God’s One Important Quality – the Alpha and the Omega
God almighty clearly says in the Quran that He is the Alpha and the Omega (the first and the last). It is very easy to read the verse but it is impossible to comprehend what it means. From our limited understanding (which human brain can grasp) we can think that God is absolute, before God nothing was there so God is eternal. God does not have a beginning or an end.
Billions or trillions and trillions of years before God was there and trillions and trillions… of years after now, God will be there. We live on the earth only for few years. So what does all this mean?! It means that our limited brain is totally helpless to understand the mystery and nature of God. God is beyond our contemplation and comprehension. Therefore, if anybody claims that he/she understands God, His plans and wills, his/her claim is very foolish, childish and wrong.
[The Quran 57:1] Glorifying GOD is everything in the heavens and the earth. He is the Almighty, Most Wise.
[57:2] To Him belongs the kingship of the heavens and the earth. He controls life and death. He is Omnipotent.
[57:3] He is the Alpha and the Omega (First and the Last). He is the Outermost and the Innermost. He is fully aware of all things.
[57:4] He is the One who created the heavens and the earth in six days, then assumed all authority. He knows everything that enters into the earth, and everything that comes out of it, and everything that comes down from the sky, and everything that climbs into it. He is with you wherever you may be. GOD is Seer of everything you do.
[57:5] To Him belongs the kingship of the heavens and the earth. All matters are controlled by GOD.
[57:6] He merges the night into the day, and merges the day into the night. He is fully aware of the innermost thoughts.
God in this sura also mentions some other important aspects regarding His power and authority. God says, He created the universe (as well as earth of course) within six days. Obviously this “six days” cannot be our six-day time period. This verse is definitely allegorical. That “six days” could be six millions or even six billions of days or years as far as our time counting system is concerned.
These verses are very profound and any true intelligent person can easily understand what his/her intellectual limitation to comprehend the nature and qualities of God. Obviously, there is no mastery here; only submission with awe and humbleness! Thank you and may God bless you.