Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
May Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon you.
In learning about Islam, the most important thing that we have to know is about Almighty Allah.
Allah, God Almighty has chosen to share information about Himself to us through His revelations to us Mankind through various scriptures culminating in His Final Testament to all Mankind in the Holy Al-Qur'an Al Kareem.
The Holy Qur'an's meanings and translations are available online in one of the websites here.
With the advent of scientific advancements in the field of technology and multimedia, we are now able to access and upload our own contributions to the repository of information into the internet and add our understandings and findings to the worldwide web of data and media in a way that was not possible before.
Let me start this subject by broaching on to the matter of learning about Allah.
Allah the Almighty.
As Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala is our Supreme Lord and Creator, knowledge about our God is the most important, most relevant information above all other sciences.
For us who are humans, it is preposterous that we would want to focus so much on things that are immaterial to our existence such as wasting our precious remaining life's here on Earth discussing about:
- who's going to be the Prime Minister after Abdullah Badawi?,
- who is going to be the next President of the United States of America, Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama?,
- who is going to be the next Akademi Fantasia winner?,
- who is going to be the next American Idol?, and so on and so forth, that we do not spend that much time as to learning about
- Who is our Creator?
This is the reality of 'Life in the Last Ages'.
This is the age where a thousand and four hundred over years has passed since the passing away of the Final and Greatest Messenger of Allah, God Almighty after culminating in the end of the sending of more than 124,000 prophets and messengers of Allah to the entire Mankind over the ages.
Today, there are many who do not actually know why they have been created here on Earth in the first place?
Why we are born as human beings and not as a cat or a bird or even as any other creature that one can think of?
There are many out there who devote and dedicate their life's to the study of insects, plants, animals, ocean dwelling creatures, the Earth, the stars, the Sun, Universe, etcetera but not many are attracted or inclined to learn about Allah?
There are lots of Malaysian Muslims out there today who are more interested in learning how to sing and go attend vocal classes but not many of them are bothered to spend some time in learning about their Creator?
Hundreds of thousands of university and college students pore over their textbooks and lecture notes day in day out in their quest to pass and earn a diploma, degree or masters in this and that but not that many are interested to stop for a while and ponder about the truth of their God Most Supreme, Most High?
Malaysians discuss, debate and argue over the most trivial of things here in the net and get all fired up about the fate of pigs in Selangor and Melaka but not that many are concerned about discovering the facts about Allah the Almighty Who has given them this life so to speak in the first place?
There are billions of egoistic, arrogant human beings out there today who so pompously dare to deny Allah as their God and Creator out of their extreme self adulating state of minds in thinking that 'There is No God'!
These blinkered minds beguile themselves into thinking that they just came into being, just like that!
Presto! Zam Zam Ala Kazam! Voila! Here we are! Yippee! Rock on baby! Yeah Dog! What's up bro?
Little do these clouded minds realize that nothing comes into being just like that!
It's unbecoming for those clueless ones amongst Mankind to waste their precious remaining lifetimes here on Earth pondering as to this and that but do not spend their time in learning or studying about Allah, True God Almighty!
I do not claim to be anything but confess to being just one of HIS Creations, who aspires to learn all that I can from the True Supreme Lord and Master who created us all through the opportunities of learning and studying about HIM who holds my soul in HIS HANDS!
To start discussing about Allah, first we have to believe that There is a God!
How can we even start to explore about the endless fields of such a discussion if we can't come to agree on the very basic of faith in a Supreme Being if His very existence is not established in the first place?
So, how do we get anyone to come agree with us that Allah Exists whereas he or she is saying that God is just not there?
God knows as to the countless number of folks denying Allah that I as a Caller to Islam have come across in my efforts in the field of Dakwah al Islamiyah since He decided to enlighten me with my realization that this is my forte, my chosen field of activity for as long as I am able to?
Let me try and open up our hearts and minds to agree that there are certain aspects of circumstances in each and every person's life that either make or break their convictions as to accepting or denying the very existence of Allah?
