Where is Allah?

“I want to ask you a basic question,” a friend said to me.

 

“Yes, sure. What is it?”

 

“Where is Allah?”

 

I find it weird when someone suddenly asked that question, thinking that it’s such a simple question which a ten-year-old could answer it without hesitation.

 

“Allah is everywhere, we just can’t see Him,” I answered confidently.

 

“That’s what we learned when we were small. We have not really asked if it’s true.”

 

Then, he told me about below hadith.

 

Mu’awiyah ibn al-Hakam said, “I had a servant girl who used to tend to my sheep in the area of Mount Uhud, near a place called al-Jawwariyah. One day I came to see them only to find that a wolf had made off with a sheep from her flock. Since I, like the rest of Adam’s descendants, am prone to do regrettable acts, I gave her a terrible slap in her face. When I came to Allah’s Messenger with the story, he considered it a grave thing for me to have done. I said, ‘O’ Messenger of Allah, couldn’t I free her?” He replied, “Bring her to me”, so I brought her. He then asked her, “Where is Allah?” and she replied, “Above the sky.” Then he asked her, “Who am I?” and she replied, “You are Allah’s Messenger.” So he said, “Free her, for verily she is a believer.” (Hadith Muslim)

 

From the above sahih hadith, Prophet SAW has no objection in confirming to the girl’s answer that Allah is above the sky, up above the seventh heavens. This is the basic of tawheed, to understand and verify that Allah is The Highest and The Greatest.

 

But the misconception of stating where is Allah nowadays has become somewhat arguable to most people. Truthfully, I once thought Allah is everywhere. That’s what I’ve been taught in school and I carried the belief for many years till I learned more about my true religion and digging more into the Islamic knowledge.

 

Allah is completely separate from His creation. This means that Allah is not part of the created world nor the created world is part of Him. He created the sky, the earth, the moon, the stars, mountains and all other creatures and living things whether they are big or small or unseen from our naked eyes. But, Allah’s attributes work perfectly at everywhere and at anytime. He can hear us, sees what we are doing, knows what in our hearts & He makes things happen when He wants it to happen (Kun Fa Ya Kun).

 

One of the main proof which Allah is up above the heaven is when the Prophet SAW were taken up through the seven skies to meet his Creator, Allah SWT, face to face. The night journey (Isra’) was the journey when Prophet spoke directly to Allah and the compulsory prayer is made to be five times daily for every Muslims. The Isra’ Mi’raj story is a proof that Allah is up at His Arasy where Prophet needed to travel all the way up through the skies to meet Him.

 

There are few ayahs in the Quran saying about Allah’s Throne (Arasy) such as Al-Araf verse 54, Yunus verse 3, Ar- Rad verse 2, Taha verse 5, Al- Furqan verse 59, As- Sajdah verse 4 and Al- Hadid verse 4.

 

“The Most Merciful [who is] above the Throne established.” [Surah Taha verse 5]

 

 “It is He who created the heavens and earth in six days and then established Himself above the Throne. He knows what penetrates into the earth and what emerges from it and what descends from the heaven and what ascends therein; and He is with you wherever you are. And Allah, of what you do, is Seeing.” [Surah Al-Hadid verse 4]

 

I hope the readers especially the Muslims will learn more about Islam and the basic root of the belief which is Tawheed (one God). There are many books out there explaining about this and one of them is The Fundamentals of Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism) written by Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips. May the knowledge be beneficial to us.

 

Do recite the du’a below for guidance from Allah to provide you with beneficial knowledge.

 

O Allah! I ask You for knowledge that is of benefit, a good provision and deeds that will be accepted. [Ibn Majah]

Writer’s Corner at Zaahara.com

Alhamdulillah for the opportunity given by Zaahara.com allowing me to write some posts for their new da’wah project, WRITER’S CORNER. It’s a platform where Muslims & Muslimahs share their thoughts and experiences about Islam, online.

 

My first article for Zaahara.com is called Where is Allah? It’s a simple article yet something to be carefully understood by all Muslims. I’ll share the article here too, InshaAllah.

 

I’m sure most of you have heard of Zaahara.com before. I’ve shared a post on a book I bought from the website, The Sealed Nectar. Zaahara is an online Islamic Shopping Mall where you can purchase Islamic books for adults and children, Sunnah food like habbatus sauda and sidr honey, DVDs, Islamic art like canvas art, etc. Do check out their products at www.zaahara.com It’s very easy shopping when you just click and they deliver your items to your doorsteps!

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I’ve been eyeing to get my hands on the mouse to click ‘buy’ buttons at Zaahara.com quite a few months ago. Yet, every time the salary comes in, the money will go down the drain to something I’m not sure what I bought or spent for. Subhanallah…

 

But a good marketing will always catch the buyer’s eyes! Zaahara.com had a 3-day-sale in conjunction with Maal Hijrah and I was overjoyed when I saw my targeted book ‘The Sealed Nectar’ was on SALE! This is awesome!

 

 

The before price was RM60 and suddenly price went down to RM48! I’ve waited no more and made my first attempt to buy from Zaahara.com.

 

And voila, I got the book sent to my doorsteps two days later!

 

Zaahara.com promotes quality Islamic products from seerah and biographies books, children books, marriage & family books, Sidr honey (which I’ve been aiming to get this soon!), DVDs on Islamic lectures and for children, prayer materials and Islamic canvas.

 

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A world without Islam?

I studied International Affairs in Uni years ago. Trust me, it was all about politics, power, international law, world crisis, etc. Sounds heavy, huh? Yeah, I think it requires someone with a hugeeeeeeeeeee brain and super knowledgeable on world issues kind of person. Well, NOT ME. I don’t have that HUGE brain. hahahaha…
Due to that, I’m doing nothing close to ‘international’ or politics job scope. Nah ah. But when I saw a review about a new book written by Graham E. Fuller titled “A World Without Islam”, it just got my attention quickly.
Maybe it’s because the word Islam. Somehow, the religion made a lot of impact on me lately. But the title really bugged me. A world without Islam??? Seriously? Hah, if that so, the world will never exist at all!
Oh by the way, I haven’t read the book yet. I’m not sure if want to. But a review says the author is a bit biased towards Islam, hence she didn’t like it. Whatever it is, I’m definitely supportive to whoever supports the religion. I’m a Muslim and I’m proud to be one. Muslims don’t support violence and wars. We are a peace community. Do read this article by a scholar that says Quran is a book of peace, not war.
There was a comment from a reader towards the review:

Nice discussions, i saw the book yesterday at Kinokuniya, Malaysia and was about the buy the book but instead, i googled the tittle to see what the review is like. I dont think i will buy the book now, but let me say this, there is no such thing as islamic terrorism. The two words cannot go together, its like saying a peaceful terrorist.


More people turn to Islam after 9/11. They were initially questions the teaching of Islam and bought themselves a Quran. Now about 24% of Muslims from US are converts (got the figure from youtube).


Come, let us reasonably discuss things so that we will not be one of the ignorance.


Salam. (Peace)


Posted by: Idrus

One thing that I guess every Muslim should do is living our lives by example. Be modest and create peaceful living. Then, there’ll be more books with the title “Islam is for every one”.