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

    This begs the question as pointed out by Imam Imran Hoesin to whom He commanded, “Be” when He is the only existence? And here arose the concepts of Wahdatul Wujud and Nur Muhammad which are rejected by syariah.

    He does not need anything other than Himself to create creation and if you understood this you will understand the saying of Imam Ghazali, “Orang yang mengenal dirinya dan mengenal Tuhannya niscaya sudah pasti ia mengenal bahawa ia tiada mempunyai wujud bagi dirinya.
    Imam Ghazali, Ihya Ulumiddin Bk. 7, 427 (1981).

    And you will understand too the following verse of the Quran:
    Akulah yang zahir dan batin
    Al Hadid (57):3

    Your saying ““He wills it out of nothing and it (the creations) came into being” is a common mistake in many of our ulama books on tauhid which statement tantamount to shirks”. This should not be taken lightly nor brushed aside lightly because it destroyed one’s Aqidah. I don’t think you know where you are going until I pointed it out to you but as I say it is a common mistake among many ouf our ulamas not only you.

    As for the ahadith and the Quranic verses as reference for the concept Dzatiyah, please refer to my lectures especially in Youtube – Makrifatullah 2 Part 4

    Did not you realise Loh Mahfuz is also a creation and does not exist before He commanded, “Be” so when He commanded, “Be”, where does Loh Mahfuz come from and according to you previously must be “out of nothing”.

    You said,”It is His Knowledge that encompasses all and not His Essence/Being” – think carefully – is His Knowledge estranged from His Essence? Or His Knowledge inseparable from His Essence? Same situation was posed to me by one ulama and I told him that His Knowledge is inseparable from His Essence, He was visibly shaken and this was what he said,”If people can understand what you had just said, many would achieve Makrifat.” May Allah Bless his soul as he just demised recently. I hope what this ulama had spoken may enlighten you.

  2. Mohd S

    Thank you Ustaz, I shall go through this site further and see what I will ‘see’ at the end.

    Wassalam.

  3. Hj Hussien Latiff

    Thanks and salam to you.

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