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How Do You Know God Exists?
Channel: Yasir Qadhi
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What proof is there that God exists? 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?
There is no God but Allah (SWT). What can we take from the Qur’an and Sunnah on proving that Allah (SWT) exists? Also, what scientific proof can we give to one asks this question?
Shaykh Yasir explains what would be the best way to handle these questions.
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Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu 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 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 sum, 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 watchmaker 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 Cause every single effect must have had a cause that caused it. This is the way we 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 given to me I said, the famous scholar of medieval Islam, like isn't me and 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, certainly him is in our field, it will be unforeseen, 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 subhanho wa Taala says, What can mean if deficient, I want to do more Runa a, a woman her love for you know, 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 noise came out and said, I am God believe in me, would you? Oh, a theist 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, what oferta Hinata him Baba minister may follow up to June, 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, the old one muskmelon, they would say that our eyes have been be dazzled 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 a lot, you tell him, everything is a proof for his existence, and then move on to more productive dialogues. And 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 a belief 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. And we'll talk more about this, of course in my upcoming class, no doubt in which we talk about modern theological issues and how Islam addresses them. Log on to www.att.org for more information, I hope to see you all there. Your brother in Islam. Yes, all the Santa Monica moments we're lucky we're about to catch up.