Scholars of Ahadeeth agree on the content [the matn (المتن)] of the following, with the personal pronouns (in blue) referring to Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) :
( (فتاوى محمودية, ج 7، ص 256 … کنت کنزاً مخفیاً فأحببت أن أعرف فخلقت خلقا فعرفتهم بي فعرفوني
“I was a Treasure unknown then I desired to be known, so I created a creation to which I made Myself known; then they knew Me.”
The meaning of this often quoted excerpt clearly highlights the unique and exclusive attribute of our Allah (سبحانه و تعالى). Who then, from among Allah (ازّ وجلّا)’s creation can ever deny that He IS forever … was there from before the beginning of time … and that He IS the first and the last.
There was nothing before Allah (سبحانه و تعالى), when the ONLY Creator (Khaliq-ul-Makhlooq -خالق ال مخلوق ) commenced with His majestic creations. Yes, it is indeed our principle belief (aqeedah) that neither a living nor a non-living being ever existed before this process commenced.
Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) is the most perfect of all and everything. Hence, in His “desire to be(come) known” and in order to expose His perfection, Allah ﷻcreated this world … i.e. the universes. Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) categorically states :
(S. 5, V. 15) … قَدْ جَاءَكُم مِّنَ اللّهِ نُورٌ … يَا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ قَدْ جَاءَكُمْ رَسُولُنَا
"O people of the Book! There hath come to you our Messenger … there has come to you from Allah A LIGHT …”
Regarding this ayah, Allama Alusi رحمة الله عليه writes:
عظيم وهو نور الأنوار والنبـي المختار صلى الله عليه وسلم [Al-Alusi, Ruh al Ma’ni, Uunder S. 5, V. 15]
He is the great Light of Lights (Nur-ul-Anwaar) and Nabi al-Mukhtar (i.e. given power by Allah Ta'ala to make Laws)
In one narration, Nabi (عليهم السلام) is reported to have stated :
“Then Allah decided to create this world, then He created My noor (light) and then water and so on.”
From the foregoing, it’s safe to conclude that without the creation of Allah (ازّ وجلّا)’s most beloved, Nabi-e-Akram, Janaab-e-Muhammad Mustapha (عليهم السلام) this world would never have been created.
The following hadith, on the authority of Hadhrat ibn Abbas (رضي الله عنه) most eloquently states :
Ibn ‘Abbās (رضي الله عنه)said: Verily the spirit of the Prophet (ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ) was a light in front of Allāh two thousand years before he created Adam. That light glorified Him and the angels joined in its glorification. When Allāh created Adam, he cast that light into his loins …
Suyūtī : in Manāhil al-safa
In yet another persuasive narration, it is mentioned as follows :
It is related that Jabir ibn ‘Abd Allah (رضي الله عنه) said to the Prophet (ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ) : “O Messenger of Allah, …. Tell me thing that Allah created before all things. He said : “O Jabir, the first thing Allah created was the light of your Prophet from His light, and that light remained in the midst of His Power for as long as He wished, and there was not, at that time a Tablet, or a Pen, or Paradise, or Fire, or an Angel, or Heaven, or Earth . And when Allah wished to create creation, … Bayhaqī : in Dalā'il al-nubūwwa
All of the above substantiations surely confirm that the coming of the final Nabi (عليهم السلام) epitomises the beauty and magnificence of the chain of Prophets عليهم السلام. In every facet of his (ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ) Mubarak life, our Nabi (ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ) was gifted with extra-ordinary and astonishing Allah-given attributes. Some examples include, his (ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ) excellence in character, supreme and peerless conduct, being most respectful, superior knowledge par excellence, most unparalleled leader, bashfulness, justice, generosity, honesty, truthfulness, simplicity, bravery, sacrifice, sincerity, and the epithets go on and on.
Simply stated, the most beloved Nabi of Allah ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ overshadows every single creation in the universe - nay, all the universes. And, we the slaves of Allah ( سبحانه و تعالى)are truly proud to be from among the Ummaties of this kind, sweet, benevolent and loving Nabi (عليهم السلام).
Galaxies are sprawling space systems composed of dust, gas, and countless stars. The number of galaxies cannot be counted … it’s only in the Knowledge of the Creator Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) … the observable universe alone may contain 100 billion. Some of these distant systems are similar to the Milky Way galaxy, which is known to us, while others are quite different.
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