The infinite power of God. Enlightening article

The infinite power of God has no
clearer proof than that furnished
by the study and examination of
the phenomena of the created
universe and the multiple forms
and colorations of nature that
can never be fully described.
When we look at God’s creation
we find ourselves confronted
with so vast an energy that no
limit can be imagined for it. A
look at creation and the millions
of truths secreted in the
wonders of nature and the
depths of man’s own being
provides the clearest indication
of the scale of the power of the
One Who has created it, for the
rich and complex order of being
admits of no other explanation.
It is God’s incomparable power
that compels man to bow humbly
before the Creator of this great
scheme. There is no word to
express the dimensions of His
power; that unique essence has
much power that whenever He
wills a thing to come into
existence, it suffices for the
command “Be!” to issue forth
from Him and the object
addressed will be.
Quran says: “When He wills a
certain thing, He commands it
‘Be!’ and it is” (36:82)
The law expounded in this verse
is the best indicator of His
limitless power and
manifestation of His boundless
power and splendor. It negates
any limit that might be set on
God’s power and proclaims the
inadequacy of all criteria and
measures when confronted with
this divine law.
The champions of the natural
sciences, the men of the
laboratory, despite all the
advances they have achieved,
have not yet gained complete
knowledge of the inner secrets
of a single one among the
numerous and varied beings of
the created universe.
Nonetheless, the partial and
defective knowledge that man
has acquired concerning a few
of the beings that exist in this
world is enough for him to
realize with all his being that the
great power that has created
such variety and abundance in
the universe must be infinite.
Consider the range of His
creation: tiny creatures and
monstrous beasts with strange
appearances both dwelling in the
depths of the ocean; delicate and
melodious birds with
multicolored wings, the beauty of
which skilled artists imitate as an
adornment to their craft; stars
that shine in the heavens and the
sun that rises and sets; the dawn
and the moonlight; the planets,
galaxies and nebula each of
which sometimes contains at its
heart millions of great shinning
stars giddying in their apparent
infinitude.
Does not a creation such as this,
awe inspiring in its splendor,
indicate the infinite power of its
Maker? Can one disregard the
power of a Creator Who imparts
such variety to life and made
distinct, finite forms of it appear
in all this vast range of
phenomena?
Now, given the fact that all these
captivating forms of creation
ultimately arise from the atom,
the question of being cannot be
explained except by reference to
a guiding and infinite power. It is
He Who impels all things toward
the assumption of life-giving
form and possesses the power
and intelligence to plan and
design this vast and precise
scheme.
Large and small, difficult and
easy, are properties pertaining to
finite beings; in the infinite realm
of God’s essence and attributes,
there is no question of great and
little, much and few. Impotence
and inability are caused by the
finiteness of the energy at the
disposal of an agent, by the
existence of an obstacle on his
path, or by the absence of means
and instruments; they are
inconceivable in the case of an
infinite power.
The Quran says:
“Nothing in the heavens or
on earth can induce
weakness or impotence in
God; indeed, God is all-
knowing and all-
powerful.” (35:44)
God is capable of doing all things,
He has created the world
according to a precise and
specific scheme in the
framework of which a set role
has been assigned to certain
phenomena in the origination of
others. Those phenomena are
completely and unquestioningly
subordinate to His command
while fulfilling that role and never
rebelling against His orders in
the slightest.
The Quran says:
“The sun, the moon and the
stars are all at His command.
Be aware that creation
belongs only to God; it is His
penetrating command that
in its exalted purity creates
the world and all it
contains.” (7:54)
Strictly speaking, no creature in
the scheme of the universe can
be a manifestation of power or
have any share in His will and
command, for just as God has no
partner in His essence, so, too, He
has no partner in His agenthood.
Just as all creatures in the world
lack independence in their
essence and are dependent on
Him, they also lack it in producing
acts and effects. Every agent and
cause derives the essence of its
being from God and also its
power to act and produce an
effect. Whenever He wills and
necessitates it, the order that
encloses all beings abandons its
role, for that order is itself
subordinate to His will, precious
and firm though it may be. The
Creator Who has assigned a
particular effect to every factor
and cause is able to neutralize
and suspend that effect at any
instant. Just as one command
brought the order of the
universe into existence, another
command robs phenomena of
their customary effect.
Thus, the Quran says:
“They said, ‘Burn Abraham
and thus us render help
unto your gods, if you are
men of action.’ We
commanded the fire, ‘be cool
for Abraham and harm him
not.’ They sought a
stratagem against him, but
We made them the
losers.” (21:68-69)
Although the powerful attraction
exerted by the sun and the earth
prevails over a vast space, both
bodies are subordinate to His
will. As soon as He gives a little
bird the necessary power, the
bird is able to resist the pull of
the earth and take flight.
The Quran says:
“Do they not look at the
birds in the heavens and see
how the skies have been
subjugated to them? It is
God alone Who keeps them
aloft, and in this there is an
evident sign of God’s power
for the people off
faith.” (16:79)
Whatever phenomenon may be
imagined to exist in the world of
being finds its needs for
sustenance and life met by the
Creator. Therefore, whatever
power and capacity is found in
the scheme of creation must
necessarily go back to the infinite
power of God. Ali, peace be upon
him, him, the Commander of the
Faithful, says in a sermon
reproduced in the Nahj al
Balaghah:
“O God, we cannot penetrate
the depths of Your splendor
and majesty. We know only
that You are living and self-
subsistent, that You are
exempt from eating and
sleeping. No mind can
perceive You and no eye can
see You. But You see all eyes,
You know the life span of all
things, and You are all-
powerful.
