Published on 28th June, 2003
Is There a God?
Safiya A. Teja
from the book revealed to thee and offer prayers!
restrains from the filth and evil.
And remembrance of Allah is
greatest (thing in life) without doubt and Allah knows what you
Man, by creation, is
a normal being. It is the intelligence of a human being,
which makes him superior to the rest of the creatures. The human
mind has the power and capacity to develop through knowledge,
thought and reflection. He has the power to make and invent and
improve his inventions. An animal may also be said to have the
power of making.
For example a bird
can build his own nest easily but a man cannot do that easily,
as in building his own home, and neither can an animal do the
work of a man such as inventing things.
These abilities of man
are due to his sense of mind, which allows him to think. All the
inventions that are in the hand of man are the fruits of his
thinking power. That brings to mind an event in a certain
country whereby a leading daily newspaper held a gallop poll on
As a result of this
some of them wrote "yes",
some of them wrote
But the majority wrote, "we have never bothered to think
We here are concerned
with mankind in general, so the approach to these replies will
be in the reverse order.
As already proven with various examples that man
has a strong sense of thinking and reasoning. Now, with the
help of this sense, he has made his life more complicated,
though it is very comfortable in many ways. When I say
complicated, I mean he appears too occupied. No time or very
little time is left with him when he can be free of his worries,
cares and work. Let us appeal to his reason, the sense of
responsibility he owes not only to his own self but to his
fellow beings too, because of the level that he possesses. One may
“I know my job
and my duties to others so why worry about anything more”
Our reply to him is;
“Dear Sir, you
are very intelligent and wise. As you think of yourself and the
duties you owe to others, why not spare some time to think over
the complexities before you and about its Creator. Now when you
have given it careful thought, you may agree either with those
who say: "There is no God, the Creator" or with those
who say "there is a God".
In this age of great
haste, when everybody seems to have so little time, it must be
highlighted that one must give care to the existence of God.
For example: There is
an argument between two groups and one group says there is God
but the other one says there is no God. Then, firstly assuming for
the sake of the argument, the conclusion is: There is no God, we
need to prove the existence of God. The reason
we advance will be for the benefit of those who, without
thinking, have formed the belief that "there is no
Before proceeding any
further I quote the following anecdote:
Once upon a time
there was a king and he was a wise man. In his kingdom there lived many other wise men. Now some of
those people would not
agree to believe that God did exist, while others not only
agreed but argued to the satisfaction of the king that there was
‘God’. The king, being a wise man, arranged for a
polemic between a wise man, who said there was one God and
those who denied His existence.
The date and time for
the polemic was fixed. The king held his court at the appointed
date. The disbelievers assembled in his presence but the ‘believing’
wise man did not come at the appointed time.
The people waited and
waited till they lost their patience and uttered the words “he
has no arguments to advance in support of his conviction, so he
will not come. He has lost, we have won.
At last, the wise man
arrived and there was uproar in the court of king. The people
“Why are you
late? You have lost!”
The king asked him to
explain the cause of his delay. The believing wise man
“I started from
my home on time, but when I came by the side of the river which
I had to cross before reaching here, I did not find a single
boat, by which I could cross and reach the opposite bank.”
Up to this point the disbelieving man heard him patiently and did not
say a word.
The believing man
"I waited and
waited till at last I saw a some planks coming out of the river".
And the man began to
"Oh it’s a lie! It
is a lie. It is unbelievable. It is unthinkable!" Continued the
believing wise man
"Plank by plank these
came out of the river and then I saw the planks were cut to
proper size and shaped and joined to each other with nails until
they formed a boat. And then I took my seat in it and it came
over to the other bank. I am late because of the delay in the
availability of the boat."
Amidst a roar of the disbelieving men, the believing wise man delivered his speech.
He explained the cause of delay, but the opponents would not
believe him and he said:
"I observed a
thing, experienced it, gave the facts but they would not believe
me. It appears as something impossible to them. Now in the name
of justice I ask them: do you see the earth, the sun the moon,
the stars, and the skies? Everything is set according to plan.
But you say it came in to existence without some Creator. In
other words you deny God. How far are you justified in your
statement and reasonable in your belief?"
This silenced them
all and there was no answer to this. So the disbelievers lost
and the believers won.
Much is written on the existence of
God and can still be written. And here
I want to quote another anecdote:
A person who did not
believe in God asked a wise man:
What is God?
Have you ever travelled
in a boat?
Yes I have.
Was it ever wrecked?
Yes, once it was
Did you think at that
time of a power, which could save you from drowning?
