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Does God Have a Spirit?


I must say you are doing an excellent job answering questions.
My question is regarding Surah 38 verse 72. It states: {So when I have made him complete and breathed into him of My spirit, then fall down making obeisance to him.}

From that verse one might conclude that God is/has a spirit. Does He? I would appreciate if you could try and explain what God really is in Islam. I would also appreciate if you would clarify to me if He is/has a spirit or not and also if He put part of His spirit in Man. That is if He is a spirit. Thank you for your time..

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Salaam ,

Thank you very much for your question and for your kind words of appreciation.

There is a verse in the Holy Qur’an, Surah 17, verse 85, which says the meaning of:

*{… of knowledge it is only a little that is communicated to you, [O men!]}*

It is in the context of Man’s doubts about the Spirit, that God has said this. There is obviously a limit to what Man can know; his faculties as well as the scope and area of his knowledge are limited.

Human knowledge of the material world is attained through the use of the five senses; and certainly the five senses are useless in acquiring knowledge of the spiritual world. The only way to acquire some knowledge of the spiritual world is through divine revelation.

We ordinary mortals have no way of getting direct revelation, as it is given only to God’s prophets. And there are no prophets living now, nor can a new prophet come again. Yet, the knowledge of the spiritual world revealed to the prophets of the past is available to us in the Books of God.

A fact worth mentioning is that the Books of God except the Last and the Complete one – called the Holy Qur’an – are not extant in the original form in which they were revealed. So we need to go to the Holy Qur’an to know about the spirit, about God, about the hereafter etc.

Now your question is about God; whether God Almighty is a spirit. We should go to the Holy Qur’an to find an answer to your question. We read the meaning of the following about God in the Holy Qur’an in Surah 24, verse 35:

*{Allah is the Light of the heavens and earth; and the similitude of His Light is as a Niche in which is a Lamp enclosed in a Glass like a brilliant star; [the Lamp is] lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is very luminous, though fire has not touched it. Light upon Light! God does guide whom He wills to His Light: And God sets forth parables for men; and He is the Knower of all things.}*

Then in Surah 2, verse 255 we read the meaning of:

*{Allah! there is no god but He the living, the Self-subsisting, the Eternal. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on earth. Who is there that can intercede in His presence except as He permits? He knows what [appears to His creatures as] before or after or behind them. Nor shall they compass aught of His knowledge except as He wills. His throne extends over the heavens and the earth and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. For He is the Most High, the Supreme [in glory].}*

Also Surah 2, verse 115 reads the meaning of:

*{To Allah belong the east and the west; and wherever you turn, there is the Face of Allah. For Allah is All- Embracing, All- Knowing.}*

Then you can read the meaning of the following in Surah 59, verse 23:

*{He is Allah, besides Whom there is no other god, the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace [and Perfection]. The Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the Supreme: glory to Allah! [High is He] above the partners they attribute to Him.}*

Then we also read the meaning of the following in Surah 42, verse 11:

*{… there is nothing whatever like unto Him and He is the One Who hears and sees [all things].}*

The above are only a few of the verses that describe Allah Almighty. But they suffice for our purpose here. Of course there are persons who claim to know God personally.

I heard someone saying: “This morning the Lord talked to me…”. There are persons living now who even claim that they are the very incarnations of God! An example for this is Sai Baba of India.

My dear brother, it is a sad fact that religion is an open field where many “false Christs and false prophets” – to quote Jesus: “many ‘spiritual healers’ and ‘mystics’ play their games to deceive ‘the very elect.’” The Spiritual world is a mysterious world, about which it is risky to say unwarranted things. When that is so, we must be careful not to go beyond the limits of our own knowledge, to speak of God.

As for the soul, this is what Dr Syed E. Hasan, an eminent scholar of the Islamic Research Foundation International has got to say:

“According to the Islamic belief, soul is the essence of life. When the soul departs from the human body, all life functions cease, and we die. But the biological death does not affect the soul, which is everlasting. To the Muslims, death marks the transition from the worldly life to an eternal life in the hereafter.

We do not know exactly what happens to the soul after a person dies. Based on Qur’anic interpretations and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), we know this much: Upon death the soul departs to another unseen world where it awaits the Day of Judgment when everyone will be resurrected and face the ultimate judgment, resulting in a blissful abode in the heaven or the torment of the hell fire.”

And Allah knows best.

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