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Articles - Just Estimation of God
Just Estimation of God


The Qur'an informs us of the true attributes of God:

"God! There is no god but He, the Living, the Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede in His presence except as He permits? He knows what (appears to His creatures as) before or after or behind them. Nor shall they compass aught of His knowledge except as He wills. His Throne does extend over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them for He is the Most High, the Supreme (in glory)." (Surat al-Baqara, 255)
"God is He Who created seven heavens, and of the earth the like of them; the decree continues to descend among them, that you may know that God has power over all things and that God indeed encompasses all things in (His) knowledge." (Surat at-Talaq, 12)

However, most people not perceiving God as He is described in the above verses, cannot comprehend His eternal power and greatness. They believe in superstitions that they have made up themselves, and think that God is somewhere far off in the universe, and rarely interferes in "earthly matters". The limited understanding of these people is mentioned in the Qur'an, in Surat al-Hajj, 74: "No just estimate have they made of God: for God is He Who is strong and able to Carry out His Will."

Having a thorough grasp of the extent of God's power is the first link in the chain of belief. True believers leave behind them the distorted vision of God prevailing in their community, and deny these perverted beliefs by saying:

"There were some foolish ones among us, who used to utter extravagant lies against God." (Surat al-Jinn, 4)

The faithful believe in God in the way the Qur'an describes. They examine the signs of God in both external and internal worlds, and thus begin to understand the great art and power of God.

But if the believers happen to overlook God and fail to ponder deeply on Him and on His Creation, they may start to be influenced by immoral beliefs particularly at times of difficulty. God mentions this as a potential risk in the verse of Surat Aal-e-Imran, 154, about the believers who gave up during the war, and "who were anxious on their own account, thought wrongly of God, the thought of ignorance."

A believer would never like to make such a mistake, therefore he should free his heart from everything that appertains to the beliefs of the ignorant, and accept this real faith with all his heart in the way the Qur'an describes.

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