Yes I think of such a power.
Well, that power is
a person who is really sensible and has the power of reasoning and
it is not fixed or obstinate in such polemical debates, anecdotes prove
of immense value.
At this stage it is
worthwhile to point out that belief in God is not difficult for
a man who has the power to think and reason out. The difficulty
in essence lies in the next step, which a man has to take after
his agreement to the existence of God. In the case of men living
in a society having no concepts of God, he is rather more free
to ‘act’. He has freedom to eat, drink and make merry
for he thinks, ‘tomorrow I might die’. But the moment
one believes in God, it follows that it is He, the one god, who
has created man, the animals, the earth, the moon, the sun, the
stars and the skies, the rivers on the earth, the oceans and
their wealth, the forests and their contents are all created by
Him. Moreover, the creation is with a certain aim and for a
particular purpose. So at the next step after having thought
that there is God, man has to think over the purpose of his
own creation and the creation of all other things by Him.
Allah (swt) says in the Quoran:
praise is God's, the Originator of the heavens and the earth,
the Maker of the angels, messengers flying on wings,
two, and three, and four:
He addeth to His creation whatever He willeth;
Verily God, over all things hath power."
[Pooya Ahmed Ali Quoran]
So, many histories
tells us that the disbelievers lose always because there is a
God. Here I would like to say that I will be giving more
examples on this through science also. So let’s go on.
However I present many examples and many arguments on the
existence of God.
According to science
we have five laws- the first law says:
permanent. It can never be destroyed nor be created."
Now, science is an
organized knowledge gained by human’s observations and
experiences, but it does not have its own limitations, and that
is the reason why the greatest scientist had to accept the
existence of a Creator. Some scientists had at first argued that
matter cannot be uncreated but it can be destroyed. But this
argument went against the ‘First law of matter’ all
scientist now agree that according to our observation and
experiences matter can neither be created or destroyed. However,
as nothing can come through existence by itself without a
creator so we maintain and hold that God creates matter and He
can destroy it. By giving such a statement the scientist would
do a great justice to himself and to his knowledge.
A man asked a wise man to prove the existence of God. Replied
the wise man:
waste of a camel prove the existence of camel, the dung of a
donkey prove the existence of a donkey,
and footprints are evidence that someone has passed from a
So why should not this sky and the earth serve as the evidence
of the existence of one who is most absurd,
most kind and all cognizant, and he is the God.
An old woman was sitting at her spinning wheel when someone asked her:
How did you
realize that there is God?
I drive the wheel, only then does it move, but it is still when I do
not move it.
When such is the case with the spinning wheel, how then could
all these things,
the vast skies, the sun, the moon, the stars and the earth stay
and function without someone to cause these to function without
someone to cause them to do so?
One who causes these to function properly in ‘God’?
It is on the reasoning that I have based my life in God.
Is there a God? The
question must appear. But the way it can be answered may differ.
Our wise men in the past have repeatedly asked this question. But
the mental sense and intelligence of men who asked this question
differed from one to another, and so did the reply and proofs or
explanation given to them. A questioning and intelligent man
desires mental satisfaction. It is, therefore, a very important
question and it should be answered according to academic
standards or it should be answered in the class of the
questionnaire. It is the common experience of those who have
received college or university education that some books
prescribed for the various classes of a college or a university.
Over here I would like to say that I do not have any examples of the
books prescribed in the university or college.
Now in the matter of
guidance from God the consideration of ones intellectual level is especially kept in view. As an example of another
Once an uneducated
man asked a wise man:
What is the proof
with you that there is ‘God’ as you say and believe?
The wise man might
have replied with a speech of confidence and strongly. But the
uneducated man would have not been able to grasp the sense of
his words. So the wise man gave a very simple reply:
In the case there
is no God I do not lose anything. But if there is no God then
you are put in to a great loss.
Explaining the wise
In the case there
is no ‘God’ neither shall I receive a reward for my good
deeds nor would you receive punishment for your evil deeds. But
in the case there is ‘God’ then you will certainly receive
chastisement for your evil deeds.
we discuss the attributes of God in detail, we may point out that
man by nature has a liking to bow down before one superior to
him, and some in humility do bend down to such an extent that
they begin to worship the object which they consider superior to
them. Although the word worship is used in the sense of
loyalty to a god.
Another thing that
leads to submission is fear. In ancient days, man came across
wild animals and poisonous snakes, so he began to worship these.
Perhaps the ancient man could not imagine anything more
dangerous to his life than a snake, nor could he find means of
saving himself from its poisonous and deadly bite.
