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.

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).

GSP+ and Muslim Personal Laws?

the definition of ‘civilized’ has changed from religion to secularism and political correctness

As early as the 1500s Europe felt it had the great burden of spreading ‘civilization’ to the pagan barbaric cultures that was the rest of the world. Fast forward a few hundred years and our tiny island saw the spread of this ‘civilization’ on our very own shores. First came the benevolent Dutch, then the Portugese, and finally the Victorian British during the 1800s.

Back then, it was a fairly simple, upfront matter, this colonization business (though not so with the wily British). They came, they saw, they converted conquered spread ‘civilization’ to us backward Sri Lankans. And, of course, their efforts would have been in vain if not for our own local espousers of Western ideals. Once we ‘gained’ our independence from our former colonial masters, local history books would mention the pivotal role these ‘sole distributors’, of what a civilized society was, played in the perpetuation of colonial laws in this island during colonial rule. I’ve always wondered what motivated these fellow Lankans to change their values to such an extent as to be a completely new identity.

Then, there were the blessed missionaries, who either spread the message by way of sword/musket or wealth and status. Of course, these days, it’s mostly done by providing ‘financial’ opportunities in various forms.

I admit, it’s a better way to spread an ideology, rather than at gunpoint (refer European colonization, WWII, Cold War, Vietnam War, Korean War, etc…). This ‘economical’ method is just that. It’s economical: not a single soldier sets foot abroad, not a bullet is fired, and best of all, no lives are lost. It’s less expensive. Note that as of late, the definition of ‘civilized’ has changed from religion to secularism and political correctness, disguised as (and please don’t hate me for saying this) democracy/civil liberties.

These days, it’s backwards to believe in God and practice one’s religion. It’s blasphemous to not support homosexual behavior. ‘Islamic’, ‘Jihad’, ‘Sharia’, ‘Burqa’, and ‘Tawheed’ have negative associations. And, it’s downright suspicious to speak in Arabic.

So, now we have the same salesmen with the same product, but with a new package with a new sales (economical) pitch.

When I first heard about how one of the stipulations for Sri Lanka to receive GSP+ status was to amend the Muslim Personal Law, namely, the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act of 1951, I was like, ‘GSP+ and what??’

Now, I haven’t personally read the Act so I really don’t know EVERYTHING that’s in it. So, I really can’t comment on it. However, it seems the issue is the minimum age for marriage. One could argue for or against it, and again, not the point of the article.

But what strikes as odd, indeed disturbing, is the amount of stir it’s creating in social circles. Really disturbing. If you’re Sri Lankan and haven’t come across such posts in social media, then consider yourself blessed. Again, not the point.

However, upon some reflection on the matter, I happened to draw some interesting insights.

Now, how the world operates, at least for us so called ‘developing countries’ is like this:

  • As a ‘developing nation’ (I fail to see how we still have this term, considering the amount of luxury vehicles that are driving on the roads, and how super luxury condominiums seem to grow faster than trees and in greater numbers, etc…) and thanks to successive corrupt governments, we have to depend on loans, trade concessions for exports/imports from ‘developed’ nations (again puzzling, considering amount of debt most Westerners are in, student loans, mortgages, credit cards, etc…)
  • Change local policies to curry international favor to receive monetary aid.

In light of this, it seems rather interesting, nay, extremely fishy, for the European Union to stipulate that SL makes changes to its Muslim Personal Law. And I’m sure some of you out there have voiced your opinions regarding this matter. Kudos to you.

Muslim personal law aside, these EU stipulations smell a whole lot like we’re in a new wave of colonization, and what’s worse, most aren’t even aware of it!

 

On a side note, have you ever wondered why the Muslims (and Islam) are being targeted, and not just here, but on a global scale?