Thursday, July 17, 2008

More on Power, Will, Knowledge, Alive (RT 13/7/08)

Risalah Tauhid 13th July 2008

Continuing with Dalils for Sifats #7 (Power), #8 (Will) #9 (Knowledge) #10 (Alive)

We wrote last week:

If God lacked any one of the above attributes, then we (creations) wouldn’t be here. But the fact is we are here, so God must be powerful, does things as He likes, has knowledge to create and manage things, and is alive.

Continuing today:

If God had no will, then there would be no power because power is an outcome of will. If God was not powerful, then there would be no creations.

It does not make sense to wish over something without having knowledge. If you “want to create” something, then you must have a knowledge on “how to create” it. If God had no knowledge, then He would not have will, in turn made Him powerless.

And to top it all, God must be alive, since without life, He would not have knowledge, will, or power. Without all those attributes, there would be no world and no creations.

The scriptural proofs:

That God has power (qudrah) is the ayah:

نَحنُ قَدَّرنَا بَينَكُمُ الْمَوتَ
(الواقعة 60)

I alone decide who dies (and who lives) among you.

The dalil that says God has will (iradah) is the Quranic ayah:

إِنَّمَا أَمرُهُ إِذَا أَرَادَ شَيأً أَن يَقُولَ لَهُ كُن فَيَقُونَ
Indeed the works of Allah, whenever He wishes for something, all He has to do is
say “Be!” so it will be.

And the dalil that God has knowledge (‘ilm) is the ayah:

عَالِمِ الْغَيبِ وَالشَّهَا دَةِ
(الزمر اية 46)

Allah knows all the unseen and the seen.

And the dalil that God has life (hayah) is the ayah:

وَتَوَكَّل عَلَى الْحَيَّ الَّذِي لاَ يَمُوتُ
And surrender your destiny to God who is alive and never dies.

Ustaz Zakaria said:
  • We learn Tauhid (Usuluddin) to get to know God. But we learn tasawwuf and practice tariqah to know Him further, until we can “taste” and “experience” His being.
  • Ingredients to get to know God: (1) True knowledge (2) Sane mind.
  • You “wish” for something only after you “know” it.
  • When somebody dies, it is a predestination of Allah, not due to coincidence.

Wallahu a'lam

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