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Introduction to Islam Creation and purpose of creation Course: REL 233 NOVA Community College Dr. Daoud Nassimi
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Allah: The Creator Allah is the Creator of the entire universe (all existence, living and non- living) Allah has created everything for a special purpose Allah has created everything based on a plan and a fixed life cycle Allah is watching all of His creation all the time with full knowledge about every aspect of their conditions Introduction to Islam-NOVA-DrNassimi 2
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Major Stages of Creation Writing about the creation and every detail of every creature in a book “Preserved Tablet” (Lawhi Mahfuz ) Creation of physical world (universe) Creation of angels and Jinn Preparing earth for human life Creation of plants and animals Creation of human beings Introduction to Islam-NOVA-DrNassimi 3
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Creation of Physical World Any creation is based on God’s absolute power, infinite wisdom, and eternal knowledge Power of creation: Whenever God decides to create something, He has only to say “be“, and it comes into existence “Verily when He intends a thing, His command is "Be" and it is!” (Qur’an 36:82) Process of formation of universe started with: “H aven’t the disbelievers considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, and then We parted them as separate entities ; and made from water every living thing? Would they still not believe (that We created all this)? (21:30) Introduction to Islam-NOVA-DrNassimi 4
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Creation of World Developmental process in six days/stages/periods A systematic approach “We created the heavens and the earth and all in between them in Six Days/periods, and no sense of weariness touched Us” (50:38) “Then He directed Himself to the heaven while it was smoke (gaseous) …” (41:11) Referring to the initial gaseous state of the heavens God created/decreed universal laws of nature for operation of universe (See Verse 41:12) Universe is in state of submission to God Specific data, such as age of universe, its process details, etc. not shared with us, because … Beyond our grasp and need, and Necessary knowledge for it should become available in finite forms through scientific research for human progress Introduction to Islam-NOVA-DrNassimi 5
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Creation of Angels Angels: A living creature, but invisible to human eyes (in general) They are created to perform various kinds of duties For nature in addition to natural laws For human beings and other living creatures Not meant to help God in any form, but to obey They have no physical needs, such as eating, drinking, sleeping, etc. Made from light Have wings (exact nature of wings unknown to us) Can appear in human form in very exceptional circumstances when God orders More info about angels coming in “Articles of Faith” Introduction to Islam-NOVA-DrNassimi 6
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Creation of Jinn Jinn (Genii): Another living creature, but invisible to human eyes
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