The Signs of the Creator

The following excerpt is taken from “The Case for Allah’s Existence in the Quran and Sunnah” by Justin Parrott pg. 19-20:

Along these lines, the great Imāms were often asked why they believed in the Creator in the first place, and they would respond by calling attention to the signs of God.

Imām Mālik (d. 795) was asked by Caliph Hārūn Rashīd about the existence of the Creator, and Mālik told him to seek evidence in the different languages, different voices, and different melodies of creatures.56

Imām Al-Shāfi’ī (d. 820) was asked about the existence of the Creator and he replied, “The leaves of a berry bush all have one taste. Worms eat it and produce silk. Bees eat it and produce honey. Goats, camels, and cows eat it and deliver offspring. Deer eat it and produce musk. Yet, all of these come from one thing.”57 The simple miracle of the leaves of a bush, and every other miracle it produces, indicates that it was designed for this very purpose.

Imām Aḥmad (d. 855) was asked about the existence of the Creator and he replied, “Consider a smooth, impenetrable fortress without any doors or exits. The outside is like white silver and the inside is like pure gold. It is built in this way and, behold! Its walls crack and out comes an animal hearing and seeing with a beautiful shape and a pleasant voice.”

Aḥmad was referring to the natural wonder of a baby chick emerging from her mother’s egg. The powerful evidence contained in God’s signs requires no specialized philosophical training or knowledge to understand them and believe in them. As we have said, it is natural and intuitive to recognize them. In a well-known story, a Bedouin – a member of the nomad tribes who were usually illiterate – was once asked about the existence of the Creator and he replied, “Glory be to Allah! The camel’s droppings testify to the existence of the camel, and the footprints testify to existence of the walker. A sky that holds the stars, a land that has fairways, and a sea that has waves? Does not all of this testify to the existence of the Kind, the Knowing?”59 The simplicity of the teleological argument was even put into pithy poetic verse by Ibn Mu’taz (d. 908): Strange how the God is disobeyed, And strange the dispute of the disputer (jāḥid), In everything there is a sign, To show that He is One (wāḥid)

References:

Parott, Justin. The Case for Allah’s Existence in the Quran and Sunnah. (p. 19-20). https://www.islamicweblibrary.com/2019/12/21/the-case-for-allahs-existence-in-the-quran-and-sunnah/