ALLAH (SWT) ENCOMPASSES ALL THINGS IN HIS KNOWLEDGE
Allah (swt) created the order of the
universe in superb detail to allow man to grasp His greatness. A verse
referring to this order reads, "... so that
you might know that Allah has power over all things and that Allah
encompasses all things in His knowledge." (Sura at-Talaq: 12).
Faced with the sublimity of the details of this order, man becomes
in awe, recognizing that Allah's wisdom, knowledge and might is infinite.
So expansive is Allah's knowledge that what for us is "infinite" is
in His sight already ended. Every event that has taken place since the
creation of time, until deep into eternity, was predetermined and ended
in Allah's sight. (See Timelessness
and The Reality of Fate, by Harun Yahya) This is related in
the Qur'an as follows:
We have created all things in due measure. Our
command is only one word, like the blinking of an eye. We destroyed
those of your kind in the past. But is there any rememberer there? Everything
they did is in the Books. Everything is recorded, big or small. (Sura
Man must seek to appreciate the extent of Allah's knowledge, and
reflect to comprehend His greatness.
Billions of people have appeared on earth since time immemorial.
Therefore, Allah (swt) created billions of pairs of eyes, billions
of different fingerprints, billions of different eye tissues, billions
of different types of humans... If He so willed, He could also create
billions more. As stated in the Qur'an, "...
He adds to creation in any way He wills. Allah has power over all
things." (Sura Fatir: 1)
Allah (swt) also possesses the power to create many other things
beyond our limited imagination. The entire extent of the treasures
Allah (swt) has bestowed in this world for His servants is all within
His sight. He sends down to us only that which He wills, all within
a measure predetermined:
There is nothing that does not have its stores with Us and We only
send it down in a known measure. (Sura al-Hijr: 21)
This matter, manifested everywhere in Allah's superb creation, holds
true for both that which we know as well as that which we do not.
To this, Allah (swt) draws attention in the verse,
"... and He creates other things you do not know." (Sura an-Nahl:
8), He creates many other things of which we are entirely unaware.
Allah (swt) has created many worlds and beings which we cannot see.
To better understand the possibility of the existence of other worlds,
we should consider the following: a picture is two dimensional-width
and length. The world in which we live, however, is 3 dimensional-width,
length and depth-(time can be considered as the 4th dimension). The
rest is beyond our comprehension. However, in the sight of Allah (swt),
there are other dimensions. Angels, for instance, are beings that
live in another dimension. According to the Qur'an, angels can see
and hear us from the dimension and space in which they exist. Furthermore,
the two angels, seated on our either shoulder, each, and at every
moment, is recording every word we speak and every deed we do. Yet,
we do not see them. Jinn are also beings of another dimension, as
we are informed by the Qur'an. They, like us human beings, are also
tested, all through their lives, and Allah (swt) will ultimately bring
them before judgement. However, they are possessed of completely different
attributes than humans; their existence is dependent upon an entirely
different system of cause and effect.
These are all facts that deserve careful consideration in order to
attain a better grasp of Allah's splendid creation. It is within Allah's
power to create innumerable new worlds, beings and situations. Furthermore,
each is He able to create with a limitless degree of differentiation.
Indeed, in a nature unknown to us, Allah (swt) will create Paradise
and Hell. While systems left to their own in this world tend to age,
become corrupted, and eventually expire, in Paradise, unaffected by
the passage of time, nothing will deteriorate; "rivers of milk whose
taste will never change" is an example to elucidate this feature of
Paradise. The human body too will not degenerate; nor will anything
ever age. According to the Qur'an, everyone in Paradise will be of
like age, will live together for all eternity, in the best condition,
and without growing older or losing their beauty. Allah (swt) also
informs us in the Qur'an that in it will be bursting springs for us
from which to drink. Hell, on the other hand, will be utterly different;
in it, Allah (swt) will create unimaginable torment. No one will be
able to conceive the pain of such torment until he experiences it.
Say: Allah is a sufficient witness between
me and you. He is certainly aware of and sees His servants.
On everything in this world, Allah (swt) has placed a limit. Everything
has a finite existence. This being the case, in order to comprehend
"eternity," and Allah's infinite might, we need to exercise our minds
and compare these ideas with something that is familiar. We can only
come to know to the extent that Allah (swt) permits us. Allah (swt),
however, is infinite in knowledge. Let us consider the following example,
Allah (swt) has created 7 basic colours. It is impossible for us to
visualize another colour. (The case is similar to describing the colour
red to someone who is blind by birth; no description would be adequate.)
However, Allah (swt) is able to create more than these basic colours.
Although, unless He so wills, we will never be able to have a grasp
that which is beyond what He has willed for us to know.
All that we have just mentioned belongs to that knowledge that Allah
(swt) has allotted us in this world. But, one point deserves particular
attention; because Allah's power and might is infinite, anything can
happen, and at any time, by His will. Allah's Messenger, the Prophet
Muhammad (saas) also referred to the eternal power of Allah (swt)
when he said, "The seven heavens and the seven earths are no more
in Allah's Hand than a mustard seed in the hand of one of you." Allah
(swt) explains the infiniteness of His knowledge in the Qur'an as
If all the trees on earth were pens and all the sea, with seven more
seas besides, was ink Allah's words still would not run dry. Allah
is Almighty, All-Wise. (Sura Luqman: 27)
In brief, no matter how hard we strive to do so, we cannot possibly
come to grasp the extent of Allah's knowledge, because it is unlimited.
We can comprehend it only as far as Allah (swt) permits us to do so:
Allah, there is no god but Him, the Living, the Self-Sustaining.
He is not subject to drowsiness or sleep. Everything in the heavens
and the earth belongs to Him. Who can intercede with Him except by
His permission? He knows what is before them and what is behind them
but they cannot grasp any of His knowledge save what He wills. His
Footstool encompasses the heavens and the earth and their preservation
does not tire Him. He is the Most High, the Magnificent. (Sura al-Baqara: