FAQs about God
1. Who is Allah?
Allah is God. The Lord has used the word ‘Allah’ as his personal name in the Quran. It has a unique characteristic. In Arabic, Allah is only singular; it does not have a plural form (unlike the English word ‘God’ which has plural relative). Allah has no gender. So in these terms, ‘He’ is used out or respect and dignity, not for gender.
However, one can call his Creator by the best names. Scriptures have come up with as many as 99 names of Almighty Allah. The Almighty said in Quran, ‘Call upon God, or call upon The Merciful; whichsoever you call upon, to Him belong the most beautiful Names (Quran 17:110).
2. What is the evidence that God exists?
Yes, there is ample evidence that God exists. God sent down a number of miracles through prophets for people to be able to clearly see with their own eyes and use their senses pointing to the fact that God does exist. Quran is the best proof that God exists. Quran encourages us to use our senses and our common sense to analyse and scrutinise that all of this universe could not possibly come into existence on its own. It definitely had to be designed to be what it is today. Mere coincidence cannot explain why the universe is so. Even science leads us the fact that some things remain unexplained, until now at least.
3. How many Gods are there?
There can be only one God. He is the Creator, Sustainer and Destroyer of this universe. Can there be two or more than two principals of a school? Can there be two prime ministers of a country? No. There cannot be. Similarly, there cannot be multiple owners of the universe.
4. Can we see Allah?
No human has seen Allah in all his might till now. It is beyond human capability to catch a glimpse of the all powerful light that he is. But, God has promised that He will give the pleasure of seeing Him for the dwellers of heaven, which is the greatest pleasure a human can have.
5. Where is Allah?
Allah is the Supreme One, above all of His creation. He created the universe thereafter ascended upon a Throne, which is above than the heavens, and the Earth. He is omnipresent. Whichever side you will turn, you will find Allah; Verily Allah is omnipresent (existing everywhere every moment) and omniscient (infinitely wise). (Al Baqra -115)
6. What is Kaaba?
The Kaaba is a black stone structure regarded as the House of God. It is neither worshiped nor prayed to. It just symbolises a meeting point of people from all over the world for pilgrimage or haj. And it marks the direction the faithful should orient themselves to when praying five times a day. The Kaaba symbolises unity in Islam.