What of the Whole Universe?

Munzareen wrote this as a comment under one of my posts. It is a well known and story full of wisdom:

One day Abu Hanifa was set to debate an atheist about the existence of God. He arrived late, which angered his adversary. But Abu Hanifa had an excuse: “I’m sorry,” he said. “When I arrived at the river bank there was no boat. So I waited. All of a sudden a tree fell, turned into a boat, and right before my eyes I saw oars coming out of the log. Only then was I able to row the boat to get here.” The man was livid, sensing that Abu Hanifa was insulting his intelligence. To that, Abu Hanifa replied: “You refuse to believe the story I just told, yet you think that the earth, the sky, sun and moon just “happened.” If a boat cannot be built without a boatman, what of this whole universe?”


Allah yarham Imam Abu Hanifa!


4 responses to “What of the Whole Universe?

  1. Masha Allah, that was short and sweet. I have to use that.

  2. Munzareen rocks…and Abu Hanifa rocks even more!

  3. Imam Abu Hanifa really does rock! 🙂 Have you ever heard of that story about him as a young boy answering the questions of an opponent of Islam?

    One day, the ruler of Rome at that time sent an envoy to Baghdad with three challenges for the Muslims. When the messenger reached the city, he informed the Khalifah that he had three questions which he challenged the Muslims to answer.The Khalifah gathered together all the scholars of the city and the Roman messenger climbed upon a high platform and said, “I have come with three questions. If you answer them, then I will leave with you a great amount of wealth which I have brought from the king of Rome.

    As for the questions, they were:’What was there before Allah?”In which direction does Allah face?”What is Allah engaged in at this moment?'”
    The great assembly of people were silent. (Can you think of answers to these questions?) In the midst of these brilliant scholars and students of Islam, there was a man looking on with his young son. “O my dear father! I will answer him and silence him!” said the youth.So the boy sought the permission of the Khalifah to give the answers and he was given the permission to do so.

    The Roman addressed the young Muslim and repeated his first question, “What was there before Allah?” The boy asked, “Do you know how to count?” “Yes,” said the man.”Then count down from ten!” So the Roman counted down, “ten, nine, eight, …” until he reached “one” and he stopped counting.
    “But what comes before ‘one’?” asked the boy. “There is nothing before one- that is it!” said the man. “Well then, if there obviously is nothing before the arithmetic ‘one’, then how do you expect that there should be anything before the ‘One’ who is Absolute truth, All-Eternal, Everlasting the First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden?”
    Now the man was surprised by this direct answer which he could not dispute.

    So he asked, “Then tell me, in which direction is Allah facing?” “Bring a candle and light it,” said the boy, “and tell me in which direction the flame is facing.”
    “But the flame is just light- it spreads in each of the four directions, North, South, East and West. It does not face any one direction only,” said the man in wonderment.
    The boy cried, “Then if this physical light spreads in all four directions such that you cannot tell me which way it faces, then what do you expect of the Nur-us-Samawati-wal-‘Ard: Allah – the Light of the Heavens and the Earth!? Light upon Light, Allah faces all directions at all times.”

    The Roman was stupefied and astounded that here was a young child answering his challenges in such a way that he could not argue against the proofs. So, he desperately wanted to try his final question. But before doing so, the boy said, “Wait! You are the one who is asking the questions and I am the one who is giving the answers to these challenges. It is only fair that you should come down to where I am standing and that I should go up where you are right now, in order that the answers may be heard as clearly as the questions.

    “This seemed reasonable to the Roman, so he came down from where he was standing and the boy ascended the platform. Then the man repeated his final challenge, “Tell me, what is Allah doing at this moment?” The boy proudly answered, “At this moment, when Allah found upon this high platform a liar and mocker of Islam, He caused him to descend and brought him low. And as for the one who believed in the Oneness of Allah, He raised him up and established the Truth. Every day He exercises (universal) power (Surah 55 ar-Rahman, Verse 29).”
    The Roman had nothing to say except to leave and return back to his country, defeated.

    The young boy was Imam Abu Hanifa.

  4. Subhan’Allah both those stories are amazing.

    10 years old…subhan’Allah.

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