A few weeks ago Al Jazeera published a video in which Richard Dawkins and Mehdi Hasan had a discussion in Oxford, many things where discussed and this time it was Islam that was used in the arguement for/against the existence of Allah.
In our video we give a response to Dawkins on the existence of Allah, and also look at some of the comments made by Hasan, which seem to contradict Sunni beliefs.
In these verses Allah tells Muslims how important it is to be united and points to their condition before Allah sent the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s) with His revelation. But this unity is not to be for political advantage or economic convenience. The unity has to be based on principles and that is what the reference to the “covenant of Allah” means. But this has to be taken together with other injunctions of the Holy Quran such as matters being decided by mutual consultations.
Please note that the first 10 seconds of this podcast is silent.
We look at how man is weak and despite guidance and warning by Allah prone to making mistakes. But Allah forgives him when he turns to Allah and repents sincerely. We look at this in the context of the story of Adam and his fall from grace.
The Promised Messiah moves on to discuss the fact that the verses iyya ka na budu and ihdi nasiratal mustaqeen means that Allah will continue to shower His blessings upon people and that He will continue to speak to people.
Here the Promised Messiah says that human beings should engage themselves in the worship of Allah to such an extent that their desire for anything in this world is extinguished and they become like a new born person who does everything simply for the sake of Allah.
Before Islam every nation or tribe moulded the Divine Being in accordance with their culture or circumstances as if God belonged to them. Essentially the Divine Being was like them but with super-human qualities. However, ‘He’ had the same needs as humans. That is why the name used for the Divine Being had a masculine and feminine form, singular and plural forms etc. Allah is the only personal name of the Divine Being which is free of such restrictions.
It is true that the Holy Quran also uses ‘He’ to refer to the Divine Being but this has to be seen in the context of what the personal name Allah stands for – He is unique in His Being. The use of the masculine pronoun simply shows the limitations of linguistically trying to express a concept beyond our comprehension.
The Holy Quran tells us that we should put our trust in Allah but this does not mean that we are not required to make an effort ourselves. The two are complementary to each other. Just as trust in Allah alone will not solve our problems in the same way our effort alone without help from Allah will not achieve the desired result.
In the Holy Quran we are told that Muslims should tell others that they are coloured in Allah’s colours. Here we look at what this means. It means that we should reflect His attributes such as His Beneficence and His Mercy and forgiveness.