمُسَيْطِرُونَ﴾


(or are they the tyrants with the authority to do as they like) meanings, are they the tyrants who would hold the creation to account Never, Allah the Exalted and Most Honored is the Only King and Owner of the existence and He does what He wills. Allah the Exalted said,


﴿أَمْ لَهُمْ سُلَّمٌ يَسْتَمِعُونَ فِيهِ﴾


(Or have they a stairway, by means of which they listen.) meaning, do they have a stairway to heaven (to the place where the angels are),

﴿فَلْيَأْتِ مُسْتَمِعُهُم بِسُلْطَـنٍ مُّبِينٍ﴾


(Then let their listener produce some manifest proof.) meaning, let their listener produce evidence to the truth of their actions and statements. They will never be able to do so and therefore, they have nothing and have no evidence for their stance. Allah admonishes them regarding their claim that He has daughters and that the angels are females! The pagans chose for themselves male offspring and preferred them instead of females, and when one of them would be brought the good news of a daughter being born, his face would turn dark on account of his suppressed anger! Yet, they made the angels Allah's daughters and worshipped them besides Allah,

﴿أَمْ لَهُ الْبَنَـتُ وَلَكُمُ الْبَنُونَ ﴾


(Or has He only daughters and you have sons) Allah sends a strong warning and stern admonition to them in this Ayah and a sure promise. Allah said,

﴿أَمْ تَسْـَلُهُمْ أَجْراً﴾


(Or is it that you ask a wage from them) meaning, `as a remuneration for your preaching Allah's Message to them Nay, you, do not ask them for a wage,'

﴿فَهُم مِّن مَّغْرَمٍ مُّثْقَلُونَ﴾


(so that they are burdened with a load of debt), meaning, for in this situation, one will complain of the least bothersome thing and feel it difficult and burdensome for him,


﴿أَمْ عِندَهُمُ الْغَيْبُ فَهُمْ يَكْتُبُونَ ﴾


(Or that the Unseen is with them, and they write it down) means, they do not have knowledge of the Unseen, for none in the heavens or earth knows the Unseen except Allah,


﴿أَمْ يُرِيدُونَ كَيْداً فَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ هُمُ الْمَكِيدُونَ ﴾


(Or do they intend a plot But those who disbelieve are themselves plotted against!) Allah the Exalted is asking, `Do these people who utter such statements about the Messenger and his religion seek to deceive the people and plot against the Messenger and his Companions If they do, then let them know that their plots will only harm them. Therefore, they are being plotted against rather than being the plotters!'


﴿أَمْ لَهُمْ إِلَـهٌ غَيْرُ اللَّهِ سُبْحَـنَ اللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ ﴾


(Or have they a god other than Allah Glorified be Allah from all that they ascribe as partners (to Him).) This Ayah contains harsh refutation directed at the idolators for worshipping the idols and calling upon rivals along with Allah. Allah next glorifies His Most Honorable Self from what they ascribe to Him, their lies and idolatry,


﴿سُبْحَـنَ اللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ﴾


(Glorified be Allah from all that they ascribe as partners (to Him).)

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