The Maker and Sustainer of the world , the Creator of and Provider of man, the Active Force and Effective Power in nature are all one and the same, and that is Allah (ie.God in Arabic). The Supreme Master of the whole world and the Creator of everything is Allah. Because of His absolute Greatness and transcendence and Him being so very different from other beings, man can know Him only through reflection and meditation. He exists at all times, and His great power is in action everywhere in the world. Belief in Allah, His great power alone is the only way to true knowledge and spiritual insight, the right path to good behavior and sound morals, and the surest guide to happiness and prosperity. Once man believes that Allah exists he must know His attributes and names. Generally speaking every perfection and absolute goodness belong to Him, and no defect or wrong applies to Him. In specific terms, one should know and believe that Allah is only One, having no partner or son, He is the Merciful and the Compassionate, the Creator, the Knowing and Aware, the Loving and the Provider, the Generous and the Benevolent, the Forgiving and Appreciative, the Protector and the Judge.
Allah is High and Supreme, but He is ever near to the pious and thoughtful. He answers their prayers and helps them. He loves the people who love Him and forgives their sins. He bestows upon them peace and happiness, knowledge and success, life and protection. He welcomes all those who want to be at peace with Him and never rejects any of them. He teaches man to be good, to do the right and to keep away from the wrong. Because He is so Good and Loving, He recommends and accepts only the good and right things. The door of His mercy is always open to any who sincerely seek His support and” protection.
The Love of Allah for His creatures is immense and beyond human imagination. We cannot measure or count His favors. He creates us and takes good care of us, not only from the time of our birth, but even before that, and long after death too. He makes us in the best form of creation and gives us all the senses and faculties that we need for our growth. He helps us when we cannot help ourselves, and provides for us and for our dependents. He creates in man the mind to understand, the soul and conscience to be good and righteous, the feelings and sentiments to be kind and humane.
By His mercy we gain true knowledge and see the real light. He creates things that are of service to us in this life, and gives man dignity and intelligence, honor and respect, because man is the best of all created things and is Allah’s viceroy on earth. The mercy of Allah gives us hope and peace, courage and confidence. It enables us to remedy our griefs and sorrows, to overcome our difficulties and obtain success and happiness. Indeed, the mercy of Allah relieves the distressed, cheers the afflicted, consoles the sick, strengthens the desperate, and comforts the needy. In short, the mercy of Allah is active everywhere all the time in every aspect of our lives. Some people may fail to recognize it only because they take it for granted. But it is real and we can feel it with our hearts and appreciate it with our minds.
In return for all these great favors and kindness Allah does not need anything from us, because He is the Self-Sufficient and the Independent. He does not ask us to pay Him back, for we cannot reward Him or reciprocate His immeasurable favors and mercy. What He commands us to do, however, is only to be good, to be thankful and appreciative, to follow His recommendations and enforce His Law, to be the proper manifestation of His goodness and excellent attributes, to be His honest agents and true representatives on earth.
He does not wish to enslave us, because He is the One Who grants us dignity and honor. He does not wish to subjugate us, because He is the One Who emancipates us from fear and superstitions. He does not desire to humiliate us because He is the One Who creates us and exalts our ranks above all other beings. So whatever rules and prescriptions He passes unto us are designed for our own benefit and good. They are meant to help us to enjoy our lives with one another in peace and kindness, in brotherhood and cooperation. They are destined to make us attain His most pleasant company and adopt the surest approach to eternal happiness.
There are various ways to know Allah, and there are many things to tell about Him. The great wonders and impressive marvels of the world are like open books in which we can read about Allah. Besides, Allah Himself comes to our aid through the many Messengers and revelations He has sent down to man. These Messengers and revelations tell us everything we need to know about Allah. So by reflecting on nature, by hearing the words of the messengers, and by reading the divine revelations we can gain the most convincing knowledge about Allah and find the Straight Path to Him.