The Orchards of Love – Part One

 

Recognizing our Creator, Allah Ta‘ala

Allah Ta‘ala is the Creator and Sustainer of every creation in the universe. Everything in the universe, whether it be the galaxies, the solar system, the stars, the planets, or the earth and everything it contains, is the creation of Allah Ta‘ala. The one who ponders and reflects over the greatness and beauty of all these creations can well imagine the greatness and beauty of the One who created them.

Allah Ta‘ala invites us in the Qur’aan Majeed to ponder and reflect over His creation and thereby recognize His greatness and power. Allah Ta‘ala says:

Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for people of understanding. Those who remember Allah while standing or sitting or (lying) on their sides and ponder (and reflect) over the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying), “Our Lord, You did not create this without a purpose; exalted are You (from creating things without a purpose), so protect us from the punishment of the Fire. (Surah Aal-e-Imraan v. 191)

It is reported that once an atheist met Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) and asked him for proof in regard to the existence of the creator, Allah Ta‘ala. Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) spontaneously answered,

“Look at the leaves of the mulberry tree. The color, 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 the bee eats from it, 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-Islam pg.36)

Hence, after recognizing the power and greatness of Allah Ta‘ala, one should ponder and reflect over His deep love for His creation. Despite our disobedience and unworthiness, He still continues to bless us with countless bounties and favors, night and day.

May Allah Ta‘ala bless us with the ability to turn to Him and remain obedient to Him at all times.

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