God & The Qur’an

The Qur’an is not a book of theology, and the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ was not a theologian. The Qur’an does not dogmatically explain what people should or should not think about God. Instead, it reveals itself as the Word of God. It is God speaking. And if one is listening to God, one has no need for someone who will tell him about God. God reveals Himself to the attentive listener:

“And if the Qur’an is recited to you, then listen to it attentively and be silent, that you may be shown mercy.” (7:204)

While we find in the Qur’an arguments for the unity of God, we find no attempt to prove the existence of God. The Qur’an reminds us that oneness of the Divine is reflected everywhere by the manifest presence of equilibrium and the absence of chaos in the cosmos.

“If you ask them who created the heavens and the earth, they invariably reply, ‘God'” (Qur’an, 29:61)

The Qur’anic arguments, instead, dispel the misconceptions of God, whether embodied in polytheism, trinitarianism, animism, nihilism, or anthropomorphism. All are refuted in the Qur’an, leaving only a powerfully transcendent and unitarian vision of God’s essence. Regarding any questioning of the sustaining power and presence of God in the world, the Qur’an asks, “And is there doubt about God?” (Qur’an, 14:10). Concerning God’s immanence, Ibn ‘Ata’Allah states, “When did He disappear that He needed to be indicated?” 

From the Introduction to “The Creed of Imam Al-Tahawi” translated by Hamza Yusuf.

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2 Comments

  1. kat said,

    February 1, 2010 at 8:15 am

    interesting—thanks

  2. starmomi said,

    February 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    You’re welcome, it’s something I was reading today and found interesting too!


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