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Laa Ilaaha Illallaah by Nayzak Laa Ilaaha Illallaah by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],

I wanted to make some Arabic calligraphy artworks for a long time. In an attempt to allow the non-Arab Muslim and the non-Muslim visitors of my page to learn, know and maybe enjoy more about Islamic culture, I'd like to start making and posting some Arabic calligraphy art, in sha'Allah [God willing]. some will be digital while others will be traditional.

Along with these calligraphy artworks, I am going to offer some answers to common questions regarding Islam.
I'd like to start with the God himself -Glory be to him-.

NOTE: Allah -Glory be to him- is a supernatural being. he is beyond our understanding. we can not reach him through science and we will not understand him if we only use our logic and our limited knowledge. the only way we learn about the God is through the message brought to us by the prophets of the God: Islam. in these articles, I am going to base on the Qur'an in order to answer these questions.
Someone may ask: "Why should we believe the Qur'an?"
this is a valid question, and it will be answered in a separate series about "proof that the Qur'an is God's word" but even if you do not believe the Qur'an, it offers answers. Getting the Islamic answers is the purpose of this article

Note that the proof that there is a God is dealt with in other articles of mine (check my gallery for that). Proof that Islam is the religion of the God will be dealt with in other articles of mine.
keep in mind that this article is specific only to answer specific questions.
Know that whether you are satisfied about the answers or not is not a big deal to me. I am simply providing information, regardless of them being convincing to you or not. not for the purpose of debating, but for the purpose of informing you about how Islam answers these questions and that, even us Muslims, can question things regarding our religion. not like some ignorant people like to claim.

:bulletred: 1. "If God created everything - then who created God?" (May Allah forgive me for this stupid question)

:bulletgreen: Answer:
According to the Qur'an, Allah tells us that He is the only creator and sustainer of all that exists and that nothing and no one exists alongside Him, nor does He have any partners. He tells us that He is not created, nor is He like His creation in anyway. He calls Himself by a number of names and three of them are:
A) The First - (Al-Awwal الأول)
B) The Last - (Al Aakhir الآخر)
C) The Eternal, who is sought after by His creation, while He has no need from them at all. (As-Samad الصمد)
so, the answer to the question: "Who created God?" is "no one created him. since no one existed before him".
the answer to the question: "What was before the God?" is "nothing, since the God was the first"
As for the question: "How can God exist without a a creator who created him?"
Well, every creature in the universe has a beginning and a cause to exist. 'having a beginning' is one of the characteristics of the creatures. Creatures have beginning, end, have needs, have weaknesses and are affected by natural laws...
these are characteristics which can not be attributed to the God almighty because they equate him with his creation. but the God almighty said he's unlike his creation. the God almighty has no beginning, no end, no needs, no weaknesses and not affected by natural laws (which are created by him). All universe creatures have a creator but since the God is unlike his creation, he has no creator. Besides, assuming that the God had a creator contradicts one of the attributes of the God being the Very First. How can someone be the very first, but still has another one coming before him to create him?
Someone may also ask: "If everything must have a creator, then who created God?" This question is based on a false premise: "Everything must have a creator". the mistake is including the God with the "everything". Every creature must have a creator. but the God isn't a creature, so he's not regarded as a creature that needs a creator. besides, when we say "The God created everything", we mean "Everything beside him" since the God creating himself is contradictory.
Allah has always existed and He never was created, as He is not like His creation, nor similar to it, in any way.

:bulletred: 2. "How can you believe in God, when you can't see, hear, touch, smell, taste or even imagine what He is?"

:bulletgreen: Answer:
We know from the teachings of the last prophet of Islam, Mohammed -Peace and blessings be upon him- that no one has ever actually seen God - at least not in this lifetime. Nor are we able to use our senses to make some kind of contact with Him. However, we are encouraged in Islam to use our senses and our common sense to recognize that all of this universe could not possibly come into existence on its own. Something had to design it all and then put it into motion. That is beyond our ability to do, yet it is something that we can understand.

We don't have to see an artist to recognize a painting, correct? So, if we see paintings without seeing artists painting them, in the same way, we can believe that Allah created everything without having to see Him (or touch, or hear, etc.).

:bulletred: 3. "Can God do anything? - Can He make a rock so big that nothing can move it? - If He did make a rock so big that nothing could move it, would that mean that He couldn't move it too? Or would it be impossible for Him to make something so big that He couldn't move it?"

:bulletgreen: Answer:
Allah tells us that "Allah is capable of doing anything that He Wills to do." He can make a rock (or anything for that matter) that is so large or heavy that nothing in the entire universe can move it. As regards Allah "moving" it, He is not in the universe and He does not resemble His creation. Whenever He wants anything done, He merely says "Kun! Fayakun!" (Be! And so it will be!)

answers by Sheikh Yusuf Estes (with a little change) from…

You may have questions about the God. please be patient, as there are many questions that I am going to present in next articles. perhaps your question will be answered...

I hope this was beneficial

Next part: Laa Ilaaha Illallaah 2 by Nayzak

IN THE DRAWING: "Laa Ilaaha Illallaah" in Arabic means there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah.

If I am right, it is from the God. if I am wrong, it is from myself.
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