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WINDOWS OPENED TO THE EXISTENCE AND UNITY OF GOD FROM THE UNIVERSE AND HUMANITY

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

We shall show them Our signs in the whole of the outer world and in themselves, until it becomes clear to them that it is indeed the truth. Is it not enough that your Lord is a witness over all things? (41:53)

A parable to set out to reach God

Supposing a miracle-displaying man wants to build a big palace, first he lays its foundations firmly according to his purpose for building it. Next, he divides it skillfully into apartments and rooms. Then, he furnishes those apartments and rooms, and decorates them. After that, he illuminates the palace with electric lights. Further, in order to show other skills of his and demonstrate his continual bounty, he makes additions, changes and transformations in every wing and apartment of the palace. Also, he establishes a system to communicate with every apartment and room, and opening a window in each room, he ensures that he can be seen in his names and attributes.

Similarly-And God’s is the highest comparison-the Creator Who is beyond compare and called by one thousand and one holy Names like the Wise Ruler and the Just Judge, willed to make that palace of the universe, that tree of creation, which is the macrocosm. He laid in six days the foundations of that palace, that tree, and built the main body, with the principles of His Wisdom and rules of His eternal Knowledge. Dividing it into higher and lower levels and branches, He ramified and elaborated it with the principles of His Decree and Destiny. Then He formed and organized creatures in groups, families and species and ordered the life of each with the principles of His Art and Favoring. After that, He adorned each thing and each world in a way particular to it; for example, He adorned the sky with stars, and the earth with flowers. He manifested His Names in those vast arenas where His universal laws and all-inclusive principles are in force, and illuminated them. Following that, with the manifestations of His Names the Most Merciful and the Most Compassionate, He came to the special aid of man who cried at the pressure of those universal laws. That means, within His universal and all-inclusive principles, He has special favors and help and particular manifestations which encourage every being to turn to Him any time it desires and ask Him for help for any of its needs. Also, in order that His existence and Unity may be evident to beings, He opened windows on Himself from all apartments, all levels of creation and worlds, all groups of existence and all individuals, and all things, and left a telephone in every heart.

Now, referring those innumerable windows to the all-comprehensive Divine Knowledge, the discussion of all of which is beyond our capacity, in a happy correspondence with the thirty-three repetitions of the phrases of glorifying and praising God and that of affirming His Greatness after each prescribed prayer, we shall be content with a brief allusion to thirty-three of them, which originate from the verses of the Qur’an.

The needs and demands of every thing are properly met in due time from somewhere unknown and unexpected

We are clearly witnessing that all things, the living ones particularly, have numerous different needs and multi-form demands. Those needs and demands of theirs are properly met in due time from somewhere unknown and unexpected, which it is impossible for them to reach by themselves. They are unable themselves to meet even the least of those needs. For an example, consider yourself: consider the many needs you have to satisfy your external and inner senses and organs which you are unable to procure. You may compare all other living beings to yourself.

Thus, all those needs and demands and their gratification point, individually and as a whole, to the existence of an Absolutely Necessary Being behind the veil of the Unseen and His Unity, and show Him to the mind with His Names the All-Munificent, the Most Compassionate, the Trainer and Upbringer, and the Provider and Organizer.

A countenance proves itself to be an extremely brilliant stamp of Divine Oneness

While with respect to actual existence and individualization, things have an infinite variety of potential forms, each is given, all at once and wisely, a particular and extremely well-ordered countenance equipped with external and inner senses with perfect wisdom, which bears a special mark distinguishing the individual from all the other members of its species. The countenance therefore proves itself to be an extremely brilliant stamp of Divine Oneness. Like each face bearing witness in hundreds of ways to the existence of an All-Wise Maker and pointing to His Unity, that stamp of Unity which the faces display as a whole, shows to the eye of the mind that it is a seal belonging to the Creator of all things.

Every things is given a particular form with perfect measure and order

The huge army of plants and animals on the earth, which have hundreds of thousands of species (Among those species are some whose numbers in a year exceed the whole of the members of mankind from the time of Adam to the end of the world) are each given with perfect measure and order and without any confusion and forgetting, a particular form and garment and particular provision and ‘weaponry’, and each is trained and demobilized in a way particular to itself. This is a stamp of the One of Unity, a stamp as brilliant as the sun, about which there can be no doubt. Who other than the One with limitless Power, an all-encompassing Knowledge, and an infinite Wisdom, can dare to have a hand in that administration, which is infinitely wonderful? For if one unable to administer and train the whole of those species and races all together, which exist one mixed with the other, were to interfere with one of them, he would certainly cause a confusion. Whereas, as is stated in the verse, Turn your gaze again, do you see any fissure? (67:3), there is no sign of any void or confusion. That means no one is able to have a hand in His creation.

The prayers of every thing especially done in the tongue of potential and disposition are answered

The prayers which all seeds utter in the tongue of their disposition and potentiality, all animals, in the tongue of their natural needs, and all those compelled, in the tongue of compulsion, are all answered.

