How much do you know about Allah?

Who created you? Who granted you your body, your eyes, or the color of your hair? Who determined the shape of your body or the color of your eyes? Who created all other people, the heavens, earth, and every living being in between? Who determined the order of the planets, the sun, and the stars in the depths of space?

Your answers to all these questions will be the same: “Allah.” When asked to other people, they will also answer: “Allah.” Indeed, Allah ﷻ informs us in the Qur’an that people will confess this fact, as follows: If you ask them: “Who created the heavens and earth and made the sun and moon subservient?” They will say: “Allah.” So how have they been deluded [away from the truth]? [Al-Ankabut 29:61]

So, how well do you know our Creator? Who planned you and the entire universe with a delicate equilibrium? Are you aware that He sees and hears you every moment and knows your every act? Where do you think Allah is? Did He create you and then leave you to your own devices? Does He tell you how to live? Can you see Him? Has anyone talked with Him? What other creatures did He create? What kind of a life does He promise after death?

No doubt, many similar questions may be raised and you may answer them in your own way. While doing so, you will rely on what you have learned from your family or relatives, the people surrounding you, or the books you have read. Well, have you ever wondered if their answers are correct?

Everyone may put forward different views about Allah ﷻ. Conditioned by his education, a philosopher may formulate a definition that relies on his favorite philosopher’s views. A housewife who is truly ignorant of Allah ﷻ believes in what she hears from her neighbors. A writer who writes about Allah ﷻ may have received no theological training or even not know a single verse of the Qur’an, His final revelation to humanity.

Many people have mistaken ideas concerning Allah ﷻ due to the effects of different cultures and information of dubious origins. However, Allah ﷻ introduces Himself to humanity through the Qur’an He sent down 1,400 years ago and informs us of His beautiful names.

[Excerpt from “Names of Allah” by Harun Yahya]

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