What does Allah’s not resembling any of the created things in any way mean?

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7.1.3- Allah does not resemble any of the created things in any way

One of the attributes of Allah is that He is infinitely perfect in every aspect. He has no resemblance to anything created afterwards. He is different from anything that can come to mind.

He is such a being that the creation of the stars is as easy for him as that of particles; to His power, the greatest thing is subjugated as is the most minute; for Him, nothing is an obstacle to any other thing and no action obstructs any other action.

In this universe, everything that is and that can be created changes, transforms, resembles one another is born, grows and eventually dies and disappears. They all occur due to a need. Allah is not in need of them or anything else.

Humans and other creatures have many needs. They need space, time, eating, drinking, wandering, being created, being born, giving birth and so on. Allah is not in need of any of them. When they were non-existent, He was existent. He cannot be compared to any features of the objects we call matter. He who tries to compare Him to the created beings makes a great mistake. He is “laysa ka mithlihishay’un’. In other words, there is nothing similar to Him in terms of His essence, attributes or deeds. There cannot be anything equal to Him. He has no partner.

Yes, there can be nothing equal, similar to the Holy Being, who holds and controls the whole universe with all of its deeds and states and who manages it regularly and systematically as if it is a house or a palace; it is impossible for Him to have partners.   

Yes, He is such a being that the creation of the stars is as easy for him as that of particles; to His power, the greatest thing is subjugated as is the most minute; for Him, nothing is an obstacle to any other thing and no action obstructs any other action; in His view, innumerable individuals are present in the same way that a single individual is present; He hears all voices simultaneously and is able to answer the limitless needs of all simultaneously; outside His sphere, will and volition is nothing, no state, as is testified to by the order and balance of the beings in the universe; although He is in no place, He is present everywhere through His power and knowledge; and although everything is utterly distant from Him, He is utterly close to them – that He should have any like, equal, partner, deputy, opposite or peer is not possible; it is impossible.1

The question Who created Allah? cannot be asked because such a question is contrary to the acceptance in the definition of Allah at the beginning.In the definition of Allah, it was accepted that He created everything but that He Himself was not created.

With the example of sun, we can bring them closer to the mind. For example, the sunlight is close to all things with its heat and seven colors. All beings are millions of kilometers away from it. If the sun is assumed to be intelligent and conscious for a moment and if each of its seven colors is considered as an attribute of it, for example, seeing the green color, hearing the yellow color, speaking the blue color, it can communicate with all beings on earth at the same time. It would hear the sound of all beings at the same time. One would not prevent the other. Although it was near every being, it would be kilometers away them.

If the sun, which is a creature of Allah, is like this with the secret of luminosity, the Almighty God, who has infinite luminosity, can definitely be found everywhere, manage everything Himself, and one deed will not prevent another.2

1.Nursi, B. S. Lemalar. Envar Neşriyat, Istanbul, 1996, p.351-355.
2.Nursi, Sözler. p. 231-232.

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