Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Dialogue (Part 2)

(Part 2)

20. Atheist and Agnostic are different.

21. Atheists reject God, while Agnostics claim that there is no way we can prove the existence of God.

22. Responding to Atheists, as Muslims, we believe that rejecting the existence of God is similar to rejecting the existence of ourselves!

23. As for the Agnostics, maybe they do not even know whether they themselves exist.

24. Some other people may go to an extent asking where is God (if He really exists).

25. Imam Al-Ghazali RH, a great Muslim scholar has answered this question by telling us, that we do not even know where exactly we are in the universe, yet we ask where is God? Truth is, we can't even draw a complete map of the whole universe, how then do we expect to capture God with our naked eyes?

26. In this Part 2, I will be dealing with the explanation on how do we believe that God exists. Some of the explanation are ones I already shared with the guy I had a dialogue with, while some others are additional information for you guys here.

27. Firstly, let us all ponder upon this excellent question posed by Allah SWT in the Quran.

".....Were they created from NOTHING? Or were they creator themselves? Or did they create the heaven and the earth? Rather, they are not certain."
(Surah At-Tur, ayat 35-36)

28. Allah SWT challenges us with this question, which if we think about it, are important questions we have to ask before we ask whether God exists.

29. Is it possible that we are created from nothing? Exactly not. At least we would logically think that we were created from clay, the earth, which is true enough (as we are from Adam, and Adam was from the soil, according to Quran itself), but who created the earth, and who molded the earth into something called human being in the first place?

30. Did the earth suddenly rearrange itself and become us? No, there must be God. He created us.

31. People would then ask, so in that case, who created God?

32. Nabi SAW through his saying (hadith) has taught us that such question is a trick from shaytan, the devil.

33. The way we respond to that question is by saying (and firmly believe) aamantu billaahi warosulih (which means, I believe in Allah and his messenger).

34. Nevertheless, insya Allah with His permission, we can look at this question in a number of ways which may help cater to the reasoning of our mind insya Allah.

35. Firstly, God is uncreated. If He is created, then He is not God.

36. Saying that God is created is like attempting to draw a circular triangle, or a triangular circle.

37. It doesn't make any sense. A circle can't be triangular in shape. The same way, if we have a triangle, then its shape can't be circle.

38. Secondly, is the implication of asking the question. If say, for the sake of argument, God is created (wal 'iya zubillah), and the creator is A, we can still ask, who then, created A?

39. Say, B created A. Then the question continues, who created B then? Say, C created B.

40. So who created C then? Can you see where this is going? It becomes more and more absurd.

41. Therefore, it is more rational to think that God is uncreated. And the fact that He exists, without any need from others, without any need to be created, is a proof that He is God.

42. Lastly, going back to the Quranic verse aforementioned above, it is asked upon us, that, did we create ourselves?

43. If that is so, then we need to exist first to create ourselves. But how do we exist before we were created?

44. Another absurdity indeed. May Allah always guide us insya Allah.

45. Next, as we are now pretty certain that God exists, why must that God be Allah? Why can't we believe in other God/Gods?

(To be continued in Part 3)

Read Part 1 here


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