Quora Answer: Does Allah (s.w.t.) Stay in Our Heart?

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ 

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “Does Allah (s.w.t.) Stay on our heart?  Did Allah (s.w.t.) Create the whole universe?  Does Allah (s.w.t.) stay everywhere?  What it the correct location and size of Allah (s.w.t.)? 

Within Muslim theology, Allah (s.w.t.) is Absolute.  Absoluteness means that there is no place where God is not, meaning that He is Omnipresent.  It also means that although Allah (s.w.t.) is distinct from Creation, Creation does not exist “outside” Allah (s.w.t.).  To explain this metaphysically, imagine an infinite ocean, with no surface and no floor.  Everything exists within that infinite ocean, and nothing is outside of it.  Everything within that ocean is distinct from it, but yet nothing is not of it.  Since everything is surrounded by the water of the ocean, they cannot perceive it.  In the same way, the fish in the real ocean do not see that ocean unless we remove that fish from it, since we cannot be removed from the “ocean” of Allah (s.w.t.), we cannot perceive it directly, and look for signs such as the currents that move everything. 

In this conception, we understand that Allah (s.w.t.) has no size or location since such a concept is irrelevant.  Size and location requires fixed points and movement from those points.  Allah (s.w.t.) is everywhere, and does not move from one place to another.  Since He is everywhere, nothing can be created except “within” Him, and not ex nihilo.  Allah (s.w.t.) is perceived in our heart.  We say that He “stays” there in that since we sense Him there, He seems closest there.


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