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The Debate between Hazrat Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) and Namrud

sun riseNamrud was an oppressive, tyrant king who had claimed that he was god and commanded the people to worship him.

When Hazrat Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) went to Namrud and invited him to the oneness of Allah Ta‘ala, Namrud, due to his pride and obstinacy, did not accept and asked Hazrat Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) what his Lord could do.

Hazrat Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) said to Namrud, “Allah Ta‘ala is that being who gives life and causes death.” Namrud, not understanding the reality of giving life and causing death, foolishly responded by saying, “I am also capable of giving life and causing death!” In order to prove his claim, he then called for two people who had been given the death sentence and instructed that one be executed and the other be set free and allowed to live.

Namrud failed to comprehend that the reality of giving life to a lifeless thing means instilling the soul within it and bringing it from a state of non-existence into a state of existence. Similarly, he failed to understand that causing death to a living being means removing the soul from the body while all the limbs remain intact.

Seeing that this line of reasoning could not penetrate the dense skull of Namrud, Hazrat Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) decided to change the style of debate and presented the following argument. He said, “My Allah is the one who causes the sun to rise from the east and set in the west. O Namrud! If you claim to be god, then why don’t you try to reverse the cycle and cause the sun to rise from the west and set in the east?” This argument was such that Namrud was unable to answer and was left dumbfounded and speechless.

In this way, in the arena of debate, Hazrat Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) defeated Namrud and proved that Allah Ta‘ala alone has power over all things and Allah Ta‘ala alone is worthy of worship.

(Qasasul Qur’aan 1/1, Bidaayah wan Nihaayah 1/179)

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Signs Indicating Towards the Creator

moon and starsA Bedouin once recited the following couplet:

البعرة تدل على البعير و آثار الأقدام على المسير
فسماء ذات أبراج و أرض ذات فجاج كيف لا تدل على اللطيف الخبير 

"When a lump of dung indicates that a camel had passed by and footsteps indicate that a person had passed by, then how could a sky filled with constellations and an earth crossed with paths not indicate the existence of the Creator who is most-gracious and all-aware?"

(Noorul Anwaar page. 173)

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Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) and the Three Questions of the Roman Emperor

three questionsThe Emperor of the Romans once sent a large amount of wealth to the Khalifah of the Muslims. Before dispatching his representative with the wealth, the Emperor commanded him to pose three questions to the ‘Ulamaa’ of the Muslims. The Roman representative, as instructed, posed the three questions to the ‘Ulamaa’ but they were unable to give him satisfactory answers. Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was, at that time, still a young boy and he happened to be present with his father. When he saw that the ‘Ulamaa’ were unable to adequately answer the three questions, he approached the Khalifah and asked him for permission to respond to the challenge of the Romans. The Khalifah granted him permission and he turned to the Roman representative who was seated at a raised pulpit and asked, “Will you be posing the questions?” When the representative replied in the affirmative, Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) said, “In that case, you should descend to the floor so that I can be seated at the pulpit.” The representative complied and climbed down, allowing the young Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) to ascend.

The Roman representative then put forth his first question, “What was in existence before Allah?” Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) replied by likewise asking a question, “Do you know mathematics?” The representative replied, “Yes.” Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) continued, “What precedes the number ‘one’?” The representative replied, “One is the first number; there is nothing before it.” Imam Abu Hanifah then concluded his answer explaining, “If there is nothing before the figurative number one, how can there be anything before the actual One (Allah Ta‘ala)?”

The representative then posed the second question. He asked, “In which direction is Allah facing?” Once again, Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) answered by posing a question of his own, “When you light a lamp, in which direction does the light shine?” The representative replied, “The light shines equally in all four directions.” Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) explained, “If a light that can be lit and extinguished is not restricted and limited by direction, how can the light of the Creator of the heavens and earth, which is eternal and overpowering, ever be restricted and limited by direction?”

The representative then asked his third and final question, “What is Allah doing?” Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) answered, “He has brought down a disbeliever such as yourself from the pulpit and raised a believer such as myself from the ground.”

 Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) had correctly and efficiently answered all three questions and the Roman representative admitted defeat and departed.

(Ashbaah wan Nazaa’ir page. 415)

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Incident of Imam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) and an Atheist

mulberry leavesAn atheist once asked Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) to prove the existence of the creator, Allah Ta‘ala. Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) answered, “Look at the leaves of the mulberry tree. The colour, taste, smell, composition and properties of every leaf are the same. Despite being exactly the same, when consumed by the silk worm, silk is produced. When visited by the bee, honey is produced. When consumed by the goat, dung is produced and when consumed by the musk deer, musk is produced. Only the design of a creator who is eternal and all powerful could cause so many diverse things to be produced from one substance. Otherwise, logic would demand that the end product of all be the same as the substance which entered all was the same.”

(‘Aqaa’id-ul-Islaam page.42)

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Imam Maalik (rahimahullah) Proves the Existence of a Creator

leaf-reflection-wallpaper_2003489213A person once came to Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) and asked him to present proof for the existence of a creator. Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) answered, “Look at the face of a person. As small as it may be, every person’s face comprises of eyes, a nose, ears, a tongue, cheeks, gums etc. Despite every face containing the exact same organs, there are no two faces that are exactly the same in appearance and shape. Voices are different, tones are different and limbs are different. This uniqueness with which every person is blessed can only be the result of a Creator’s design.”    

(‘Aqaa’id-ul-Islaam page.42)

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