The Creator and the creations, Part I

Published on June 1st, 2009 — 12:00am

At the beginning there is only God and He named Himself, “Allah”. He had commanded in the Quran to the effect:

Say, “He is Allah, The One and Only.1

Then He created all creations. He had commanded in the Quran to the effect:

For to anything which We have willed, We but say the word, “Be”, and it is.2

However before He says the word, “Be”, He had made ready a perfect and all comprehensive Divine Plan. He had commanded in the Quran to the effect:

When He hath decreed a Plan, He but said to it, “Be” and it is!3

And that Divine Plan is called, “Loh Mahfuz”. It is a perfect and all comprehensive Plan created by The All-Wisest, Allah. He forgets nothing in this Plan and as such there can be no amendment. He had commanded in the Quran to the effect:

With Him is the Mother of the Book (Loh Mahfuz)4

Nothing have We omitted from the Book.5

Nor is hidden from your Lord (so much as) the weight of an atom.6

No change will you find in the practice (approved) of Allah7

And the command of Allah is a decreed determined.8

Many had compared His command, “Be” to that of the “Big Bang” and recently scientists too had attempted to emulate the “Big Bang”. However, the attempt is destined to fail because there was absent of the Divine Plan (Loh Mahfuz) which is the prerequisite for the “Big Bang” to work. Allah had commanded in the Quran to the effect:

It is He who created all things, and ordered them in due proportions.9

Verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion.10

This Divine Plan fortified the fact that there is an Intelligent Design. Thus we can see the physicals of human being with the head on the top, the body and hands below that and the legs at the bottom remain constant all over the world. Similarly, the trees too have their leaves on the top, stem in the middle and the roots at the bottom. Animals give birth to animals, human to human and so on. We can note many more similarities not only on physical aspects but also on the non-physical as well as environment where they live. All these denote the Divine Intelligent Design. Allah had commanded to the effect:

Verily, all things have We created in proportion and measure.11

Lest you think that the Intelligent Design is due to the Divine Plan (Loh Mahfuz) alone, you are greatly mistaken. It is actually the result of the partnership between the Divine Plan and the Divine Essence. In respect of the latter, at the beginning there is God and nothing was with Him. So when He commanded, “Be” and creations were created, this begets the question, “From which source the creations were created from?” If there was another existence apart from Him then the concept that at the beginning He was alone collapsed and collapsed too the foundation of Monotheism.12 Such being the case, it is indisputable that the source of creations is He, alone. Thus Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had said to the effect:

You are the Essence from which creations evolved.13

And Allah had commanded in the Quran to the effect:

I am The First.14

  • Although He is unknown (a Hidden God), His Essence is without doubt the source of all creations and so He is conveniently referred to as The (Whole) Essence.15 The Whole Essence is immeasurable and unfathomable.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had said to the effect:

Verily Allah is the Glorious Essence16

There is no God but The Essence.17

Thus when He commanded, “Be”, His Essence manifested in accordance to the role given in the Divine Plan (Loh Mahfuz). Allah had commanded in the Quran to the effect:

I am The Manifest.18

The next inevitable question is, “Is The Whole Essence manifested into all creations?” To this end, we have the following answers:

  1. According to the Concept of Wahdatul Wujud, all the creations are He in manifestation. Hence they said, “One in all, all in One.”19
  2. According to the Concept of the Light of Muhammad, before commanding, “Be”, part of The Whole Essence became the Light of Muhammad then the remaining part of The whole Essence commanded, “Be” to the Light of Muhammad and beholds creations were created (from the Light of Muhammad).20
  3. According to the Concept of Wahdatul Syuhud, the only real existence is God and creations are an unreal existence.21
  4. According to the Concept of Dzatiyah, a little of The Whole Essence is used as the source of all creations. How little of The Whole Essence was used as source of all creations, according to:

a) The Bang Theory- lesser than an atom. 22
b) Prophet Jesus – Lesser than a particle of sand.23
c) Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – like the full moon in the sky (you can block it with your thumb) but Allah is greater than this.24

It has to be stressed at the outset that we subscribed to the Concept of Dzatiyah.

  • In the light that a little of His Whole Essence is the source of all creations hence creation alone or as a whole can never be God.

The whole creations are but the manifestation of The Little Essence. The manifestation hides The Little Essence and thus He commanded to the effect:

I am The Hidden.25

The Bibliography

1 Al Ikhlas (112):1-2
2 Ah Nahl (16):40.
3 Ali Imran (3):47.
4 Al Ra’d (13):39
5 Al Ana’am (6):38
6 Yunos (10):61
7 Al Ahzab (33):62
8 Al Ahzab (33):38
9 Al Furqan (25):2
10 At Talaq (65):3
11 Al Qamar (54):49
12 Imran Hoesin, Islam and The Changing Order, 9 (1991).
13 Sunan At Tirmidzi Bk. 5, 342 (1993).
14 Al Hadid (57):3
15 Footnote of Al Fatihah: Al Quran in Malay printed by the Prime Minister Office of Malaysia and Saudi Arabian Authority.
16 Sahih Muslim Bk. 1, 95 (1994)
17 Sahih Muslim Bk. 4, 570 (1994).
18 Al Hadid (57):3
19 Hamka, Perkembangan Tasauf Dari Abad Ke Abad, 157 (1976).
20 Syekh M. Nafis Al Banjarie, Ketuhanan Permata Yang Indah Berserta Tanya Jawab (Ad Darunnfis), 159
21 Muhammad Abdul Haj Ansari, Sufism and Syariah, 113, (1986)
22 Reader’s digest Knowledge Quest: Planet Earth and the Universe, 40.
23 Gospel of Barnabas 132.
24 Sunan Abu Dawud Vol 3, 1324 (1990).
25 Al Hadid (57):3

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29 comments to “The Creator and the creations, Part I”

  1. hj Hussien Latiff

    2:78 Dan di antara mereka ada yang buta huruf, tidak mengetahui Al Kitab, kecuali dongengan bohong belaka dan mereka hanya menduga-duga.

