Thursday, 3 March 2011


Why am I here?’ ‘Who put me here?’ and ‘How did I get here?’

Without answering these questions man will wander through life aimlessly without any reference point or criteria for his actions and decisions. These questions will continue to haunt him unless they are comprehensively and conclusively answered

In every aspect of life he will be reminded of these questions whether by the acknowledgement of his own limitations, the limitations of others, and the observance of the Universe or the recognition of life itself being temporary. Due to these constant reminders surrounding man, these questions will continue to agitate him, they are inescapable and fundamental. This is because once these questions are answered they will form the basic thought i.e. all thoughts will be peripheral to this thought, emanate from it and built upon it.

Is God real?
Does God exist? We have never seen God. We have never talked with God. That is why the Atheists believe God does not exist. It is just a fantasy or a made up thing!
Man will answer these questions in different manners according to his own level of perception and thought but the man who is determined for the truth will exhaust every possible angle and answer these questions in an enlightened manner. The comprehensive resolution of the questions: “Why am I here?” ‘Who put me here?’ and ‘How did I get here?’ are what constitute the Aqidah.

The Story of a Scholar and an Atheist

There is one story of a Scholar and an Atheist. Long ago an Atheist did not believe the existence of God. He asked a scholar for a debate about the existence of God. Among the questions are: “Does God exist?” and “If God exists then where is God?”

Then they decided when and where the debate takes place.

The Atheist and the villagers were waiting for the scholar, but the scholar did not come right on time. When the Atheist and the villagers thought that the scholar will not come for the debate, then the scholar showed up.

“I am sorry to keep you waiting for so long. But the rain is so heavy so the river floods. The bridge drifted away so I could not cross it. Thank God suddenly there was a big tree fell down. Then the branches cut out by themselves so the trunk was branchless. After that the trunk was cut and a hole was created so it became a boat. So I used the boat and crossed the river,” said the scholar.

The Atheist and the villagers were laughing. The Atheist said to the villagers, “This scholar is mad. How a tree can become a boat by it self with no one made it? How can a boat exist with no maker who made it?”

The villagers were laughing out loud.

After the people calmed down, the scholar said, “If you believe that the boat could not exist without its maker, then how could you believe the earth, sky, and its contents exist without its creator? Which is the most difficult to make? Making a boat or creating the earth, sky, and its contents?

Hearing that, they realized that they trapped with their own statement.

“Then answer my second question,” said the Atheist. “If God exists, why can’t He be seen? Where is God?” The Atheist thought since he cannot see God then God does not exist.

The scholar slapped the Atheist’s cheek hardly so the Atheist felt so much pain.

“Why did you slap me? It’s very painful”

The scholar asked, “There is no pain. I cannot see pain. Where is pain?”

“The pain is here,” the Atheist pointed his cheek.

“No, I cannot see pain. Do you see the pain?” asked the scholar to the villagers.

The villagers said, “No!”

“So, though we cannot see the pain does not mean that the pain does not exist. So is the God. Just because we cannot see the God does not mean that God does not exist. Though we cannot see Him, but we can see His creations.” the scholar said:

The argument of the scholar is very simple. Yet, the argument that God does not exist just because human’s sense could not sense the existence of God is very wrong.

How many things that could not be seen or heard by people but exist?

We cannot see the Wind but the Wind exists. We cannot see electricity (what you can see is wire) but electricity exist.

How many things in the sky that billions light years away, even trillions light years away that could not be seen by people yet the things exist?

How many molecular things even nucleus (hair divided in millions) that cannot be seen by people yet exist? People could only see those things by using a very powerful microscope.

How many waves (radio, electromagnetic, electricity, etc) that cannot be seen yet exist?

Those things exist, yet the human sense is very limited so it cannot sense their existence.

The human ability to see colors limited to certain frequencies. People only could hear limited frequencies. Sometimes the light not only very dazzling but also could make people blind. So is the sound. Certain sound could not be heard by human sense while other sound which is very loud could destroy human‘s hearing.

