Issues

Discovery of God through the footprint of ‘God particle’?

By K.S. Faiyaz Pasha

Scientists are claiming now that they have discovered the footprint of ‘God particle’ known as ‘Higgs Boson’ after having ‘read the mind of God’ who is beyond the reach of human perception. Here is my take on the contention of the scientists regarding their ‘discovery’ of God – a never ending process which is like a wild goose chase.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had warned 1400 years ago that satanic forces would seek to introduce doubts in the hearts of believers by raising unanswerable questions about Allah. Allah’s Messenger had said, “Satan will come to everyone of you and ask: ‘who created this and that’ until he questions who created your Lord? When he comes to that, one should seek refuge in Allah and say ‘I affirm my faith in Allah and His prophets and avoid such thoughts.”

Such unanswerable questions about Allah are still asked by the atheists - men of little understanding who refuse to admit the truth of Allah’s existence in nature which is a portent for men of understanding. For example, the quixotic questions they raise about the existence of Allah are: if Allah created the universe where was He before creating it? If He was not in space, where did He localise the universe? How could a formless or immaterial substance like Allah create a world of matter? If the material is to be taken as existing, why not suppose the world to be itself self-existing? Is Allah self-sufficient? If He is, He need not have created the world. If He is not like an ordinary potter, He would be incapable of the task since by hypothesis, only a perfect being could produce it. If Allah created the world as a mere play of His will, it would be making Allah childish. If Allah is benevolent and if He has created the world out of His grace, He would not have brought into existence misery as well as felicity. Such hair splitting arguments about Allah have led the seekers of truth to ruination. Hence Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said “Reflect on the creation of Allah but do not reflect on Allah. To reflect on the reality of Allah is to reflect on the infinite. As the mind boggles when it reflects on the limits of the finite universe and the galaxies and stars within it, it will be more confounded when it attempts to understand the uncreated. Here we have to convince ourselves concerning the nature of Allah in the Qur’an: “Say: He is Allah, The One; Allah, The Eternal, Absolute; He begets not, nor is He begotten; and there is none like unto Him.” (Qur’an - 112:1-4). “Do you not see that Allah has subjected to your (use) all things in the heavens and on earth, and has made His bounties flow to you in exceeding measure, (both) seen and unseen?” (Qur’an - 31:20)  (Qur’an - 31:20; also 14:32-33).

Allah’s creation is independent of man. But Allah in His infinite mercy has given man the faculty to subdue the forces of nature and to penetrate through high mysteries with his powers of reason and insight. But this is not merely a question of power. For in His universal plan, all are safeguarded. But man’s destiny as far as we can see is noble to the highest degree. Allah’s Grace and Bounties work for us at all times. Sometimes we see them and sometimes we do not see them. In things which we can apprehend with our senses, we can see Allah’s Grace but even in them sometimes it works beyond the sphere of our knowledge. In the inner or spiritual world, sometimes, when our vision is clear, we can see it working and often we are not conscious of it. But it works all the same. But  men who dispute about Allah lack knowledge as they make no use of their intellects. They are, instead, swayed by their passions; they lack guidance, as they are impatient of control; and the fruits of revelation or spiritual insight do not reach them as they reject Faith and Revelation.

Thus Allah the unimaginable Supreme Being is known only through reason because He is beyond the reach of human perceptions. “Whatever happens, I will follow the command of Allah. He has revealed Himself and I know that He is One Supreme over all creatures. Him alone will I serve. Is there any so ignorant as to seek anyone else? Let him do it and see the result. The loss will be his own. For he falls from grace into evil,” said Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) (page 1398, Holy Qur’an English translation of the meanings and commentary by Abdullah Yusuf Ali).

Prof. K.S. Faiyaz Pasha is a former prof. of history
now based in Ambur, Tamil Nadu

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 August 2012 on page no. 2

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