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God (Allah) is the Sustainer

By Editorial Staff

Sustainer

Who sustained the universe before the birth of Jesus and when he was a helpless newborn and when asleep and after his alleged death?

One of the names and attributes of God is “the Sustainer”, i.e. the One Who sustains and looks after His creatures and servants. Such sustainment entails God’s pre-existence that is not preceded by non-existence, everlasting consciousness that is not preceded by unconsciousness, enduring wakefulness that is not interrupted by sleeping and eternal existence that is not ended by death.

This universe could not have been there and cannot continue to exist if God has not pre-existed it or if sleep or death could have absented Him from it.

The Sustainer in Islam

In the Qur’an, God (called “Allah” in Arabic) is described as “the Sustainer” Whom cannot be overtaken by drowsiness or sleep. We read:

Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. (Al-Baqarah 2:255)

“The Sustainer” is one of the greatest names of God which if He is prayed thereby He will answer and if He is asked thereby, He will give. Anas (may God be pleased with him) reported that he was sitting down with the Messenger of God (peace be upon him), while a man was praying and supplicating: “O Allah! We ask You, since all praise is up to You, there is no God worthy of worship but You alone, the Beneficent, Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, O Lord of Majesty and Bounty, O the Ever-living, the Sustainer.” Then, the Prophet said: “He prayed to God by His Great name which if He is prayed to thereby will answer and if He is asked thereby He will give.” (At-Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, An-Nasa’I, and Ibn Majah)

Also, Prophet Muhammad used to use this name to invoke God when he got up at night to offer prayers. It is reported on the authority of Ibn `Abbas (may God be pleased with them) that when Prophet Muhammad got up at night to offer prayers, he would supplicate: “O Allah, our Lord, to You belongs all praise, You are the Sustainer of heavens and earth. To You belongs all praise. You are the Lord of Heavens and Earth and all that is within them. To You belongs all praise…” (Al-Bukhari)

The Sustainer in Christianity

Though Jesus is taken as God in Christianity, the Bible tells us that he was not “the Sustainer” simply because he was created after the creation of the universe. We read: “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. When Mary his mother was engaged to Joseph, before they were married, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:18)

In the New Testament, the Bible reports that Jesus was a helpless newborn whom Joseph took along with his mother to Egypt to save them from death. We read: When the magi had departed, an angel from the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod will soon search for the child in order to kill him.” (Matthew 2:13)

The Bible also narrates that Jesus used to sleep like any other human being. We read: “When Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. A huge storm arose on the lake so that waves were sloshing over the boat. But Jesus was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, rescue us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:23-25)

The Bible also relates to us that Jesus died for three days and three nights and he predicted the same. We read: “Just as Jonah was in the whale’s belly for three days and three nights, so the Human One will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights” (Matthew 12:40)

However, the New Testament, particularly the very Gospel of Matthew from which we quoted the above verses, states that Jesus was buried Friday night (Matthew 27:60) and rose before dawn on Sunday (Matthew 28:1) i.e. Saturday night, that is to say he remained in his alleged grave two nights and one day only.

Anyhow, we may ask: who sustained the universe before the birth of Jesus and when he was a helpless newborn and when asleep and after his death for the alleged three days and three nights?

There is no doubt that it is God (called “Father” in Christianity) Who sustained the universe at the stated and all other times.

Accordingly, God is the true Deity Who is worthy of worship. Jesus is not God. Had Jesus been God, the universe would not have stuck out before his birth, during his infancy and sleep and after his alleged death.

Since the universe held out, this means that there was someone else who was in charge. This is God, the Sustainer.

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- Sahih Al-Bukhari

3- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

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26 thoughts on “God (Allah) is the Sustainer

Yusuf Can

Yusuf Can

Jesus has existed eternally. He has no beginning as he is God. Only as a human being he had a beginning.

John 1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

    Islam4christians

    Islam4christians

    Was “the word” a living being before the creation of the world? If yes, can you tell me how?

    Yusuf Can

    Yusuf Can

    Don’t understand what you mean. Is Allah for you a living being or not?

    Islam4christians

    Islam4christians

    In Islam, God (Allah) is a living being and Jesus His word that existed only as a human being after the creation of the world. Jesus did not exist before his birth as a living being. Was Jesus a living being before his birth in Christianity?

    Yusuf Can

    Yusuf Can

    In Islam, God (Father, Son and Spirit) is a living being and existed in eternity past and therefore before his birth as he has no beginning. His human nature had a beginning 2000 years ago.

