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.

Relax

I encourage you to share something that makes you feel as relaxed as these cats.

Life is full of tests. Family responsibilities, neighborhood responsibilities, work commitments, debts, social media posts which test sabr, and the list goes on.

That’s why it’s important to relax. And as this post suggests, I’ve decided to share a photo that makes me feel relaxed.

Ihsan, in Islam, is the ability to see Allah SWT through His attributes (Asma ul Husna), e.g., His creations and the qualities that He’s blessed each with.

Rahma (mercy) is one of the greatest Blessings of Allah (and probably one of the most importatnt attribute of Allah SWT) that He could have bestowed on his creations.

This word is derived from the root letters ra, ha, meem, which means the the womb of the mother. When he hear Rahma, what ought to come to mind is the protection, compassion, mercy, and providence that we all experience in the womb.

So, when I feel Rahma towards my family, fellow humans, and animals it is indeed a Blessing that Allah SWT has bestowed me with. When I see these two cats sleeping next to each other, and experience the love and compassion in my heart it helps me relax. It is a sign of Allah SWT.

What would the world be without Ar Rahman and His Rahma?

I encourage you to share something that makes you feel as relaxed as these cats.

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Are you better than the Best of Creators?

Do you feel that women can’t control their emotions? They talk too much? Seem irrational? Cry a lot? Take forever to say something? Can’t walk/run fast? Can’t do things men can? If so, do you also believe that you could have done a better job at their creation than Allah SWT?

Do you feel that women can’t control their emotions? They talk too much? Seem irrational? Cry a lot? Take forever to say something? Can’t walk/run fast? Can’t do things men can? If so, do you also believe that you could have done a better job at their creation than Allah SWT?

Do you feel that men don’t listen? Are stupid? One-track minded? Can’t control their ‘urges’? Quick to action? If so, do you believe that you could have done a better job at their creation than Allah SWT?

Do you feel cockroaches are hideous? Worms are nauseous? flies are a nuisance? rats are filthy? are some animals just plain ‘ugly’? Do you, then, feel that you could have done a better job than Allah SWT?

Do you feel that Chinese are ‘yellow’? and Indians are ‘brown’? If so, how would have created them better?

Do you feel you’re ‘fat’? or ‘skinny’? or your face looks ‘ugly’? If so, how would you have created yourself better than your Maker?

These feelings and thoughts are sometimes slipped in under the radar, but we must be very careful of such things. All of us, including the animals and the plants, have one fundamental commonality: we are all created by the same Maker. So, don’t fall into one of Shaythan’s traps.

The first racist was Shaythan. How? Shaythan felt superior to Adam AS because he was created with fire while, Adam AS was made from clay. There are many lessons from that incident, but I wanted to highlight just one in this article, insha Allah. To criticize anything based on naturally occurring characteristics is to question your Maker. Shaythan, was not only being proud and arrogant, he was questioning Allah SWT’s:

  1. Choice in His creation
  2. Wisdom in His creation

The next time Shaythan whispers such nonsense, ask yourself this, “Oh, so I could have done a better job than Allah SWT?”

“Then We made the sperm-drop into a clinging clot, and We made the clot into a lump [of flesh], and We made [from] the lump, bones, and We covered the bones with flesh; then We developed him into another creation. So blessed is Allah , the best of creators.”

 (AL-MU’MINUN:14)

Shaitan’s Beef With Adam (AS) & Co.

The disgrace and humiliation he experienced is still strong to this day. And he made it his life’s mission to make us humans experience what he did, and send each and every one of Adam’s (AS) children to Hellfire. It’s his way of proving Allah wrong, nauzubillah.

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim

We all know about the story of creation (of Adam Alayhissalam), or at least the gist of it, in many cases. Allah (SWT) creates Adam (AS), commands the angels to prostrate (and Iblees, not an angel). All except Iblees prostrate, and we all know what happened thereafter. Question is, why did he refuse to? After all the hard work and effort to be raised to the ranks of the angels, why go and shoot your own foot?

Well, it goes way before that.

So, most of the backstory that the Islamic scholars have got on Iblees are from Israelite narrations that don’t contradict with the teachings of Islam. I.e., stuff we can use, but with a pinch of salt to go.

A long time ago….

Anyways, there were creations of Allah (SWT) way before Adam & Co (i.e, humans). There were the Jinn (and certain mufassireen comment there were other creations as well). Allah knows best. The Jinn were mischief makers, in general, and caused much bloodshed and corruption on earth (now we know where the Angels got the idea that humans would repeat the cycle). Straying into Israelite narrations: So much so, that  Allah sent down an army of angels to deal with them. There was this Jinn fellow, however, whom some say was called Azazeel. Back then, this chap was a pious bro. So pious, that the angelic army sent to deal with the mayhem causing Jinn took notice of this solitary Jinn, worshiping Allah as He out to be.

Long story short, he (a Jinn) got to be among the ranks of Angels, while no space in the seven heavens were left except Azazeel had worshiped almighty Allah there. Being in the presence of Allah is no small feat. So take note of this bro’s piety. Imagine his Imaan levels! To be in the presence of ALLAH and His Angels!

Now that the rebellious Jinn were dealt with, Azazeel felt like going back to earth and set up shop and call other Jinn to the faith and feel all good about himself, etc… And he hoped that being the only creation with free will with such high rank and status, he’d be the most qualified, experienced and natural candidate for the post of Khalifah.

Getting back to the Quran and Sunnah, when Allah SWT announced to the angels that He’s going to make a Khalifah on earth, old azazeel (a.k.a. Iblees) felt so happy, but fell from his horse when he learnt that Allah was going to literally make one! In comes Adam (AS) and boom! rivalry and jealousy! & Mankind get sent to Earth.

Being passed over

We all can relate to this phenomenon of what Iblees experienced about being passed over for ‘promotion’. When you feel you’re next in line and out of the blue walks in this new guy and takes the place ‘meant’ for you! A good lesson to be learnt here about questioning the decree of Allah.

Bear in mind, however, the magnitude of the situation. This is no ordinary corporate office or school or some organization. This is no ordinary boss/leader you’re dealing with. This is Allah SWT. THE All Knowing, Creator of time, and The Most Wise. If Allah says Adam is fit for the job, then end of story. But Iblees, oh Iblees. Pride got the better of him. And from pride crept out jealousy, entitlement, resentment, hatred, and vengeful-ness. If you feel you know better than Allah, then watch out son. And that’s what Ibless got. He became Shaitan the most distanced from mercy (ar rajeem).

The Ultimate Revenge

Now, I hope, dear reader, you can understand the why of Shaitan’s animosity for Adam & Co. Animosity of such degree that he fails to see, after so many millennia, the error of his own logic. The disgrace and humiliation he experienced is still strong to this day. And he made it his life’s mission to make us humans experience what he did, and send each and every one of Adam’s (AS) children to Hellfire. It’s his way of proving Allah wrong, nauzubillah.

We see the signs of his vengeance even today. The trend of where we throw away our own dignity and morality; the prevalence of shamelessness and immorality; the widespread nature of war and insignificance of life on earth. We’re doing his job for him, and so gaily.

This is a reminder to me first and foremost, if we are to not play into his vision for humanity, then we must be aware of his traps and steer clear of them. And that’s a lesson for another time.

Assalamu alaykkum, warahmatullahi, wabarakathuhu