Why cannot we see Allah in this world?

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Why cannot we see Allah in this world?

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One of the names of Allah is Noor (Heavenly Light). Everything, from luminous beings, which are angels, to the sunshine and all rays exist in the universe, bears various manifestations of this name. Human eyes, in this world, are able to see only the material world. They can see neither their own souls, nor the angels who record their acts, nor the rays.

It has been found out that human eyes are able to detect only 2.5 % of the total rays in the universe.Expecting to see Allah with human eyes, Who is the creator of all luminous beings in the universe, at least becomes a contrary notion to the laws of physics. Another aspect of the point is that man is under a testing in this world.

Allah's being visible would be contrary to the mystery of this testing. Since the purpose of our being sent to this world is to know and worship Allah, and human beings are left free to believe or not believe, everybody would have to believe unavoidably and the mystery of testing would be eliminated if Allah were seen by the eye. As Badiuzzaman Said Nursi puts it, people with coal (black) spirits like Abu Jahl would be the same as people with diamond spirits.

The reason why Allah is not seen by our physical eyes is His covering everything with His knowledge and His having no opposite equivalent.

For example, if we suppose that the sun surrounds all space just as the atmosphere surrounds everything on earth, it would be impossible to see the sun with eyes. The sun would be invisible since everywhere would be covered with its rays. Since it has no opposite equivalent as is the case with night, the sun would be invisible and it would be rather difficult to understand its nature. However, it would be ignorance to deny the existence of the sun, which exists everywhere with its light and surrounds everything.

Yet within the same perspective of logic, the same situation can also be considered for Allah Almighty, Who surrounds everything with His names and attributes, Who exists everywhere, and Who has no opposite equivalent.

The situation is completely different in the Hereafter. The spirits of the people of Paradise will dominate their bodies. The original forms of beings, which are in the manner of shadows in this earthly life, are going to be created there. Man will go to Paradise as a person who is worthy of it at all points and who is allowed to make use of its all bounties. One must think about the fact that even in Paradise, the occurrence of Ru'yah (seeing Allah) will not take place constantly.

That is to say, the people of Paradise will take on a different appearance and this divine grant will take place in a special environment, which is peculiar to it. As a matter of fact, the information that they will not be recognized by their families when they are back from Ru'yah indicates that.

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