Allah addresses His slaves as follows: "I am nearer to you than your jugular vein." Does Allah speak to His slaves? Is there a verse about it?

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Allah addresses His slaves as follows: "I am nearer to you than your jugular vein." Does Allah speak to His slaves? Is there a verse about it?
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The following is stated in verse 16 of the chapter of Qaf:

"It was We Who created man, and We know what dark suggestions his soul makes to him: for We are nearer to him than (his) jugular vein."

We do not know about any Quranic verses stating that Allah speaks to His slaves directly. However, a believer that reads and listens to the Quran is regarded to have spoken to Allah since he speaks and listens to the word of Allah. In that sense, it can be said that Allah speaks to every believer that reads the Quran.

The Quran is a book that enables us to reach Paradise, that protects us from Hell and that is full of mercy and compassion. It is a unique beauty that Allah Almighty, whose essence we can never understand but the manifestations of whose names and attributes we have to find in the universe, sent us a letter by accepting us as His addressees. While reading the Quran, man reaches such a point that it looks as if he is talking to Allah Almighty. Since the verses belong to Allah Himself, every word he pronounces becomes a means of reviving His orders, good news and prohibitions. Good spirits and angels that were created for each word repeat that nice word up to the Day of Judgment and thawab is written for its owner as the hadiths state it.

Allah, who is the realm of Lords, spoke to His slaves as a sign of His grace and sent them books. In addition, He sent prophets so that they would explain them and serve as models with their lives. He gave man some promises and made some warnings so that man would pass his test.

On the other hand, Allah speaks to His creatures. Allah Almighty has pre-eternal and eternal speech. He sends revelation to His prophets, talks to His creatures through inspiration and helps them. He sends the knowledge that He wishes to the hearts of His slaves and inspires the truth to them.

Allah Almighty speaks to His prophets through revelation. We see the following verse in the Quran about Hz. Musa’s receiving revelation on Mount Sinai and being addressed by Allah’s speech:

“When Moses came to the place appointed by Us, and his Lord addressed him.”1

The verse after that is as follows:

“O Moses! I have chosen thee above (other) men, by the mission I (have given thee) and the words I (have spoken to thee).”2

The following is stated in another verse:

“Of some messengers We have already told thee the story; of others We have not;- and to Moses Allah spoke direct.”3

The following verse gives us information about the ways Allah Almighty speaks to His slaves:

“It is not fitting for a man that Allah should speak to him except by inspiration, or from behind a veil, or by the sending of a messenger to reveal, with Allah´s permission, what Allah wills.”4

Inspiration is Allah’s speech that passes many veils. However, it is not shadowless and pure like revelation. According to Said Nursi, inspiration has various degrees in terms of particularity and universality. The most particular and simple one is the inspiration of the animals. A bit above them is the inspiration of the ordinary people. After that, inspirations ascend as the inspirations of ordinary angels, saints, and great angels respectively. Thus, it is for this reason that a saint who offers supplications directly without means by the telephone of the heart says: “My heart tells me news of my Lord.” 5

Allah Almighty informs His creatures about their duties through inspiration; He shows His slaves the true path and gives them guidance through inspiration. Almost all animals find in their brains about how to move when they come to the world, where and how they will find their sustenance, how they will find cure when they get ill and how to adapt themselves to the conditions of life in the form of divine instinct arranged as packets of information. Allah Almighty inspires to all living beings everything that they need fully as they live.

Footnotes:

1. al-A’raf, 7/143.
2. al-A’raf, 7/144.
3. an-Nisa, 4/164.
4. ash-Shura, 42/51.
5. Sözler (words), p. 124.

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