Page 6 - Islam In Focus

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It is God Who has made the night for you, that you may rest therein, and the day to
see. Verily God is full of Grace and Bounty to men. Yet most men give no thanks.
Such is God, your Lord, the Creator of all things. There is no god but He; why then do
you turn away from Him. Thus are turned away those who deny the Signs of God. It
is God Who has made for you the earth as a resting place and the sky as a shelter, and
has given you shape and made your shapes beautiful, and has provided for you
sustenance of things good and pure; such is God your Lord. So glory to God, the Lord
of the worlds! He is the living (One); There is no god but he: call upon Him, giving
Him sincere devotion. Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds (Qur’an, 40:61-65).
It is God Who has subjected the sea to you, that ships may sail through it by His
command, that you may seek of His Bounty, and that you may be grateful. And He
has subjected to you, as from Him, all that is in the heavens and on earth, Behold; in
that there are Signs indeed for those who reflect (Qur’ an, 45:12-13).
The Supreme Master of the whole world and the Creator of everything is Allah
(God). Because He is so Great and different from the other beings, man can know
Him only by reflection and through meditation. He exists at all times, and His great
power is in action everywhere in the world. Man has to believe in His existence
because everything in the world proves that He exists. Belief in God and His great
power alone can provide mankind with the best possible explanation of many
mysterious things in life. This is the safest way to true knowledge and spiritual
insight, the right path to good behavior and sound morals, the surest guide to
happiness and prosperity.
Once man believes that God exists he must know His attributes and names. Generally
speaking every perfection and absolute goodness belong to Him, and no defect or
wrong applies to Him. In specific terms, one should know and believe the following:
1. God is only One, has no partner or son, neither gives birth, nor is He born. He is
eternally besought by all and has no beginning or end, and none is equal to Him
(Qur'an, 112:1-5)
2. He is the Merciful and the Compassionate, the Guardian and the True Guide, the
Just and the Supreme Lord, the Creator and the Watchful, the First and the Last, the
Knowing and the Wise, the Hearing and the Aware, the Witness and the Glorious, the
Able and the Powerful (Qur'an, for example, 57:1-6; 59:22-24).
3. He is the Loving and Provider, the Generous and the Benevolent, the Rich and the
Independent, the Forgiving and the Clement, the Patient and the Appreciative, the
Unique and the Protector, the Judge and the Peace (Qur'an, for example, 3:31; 11:6;
35:15; 65:2-3).
Each one of these names and attributes of God is mentioned in various places in the
Holy Qur’ an. We all enjoy the care and mercy of God Who is so Loving and Kind to
His creation. If we try to count His favors upon us, we cannot, because they are
countless (Qur’ an, 14:32-34; 16:10-18).