Although we have perceived
nothing of Your creation, we
are astounded by Your
power and praise You
mightily. That which is
hidden from us and our eyes
cannot see and our mind
and intelligence cannot
attain, which is concealed
from us by veils of the
unseen, is much greater
than what we can see …”
When man decides to build
something, for example, a
hospital, he assembles the
necessary tools and pieces of
equipment that do not have any
essential relationship with each
other, and, then, connects them
with each other by means of a
series of artificial relationships in
order to reach his goal.
In order to create such artificial
relationships, he makes use of
different forces and object that
he finds to be already existing.
His work and activity are a part
of the system of creation; they
are not properly speaking
creative activity, but only a form
of motion that takes place within
existing objects. Divine creation
forms a quite different category
from the production of artificial
relationships between unrelated
objects. God originates things
with all their properties, forces
and energies and characteristics.
One whose heart beats with the
love of God and flows over with
belief in the Creator of all being
will never be discouraged lonely
and hopeless even in the midst
of the most complex difficulties.
Whatever deed he undertakes he
does so in the consciousness of
being in the protective shade of
a supreme power that can make
him triumph over all difficulties.
A man who is aware of God and
knows that he enjoys His support
can resist and endure all kinds of
hardship. Difficulties are for him
like foam on swift vanishing
foam on the face of the waters.
The fire that burns within him
becomes ever brighter and he
emerges stronger than ever from
the crucible of hardship.
Throughout the toils he endures,
he is comforted and
strengthened by God’s kindness
and favor, and it is this that
forms the true motor of his
activity. Failure does not block his
path and cause him to surrender;
instead, with sincere intention
and diligent effort, he continues
his strivings until final victory.
He understands well that his
efforts cannot remain fruitless
and that victory goes to the
deserving. Whenever He wills,
God takes the hand of the fallen
and the oppressed who have no
refuge other than Him and raises
them up to the apex of power.
Sometimes, too, He rubs in the
dust of humiliation and disaster
the noses of the powerful and
arrogant oppressors who believe
only in violence and the logic of
force and treat men as if they
were worthless.
How many arrogant tyrants have
been cast down by disaster in
the course of human history,
sinking and vanishing in a
tempest of shame!
The story of God’s messengers
represents in itself a complete
and ideal model of human values.
We all know how the
messengers stood alone against
the oppressive forces of their day
in order to guide men to
salvation, reform their society,
and inculcate lofty values in them.
In doing so, they lit the first
spark that ultimately destroyed
polytheism
The response aroused by their
beliefs caused such a positive
tumult that they were able to
change the face and direction of
history. They laid the foundations
of monotheistic worship and
established the principles of
virtue in the most comprehensive
way. Who can deny the role
played by their devotion and
faith in the untiring struggle they
waged? How far can will power
alone take man, and how much
can it enable him to endure and
sacrifice? A cursory review of the
proud history of the Prophets’
lives enables us all to behold, in
the most vivid fashion possible,
the sincerity and devotion they
displayed, their mercy and
forbearance, and their intense
desire to guide and reform men.
The fundamental secret of their
success was the fact they never
thought of themselves for a
single instant; they sincerely
renounced their own beings,
making them a gift to God’s
cause. God then responded by
bestowing immortality and
everlasting fame on them.
Allah is the proper name of God,
however, we know Him generally
through His attributes. These
attributes describe how Allah
manifests Himself to us (also see
Attributes of Allah). God’s
attributes are innumerable since
human intellect cannot possibly
comprehend every aspect of the
Supreme Being. A Hadith of the
Holy Prophet (peace be on him)
makes mention of Ninety Nine
names of Allah commonly known
as Al- Asmaul Husna, the Most
Names.
In the Holy Quran we read:
“And to Allah alone belong all
perfect attributes. So call Him
by these.And leave alone
those who deviate from the
right way with respect to His
Attributes.” ( 7:181)
“Allah – there is no God but
He, the Living, the Self-
Subsisting and All-Sustaining.
Slumber seizes Him not, nor
sleep. To Him belongs
whatsoever is in the heavens
and whatsoever is in the
earth. Who is he that will
intercede with Him except by
His permission? He knows
what is before them and
what is behind them; and
they encompass nothing of
His knowledge except what
He pleases. His knowledge
extends over the heavens
and the earth; and the care
of them burdens Him
not;and He is the High, the
Great.” ( 2:256)
“Allah is the Light of the
heavens and the earth. The
similitude of His light is a
lustrous niche, wherein is a
lamp. The lamp is in a glass.
The glass is as it were a
glittering star. It is lit from
blessed tree – an olive –
neither of the east nor of the
west, whose oil would well-
nigh glow forth even though
fire touched it not.Light
upon light! Allah guides to
His light whomsoever He will.
And Allah sets forth parables
to men, and Allah know all
things full well.This light is
now lit in houses with
regard to which Allah has

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