Where is Allah?
By Abu Muhammad Yusuf
Due to negative publicity of Islam and Muslims in the media which is a primary cause of Islamophobia, we are often confronted with questions relating to various issues of Islamic faith and practices. It so important to be calm and calculated in our response and avoid being angry and aggressive. This was the example shown to us by our Noble Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him).
A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut. As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation. They talked about so many things and various subjects. Then the Barber said, “Young man, you will look smart with your beard off, do you want me to remove it?”. Politely he told the Barber, ‘It is a sunnah (practice)of my Beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and Allah would love that I follow His Messengers (pbuh)noble example. The Barber raised his voice and said:”I don’t believe that Allah exists.”
“Why do you say that?” asked the customer. “Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that Allah doesn’t exist. Tell me, if Allah exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children?
If Allah existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can’t imagine a loving Allah who would allow all of these things.”The customer thought for a moment, but didn’t respond because he didn’t want to start an argument. The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop.
Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and unkempt.
The customer turned back and entered the barbershop again and he said to the barber:”You know what? Barbers do not exist.”
“How can you say that?” asked the surprised barber.”I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!
“No!” the customer exclaimed. “Barbers don’t exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside.”
“Ah, but barbers DO exist! That’s what happens when people do not come to me.”
“Exactly!” affirmed the customer. “That’s the point! Allah, too, DOES exist! That’s what happens when people do not go to Him and don’t look to Him for help. That’s why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world.”
Humbly the barber acknowledged his folly and acknowledged the Existence of Allah.
Allah does indeed exist and we need to turn to Him to acquire universal peace and happiness. Allah Ta’ala says:“Whithersoever ye turn, there is the presence of Allah. For Allah is all-Pervading, all-Knowing.” (Quran:2:115)
So in conclusion let us always respond to questions in a focussed and positive way as it is very possible that the questioner may be sincere and is looking for true guidance! Our response is very crucial in the way an observer will perceive Islam and the Muslims in general. Allah Ta’ala says; “Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction and argue with them in a way that is best”. (Quran 16:125).
– Edited from www.eislam.co.za