    6:50 Katakanlah: “”Apakah sama orang yang buta dengan orang yang melihat?”” Maka apakah kamu tidak memikirkan (nya)?”

    6:104 “Sesungguhnya telah datang dari Tuhanmu bukti-bukti yang terang; maka Barang siapa melihat (kebenaran itu), maka (manfaatnya) bagi dirinya sendiri; dan barang siapa buta (tidak melihat kebenaran itu), maka kemudaratannya kembali kepadanya. Dan aku sekali-kali bukanlah pemelihara (mu).”

    20:125-127 Berkatalah ia: “”Ya Tuhanku, mengapa Engkau menghimpunkan aku dalam keadaan buta, padahal aku dahulunya adalah seorang yang melihat?”Allah berfirman: “”Demikianlah, telah datang kepadamu ayat-ayat Kami, maka kamu melupakannya, dan begitu (pula) pada hari ini kamu pun dilupakan” Dan demikianlah Kami membalas orang yang melampaui batas dan tidak percaya kepada ayat-ayat Tuhannya. Dan sesungguhnya azab di akhirat itu lebih berat dan lebih kekal.

  2. Mohd S

    Salam ustaz, just wondering…

    if you were to leave out the part about “A little of His Essence” and replace it with something like “He wills it out of nothing and it (the creations) came into being”…. will it upset one’s aqidah? ?will it flaw the whole tasawuf??

    Thank you

  3. hj hussien bin abdul latiff

    To say, ““He wills it out of nothing and it (the creations) came into being”… is to say there are at the beginning two existence – (i) Allah (ada) and (ii) Nothing (Tiada – daripada tiada/out of nothing). Contoh – Saya datang daripada Kuala Lumpur. Prof Muhammad Said Ramadhan Al Buti berpendapat:

    Sekiranya Allah swt didahului oleh tiada nescaya ada yang memberi kesan pada kewujudan-Nya. Jika demikian halnya, maka Dia tidak layak menjadi Tuhan kerana yang berhak menjadi Tuhan ialah yang wujud sebelumnya dan yang mengadakannya. Jika tiada yang lain selain Dia, maka Dialah yang disifatkan Qadim dan Dialah Tuhan sebenarnya:

    Telah pun sabit dengan bukti yang yakin, yang tidak mengandungi keraguan sedikit pun bahawa kewujudan segala yang mumkin ini bersandar pada zat yang wajib Wujudnya (wajibul wujud), yang bersifat dengan segala sifat kesempurnaan dan yang suci daripada segala sifat kekurangan. Maka seharusnya kita mengimani zat yang agung, yang mengatur urusan alam semesta ini seluruhnya. Zat ini berhubungkait dengan alam semesta dan tidak terpisah daripadanya.”
    Ref:Muhammad Said Ramadhan Al Buti, Keyakinan Hakiki, 124 & 112
    (1996).

  4. hj hussien bin abdul latiff

    Allah Pencipta langit dan bumi, dan bila Dia berkehendak (untuk menciptakan) sesuatu, maka (cukuplah) Dia hanya mengatakan kepadanya: “Jadilah”. Lalu jadilah ia. Al Baqarah (2):117

    Kalau Allah swt sahaja pada permulaan maka kepada siapa Dia tujukan firman itu?. Kalau ada sesuatu selain daripada-Nya maka pada permulaan sudah ada dua kewujudan dan dengan ini runtuhlah tauhid.
    Imran Hoesin, Islam And The Changing World Order, 9 (1991).

  5. Mohd S

    Salam Ustaz,

    Thank you for the response. Maybe I had used the wrong words in trying to express my point. Let me rephrase…. say “He wills it and the creations come into being”. I am quite sure you see where I am going with this.

    Unless there is specific and clear quranic ayat/s or hadith/s referring to Him creating, out of a little of His essence, all other creations, then we should just accept that He simply willed it into being.

    For to say that he used a little of His essence to create would limit His Almightiness, that he needed to have something in order to create another thing (and also, based on your account at another page, it would appear as if He ‘needed’ for His little essence to be in all creations to be All Knowing).

    Based on the Luh Mahfuz being His Divine Plan, then it is apparent that He knows All, even before creating His creations, thereby invalidating the idea of ‘needing’ to create out of a little of His Essence and be ‘present’ in all creations in order to Know All.

    It is His Knowledge that encompasses all and not His Essence/Being). So far, I find the rest of your belief of the creator and creations still plausible, except that it pivots on this “Little Essence” part. This part has to be better proven.

    Thank you

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