Will you give information about the effect of the command "Be"?

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Dear Brother / Sister, The Effect of the Command “Be”

The command given by an enlisted man and the command given by a marshal are definitely of different strength. The first one cannot activate even one person but the marshal activates, directs and maneuvers hundreds of thousands of soldiers with his commands and directives.

Allah’s command is omnipotent. Every being comes into being with His command and strictly obeys all His commands. This glorious universe is addressed by the divine command and will at any moment and time, and is the slave of that command and will. Both the sun, which appears to be the sultan of the day, and the moon and stars, which appear to be the kings of the night, have to obey and submit to the divine command given to them as the following verse indicates: “He (Allah) assigned to each heaven its duty and command.1 Their nature is composed of obeying the command they take. They are all created beings; they are all subject to divine will. They walk if He says, “Walk”. They turn if He says, ”Turn”. They stop if He says, "Stop". They shine if He says, “Shine ”. They blow out if He says, “Blow out”.2 So to speak, if He says, “Be”, they exist and if He says,  “Die” they die and leave the realm of existence.

This obedience that we see in the universe symbolizes a universal surrender (Islam). The whole universe is Muslim because everything acts in accordance with the laws that are inherent in their nature. That is, they surrender to the will of Allah.3

Responsible beings like humans and jinn have the right to prefer in their acts as a requirement of their tests because they will be rewarded or punished for those preferences.

 We see something similar to the command “Be” in the Torah too:

“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”4

The following verse of the Quran shows how much the things, whose plans, programs, and spiritual quantities are in the knowledge of Allah, want to come to the field of existence by Allah’s command: 

Moreover, He comprehended in His design the sky, and it had been (as) smoke: He said to it and to the earth: "Come ye together, willingly or unwillingly." They said: "We do come (together), in willing obedience.5

This conversation between the Creator and the creature is the expression of the effect of the creative will. What is meant by it is to show the perfection of the power of God Almighty and the effect of His will. It is not whether the heavens and the earth want to come to the field of existence.6

We can see another example regarding the issue in the following verse:

“We said to them: ‘Be ye apes, despised and rejected’.”7

The verse is about those from Sons of Israel who violated the prohibition of Saturday. Allah prohibited them from going fishing on Saturday. However, they did not heed the repeated warnings and eventually were punished like that.8 Their penalty is expressed as “Be…” in the verse.

The command “March” of a commander activates a soldier as well as a large army.9

In the face of Allah’s command “Be”, everything is equal. It does not matter whether the thing that is given the command is the sky or the earth, and a mosquito or an ant. Allah says, “Be” and it is. Difficulty or ease is not in question for Him; nor is nearness or distance. The divine will is enough for the creation of something.10

The command “Be“ expresses the speed and ease in creation in one aspect. For, there is no distinction between difficult and easy for Allah; so to speak, “everything is easy for Him.”

We can explain this ease with the example of speaking acting upon the following verse:

Then, by the Lord of heaven and earth, this is the very Truth, as much as the fact that ye can speak intelligently to each other.11

Indeed, the sun is much bigger than a flower but it does not mean that it is more difficult to pronounce “sun”. The same thing is valid in creation. Creation of the sun or any other being is not difficult for Allah. He creates them more easily than our pronouncing their names.

We can understand Allah’s creation more easily with the example of the talking of man. For instance, there is no difference in terms of ease and difficulty when we say “flower” and “sun”.


1.Fussilat, 12.
2.Yazır, III, 2191
3.Fazlurrahman, Ana HatlarıylaKur’an, p. 81
4.Torah, Genesis, I, 3
5.Fussilat, 11.
6.Baydawi, II, 385
7.al-Baqara, 65.
8.For details, seeal-Araf, verses 163-166.
9.See. Nursi, Sözler, p. 527.
10.Qutub, V, 2978
11.adh-Dhariyat, 23.

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