Concept of God in Islam

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Concept of God in Islam
Allah, the Arabic word for God, is a unique term, which has neither gender nor plural forms. It, therefore, alludes to the Islamic concept of the One and Only God, distinguished from all of His creations.
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The One true God is reflection of the unique concept that Islam associates with God. To a Muslim, Allah is the Almighty Creator and Sustainer of the universes, who is similar to nothing and nothing, is comparable to Him. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) was asked by his contemporaries about Allah; the answer came directly from God Himself in the form of a short chapter of the Qur-an, which is considered the essence of the unity or the motto of monotheism.

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
"Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not nor was He begotten, And there is none like unto Him."
(Qur-an 112:1-4) Click for AUDIO

God: the Merciful and the Just
With the exception of one, each of the 114 chapters of the Qur-an begins with the verse "In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. "In one of the savings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) we are told that, "Allah is more loving and kind than a mother to her dear child."
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But God is also just. Hence evildoers and sinners must have their share of punishment, and the virtuous, His bounties and favors. Actually, God's attribute of mercy has full manifestation in His attribute of Justice. People suffering throughout their lives for His sake and people oppressing and exploiting other people all their lives should not receive similar treatment from their Lord. Expecting similar treatment for them will amount to negating the very belief in the accountability of man in the Hereafter and thereby negating all the incentives for a moral and virtuous life in this world. The following Qur-anic verses are very clear and straightforward in this respect:

"Verily for the righteous, are gardens of delight, in the presence of their Lord.

Shall We then treat the people of faith like the people of sin?  What is the matter with you?
How judge ye?"
(Qur-an, 68:34-36) Click for AUDIO

Islam rejects characterizing God in any human form or depicting Him as favoring certain individuals or nations on the basis of wealth, power or race. He created human beings as equals.  They may distinguish themselves and get His favor through virtue and piety only. Click for AUDIO
The concepts that God rested on the seventh day of creation, that God wrestle with one of His soldiers, that God is an envious plotter against mankind, or that God is incarnate in any human being are considered blasphemous from the Islamic point of view. Click for AUDIO

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