Why Can't We See God in This World?
Why do you think that God never wanted us to see him in this life? Why do we have to wait until we die?
Bismillah Rahman Raheem
Thank you for writing and for your question. Before we can provide a complete answer to your question it is very important that we understand the Basics Of Islam.
Here are some important points to keep in mind:
1. As Muslims we cannot lie about anything, especially about our religion.
2. We have original recorded sources of our religion:
A) The Quran
B) Teachings of Muhammad
This is a unique part of Islam, not available in any other ancient religions.
3. Sometimes "questions" contain misinformation. We must qualify what it is that someone is saying against what they are implying.
4. If during the answer, you hear yourself saying, "I didn't know that" or "This is good," then are you ready to worship your God and your Lord without any partners?
This what Islam is really all about. The most important subject is the worship of Almighty God, without any partners or associates or "gods" besides Almighty God.
Make sure that they understand the "way we believe" in Allah. This will help them to understand why it is impossible for Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him), or anyone to be a god or a partner with Allah. This will help them to see that we are not doing what many Christians are doing. We don't worship Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) we are worshipping the God who sent him to us with the message of "La ilaha illal-Lah." (There is nothing or no one anywhere worthy to be worshipped besides Allah)
You should also listen to the following programs on explaining Islam to help you get started. Then copy them or order extras from us (free - we only accept donations) and give them to everyone you meet.
- What Is Islam?
- Daddy, Tell Me About God?
- Common Sense of Islam
- Does Islam Equal Terrorism?
- 135 People Making Shahadah
- New Muslims - What's Next?
Be sure that you read and understand (print it out if you have to) the explanation of the words: "Islam" - "Allah" - "Quran"
All of this will greatly help your Dawah, and of course pray to Allah and ask for Him to put success in your efforts. For truly all success is only coming from Allah.
Answer: This particular question is rather easy for the Muslims. As a matter of fact, Islam teaches that the whole purpose of this life is a test. The trials and tests that we receive from Allah are enumerated in His Book, the Holy Quran.
The important thing to keep in mind is that Allah does not force us to come to Him or to submit to what He has ordained. This means that we always have a choice. And one of the important things about that choice is that Allah never makes it so obvious that there would no longer be a choice. So, all through the human's life there is the opportunity to turn away from evil and choose to worship Allah on His Terms. At the same time, there is of course the equal opportunity to turn away from guidance and then become of the losers.
I ask Allah to save us from that, Ameen.
If anyone ever had seen Allah - how could they then be in a fair test? Also, in Islam we know that if Allah "reveals" Himself to a mountain it would crumble out of the tremendous experience. And the prophet's wife, Ayesha told us that if anyone says that the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) saw Allah, that person is a liar.
The biggest goal for the Muslims in the Next Life is not, as they so wrongly portray it on TV and the newspapers, to have virgins running around and wine to drink, not at all. The biggest and highest honor of the Next Life is to have a chance to actually stand in front of the "Presence of Allah." And this is described in authentic Hadiths (teachings of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him).
Although we are all definitely looking forward to the Paradise and all that it contains, we look to this as being the highest and greatest of all honors and favors of Allah - the opportunity to just be "close to Allah" from time to time in the Paradise. I get all excited just thinking about it.
These are some of the reasons why we don't "see" Allah in this life.
However, there is another very important reason that you should be very aware of when answering a question of this kind. That is, Allah cannot be seen in the life of this world, nor can He be heard, smelled, felt, imagined, or any other sense that we have. As I have already outlined, that would violate the principle of Him not interfering with our choices. Additionally, Allah is never to be compared to His creation in any way, shape or form. This means that He does not enter His creation, nor does He grant any of His creation any of His attributes or power for that matter. All power, might and strength are with Allah and there is none who can challenge Him, ever.
We do not put Allah in the creation. We say what Allah says about Himself in His Book, that He created the Heavens and the earth in six days and then He rose above His Throne (in a manner that befits His Majesty). We don't say He sits or lays on His throne because He did not say that about Himself. Muslims are to take care never to say anything about Allah that they do not have the authority to say. This is blasphemy and it is Kufr (out of Islam).
Allah says that He does not compare in any way to any part of His creation. He tells us that He is "All Hearing, All Seeing, All Compassionate, All Loving, All Mighty, etc." But He never says that He is "all present" in His creation. Also, we know that He does not give people powers like superman. People have claimed to have powers with Allah, but they are liars (even if they claim to be Muslims). There are no partners with Allah and He is far above what ever they would try to compare to Him in anyway.
The statement in Arabic is "La Hawla Wa La Quwata illa Billah." (There is no might or power anywhere at anytime, except the Might and the Power of Allah."
I hope this has helped you in preparing your answer for the people who are asking you about Islam and may Allah forgive me for my poor translations, and weakness in replying to you, Ameen.
Thanks again for your question. All good is from Allah & mistakes were from myself.
May Allah guide us in Truth, Ameen.
Sheikh Yusuf Estes