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About this Book

This book starts by describing the beginning of creation - from the Arsh (Throne) and the Kursi (Chair), the Pen, the Universe and all that is in it, such as the earth, mountains, oceans and rivers, the angels, the jinn, etc. Wherever necessary, the views and opinions of other notable scholars of Islam has also been recorded.

This eBook is compiled utilizing some of the highest quality and best standards of formatting in order to distinguish Qur'anic quotes, Ahadeeth references and scholarly quotes from the main body of the work. It is an excellent work which caters for a large audience of the English speaking world and can be read by virtually all age groups. Guaranteed to be enjoyed by all those who read it.

In the Beginning

Allah says in His Book:

Allah is the Creator of everything and He is the Guardian of everything. (39:62)

Hence everything besides Him is a creation belonging to Him. He is the Originator and Organiser Who brought them into existence after their nothingness.

Allah says in two places of the Noble Qur'an:

He created the heavens and the earth and whatsoever is between them in six days, then mounted He the Throne. (25:59)

... and His Throne was upon the water. (11:07)

The scholars agree that Allah created the heavens and the earth and whatsoever is between them in six days, as is obvious from the above Verse.

However, they differ on the nature of these days. Are they like these days of ours? Or is every day like a thousand years of your count? Also, was there anything else created before those days? We will speak on these questions shortly.

While some say that there was not any creation before these two were created, and they were created from nothingness, others cite the second Verse of above to show that there was a creation before the heavens and the earth.

Also, Imran ibn Husayn (R) narrated that the Prophet (S) said:

There was Allah, and there was nothing that preceded Him. His Throne was upon the water. He inscribed everything on the Preserved Tablet, and then created the heavens and the earth. (Bukhari)

The First Thing Created

The scholars differ on what was the first thing created. Some, like Ibn Jareer, Ibn Al-Jawzi, and others say that the Pen was created before all things. However, the majority concur with Hafidh Abul Ula Hamdani and others that the Throne was a creation before it. These are some narrations regarding the first things that were created.

Ubadah ibn Saamit (R) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (S) said:

The first thing Allah created was the Pen. Then He ordered it to write. So, at that very moment, it began to write what was to transpire till the Day of Resurrection.