If to sense the creatures of God, sometimes people could not do it, even more to sense the Creator: God!

The Universe, Who is its Creator?

“Both religion and science require a belief in God. For believers, God is in the beginning, and for physicists He is at the end of all considerations… To the former He is the foundation, to the latter, the crown of the edifice of every generalized world view.”
–Max Planck, (a Nobel Prize physicist considered to be the founder of quantum theory, and one of the most important physicists of the 20th century).
“I am not an atheist, and I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist [emphasis added]. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. ”
–Albert Einstein, as quoted in Anthony Flaw’s book There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind.
The Universe must have been made or created one needs to look at the thing responsible for the existence of the Universe.

If we name the thing which created or made the Universe, A, we must consider that if A possesses a beginning, then this cannot be a Creator, rather this too is a creation. To explain this, one should again appreciate, that if A, possesses a beginning then its beginning must be an effect. The cause of this effect i.e. the beginning of A is something else either making or creating it. So thus if the Universe is made/created by A, and A has a beginning, then A itself has also been made or created. If we now extend this thought process, we must now consider what created/made A which in turn made/created the Universe. For the purpose of the discussion we will term this thing B. Once again, should B (the Creator/maker of A), possess a beginning then it too was created by something else and is not a Creator but rather a creation. This scenario of things responsible for the others existence which in turn are responsible for the existence of the Universe can continue relentlessly. The only correct, acceptable and possible solution is that somewhere in this chain one of the beings does not possess a beginning. The consequence of this is that this being without a beginning is not created or made rather it itself is the Creator. By not having a beginning this being would be independent because it would have been at one point the only existent thing, hence it would have had to have been self-sufficient. Thus it would consequently not have an end and hence be unlimited because by not having any dependency, beginning or end, there is nothing which possibly affects or limits it. It would be the starting point of everything because it is devoid of a beginning and hence has always existed. Therefore everything would have originated from this Creator. To term this being the Creator is also correct due to it being the first and only thing existent, thus the first creation from it would have truly been something from nothing.

This being would be responsible for the existence of everything as all things are either manipulated or made by the raw materials originally created by this Creator. The recognition of this Creator’s existence is unavoidable as it is the only solution to the starting point of man, life and the Universe.


Once it has been established that there must be a Creator or Creators the next question would be “how many are there and which one does what?”  While many religions adopt polytheism, even so called monotheistic beliefs have also a polytheistic approach towards the Creator.  The oneness of the Creator is again a rational issue not requiring or depending on any textual evidence.

By establishing the existence of a Creator / Creators by the rational thought, one will have also established the attributes of it being unlimited, independent and eternal (i.e. having no beginning and end).  If one were to pose the notion that several Creators exist this would imply the existence of several unlimited beings.  While some have concluded that there can be only one Creator, they will use the premise of “if there were many Creators there would be chaos and disorder in the world due to their conflicts and arguments. Such a judgment would be shallow and bereft of the understanding that it is inconceivable that an unlimited being would comprise the limited attributes of a human such as arguing, conflict or the fathering of a son, as these limited attributes would themselves be a limitation upon the Creator.

To correctly assess the situation one needs to appreciate the uniqueness of being unlimited. If it were considered that there are several unlimited Creators the consequences are that they would each be creating and hence sharing the attribute of creation, being unlimited and independent.  This goes against the ration as the sharing of these attributes negates their independence of each other e.g. one Creator is dependent on another to create something else.  Furthermore the sharing of these attributes implicate equality amongst them which in turn is a limitation on each of them i.e. how can this thing be unlimited if there is something akin to it?

The capability of one Creator being equal to another or others is a limitation on all of them as they will no longer be unique. Hence they would all be limited, thus dependent and consequently possessing a beginning and an end. Therefore we would have to conclude that these beings are not the Creator/Creators, rather they are created by a one, unique, unlimited being that has no equal. This is what Muslims call Allah SWT.

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