Sunday, February 7, 2010

Knowing Allah

Knowing Him through His Creation
When we see the great things that Allah(swt) created in this world, we know a great deal about Him:
We know that He is great, because He created the great and huge world that we see. We know that His knowledge is great, because He knows exactly what to do. We know that His mercy is great, because He takes care of us and all of His creation. We know that His kindness is great, because He is kind to us and everyone else. We know that His wisdom is great, because He does things in the best way.

Also, we learn a great deal about Allah(swt) from what He told us about Himself in the Qur'an, and from what the Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) told us in his Hadiths.

These are the only two ways to learn about Allah properly. This is how we learn Allah's names and qualities. Allah(swt) is known by His excellent names and supreme qualities.

Among Allah's names that we know, there are ninety nine that have a special importance. We should learn as many of them as possible in order to know our Lord better. Some of Allah's excellent names are given below:

Allah The only true God who deserves to be worshipped
Ar-Rabb The Lord;the One who owns and controls everything
Ar-Rahman The most Merciful
Ar-Raheem The One who gives mercy to those who deserve it
Al-Malik The true King
Al-Musawwir The One who forms all things and makes their shapes
Al-Aleem The One who knows everything
Al-Baseer The One who sees everything
As-Samee The One who hears everything
Al-Wadood The loving
As-SamadThe One that everyone needs and He needs none

Allah's qualities are most magnificent. Each of Allah's excellent names has a meaning and tells of one of Allah's qualities. Allah also has other qualities that do not come from His names. They, all of His qualities should be taken from the Qur'an or true Hadeeths. Allah knows about Himself more than anyone else. He is the only one who knows His qualities and is able to tell them to us.
Some of Allah's supreme qualities are below:

Hating sins and disbelief
Loving all that is good
Severe punishment

When we read or learn Allah's qualities, we should always remember that they are not like the qualities of the people or other things that He created. Allah created everything. And His creation does not look like Him. Allah created food and drink, which we need to remain alive. But He does not need any food or drink. He(swt) says: "Say: Should I take other than Allah as my protector? He is the Creator of the Heavens and earth. He feeds others, but He is not fed." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 6, Verse 14
Allah does not need a wife, child or helper to take care of us and the rest of the creation. He is most powerful and can do all of this alone. He says: "He is Allah, the One. The Self sufficient Master , whom all creatures need, He neither eats nor drinks. He begets not nor was He begotten; And there is none co-equal or comparable to Him." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 112, Verses 1-4
So we believe that Allah is most Great and Powerful, that His qualities are the greatest and most supreme, and that they are not like the qualities of His creation. "Nothing is like Him, and He is the Hearing and the Seeing." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 42, Verse 11

  • Knowing the names and qualities of our Great Lord helps us to know Him better, and teaches us how to deal with Him in the most proper way.

  • Knowing Allah's names and qualities helps us understand His greatness and power over all things. This shows us how weak we are and how much we need Him.

  • Knowing Allah's names and qualities teaches us what He wants from us: what pleases Him and what angers Him. So we learn how to please Him, and how not to anger him.

  • Knowing Allah's names and qualities teaches us about His great rewards and His painful punishment. So we learn what to expect from Him when we are good. And we learn what punishment the bad people should expect as well.

  • Knowing Allah's names and qualities helps us call on Him with respect and politeness. We call on Him with His excellent names, because we must be very polite when we call on our Lord.

  • We need to learn Allah's names in order to deserve entering paradise.

    With true belief in Allah, we can live a good and happy life, love good for others, and hate envy, lying, selfishness, and other bad qualities. We must have this true belief in Allah and teach it to others.
    The knowledge about Allah is so simple and obvious. It is obvious for those whose eyes are not blinded and whose hearts are not locked. It is very surprising that many people do not know this!

    • They do not know that Allah is their Creator and Master!
    • They do not know that Allah has created them from nothing!
    • They do not know that Allah takes care of them and gives them life, health, and food!
    • They do not know that they need to worship Allah alone!
    • They do not know why they were created, why they live, and where will they go after death!
    The people who do not know these things spend their life between eating and drinking, sleeping and waking up, and running after worthless pleasures and evil desires. They are very selfish. They do not do any good in this life - except for their own pleasure.
    Allah tells us about this kind of people in the second half of the following Ayah: "Allah will surely admit those who believe and do good into gardens through which the rivers flow. And as for those who reject belief, they enjoy themselves now, and eat like the animals, but the Hell-fire will be their permanent home." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 47, Verse 12
    Those people cause evil and harm in the world because they do not know good from evil. They do not know what angers Allah or what pleases Him. They cannot follow a guide, because they do not know their Guide - Allah. Many people on earth are like this. They keep away from Allah's teachings and guidance, and they do not do what Allah tells them. They are kuffar or disbelievers. May Allah save us from being like them.