    Islam4christians

    Islam4christians

    Where does Islam say that?

    Yusuf Can

    Yusuf Can

    sorry. I Christianity of course.

    Islam4christians

    Islam4christians

    Where does Christianity say that Jesus was a “living being” before his birth?

    Yusuf Can

    Yusuf Can

    In the passage I cited for example.
    John 1:
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

    14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

    Or when Jesus said that he had seen Abraham.

    Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
    John 8:56-59

    Islam4christians

    Islam4christians

    Thank you! You always provide evidence against yourself. The verses (John 1:1-3) indicate that Jesus existed only as a lifeless word with God like anyone of us. According to Islam, all human beings were created by the word “Be”, i.e. “Let you exist.” In this sense, all of us were a lifeless word with God. But, does that mean that we or Jesus were living beings before the creation of the world? John 1:14 proves that Jesus became a living being “became flesh” only after his birth. He did not exist as a living being before his nativity.

    Islam4christians

    Islam4christians

    By the way, a few days ago, a Christian girl read my discussions with you and decided to revert to Islam in order to be a true Muslim and a true Christian. Once again, thank you!

    Yusuf Can

    Yusuf Can

    Guess you read everything the way you want it. How on earth can you come to this conslusion that when Jesus says that he met Abraham he met him as a lifeless word.

    Or Philippians 2:5-7. “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”

    Islam4christians

    Islam4christians

    First: Where did Jesus say that he met Abraham? Second: as usual, you give evidence against yourself, Philippians 2:5-7 prove that Jesus was a servant of God simply because God cannot be humble. God is the Transcendent. Please click: http://www.islamforchristians.com/names-and-attributes-of-god-the-transcendent/

    Yusuf Can

    Yusuf Can

    Read John 8:56-59 again.

    When you speak of god you are speaking about your god but not the Christian God.

    Just because Allah is not all powerful and for him it’s not possible to come to earth that does not mean that this is true not not possible for my God. My God has become Man through the person of Jesus who has been with the father for ever. The word was with God and he sustained the whole world. He was the one who was in the burning bush, he was the one met Hagar and Ishmael.

    Yusuf Can

    Yusuf Can

    In Islam. I guess Allah is eternal. Is the Quran eternal too?

    Islam4christians

    Islam4christians

    Absurd! Do you want God to be able to, for example, urinate and defecate like Jesus, whom you worship as God, so that you will believe that He is All-powerful? By the way, did the Old Testament say that Jesus met Abraham?

    Yusuf Can

    Yusuf Can

    Jesus’ human nature was fully human and therefore he could urinate. As he was 100% human he could all these things but he was still 100% God but limited his power willingly. God could destroy us all but he choses not to use all his power. Does that make him less God?

    Read the story and you’ll see that the Angel of the Lord mentioned is not just an Angel. But you’ll never even consider this.

    Islam4christians

    Islam4christians

    If you choose to worship as God a human being who urinates and defecates like you, we, Muslims, do not do for this does not beseem the divine nature of God. In Islam, God neither urinates nor defecates!

    Yusuf Can

    Yusuf Can

    Guess your God is not humble enough and does not love us enough to humble himself and die on the cross that we don’t have to pay for our sins ourselfs but he paid himself.

    Philippians 2:5-7. “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”

    Yusuf Can

    Yusuf Can

    when Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his Son. God stopped him and said he’ll provide a sacrifice himself. 2000 years ago God kept that promise and provided HIS Son and this time the Son was sacrificed.

    Islam4christians

    Islam4christians

    In Islam and the genuine Christianity, God is the Transcendent but at the same time so loving that accepts repentance without the need for killing innocent people for such sins which they did not commit but just to pay for the sins of others. According to you, God is so lowly that he is humiliated by his presumable creatures, so earthly that he relieves himself like us and so vengeful that he does not accept repentance except through the murder of innocent people.

    Islam4christians

    Islam4christians

    Do your above words about Abraham mean that Jesus met Abraham?

    Yusuf Can

    Yusuf Can

    Why did they have to sacrifice animals? Why are Muslims sacrificing during the celebration of the Eid al-Adha.

    Islam4christians

    Islam4christians

    We sacrifice animals to eat them! Do you liken Jesus to animals?

    Yusuf Can

    Yusuf Can

    But why sacrifice them? Why did the jews sacrifice anmials?

    Islam4christians

    Islam4christians

    To eat them! Do you see Jesus as an animal?

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