Establishing proof of a Creator to an atheist

Were they created by nothing? or were they themselves the creators? Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Nay, but they have no firm Belief. [At-Tur(52):35-36]

If an Atheist was to pick up any everyday object [or take any natural phenomenon or process] and to reflect for a few short minutes, perhaps the reality of a “Creator” may become clear. Let us take a book for example.

Firstly, this object, in and of itself and its mere existence, is proof in and of itself of the one, or the thing, or the being that brought it about, or was responsible for bringing it about, in its physical, tangible form. There is no way that the common-sense of any human, whether he lived 3000 years ago in the remote lands of Saharan desert or in contemporary times in the Amazon jungle or in down-town New York City or even if someone live lived 1000 years from now can deny this. The most basic element of reasoning indicates that this deduction is true and is valid for any item, object, thing or being, animate or inanimate, man-made or otherwise.

Secondly, the physical appearance of this object, in and of itself is proof, in and of itself, that it has gone through a process or numerous processes, and has been subject to a calculated, devised, organised, intelligent plan, before it came into being or its current physical state. And hence all of this gives evidence to various “actions” that were performed in order to bring this object into its current physical state. Either these “actions” were random actions occurring by chance, or they were calculated and devised. Common sense and even scientific principles cannot accept that something that is disordered turns into what is ordered by mere chance and randomness.

Thirdly, the above two deductions, which are universally valid, akin to common sense, tied to reason and sanity, and which are rejected only due to arrogance or insanity, indicate 1) the existence of the entity or being which was responsible for the object in its current form (in our case a book) and 2) the various attributes of this entity which brought it about and made it complete.

Those attributes which are known by necessity and common-sense, include:

a) Knowledge: the entity that was responsible for this “book” must have knowledge of a whole variety of different disciplines e.g. publishing, laminating, printing, binding, cutting, formatting and so on. However, it will often be the case that there are many entities who collaborate in order to complete this handiwork, and they all have knowledge of their own respective disciplines. For example, the content of the book is the responsibility of the author who has specialised knowledge of the subject. Then the publisher, then the printer and so on. So the “book” indicates the presence of a whole variety of different sciences and disciplines.

b) Power or Ability: the entity that was responsible for this “book” must have had the power or ability to perform this “work”.

c) Will: the entity that was responsible for this “book” must have had a will, in order to choose to embark upon this “work” in the first place, in the particular manner it did, and to produce the end product in the way that it is.

In addition to the above three essential attributes, it is also possible, by reflection, to deduce other attributes and qualities of the “entity” that was behind this “handiwork”. For example, the subject content of the “book” in our example, illustrates the intent or purpose of the entity in deciding to either write or publish the “book”, and we can continue in this manner until we gain more and more information about the “entity” that was responsible for this handiwork. And in light of this, explanation by random chance is ruled out as an explanation. Since randomness does not possess “knowledge” or “will” (by its very nature it cannot!).

The above reasoning is universally valid, and can be applied by anyone, at any time, in any place or location, with any object, animate or inanimate. And it is the most conclusive evidence of a “Creator”.

[Taken from Two Ways to Know the Creator by Ibn al-Qayyim,]

Their Messengers said: “What! Can there be a doubt about Allâh, the Creator of the heavens and the earth? (Ibrahim:14:10)

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The Qur'an and Sunnah upon the understanding of the Salafus-Saalih (Righteous Predecessors).
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One Response to Establishing proof of a Creator to an atheist

  1. Ibn Zaffar Ibn Abdul-Majid says:

    Masha’Allaah what a beautiful article… may Allaah reward you for your efforts!

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