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Hidden Treasure: Allah’s Relationship with His Creation

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According to Ibn Kathir,

“Al Alamin is plural for Alam, which encompasses everything in existence except Allah. The word `Alam is itself a plural word, having no singular form.”

Why is the creation called ‘Alam?

Alam is derived from Alamah, that is because it is a sign testifying to the existence of its Creator and to His Oneness.” (Tafsir ibn Kathir pg. 43-44)

“Muslims believe that God is the only true reality and sole source of all creation. Everything including its creatures are just a derivative reality created out of love and mercy by God’s command,”…”Be,” and it is.” and that the purpose of existence is to worship or to know God. It is believed that God created everything for a divine purpose; the universe governed by fixed laws that ensure the harmonious working of all things. Everything within the universe, including inanimated objects, praises God, and is in this sense understood as a muslim. An exception are humans, who are endowed with free-will and must live voluntarily in accordance with these laws to live to find peace and reproduce God’s benevolence in their own society to live in accordance with the nature of all things, known as surrender to God in the Islamic sense.”

Hadith Qudsi:

I was a hidden treasure; I loved to be known. Hence I created the world so that I would be known

The following exerpt is taken from:

The Concept of God, the Origin of the World, and the Image of the Human in the World Religions
(pg. 109)

“According to Ibn Arabi’s school of wahdat al-wujud (Unity of Being), the world is a unity that appears as a multiplicity, and it is this facade that is both deceptive and brings about forgetfulness. He who has the eyes and the will should transcend the manifestations (tajalliyat) ad see the Oneness that lies at the heart of all the creatures.”

“Semnani’s school of the wahdat al shuhud (Unity of Witnessing) also advocates the Oneness of God and the underlying unity, though not by transcending the world of multiplicity but by seeing the unity within it. As the Quran says , “Whosoever sees, there is the face of God”.”

“The image of man, according to Sufis, is that of a crescent, which symbolically represents receptivity and passivity. The moon is dark, and had it not been for the sun, it would not have been illuminated. And so God is the sun, from whom all light and love emanates, and man is the moon, within which divine light is reflected.”

References:

Kathir, Ibn. Tafsir Ibn Kathir. (vo. 1 p. 115). https://archive.org/details/TafseerIbnKathirenglish114SurahsComplete

(Link)

Koslowski, Peter (2001).The Concept of God, the Origin of the World, and the Image of the Human in the World Religions. (p.109)

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