Homeschooling with the kids today took an interesting turn. We have been discussing importance of prayer and I mentioned the hadith about Ihsaan in which the angel Gabriel (Jibril) asked the Prophet (saw) about Imaan, Islam, Ihsaan and the final hour
The Prophet (saw) said: ‘Ihsaan is that you worship Allah as though you see Him. Then, if you do not see Him then indeed He sees you’. [Bukhari]
Faatiha, my 4 year old then turned to me and said “Mummy I know, is it that we can’t see Allah because our eyes are so small (gesturing at her eyes with her hand) and Allah is soooo big?”
Out of all my children, Faatiha has the biggest eyes, that lighten up when she is excited. Faatiha here, in her innocent statement, has unwittingly acknowledged something profound, that we are so weak and limited in comparison to the power, might and majesty of Allah (swt).
The greatness of Allah (swt) is a concept we need to inculcate within our children. It is a concept which no rational person can deny. However we live the era of denial, where mankind openly challenges and disputes the glory and might of Allah (swt).
Many people use the fact that we cannot directly see Allah (swt) as confirmation for disbelief. For Muslims however, not being able to see Allah (swt) directly only adds more certainty to our belief. Everything that our eyes can perceive has limitations, whether that is size, shape, colour, strength etc, and is in need of something else for it’s existence and survival. However, Allah (swt) is free from wants, needs and imperfections. He (swt) is not bound by time or space. He (swt) is azali (eternal – limitless), the Most Powerful, the All-seeing and All-hearing.
The existence of Allah (swt) is proven by reflecting upon that which the eyes can perceive. The reality that surrounds us are all signs of the unseen, Allah (swt).
Allah (swt) tells us: “Most surely in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day, and the ships that run in the sea with that which profits men, and the water that Allah sends down from the cloud, then gives life with it to the earth after its death and spreads in it all (kinds of) animals, and the changing of the winds and the clouds made subservient between the heaven and the earth, there are signs for a people who understand.” [TMQ Baqarah : 164]
Allah (swt) even tells us if we reflect upon ourselves we will arrive at His (swt) existence
Allah (swt) says “So let man see from what he is created! He is created from a water gushing forth. Proceeding from between the back-bone and the ribs,” [TMQ Tariq : 5-7]
One of the main attributes conviction in the existence of Allah (swt) builds, is humility. The believer recognises his limitations and the limitations of everything that surrounds him, which forces him to acknowledge and submit to his creator. Without Allah (swt) we are nothing. He (swt) created us, sustains us, nourishes us. He (swt) is in control of our living and dying, and that of all our loved ones. As He (swt) reminds us “not a leaf falls but He (swt) knows it.” [TMQ al-Anaam : 59]
The opposite is true for those who deny the existence of Allah (swt). They, undoubtedly are characterised with arrogance. By denying the creator, they acknowledge themselves and hence submit to themselves. They think that they are everything and in control of everything and walk on the earth like they are Gods. They act as they please to the extent that they believe they can legislate between people in society.
Allah (swt) gave us a pertinent reminder of arrogance when He (swt) described how Pharoah (Firawn) mocked Moses (Musa (as)) regarding the existence of Allah (swt).
Allah (swt) said: “And Fir’aun (Pharaoh) said: “O Haman! Build me a tower that I may arrive at the ways of the heavens, and I may look upon the Ilah (God) of Musa (Moses) but verily, I think him to be a liar.” Thus it was made fair-seeming, in Fir’aun’s (Pharaoh) eyes, the evil of his deeds, and he was hindered from the (Right) Path, and the plot of Fir’aun (Pharaoh) led to nothing but loss and destruction (for him).” [TMQ Ghafir : 36-37]
Firawn thought he was the God on the earth and felt he could build a tower to meet the ‘God of the heavens’. In the end his denial would prove his destruction. In a similar manner, those who deny the existence of Allah (swt) and deny the signs are also challenging Allah (swt).
Even then, Allah (swt) continues to provide for them and bestows His (swt) favours upon them, even though they chose to deny His (swt) existence. This is the mercy of Allah (swt).
Allah (swt) says: “And He gives you all that you ask for. But if you count the favours of Allah, never will you be able to count them. Verily, man is an extreme wrong doer, highly ungrateful.” [TMQ Ibrahim : 34]
Everything in life is built upon a firm foundation. In a secular society, our little ones need to be built with firm conviction in a creator which creates a strong, but humble personality that acknowledges their purpose and position in the big wide world.
So Faatiha’s little brain was on the right track. Our eyes are limited and cannot comprehend the essence of Allah (swt). But it is with these very eyes that we can comprehend the existence of Allah (swt) through the many wonders he has created.
It is true, seeing is believing – and everything we see points to the existence of Allah (swt)