Allah created the universe through Muhammad (s) and his Ahl al-Bait (a.s.)

بسم الله الرّحمن الرّحيم

If we study the traditions regarding the creation of the universe, the reality will emerge that ‎Allah – the High – did not create everything directly and without means. Rather, He only ‎created the pure ‘light’ of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and his Ahle Bait (a.s.) through His Will ‎‎(Masheeyyat). Thereafter, He gave existence to the rest of the creations through the medium ‎of the ‘light’ of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and his Ahle Bait (a.s.) For the sake of brevity, we ‎cite a few traditions on this subject:‎

‎1.‎ Jaabir Ibn Abdullah Ansari (r.a.) asked the Holy Prophet of Islam (s.a.w.a.), “What was the ‎first creation of Allah? He (s.a.w.a.) replied, ‎

‎‘O Jaabir! Allah first created the ‘light’ of your Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and then He created all ‎goodness from it.” ‎

‎(Beharul Anwaar, vol. 57, p. 170)‎

‎2.‎ Abbas, the uncle of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.), narrates that he (s.a.w.a.) said, ‎‎“O my respected uncle! Allah created us at a time when there was neither sky nor ‎earth, nor Arsh nor Paradise nor Hell. We glorified Allah at the time when no (form of) ‎glorification existed. We revered Him at a time when there was no (idea of) reverence. ‎When Allah intended to create the creation, He split my ‘light’ and created the ‘throne’ ‎‎(Arsh) from it. The ‘light’ of the ‘throne’ is from my ‘light’ and my ‘light’ is from the ‎‎‘light’ of Allah. Hence I am superior to the ‘throne’. ‎

Then Allah split the ‘light’ of Ali (a.s.) and created the angels from it. The ‘light’ of the ‎angels is from the ‘light’ of Ali Ibn Abi Taalib (a.s.). The ‘light’ of Ali Ibn Abi Taalib is ‎from the ‘light’ of Allah and hence Ali is superior to the angels.‎

Then Allah split the ‘light’ of my daughter Fatima (s.a.) and created the heavens and the ‎earths from it. The ‘light’ of the earths and the skies is from the ‘light’ of my daughter ‎Fatima (s.a.). The ‘light’ of Fatima (s.a.) is from the ‘light’ of Allah and Fatima (s.a.) is ‎superior to the earth and the skies.‎

Then Allah split the ‘light’ of Hasan (a.s.) and created the sun and moon from it. The ‎‎‘light’ of the sun and the moon is from the ‘light’ of Hasan. The ‘light’ of Hasan is from ‎the ‘light’ of Allah and Hasan (a.s.) is superior to the sun and the moon.‎

Then Allah split the ‘light’ of Husain (a.s.) and created paradise and the wide-eyed ‎houries from it. The ‘light’ of paradise and the houries is from the ‘light’ of Husain (a.s.). ‎The ‘light’ of Husain (a.s.) is from the ‘light’ of Allah and Husain (a.s.) is superior to ‎paradise and the houries.’ ‎

‎(Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 25, pp. 16-17)‎

‎3.‎ Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s.) said,‎

‎“Allah the Almighty created us and created us in the best of forms. He fashioned our ‎features and granted us the best characteristics. Then He appointed us as His ‎representatives over His creation. He chose us as His tongue amongst His creation. He ‎selected us as His hand of mercy and kindness amongst His servants; He chose us as the ‎face through which one can recognise Him and His door thorough which one can ‎approach Him. He appointed us the guardian of the treasures in His heaven and the ‎earth.‎

It is on our account that the trees bear fruit, the fruits ripen and the river flow with ‎abundant water. It is due to us that Allah sends down the rain from the skies and ‎vegetation sprouts from the earth. Allah is (truly) worshipped on account of our worship. ‎If we were absent, Allah would not be worshipped at all.”‎

‎(Tauheed of Shaykh Sadooq (r.a.), p. 151, H. 8)‎

A tradition on this topic has been narrated by Ibn Ya’foor from Imam Sadiq (a.s.) which ‎reinforces the subjects outlined in the above traditions,‎

‎“Allah created a creation and entrusted all the affairs of religions to it. We are that ‎creation.” ‎
‎(Tauheed of Shaykh Sadooq (r.a.), p. 152, H. 9)‎

There are several narrations on this topic in books of traditions. For further study, one can ‎refer to the traditions reported in Beharul Anwaar volumes 35 and 57, Ehqaqul Haq volumes 9 ‎and 15, Usoole’ Kafi volume 1, etc.‎

These traditions clarify the point completely that Allah the Almighty created this universe ‎through the means of Muhammad (s.a.w.a.) and the Ahle Bait (a.s.). In fact, one can say that He ‎created the entire universe through their ‘light’.‎


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