Who created Allah?

Allah SWT has no end and no beginning, since, He is the creator of all things, including time. For lack of better words, he is without (as opposed to ‘within’) time.

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Warning: This article might cause headaches. (Knowledge of cosmology might lessen the headaches.)

Context (Al Big Bang)

The Big Bang Theory puts forward that 13.7 BILLION years ago, all the matter in the universe (watch the video) was concentrated into a single INCREDIBLY TINY point. This began to enlarge rapidly in a hot explosion, and it is still expanding today.

Also, when watching the video, notice that there’s an edge (boundary) to the expanding universe. Whether we can observe it or not, there’s going to be an edge to the universe (because it’s finite).

Here’s the question, though. “Where was this blob of matter in/on before Al Big Bang?”

Space and Time

So, there’s thing concept of space and time (space-time). For us to say that, the book is on the table means, among many things, that there is something beyond the thing called the book, and that it is currently there (i.e., present tense) = space and time.

Okay, close your eyes and imagine what this ‘space’ or ‘time’ is beyond our universe. Imagine that you’re at the borders of this universe (which is continually expanding). Like on the tip of the waves of a sea that is expanding. Now, picture what you see beyond this universe (whats the sea expanding onto?). Can you?

What images you end up imaging will most probably be a result of what you know and have experienced in your life AND WHAT YOUR BIOLOGY ALLOWS YOU TO IMAGINE.

No Space No Time

All of us can entertain the possibility of ‘no space’ and ‘no time’, but what that will ‘look’ like is something beyond our comprehension/capacity.

So, when people ask questions like, “Who created God” or ‘Who created Allah” they are only using cognitive capacities limited by our biology.

It’s impossible to ‘imagine’ a situation where (or how?) time doesn’t exist.

“Nor There is to Him any equivalent” (Holy Quran 112:4)

So, the answer to the question, ‘Who created Allah,” is that the question, in itself, is invalid.

Allah SWT has no end and no beginning, since, He is the creator of all things, including time. For lack of better words, he is without (as opposed to ‘within’) time.

Why is praying obligatory?

There are many benefits to performing obligatory acts, and they fall under spiritual and material categories. But why make some things obligatory over others?

Allah is Ar Rahman, Ar Raheem.

Have you ever wondered what the wisdom is behind certain things being Wajib/Fard (obligatory) in Islam? For example, why are the five times prayers wajib? Or why is it obligatory to fast in Ramadhan?

Note: What is a wajib? Wajib/Fard is any action that you are rewarded for performing, and punished for abstaining from. i.e., obligatory.

There are many benefits to performing obligatory acts, and they fall under spiritual and material categories. But why make some things obligatory over others?

The answer is connected to the first line in this post. It’s because, Allah (SWT) is Ar Rahman, Ar Raheem.

Allah loves these actions so much, He wants every Muslim to perform it, to the extent that He has made it a point of disbelief if anyone was to deny it (a Fard). What this means is that, performing fard acts draws a believer close to Allah (SWT). Isn’t this a blessing? On the other hand, to deny an obligatory act is just plain spiteful, arrogant and shows ingratitude. Hence, it being a point of disbelief.

The All Mighty loves us so much that, He has made it the bare minimum that we, as believers, get on his good side by performing acts that he loves A LOT! If you, O believer, wish to reciprocate that love (which is impossible, but it’s the intention that matters), then the mustahab/sunnah is the way to go to make Him love you even more.

So my brothers and sisters in Islam, the next time you stand for a Fard salat (prayer), fast in Ramadhan, tell the truth, obey your parents, earn honestly, lower your gaze and guard your chastity, give charity, or perform Hajj, give thanks to Allah (SWT) for making these obligatory on you in His infinite mercy (*hint: Sajdah Shukr).