As each of those innumerable prayers, all evidently answered, bears witness to and points to the necessary existence and Unity of God, all of them evidently point to an All-Compassionate, All-Munificent and All-Answering Creator as a whole and on a larger scale.

Despite coming into existence as if all of a sudden every being is given perfectly beautiful and all the equipment necessary for living

We see that things, especially living ones, come into existence as if all of a sudden. While things coming into existence all of a sudden out of a simple substance should be simple and coarse and without any art, they are created so finely as requiring many skills, and embellished so carefully and delicately as demanding a long time, and ornamented so artistically as needing numerous tools, and made so elaborately as necessitating lots of materials.

So, the beautiful form given to each and all things all at once and the wonderful artistry manifested on them testify to the necessary existence of an All-Wise Maker and point to the Unity of His Lordship. Also, through their form and the artistry they display, things as a whole point in a most brilliant way to a Necessarily Existent Being Who is infinitely powerful and wise.

  In the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alternation of night and day; in the sailing of the ships through the ocean for the benefit of mankind; in the water which God sends down from the sky and with which He revives the earth after its death, and dispersing over it all kinds of beasts; in the ordinance of the winds and clouds that are driven between earth and sky: are signs for people who have sense. (2:164)

This verse, which demonstrates the necessary existence of God and His Unity, is an extremely large window through which one of God’s Greatest Names is seen.

The following is what the verse means in brief.

All of the worlds situated at the higher and lower levels of the universe point to the same result in different tongues: it is the Lordship of a single Wise Maker.

  Just as the well-organized and systematic movements in the heavens ending in great results demonstrate the existence and Unity of a Majestic All-Powerful One and the perfection of His Lordship, so also the tremendous changes on the earth such as those witnessed in seasons, resulting in great, comprehensive benefits, show the necessity of that Majestic All-Powerful One’s Unity and the perfection of His Lordship.

All the animals on land and sea are fed through perfect mercy, and given various forms with perfect wisdom, and they are equipped with multi-form senses and faculties with perfect Lordship. As each testifies to the existence of that Majestic All-Powerful One and points to His Unity, so also as a whole they demonstrate on a large scale the grandeur of His Divinity and the perfection of His Lordship.

Similarly, the well-formed plants in gardens and orchards and the ornate flowers they produce, and the well-proportioned fruits replacing the flowers and the rich embellishments the fruits display, all bear witness to the existence of that All-Wise Maker and point to His Unity individually, and they show in a splendid way the grace of His Mercy and the perfection of His Lordship collectively.

Again, just as the drops sent from the atmosphere and charged with important purposes, necessary consequences and benefits, demonstrate to their number the necessary existence of that All-Wise Maker and His Unity and the perfection of His Lordship, so also all the mountains on the earth and the various minerals deposited in them for various purposes show, as firmly as the mountains, the existence and Unity of that Wise Maker and the perfection of His Lordship.

Also, just as the various, beautiful flowers decorating hills and plains individually attest the necessary existence of an All-Wise Maker and point to His Unity and collectively show the majesty of His Sovereignty and the perfection of His Lordship, so too, the well-proportioned shapes and positions of the leaves on trees and herbs and their rapturous, systematic movements demonstrate to their number the necessary existence and Unity of that All-Wise Maker and the perfection of His Lordship.

All growing bodies, which have innately been equipped with various members and systems to grow, begin to move in an ordered manner at the time of growth and are directed toward yielding fruits. As each of them testifies to the necessity of that All-Wise Maker’s existence and points to His Unity, so also as a whole they demonstrate on a very large scale the comprehensiveness of His Power, the inclusiveness of His Wisdom, the beauty of His Art, and the perfection of His Lordship. Also, to establish in animal bodies their souls and spirits with perfect wisdom, and to equip them with various systems with perfect order, and to mobilize them for various services and purposes with perfect wisdom-all this bears witness and points to the necessity of that All-Wise Maker’s existence and His Unity to the number of animals or even of their members and systems. Collectively, all those acts show His Mercy and the perfection of His Lordship in a most brilliant way.

All Divine inspirations coming to man to instruct him in all kinds of knowledge and truths, and to animals to teach them how to procure their needs, suggest the existence of a Most Compassionate Lord and point to His Lordship. Also, like the rays of light coming forth from the eye and collecting all visible objects into it, all the external and inner senses function each as a key to a different world. This too demonstrates, as brightly as the sun, the necessity of the existence of that All-Wise Maker, the All-Knowing Originator, the Most Compassionate Creator, the All-Munificent Provider, and His Unity and the perfection of His Lordship.

Thus, the huge window consisting of twelve openings in twelve places shows through a light of truth of twelve colors the Oneness and Singleness of Almighty God and the perfection of His Lordship.

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Last Updated on August 01, 2000

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