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Thursday, April 27, 2017
WHO IS GOD?
WHO IS GOD?
By: Kassim Ahmad
28 April, 2017
God is the superpower that created this world. Did you see Him create
it? No. You assume that He did, since nothing comes out of nothing. What
about evolution? Things just evolve out of primordial gas or whatever.
Surely this is the Great Unknown! You are only assuming. Yes, I am
assuming. Yet there is the philosophical Necessary Being of God, all
else being contingent upon the action of the Necessary Being. As the
philosopher says, "I think, therefore I am." Yet what is thinking? Do
the minerals, the trees and the animals not think?.They certainly have
instincts. Is not instinct a lower form of thinking?
If there is a lower form of thinking, what would be the higher form? It is supralogical, the haqqalyaqin of the Quran. It not illogical. It is supralogical.
You need a book of wisdom to inform you of this. You need a book of
knowledge, a sure book of knowledge, from the Most Knowledgeable, in
short God. So you cannot run away from God.
Some intelligent people have told us there are two books, the written
book of scripture, and the unwritten book of Nature. That is surely
true, being logically plain.
We come back to the question of God -- Who is God?
Let us try the methodology of knowledge, Epistimology. How do we know?
We begin with our sensory organs, the eye (seeing), the ear (hearing)
and so on. That is the simplest. We go up the ladder to logical
deduction, to the highest of truth, the truth of existence, the ainul-yaqin, the ilmul-yaqin, and to the haqqal-yaqin of the Quran. There you have complete the methodology of truthful existence.
Lets us test it with God. Since everything has a cause, what about the
last cause, the Uncaused Cause, God? God has to stand alone. He Is The
Uncaused Cause. Is that possible? Our mind and knowledge, limited as
they are, cannot fathom it. Yet Man is here, tasked by God, as the Quran
says, as the ruler and remaker of the universe.
Why did God not make a perfect universe? If He were to do it, the he
would have created two gods! Two gods is one god too many!
All the religions of the world began as monotheism. After about 300
years, it turns into polytheism. That happens even to the monotheism
brought by the last prophet-messenger, Prophet Muhammad. Muhammad not
only brought a scripture, the Quran. The Quran is the only scripture
that is protected from corruption. Science and technology has reached a
point that they can do so. It is no accident. As God said in the Quran,
everything created has be measured in exact measure. Creation is
mathematically designed. How wonderful!