Is it possible for us to see Allah and to comprehend His true nature?
It is impossible for man to see Allah in person in this world and to understand His real nature.
It is because the mind and the feelings of man are limited. They are not enough to comprehend the true nature of Allah. However, man can afford to understand His existence and oneness by looking at the creatures and to know His endless power, and His other attributes and names.
Therefore, Allah prohibited us from thinking about His personality and His true nature; He ordered us to know His existence and oneness and to know His attributes and names.
The following is stated in a hadith:
“Look at the skies and the earth and look at yourselves in order to understand the existence and oneness of Allah; and think about the fineness in their creation that fascinates the mind and that they cannot occur alone. Because, they are the signs that show the existence and oneness of Allah.
However, do not think about the personality and the true nature of Allah. Do not start to think, ‘Is Allah like this or like that?’, How does He see and hear?’ Your strength will not be enough for it. No matter how hard you try, you cannot know or realize it well. You will be confused. Your criteria of knowledge and experience will not suffice.”
If we think of it a bit, we can understand through our minds that it is impossible to comprehend the true nature of Allah. The chick in the egg is certainly not expected to know the world outside the egg. The human mind is no different from the chick in the egg in terms of knowing the magnificent universe and the realms in the universe that Allah created. Therefore, it is not possible for the mind with its extremely limited comprehension capacity to comprehend the true nature of the being that created the universe when one thinks about it through his mind.
Mehmed Kırkıncı explains the issue as follows:
“Suppose that a man lived in a cave and did not see any light and that he was taken out of the cave very early in the morning before the sun rose. When the man who was dazzled by the light that came from everywhere was told that the light came from the sun, he would wonder about the sun and would try to know about it.
It is obvious that, no matter how he visualized the sun in his imagination, he would not be able to understand the sun and he would imagine different things each time he imagined the sun. He would liken the sun to the things he saw around him; each likening would be wrong.
If to believe in the sun were a fundamental of belief for that man, no matter how he imagined the sun, he would commit polytheism. The only thing he could do would be to realize that the light came from a sun but he would not be able to know the true nature of that sun. As a matter of fact, the belief that is expected from him is just that.
As the man in the example cannot understand the sun, man cannot know the real nature of the sultan called spirit that rules the country of his body. Although we know that our body stands with the spirit, that the body will collapse when the spirit leaves it, that the sultan watches this world through the window of the eye, observes the world of sounds through the instrument of ear and tastes everything through the scale of tongue, we do not know the real nature of the spirit. No matter what we say about its true nature, it will be contrary to the truth; no matter how we imagine the entity of the spirit, we will make mistakes about it.
Man, who is too weak to understand the entity of the sun, which he has not seen before and who is too ignorant to know the true nature of his own spirit, cannot understand, by any means, the Majestic Creator and the Perfect Owner of the whole realms, who is free from time and space; it will be a great error and madness to try to understand His entity and it is an aberrant thought that will make man fall into polytheism.” (Hikmet Pırıltıları: Glitters of Wisdom)
- What does belief in Allah mean? Is it possible for us to see Allah and to comprehend His true nature?
- How should we understand Allah Almighty’s being munazzah (free and away) from space?
- Can God’s nature be comprehended by man’s mind?
- What is mind and how should it be used?
- What is spirit (rooh)? Can spirit's essence be comprehended? Is spirit merely brain? What is the relationship between spirit and body?
- Why does Allah threaten those who abandon worshipping to send to Hell?
- What are the causes that lead man to deception?
- How Muslims started believing in Allah?
- Some people claim that the need to believe originates from the fact that man is a weak being and that he feels the need to take shelter; and they deny divine religions through a wrong evaluation. How will you answer that claim?
- What does Mithaq, that is the ‘covenant’ in qalu bala, mean? Why do we not remember the promise we made in the realm of the souls? Will it make us free of responsibility not to remember that promise?