Why can’t we see God in this world?

Since time immemorial, many people have asked, “Why can’t we see God?” The quest for God has always been at the core of human life. Human beings have always been searching for this Supreme Being that has created them and originated the whole universe. They have always been looking for this great power that runs the universe in such a perfect way.

The hearts realized His existence; yet, the senses could not encapsulate Him. The simple reason for this is that senses are created by Him. They are placed within the limits of their humanness, and therefore cannot go beyond this limitedness.

People cannot tell how many spikes are there in a bicycle if it is running quickly. They cannot tell what is behind a room if they are inside that room. The laws of the universe govern a human being, but they do not govern God who created and placed them. It has been found out that human eyes are able to detect only 2.5 % of the total rays in the universe. Expecting to see God with human eyes, Who is the creator of all luminous beings in the universe, at least becomes a contrary notion to the laws of physics.

Another aspect of the point is that man is under a testing in this world. That God’s having been seen is also contrary to this mystery of testing.The fact that God is not seen by our physical eyes is because of His covering everything with His knowledge and His having no opposite equivalent.For example, just as the atmosphere surrounds everything on earth all over, if we suppose that the sun also surrounds all space, then it would be impossible to see the sun with eyes. The sun would be invisible since everywhere would be covered with the rays of it. For it has no opposite equivalent as is the case with night, the sun would be invisible and it would be rather difficult to understand its nature. However, it would be ignorance to deny the existence of the sun, which exists everywhere with its light and surrounds everything. Human eyes, in this world, are able to see only the material world. They can see neither their own souls, nor the angels who record their acts, nor the rays.

Atheists are very weak minded people. They will believe according to popular opinion without questioning anything. I mean they believe blindly all scientific studies. As we know Science is dynamic so even though it is a proven fact that most studies are contradicted by another study within a short perior of time. For example scientists used to say that eggs were good for you, then they changed their minds and said they are bad for you because of cholesteral, then they changed their minds again and said it was good for you. and right now it is being promoted as good. the same was done with Margerine and Butter. Scientist keep changing their minds and the people follow their advice blindly. This is the nature of Atheists. If the state was Christian then they would become Christians, if the state was Islam then they would become Muslim. They have no integrity or logical reasoning power. So my point is that you should not get too distressed over what they say. These Atheists will blindly believe in Gamma radiation, magnetics, gravity, microwaves and many other things which cannot be seen. Yet they say it is impossible for God to exist otherwise we could see him.

Since God is beyond space, direction, and encapsulation, a human being cannot encapsulate him by his eyes. Human eyes normally see things or people in a direction and perceive them with certain descriptions like a certain size, shape, and color.

Since God is beyond all these limitations, a human eye cannot witness Him. In addition, we cannot think of Him in terms of quantity, size, direction, or colour because He is the Creator of all these things, and therefore they do not apply to Him. This is simply the meaning of the verse From Qur’an which says :

No vision can grasp Him, but His grasp is over all vision: He is above all comprehension, yet is acquainted with all things.[Quran 6:103]

Allah cannot be seen in this life time. Out of many proofs I wanna cite just one verse to suffice my claim.Once Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) desired to see ALLAH, but he couldn’t see because he felt unconscious. As Qur’an narrates :

And when Moses arrived at Our appointed time and his Lord spoke to him, he said, “My Lord, show me [Yourself] that I may look at You.” [ Allah ] said, “You will not see Me, but look at the mountain; if it should remain in place, then you will see Me.” But when his Lord appeared to the mountain, He rendered it level, and Moses fell unconscious. And when he awoke, he said, “Exalted are You! I have repented to You, and I am the first of the believers.” [Quran 7:143]

Some people may find this quite odd, but it is the truth. There are many things in our life which cannot be seen or tested by senses, yet we truly believe in their existence.

If someone asks us whether we have a mind or not, we will say: “Yes, we do”. But if he wants a physical proof of that, it will be difficult to prove it through asking him to have a look at it, simply because it is something that cannot be seen.

How do we believe in the existence of our minds then? Through witnessing their effects in our life, through the choices of a person, you can judge whether he or she has a properly functioning mind.

Similarly, we believe in the existence of God although we cannot see Him. We believe in His Omnipotence because we see its effects. We cannot see God with our eyes because we are limited and human, but we can see His Power in every newborn child. We can see His greatness in the mountains, in the skies and in the vast earth. And we can see His beauty in every corner of this beautiful universe.

Muslims express their witnessing of His beauty when they say: “Masha’ Allah” (How wonderful Allah’s will is). We express our witnessing of His Glory when we say, “Subhana Allah” (glory belongs to Allah). In this manner, we are never absent from His existence; and we never feel alone in this universe.

The Quran, which Muslims believe is the word of God, directs us to see Allah in everything around us and feel His existence and power through reflection. The Quran tells us to look deep into the way we are created, the substance from which we are created, the manner our bodies are shaped compared to that of animals for instance.The Quran tells us to reflect upon the plants, the mountains, the skies, the seas and the oceans, the rivers and the lakes, desert areas and green areas and barren lands and fertile soils. As we read in the Qur’an:

Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day,- there are indeed Signs for men of understanding, [Quran 3:190]

So all of this should make a wise man think, and it will let a wise man know that this cant be a mere coincidence. Someone had to create this, to make things good for us, that we survive, if we were to go along as believing that this is a mere coincidence then wow what a coincidence! Only a blind ignorant foolish lost soul will believe this is all by chance.

Allah has given us these many signs for us to ponder and to realize there is a creator. Because how did all of these things happen just perfectly for us? So, In all this, the existence of Allah is proven to us and His Glory becomes so clear that our belief in Him increases.

What is true and what is the Muslims’ firm belief is that Allah is not a body, He is not part of the creation and He does not exist within the creation, nor does He change from one state to the other; all of these are impossible to be attributed to Allah, since in that case He would be just another creature from among the creation, may Allah save us from such a belief. In Islam God is nothing like a human being or like anything that we can imagine. As we know from Qur’an :

“There is nothing whatever like unto Him, and He is the Hearer and Seer of all.” [Quran 42:11]
nor is there to Him any equivalent. [Quran 112:4]

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