Posted by: Dawud Israel | February 11, 2009

Proving Allah’s Existence?

Bismillah, alhamdulillah, wa salat wa salam ala rasulullah

This post is a spiritual fruit which Allah has blessed me with. It came not from arguing or debating but through through contemplating the Book of Allah and making dhikr of it. Please read it carefully and read it twice. I should mention my Aqidah is that of the Salaf because I feel this suffices. This piece however, I feel might sound more like Aqidah (beliefs) but it is nothing but a contemplation on Allah SWT.

What value would faith in God have if everyone could have it? It wouldn’t be as special and as something that distinguishes a person. Now what value or specialness and exaltedness would God have if everyone believed in God. It would be as if God is ‘ordinary’ when in fact He is extraordinary- what makes Him, Him.

And we don’t need a proof of God because God is too immense to even ‘need’ a proof of His existence. (And that’s just the point, God doesn’t ‘need’ anything- not even a proof of His existence.) Asking for a proof of God is similar to stopping God at the movie theatre and not letting Him in to your own little party simply because you don’t acknowledge His existence- He needs to show proof of Who He is, in order to get into that movie theatre when in fact He is the Creator of that movie theater and these ideas of ‘proof.’

And God cannot be subjugated by these notions of us proving Him, it is an assertion of arrogance to believe God is helpless without us proving Him. God is above us all, above these ideas and above our mental capacity.

Nor shall they encompass anything of His Knowledge except as He wills. (2:255)

Or perhaps we can say that proof and knowledge (gnosis) of God is something special, not given to just anyone and it is something that must be bestowed. Once, a person has that faith, they can become eligible to understand. And this makes some sense because after all if we want knowledge of the divine, it must come from the divine. If we were to come up with this knowledge on our own (without God’s help), what would that say about the divine? If we were to come up with this knowledge of God solely through reason, it would be a disrespect of all the notions we hold true of God (His Existence, His being One, the Asma al Husna) and effectively after we prove His existence, we denigrate Him so that after wards God is not what He once was (in our mind). Therefore, the mere fact that we cannot understand God is testimony to His existence and Who He is. (This reminds me of my post Sufism in the Hadith and hadith regarding the concept of marifah- knowing Allah and the Knowers of Allah)

And there is none like unto Him. (Quran 112:4)

For the believer this is a closed affair- why should he question God now that He has already accepted Him? Why should he change a period into a question mark? The problem is that people put an onus on believers to prove God yet there is no issue for him to make of it.

Let’s go a little further and ask about the the idea of “life” with all it’s experiences, notions, dynamics of love, hate, fear, work and pleasure, etc…what is it and how far do these notions of love and hate and fear go in this world into the next? Allah says in the Quran, “Huwal Hayy!” Who could be more Living than Allah? But returning to the idea of “life” – doesn’t it make sense when we associate ideas of life, mercy, compassion, justice, truth and wisdom with Allah…that we should also relate those beliefs that are manifest in the spirit of Islam regarding Allah: having good thoughts about Allah, trusting in Him, belief in Destiny, etc. Allah is well aware of ideas such as love and hate, animosity and brotherhood- since He has come into our ‘context’ by revealing to us the Scriptures and sending upon us the blessed Prophets alayhim salam. Now, with that notion Allah does not always reveal the bigger truths to us, in a plain manner– philosophical questions like “why is there evil in the world?” are not ignored by Allah– He knows we ask these questions and pose them or debate them to each other, yet, He doesn’t give an answer that everyone can understand, usually it’s an answer only certain people can understand. So what is the wisdom in the fact that we don’t get plain answers to deep questions? It is that we look at Who we are asking these questions of, and that He had not willed to tell us the answer to them, yet He created the question in our minds. So, what becomes clear is, that these questions are if anything: a test and ultimately, irrelevant. That God, is by virtue of not answering certain questions or not explaining certain odd things is telling us about Him, His Majesty, and what He deems a fitting or unfitting approach towards coming closer to Him subhana wa ta’ala.

He will not be questioned as to that which He does, but they will be questioned. [Quran, 21.23]

May Allah guide us to Himself, Ameen.

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, Ameen.


Responses

  1. Mashallah, simply excellent


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