Who Created ALLAH الله سبحان و تعالىٰ?’
A Clarification Of A Doubt
Shaykh Albani [Rahimullah]
Taken from Silsilah Ahadeeth As-Saheehah of Shaykh Al-Albaani [Rahimullah]
Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya
Shaykh al-Albani refutes this doubt by researching the following Ahadeeth:
On the authority of ‘Aa’ishah -رضي الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰعنها- who said that the Messenger of ALLAH الله سبحان و تعالىٰ - ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ- said: ‘If the Shaytan comes to one of you and says: ‘Who created you?’ say ‘ALLAH الله سبحان و تعالىٰ .’ Then he will say: who created ALLAAH الله سبحان و تعالىٰ? So if one of you finds this situation then say: ‘I have believed in ALLAAH الله سبحان و تعالىٰ and His Messengers.’ This doubt will then leave you.’ Narrated by Ahmad graded Hasan by Albani [saheehah 116]
In another narration also in Saheehah (Hadeeth No.117), the Prophet - ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ- said: ‘The Shaytan comes to one of you and says: ‘Who created this? Who created that? Who created this? Until he says who created your lord? So if this reaches you then seek refuge in ALLAH الله سبحانه و تعالىٰand it will end.’ Narrated by Bukhari, Muslim and Ibn Sunni.
In the wording narrated by Abu Hurairah رضي الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ عنه, The Messenger of ALLAH الله سبحان و تعالىٰ - ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ said: ‘The people will question one another so much that one of them will say: So ALLAH الله سبحان و تعالىٰ created the creation, then who created Allaah Azza wa Jal? So if they say this, then say:
Begotten, And There Is None Like Unto Him. >> Then he should spittle to his left three times and seek refuge from the Shaytan. Narrated by Abu Dawood & Ibn Sunni and graded Hasan by Albani.
Then Shaykh Albani comments by saying:
These authentic Ahadeeth indicate that it is obligatory for the one Shaytan whispers to, by saying ‘who created ALLAH الله سبحان و تعالىٰ?’, that he turns away from debating with him and responds with what was mentioned in the previous Ahadeeth, the summary of which is:
I have believed in ALLAAH الله سبحان و تعالىٰ and His Messengers. ‘He is ALLAH الله سبحان و تعالىٰ, The One, Allaahus-Samad, He does not beget nor was He begotten, and there is none like unto Him.’ Then he should spittle to his left three times and seek refuge from the Shaytan. This (then) stops him from being carried away by the whisperings of Shaytan.
I truly believe that whoever does this sincerely, out of obedience to ALLAAH الله سبحان و تعالىٰ and His Messenger, these whisperings will definitely leave him and his Shaytan will be defeated due to the saying of the Messenger of ALLAAH الله سبحان و تعالىٰ- ( ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ) -: ‘Then this doubt will leave you.’
This noble prophetic teaching is more beneficial and more definitive against whisperings than intellectual debate in this issue, since it is very rare that such a debate will be beneficial. What is sad is that the majority of people are neglectful of this noble prophetic teaching! So take heed O Muslims, learn the Sunnah of your Prophet and implement it, in it is cure and honour for you.’ [Silsilah Saheehah: 118]