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I was born in a Muslim family that has been Muslim for generations. My country has a 99% majority of Muslims - not all are practicing , but still Muslims. I've accepted Islam as the religion to be followed due to these influences ... that is until I became 13-14 years old. Then I started asking myself the question : why does God exist? at the beginning I set it aside , not letting it sink in , the threat of hell fire is too much to be ignored. But this kind of questions linger and proliferate and keep on getting worse : why is God one? and what if this God really existed , what will make Him come in contact with us lowly humans. And if he had contacted us , why is Islam this contact?
So I searched , and with Allah's help and the help of people via the internet and through books that I've read, I came up with an answer:
Why does God exist:
"Everything in this universe has a scientific explanation" , this is what a reasonable person will answer you when you tell them that you believe ghosts are the cause why you can't find you shoe. This applies to everything : everything has a cause. I am here because my father existed and he exists because his father did and so on. this regression takes us to the very beginning , to the cause of all physical causes. Now consider this example : we have a wind-up toy (a monkey that plays a drum when it's activated). this monkey is called the phenomenon. The phenomenon needs to be activated so we are very sure that something activated it since we are seeing it play the drum right now. this something happens to be another wind-up toy that must have been activated at a certain point in time. Let's call this second toy "cause 1". just the same as with phenomenon , this toy has a need of something to activate it. "Cause 2" is its name and it has a cause , "cause 3". And so we find ourselves with a series of causes that lead to a functioning phenomenon. But since this phenomenon works , that means that the causes behind cannot be lead to an infinite regression. And thus the need of an ultimate reason that does not have a spring that need winding.
Back to reality , the cause of all causes and the reason that must not have any reasons behind it is God who caused the universe and the humans etc...
Why is God one:
This God who exists must be from "outside" the universe since He is the one who created it. The universe with all its space , its laws , its concepts of logic was created by God who existed before it. And thus no rules and no concepts of this universe rule over God. Including plurality. Since plurality requires space , and God cannot be confined to space. example: how do you know that these : * * are two asterisks ? because there is the concept of space. But God does not abide to space. So God can only be one. Furthermore the existence of two Gods or more implies that either : one of them created the universe and the other one watched , this means one is supreme over the other , and this is not the quality of a God. Or they built the universe together which means they need each other. A God can't be subjected to such humanly needs. not to mention that this implies the existence of differences in the creation and errors which do not exist.
Did God contact us:
Now this might not be the most elaborate explanation, but it convinces me. So feel free to post any better answers.
This is called divine providence. Agnostics do not believe that God cares for us , and this includes sending messengers and prophets.
So far we've said that God is one , he has created the universe so large and vast , and made us so small and insignificant. The age of the universe is estimated at 13 billion years , all that a human can hope to live is maybe a hundred years. This reminds of football matches. The stadium exists for many years , but the players only inter it for an hour and a half. The players are interested in the outcome , the spectators are interested in the match itself. Same thing with God who created us with such short lives. He wants to see what we do. And based on it an outcome is to follow. One would then expect to be told about the rules with which people should act during this short life. Messengers are it.
Let's then suppose that God did not contact us. This means that all these measures taken to insure the existence of life like the distance from the sun , the ozone layer that protects us from sun rays and the atmosphere that shelters us from meteors were done without reason , just for pleasantry. But pleasantry is human , and God does not have these features.Otherwise why would he just create us and turn his back on us? Why does he make a 13 year old boy ask himself such questions? Evil ?(astaghfirullah) Evil is a human trait not befitting God who does not have any of the flaws of the universe he created from "nothing" (nothing itself is something that started to exist). No. This is clearly a fallacy. And so a message to all of humanity is necessary. To tell them the truth about their God and to instruct them on how to act in this land in which he placed them. A message addressed to all humans in all times.
Why is God Allah:
In other words , why is Islam this contact with God? This I think was for me the easiest thing to prove. The message mentioned above must contain only the truth , since it is from God and must be something made public and known. So we only need to see which messages claim to be from God , and compare them with what was mentioned above. Any religion or sect or doctrine or philosophy that denies the existence of God or challenges his unity or denies prophetic missions is to be discarded. I know of a small number of religions: I know Hinduism , but it's a polytheistic religion that denies prophetic messages. So it must be discarded. I know Judaism: it's a monotheistic religion , that acknowledges prophetic missions but most Jewish sects forbid conversion to Judaism thus altering the very purpose of the divine message.Plus in Judaism there is a distinction between Jews and non Jews when it comes to things like usury. can't be the word of God. I know of Christianity. Acknowledges the divine messages and claims to be monotheistic. But as far as I can see , triune God where three entities are mentioned (plurality) and to all of whom the status of God is attributed is hardly monotheistic. Not to mention giving a son to God which belittles of Him.
And I know Islam. The religion where all these requirements are stressed within the 6 pillars of faith. God in Islam is described as one , not begotten and never did beget. I don't think any other religion describes God in a better way. So Allah is God. The word Allah itself in Arabic can be seen as meaning "The God" which is quite natural since there is one God.
Of course after a few debates with atheists I came to see how they challenge this argument about why God exists , asking physical proof of the existence of God and saying that the existence of the universe is not a reason to believe that it has a creator. And when asked : how did the universe come about , their answer is at best we don't know. Some can try to convince me with fancy words like the fluctuations of vacuum. An argument that can't of course explain the creation of the universe since these fluctuations have a cause. In short , they are trying to prove how a baby can be created by reasons from within it , instead of saying that its existence comes from outside of it , from a male and a female sexual entities.
Others , mainly from other religions and namely the Christians , argue using what they say contradictions and scientific mistakes in the Qur'an - of course the existence of such mistakes discards any book from being the word of God , for God can't make mistakes. Claims of this category include the number of "days" of creation , the laws of inheritance , the shape of the earth , the orbit of the moon and the sun etc... . Answers to such questions can always be provided.
Some others bring out cherry-picked verses and present them as being a call for hatred and killing , or abuse of women. Answers are again provided.
And the mother of all questions : Why does God make us suffer , why does he cause so much pain and suffering. As I mentioned earlier , This life is a test. And a test that has an outcome : either a blessing or a curse. But to fully fathom happiness , one must feel sadness , and to understand pain one must understand comfort . health and sickness , hope and despair just the same. So would you understand beauty if you didn't know ugliness? Will you enjoy heaven if you have no idea about its opposite? And will Hell be bad , if people only knew pain? No.
This is how I got to be convinced about my religion. I understand arabic , the mosque is around the corner from my house , I hear Athan all the time. But still I can't find the emotional burst that some new converts experience. Why do new converts cry ? What am I missing? Am I that confident about going to heaven? What's wrong with me? Any converts who have experienced this please tell about it. It seems something great and not to be missed.