The third thing that
make a man cow down is the hugeness of the object. This may be
the sun, the moon or the stars or even trees and similar
objects. The reasons why they worship these objects, the
creation of Supreme Power or God, are simple. They did not or
could not use their thinking power. As these objects appear
frightfully large or powerful to them or confirmed some benefits
on them the result was that there was natural desire, which led
them to worship them.
The fourth thing that
has led people to believe in some gods or to worship
idols is their desires and its satisfaction. Man is surrounded
with desires and has to satisfy his physical needs. He has a
number of requirements. The first and the foremost thing he
needs is air, next is water and afterwards is food. Now, when he
came to live on this planet, history tells us he had to live on
wild fruits and other things for his survival. Left alone to
himself he thought that every thing he needed was controlled by
a power. That power he named his deity. Thus how we find people
worshipping "gods" whom they believe are in
control of air, water, fire, life and death. So the discussion
boils down to this. Man in one stage or the other who did realize
and pay respect some power superior to him, but without divine
guidance he could not conceive of one Supreme Being responsible
for the creation, wealth and the whole universe.
Allah (swt) says in the Quoran:
"And He it is
who produceth gardens (of vine) trellised and untrellised,
and date palms and tilth of various (kinds of food produce) and
olives and pomegranates,
similar (in kind) and different (in variety),
eat ye of its fruit when it fruiteth and give ye His (God’s)
share, on the day of its reaping,
and act ye not extravagantly; Verily He loveth not the
[Pooya Ahmed Ali
Let me quote a wise
man that believed in one God and worshipped Him and Him
I do not worship
Him because I have a longing to go to heaven,
as this would be worship on the basis of business.
I do not worship Him because for fear of blame to the fire or hell
and punishment, as this worshipping is like slaves.
I worship Him because He deserves to be worshipped. But this is
very high concept of service due to our Lord, the Supreme Power
and Creator of the universe.
Before proceeding any further without argumentation on the point
that there is God and is one, as I have found and mentioned of
heaven and hell by the wise man in the above anecdote, I want to
quote another polemical anecdote:
A disbeliever in God
There is nothing
like resurrection of the dead, the assembling of the resurrected
ones, the questioning of their deeds performed by them in this
world and there is no paradise or hell.
Replied a wise man:
If it be as you
say then you have nothing to worry about and we too have nothing to
worry about. But if your beliefs prove to be untrue and our beliefs
regarding resurrection and the life hereafter proves true, then
you stand no chance of salvation.
The disbeliever was
silent and could not reply to the wise man. So it is acknowledged
by both the man of the primitive age and that of the modern man, that
there is some power superior to him and to Him he must bow down
explain the uniqueness of one God, who might be called by any of
His attributes, had there been more
than one God as Creator, Sustainer and Cherisher of the
universe, then they must either be all equal in power and
excellence or unequal; and they would either all be in agreement
over every matter great and small, or they would disagree among
the" gods", so imagined, are unequal, then the most powerful and most
excellent of these is alone capable of being regarded as "god",
while all the others must be inferior to him.
Again, supposing they
are all imagined as equal in all respects and they are believed
to be perfect in all their intentions and actions, then their
individuality would not be obvious and belief in the separate
entities would be additional. On the other hand, if all these
imagined deities were not obvious, then one of them would
incline to act in one particular way while the other [or others]
would prefer to act differently. The result would be disorder in
But instead of
disorder, we observe all things have been moving smoothly in the
universe. Therefore I must conclude that there is one God and
only God the Creator and the Lord of all that exists, and that
He is the Supreme and a Guide to us. The vastness of
the universe, the unchanging laws of nature, the unity and
diversity and the diversities themselves and the limitless
varieties in the creation, all governed by a Master of system,
these reflections by an abandoned mind led to beyond doubt to the
belief in God.
At the end, we know that there is one God who is the Most
Merciful and the Master of the World and He is the One who will
do justice on the Day of Judgment.
And here I
would like to quote a short sermon of Imam Ali in
is submissive before God and everything exists with His
He is the wealth of a beggar. Strength of the weak and haven of
refuge for the oppressed.
He hears those who speak and knows the secrets of those
who keep quiet.
He is responsible for the survival of those who are alive
and those who die are bound to return to him."
Pooya Ahmed Ali
translation of al-Qo'ran
Author: Safiya A.Teja
Photographers: Hj S.Abidin and Unknown
Chief Editor: Hj Nurzaynab El-Fatah
Production: Hj S. Abidin
28th June, 2003
Modification Date: 26th
January, 2009/29th Muharram, 1430
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