010  Is this believing in Allah (swt)?

Dear Readers,

Our daily lives, family meetings, concerts and chats include so many statements and behaviors which harm the "oneness" belief of the human.

The lyrics of the songs are shocking. Some of them include lyrics meaning "You created me", "I worship you" and "I worship Allah and you". Whilst the meaning of the lyrics, each of which can cause eternal disaster of the person, are innocent, the general and common meanings of them can harm the belief of oneness.

Some of the women expect help from fortune telling, horoscope and awliyas who are in their tombs. Most of them regard awliyas as a god who is capable of everything. It is certainly a significant fault in terms of belief. It is a shirk.

However, wishing something from Allah (swt) for the love and respect of awliyas by knowing that Allah is the creator of everything is not wrong because awliyas are the successors of Rasulullah (s.a.w) in spiritual education. Their miracles are true. They are the beloved servants of Allah. Allah (swt) ordered that:

"Behold! verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve." [Yunus, 62]

Rasulullah ordered that:

"Allah (swt) creates the things if some of His servants swear for something. For He does not want them to lie." [Bukhari, Muslim]

Neither the messengers of Allah (swt) nor awliyas are gods. They are powerless servants just like us. They must not be idolized.

# The nature is not god

We sometimes witness the statements of scientists who say "the nature created" on the radio or TV. Dear Readers, what we call "nature" is a mass which is composed of rocks, stones, soil, water and gas. How can they create something? It is a significant logic fault.

Allah (swt) ordered for the Sun that is source of heat, light and life:

"Prostrate not to the Sun and the Moon, but prostrate to Allah, Who created them, if it is Him ye wish to serve." [Fussilat, 37]

Can the material world be replaced with Allah (swt) which is the creator, organizer and ruler of it? What a big fault!...

Be careful! We must be careful about our statements and behaviors. We must know Allah (swt) well. We must abstain from the statements that will harm the belief of oneness. Allah (swt) is strong in protecting His religion and judgments. Some words that we state without paying attention may touch gayretullah (effort of Allah) and we can face an eternal disaster.

My father told the following story: There is a small village called Cumalý in Bozkurt district of Denizli. An old villager, who wanted to eat meat, said at the coffee house on the eve of a festival: "I will sacrifice the sheep, cook and eat it tomorrow." One of his friends warn him, please say "If Allah destines it." I wish he had not. The old man said: "I will eat whether or not Allah destines it." Everybody learns that he passed away when they arrive for salah al eid. It is a true story.

We must fear Allah (swt) and abstain from the statements and performances which violate the tawhid (the belief of "oneness") and touch gayretullah.

# Allah (swt) is free from space and time

Dear Readers,

I wrote about the statements and behavior of the people who violate the oneness principle.

One of them is the statement which refers the place of Allah (swt) as "Allah sees over us". The terms which are used to define the locations of things as up, down, near, far, left, right, above, below, in and out are used after material world was created. Resulted from the changes of the situations of the objects, the term "time" is also related to material world. None of the terms existed before Allah (Swt) created the universe and the things in it. Only Allah (swt) existed then. Allah will exist forever. Allah (swt) is free from space and time. As He created the objects, volumes and shapes, He also created the events and times which are only change of the situations they are in. It is ordered in the hadith that:

"Allah existed in pre-eternity when there was nothing except Him." [Bukhari]

It is ordered in the verse from the Quran that:

"He is the First and the Last, the Evident and the Hidden: and He has full knowledge of all things." [Hadíd, 3]

All of the scholar who are followers of sunnah totally agrees that "Allah is free from time and space".

# Allah (swt) is an absolute reality

On the other hand, Allah (swt) is an absolute reality. Material world is created in image level. The human perceives the material world by means of a mechanism which combines and fictionalizes the impressions of sense organs and gives meaning to it by mental processes as memory, mind and intelligence. In other words, we do not perceive directly the objects but their images that are given a meaning to them by the brain. When there are some problems within the functions of this mechanism, people begin to see things which do not exist or experience problems in perception of objects, time and space. (Remember the situation of some mental diseases.) Healthy people can also perceive the same materials and facts differently according to their knowledge level and mood.

Let's think about it... Can the imaginary world that the human mind created be the same with Allah (swt) which is the absolute reality? Therefore, Allah (swt) ordered that:

"there is nothing whatever like unto Him." [Shura, 11]

"Invent not similitudes for Allah. for Allah knoweth, and ye know not!" [Nahl, 74]

# Quran explains everything with our measurements

Allah (swt) explains Himself and everything that He wants to teach to us with our values, measurements in a style which we can understand. It is ordered in the verses from the Quran that:

"And He is Allah in the heavens and on earth." [Anaam, 3]

“But to Allah belong all things in the heavens and on earth: And He it is that Encompasseth all things.” [Nisaa, 126]

"To Allah belong the East and the West: whithersoever ye turn, there is Allah's face. For Allah is All-Embracing, All-Knowing." [Baqarah, 115]

"Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth." [Nur, 35]

"It is He Who is God in heaven and God on earth." [Zukhruf, 84]

"And He is with you wheresoever ye may be." [Hadíd, 4]

As the reality and an imaginary world which is the fiction of mind cannot be compared, the statements in the verses of Quran as "He it is that Encompasseth all things" and "He is with you" do not resemble the relations of the objects in the material world. The verses of Quran explains everything in the way we can perceive.

Therefore, we must abstain from describing Allah (swt) with words that assign locations for Him.

Be entrusted to Allah.

Dr. Ismail Ulukus


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