How Do You Know God Exists
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What do we respond to a person who questions God’s existence? What is the ruling on this from an Islamic perspective and paradigm? Wouldn’t it be nonsensical to enumerate the uncountable proofs all around us that show us the same? What is Fitrah or the spiritual DNA of a person inclined to do?
Shaykh Yasir explains what would be the best way to handle these questions.
How do you know God exists?
I said, I want to lie about a catchable a lot of times young Muslims come to me and they say that either they themselves or their colleagues and acquaintances have come to them and ask them some very, very deep and profound questions. How do you know God exists? How do you know that there really is a creator out there, and they will come? And they will say, prove to me Give me some scientific proof that there is some creator out there. Now, this is, of course, a very deep and philosophical question goes back millennia from the very beginning of time. And of course, in a three minute YouTube clip, there's only so much that we can talk about, nonetheless, from an Islamic
perspective, we can flip the question around and say that, in fact, what type of proof do you need other than each and every proof out there. So from the Islamic perspective and paradigm, the proofs for the existence of a creator are so numerous that to begin to enumerate them is, in fact nonsensical. And this leads us to a very interesting point. And that is that the same information can be digested and understood differently, depending on the paradigm depending on the lenses that you were depending on the tools and utensils that you have. So the one who sees will look at things in a manner that the one who cannot see cannot look at, because he has the benefit of eyesight. So
there's something called the fifth or there's something called the purity of the soul, the conscience, there's something called basically the spiritual DNA that Allah created each and every human being upon when that fitrah is pure. When the person is sincere, then the fact of the matter is that fitrah is like a faculty that is more powerful than hearing and seeing and thinking combined. And the fitrah can then examine everything around and the proofs for the existence of a law or the very fact that we exist and the creation exists. The famous Western philosopher said, I think, therefore I am we as Muslims, this is of course, Descartes speaking kognito Ergo soon we as
Muslims can modify that and say, I think, therefore God is the very fact that we exist and the creation exists is enough of an indication that there is someone who created and designed this now, this argument is called a teleological argument is called the watchmakers argument. It is a standard argument of philosophy. It is also dismissed by modern philosophers in a very, very dismissive and contemptuous way. But the fact of the matter is, we are ingrained to know that every single effect must have had a cause that caused it. This is the way we we work our lives, everything around our lives, centers around the fact that we understand the causal relationships between things that take
place around us, and to suggest that everything around us simply came to be without any predetermination without any knowledgeable, powerful entity that was able to create it is so ludicrous, that it is literally like even taymiyah said, the famous scholar of medieval Islam, like even Tamia said, How do you expect me to go around finding the proofs of God, when each and every thing around me is screaming his existence? What do you need to do to find out that Allah exists, what logical and rational proof that you need that is more than the fact that you are a logical and rational creation that you can see, you can hear that the creation around you is there and Allah
says in the Quran, so nudey him is in a field of wisdom, we will continue to show them our miracles and signs in the creation around and even in themselves. So the creation and ourselves are all evidences that there is a creator. And in fact, Allah subhana wa Jalla says, What can mean it, what you will do more Runa Allah will home and her law field, how many are the miracles are signs, they keep on passing by them, and they do not pay heed to them, they do not acknowledge those signs. So Allah is saying the signs are there. But your perception to recognize them has been blinded by your own arrogance. Therefore, a rejection of Allah subhana wa tada does not come from a logical and
rational argument. It comes from an emotional problem. And that is a problem of arrogance. In fact, the fact of the matter is flip the question around and ask a person who denies the existence of a creator, what will possibly convince you that there is a creator out there? What more evidence do you need? And whatever they say? Whatever they say, the fact of the matter is that that itself would not to live up to their expectations. If they were to say, I want God Himself to speak to me. And there are people that have said this in the Quran itself. They said, Why doesn't God speak to us? If they were to say this, simply ask them a very honest question, if you genuinely heard a voice, and a
and noise came out and said, I am God believe in me. Would you atheist actually believe in a higher entity or would you simply
say, Well, I must be delusional I must be hearing voices. And this is exactly what the Quran says that Allah says in the Quran, these people that are asking for miracles when oferta hanada him Baba Minnesota if over lo fi our region, if we were to open up a door from the heavens, and they would rise in front of us, and they could see the heavens, what would they say the palu in them as Sukira ever saw Luna Bernardo Oh, one must hold on, they would say that our eyes have been bedazzled by by witchery and sorcery and magic, rather, you have cast a spell over us. In other words, any evidence that they think they want, if they were to have been presented with it, they would reject that
evidence. In the end of the day, the evidence is everywhere. It's the internal perception, do you recognize that the beauty around you that the creation around you that life itself must have had a higher purpose and a higher being that created it that recognition is internal, it is not external? And that is what our religion teaches us. Therefore, brothers and sisters, anybody who comes asking you proofs for the existence of Allah, you tell him everything is a proof for his existence and then move on to more productive dialogues. In the end of the day, you cannot argue with somebody who insists on closing his eyes and shutting his ears and and covering every single evidence from
approaching his heart as the story of beliefs itself tells us that there is a level of arrogance that takes place when you want to reject you will end up rejecting rationalizing cannot be used with somebody who has decided the answer already cute brother in Islam. Yeah, so all the Salaam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh