Both the Bible and the Holy Qur’an tell us that God has always existed and there has never been a time when he left. As such, He is the Eternal, without beginning and without end. He is the sole creator and supporter of everything that exists and no one exists beside Him, nor does He have partners. He tells us, He is not created, nor is He like His creation anyway. He is called by several names and three of them are:
- The First – (Al-Awwal)
- The Last – (Al-Akhir)
- The Eternal and the One who is sought after by His creation
- while He doesn’t need them – (As-Samad)
- He is not a man and He has no offspring or offspring
- He is not what He creates nor is he compared to Him
He always existed and He was never created, as He is not like His creation, nor similar to Him, in any way.
Prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessings be upon him) explained that the devil would eat a person and ask them questions about creation; “Who created this or that?” which answer would be; ” Allah ” until he asked; “Who created Allah?” At this stage, the prophet ﷺ advised us to leave this train of thought. Obviously, God – the real God, must be eternal and not be created.
The Holy Quran tells us:
“Allah! La ilaha illa Huwa Allah, there is no god but Him, The Living One, the One who subsists by Himself. They take Him neither drowsiness nor sleep. HIS is what is in heaven and what is on earth. Who will intercede with Him except with His permission? He knows his past and his future. And they include nothing of His science but what He wants. His Throne encompasses the heavens and the earth. And do not wear it out to guard them. And He is the Most High, the Magnificent. ” [This verse is called Ayat-ul-Kursi.] [Holy Quran 2: 255]
This verse really presents the comprehensive representation of God in a way without trying to define Him by comparing Him to His creation, but rather as being the Absolute in all its Attributes and Characteristics.