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An Important Point To Remember

Regarding the question as to who created the Creator, understand that it is incorrect to imagine the Creator as being subject to the laws which govern his creatures. It is Allah who created the law of causation and we cannot consider Him as subject to the law He created. Causation is a law for us who live in space and time. The primary constitutive elements of our universe, which is just one of the in numerous creation of Allah, are matter, time and space. Allah, who created space and time, is necessarily transcendent in relation to both and it is an error on our part to think that he is bound either by them or by their laws. In fact it would be preposterous to ask the question as to what was there before Allah or who created Allah for there existed no time before Allah created time itself, thus the question of ‘before’ outside time, is not possible. In our misunderstanding we are like those dolls who, seeing that they move by springs, imagine that the human-being who made them must also derive his motion from the action of springs. If they were told that he is self-moved, they would retort that it is impossible for anything to move spontaneously since everything in their world is moved by a spring. Just like them, we cannot imagine that Allah exists in His own Essence with no need of an efficient cause, for this is because we see everything around us in need of such a cause. Aristotle followed the chain of causality tracing the chair from wood, wood from the tree, the tree from a seed, and the seed from the planter. He had to conclude that this chain, which regresses into infinite time, must have begun with an ‘uncaused’ cause, a primum-mobile in no need of a mover, a creator who has not been created. This is the same thing we assert of Allah.