Before the coming of the 5 Noble Messengers of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala such as the Holy Prophets starting with Nuh Alaihis Salam @ Noah (peace be upon him), Ibrahim Alaihis Salam @ Abraham (peace be upon him), Musa Alaihis Salam @ Moses (peace be upon him), Isa Alaihis Salam @ Jesus the Messiah, Son of Mary (peace be upon him) and Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam @ Muhammad , Seal of the Prophets (peace be upon him), there were already many philosophers and scholars who affirmed the existence of the Supreme Lord using their intellect and observations in various ways.
Among such ways were 4 major reasonings affirming the existence of God.
1. Metaphysics - the philosophical study of being and knowing :
- hypostasis - (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality
- philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
- ontology - the metaphysical study of the nature of being and existence
- cosmology - the metaphysical study of the origin and nature of the universe
- entelechy - (Aristotle) the state of something that is fully realized; actuality as opposed to potentiality
The scholars and philosophers of the past realized that mankind aren't capable of coming into being from out of the blue and that for all our capabilities of 'altering and manipulating' the essence of all that is before us, we can't ever come to possess the power of giving life or creating a living, breathing being on our own will save for what the Creator consents to?
We can't even create a single hair of our nostrils what more talk about creating anything at all?
Mankind ourselves are not perfect. We have our plus and minuses but it is all just a passing phase in our temporal life's.
From nothing, we are conceived in our mother's womb and develop with the Will of the Almighty into becoming an embryo, then morph into a foetus, mature into a baby and get delivered into this world as an infant, helpless and totally dependent on our parents or guardians for our sustenance, etcetera?
We acknowledge that creating even a half of a mosquito's wing is beyond our capabilities and that each and everything is a creation of Allah, God Most Powerful, Most Capable.
Even this world as we know it is constantly changing and evolving to the Will of our Lord and as a result of our carelessness in failing to live up to our responsibilities that God Almighty has entrusted upon us?
As this world is also one of His Creation, it's characteristics is temporary and is by His Will, not made to be perfect.
Only He is Most Perfect, free from flaws.
Creation is meant to be temporary pending His Decree that each and every phase of His Creation comes to live out it's purpose and return to it's ultimate destiny that is forewritten according to His Plans.
There are various schools of thought as to the Creation but nothing compares to what Allah the Almighty Himself has revealed to us in the Holy Qur'an.
Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala in His Infinite Wisdom chose to create us Mankind as His Vicegerents here on Earth for a purpose.
His purpose in creating us and then giving us the Faculty of Reason is so that we will use our God given reason and intellect to learn and discover about Him and come to worship Him with our acquired knowledge.
He sent down His scriptures and 124,000 over prophets and the 5 Noble Messengers through the Passage of Time so that we learn of His Existence.
Let's take a look at Surah Al Insan Chapter 76 Verses 1 to 3. Holy Qur'an Al Kareem.
1. Hal ata AAala al-insani heenun mina alddahri lam yakun shay-an mathkooran
1. Has there not been over Man a long period of Time, when he was nothing - (not even) mentioned?
2. Inna khalaqna al-insana min nutfatin amshajin nabtaleehi fajaAAalnahu sameeAAan baseeran
2. Verily We created Man from a drop of mingled sperm, in order to try him: So We gave him (the gifts), of Hearing and Sight.
3. Inna hadaynahu alssabeela imma shakiran wa-imma kafooran
3. We showed him the Way: whether he be grateful or ungrateful (rests on his will).**********************************************************************
There are many who mistake Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala to be an uncaring God but fail to realize that Allah the Most Merciful leaves it to us to study and learn about Him and decide on our own free will as to whether we be amongst His grateful servants or choose to suffer the consequences of Denying Him as our Lord?
We owe our existence to God and it is clearly an act of treason of those who after coming to acquire knowledge about Him still choose to go worship or pay homage to another creation either out of their own will, ignorance or misunderstandings as to who is their True God Almighty?
More to follow. Insya Allah.