at-Tazkirah: التذكرة

“And keep reminding, because reminding benefits the believers.” (51:55)

Light Of The Heavens & The Earth

“Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His light is, as it were, that of a niche containing a lamp; the lamp is [enclosed] in glass, the glass [shining] like a radiant star: [a lamp] lit from a blessed tree – an olive-tree that is neither of the east nor of the west the oil whereof [is so bright that it] would well-nigh give light [of itself] even though fire had not touched it: light upon light! Allah guides unto His light him that wills [to be guided]; and [to this end] Allah propounds parables unto men, since Allah [alone] has full knowledge of all things.” (24:35)

Subhan’Allah. No doubt, Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) speaks nothing but the truth. Sometimes we should take the time to ponder over Allah Ta’ala’s great attributes. This reminds me of the following story, that gets told by many people:

A man always came to his local Imam and said: “What are you always talking about Allah?! What Allah?! Who Allah?!” Auzubillah (I seek refuge with Allah Ta’ala). Once the Imam took the man by his hand to the nearest beach, where he gave him a big spade and told him to start digging a hole in the sand. The man asked the Imam what the point of it is supposed to be, but after the Imam told him just to do it, he started. Hours of hard work passed and with the time the hole got quite large. As the sunset almost passed too, the Imam told him, that he could stop now. After he climbed out of the hole, the Imam ordered him to put all the water from the sea into his hole. Immediately the man’s head turned red and he said: “Are you totally crazy now? How can all the water fit in this small hole?” The Imam explained, “Look, just like that the greatness of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala exceeds our head’s capacity.”

To understand even an atom particle of the Creator’s (Khaliq’s) superiority over His creations (makhluqat), we have to improve our observations of the latter. Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala created all we can see and all that has been hidden from our sight by a veil. He created this earth we walk on every day – and in the same solar system even planets of multiple size exist. Scientists found out that if someone wants to count just the stars which we know about, it would take him about 130 billion years – yes, 130,000,000,000,000 years. Now, there exist black holes again which can take the size of whole galaxies – and that’s just what scientists found out so far about this universe. Allah knows best how far away from the boundaries we are, but it’s sure that we can never reach them.

Now, Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala created as well the unseen (ghaib) including angels (malaikah) for example. Just take Israfeel: Since Allah Ta’ala has created him he stands stable straight on his feet without moving his sight and when he once blows into the trumpet it will destroy the whole universe. Or let’s take Jibraeel (a.s.), who can not even unfold one of his 600 wings in this world. But at the end Allah Ta’ala can’t even be compared to His creations:

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (r.a.a.) narrates that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said: “The angel Israfeel is stable straight on his feet since Allah has created him without moving his sight. There are seventy curtains of light (Noor) laying between him and Allah, each one of them is enough to burn him (Israfeel) if he comes closer.” (Masabeeh-al-Sunnah: 31/4)

Zurarah ibn Aufa (r.a.a.) narrates that the Prophet (s.a.w.) asked Jibraeel (Gabriel): “Have you ever seen your Lord?” Jibraeel moulted his wings in awe and said: “Oh Muhammad (s.a.w.)! There are seventy curtains of Noor between me and Allah. If I would come closer to any one, I would be burnt.” (Masabeeh-al-Sunnah: 30/4)

Aw kama qala asalatu ‘alaihi wa salam!


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