– What is our concept of God? Who is He?
– The Holy Quran says:
“Say: He is Allah,
The One and Only.
“Allah, the Eternal, Absolute.
“He begets not, nor is He begotten.
And there is none like unto Him.”
The word arabic word,‘Assamad’, is difficult to translate in english language. But the most closest way to define it is that, ‘absolute existence’, which can be attributed only to Allah (SWT). Also, all His creations and all other existence compared to Him being temporal or conditional. It also means that Allah (swt) is not dependent on any person or thing, but all persons and things are dependent on Him.
– The Holy Quran says:
“And if all the trees on earth were pens
And the Ocean (were ink), with seven Oceans behind it
To add to its (supply), yet would not the Words
Of Allah be exhausted (In the writing): for Allah
Is Exalted in power, Full of Wisdom.”
Looking into various religions, it show that all scriptures exhort mankind to believe in, and submit to One God. I am referring here about the Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. All Holy Books condemn the association of partners to God, or the worship of God in the form of images. Our Holy Quran says:
“O men! Here is
A parable set forth!
Listen to it! Those
On whom, besides Allah,
You call, cannot create
(Even) a fly, if they all
Met together for the purpose!
And if the fly should snatch
Away anything from them,
They would have no power
To release it from the fly.
Feeble are those who petition
And those whom they petition!”
– This I believe is the “heart and soul” of our religion. By knowing our Creator, His attributes and characteristics serve as the basis for us to accept His Divine guidance.
– But how do we define “submitting ourselves to His Divine Will”? Being a Muslim means, “complete submission to the will of Allah (SWT). I also believe that this definition does not make us follow a “blind faith”. Because several verses/ayats and chapters/surah in the Holy Quran reminds us to be rational. To use our God given gifts of intellect, common sense, wisdom and knowledge. Thus, it is not harmful for us to discern in defining this definition.
– Are we doing this? Or are we relying our faith to our religious leaders(with all due respect to all of them) and for them to define to us what God’s will really means in our lives within our context?