The subject we have explained so far is one of the greatest truths that
will ever be told to you in your lifetime. Proving that the whole material world is in
reality a "shadow being", this subject is the key to comprehending the existence
of and creation by Allah and of understanding that He is the only absolute being.
The person who understands this subject realises that the world is not
the sort of place it is surmised by most people to be. The world is not an absolute place
with a true existence as supposed by those who wander aimless about the streets, who get
into fights in pubs, who show off in luxurious cafes, who brag about their property, or
who dedicate their lives to hollow aims. The world is only a collection of perceptions, an
illusion. All of the people we have cited above are only shadow beings who watch these
perceptions in their minds: yet they are not aware of this.
This concept is very important for it undermines the materialist
philosophy that denies the existence of Allah and causes it to collapse. This is the
reason why materialists like Marx, Engels, and Lenin felt panic, became enraged, and
warned their followers "not to think over" this concept when they were told
about it. As a matter of fact, such people are in such a state of mental deficiency that
they cannot even comprehend the fact that perceptions are formed inside the brain. They
assume that the world they watch in their brain is the "external world" and they
cannot comprehend the obvious evidence to the contrary. This unawareness is the outcome of
the lack of wisdom given to disbelievers by Allah. As it is said in the Quran, the
unbelievers "have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not,
and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle-nay more misguided: for they are
heedless (of warning)." (Surat al-Araf, 179)
We have described this subject in this book up to a certain point. You
can explore beyond this point by using the power of your personal reflection. For this,
you have to concentrate, devote your attention, and ponder on the way you see the objects
around you and the way you feel their touch. If you think heedfully, you can feel that the
wise being that sees, hears, touches, thinks, and reads this book at this moment is only a
soul and watches the perceptions called "matter" on a screen. The person who
comprehends this is considered to have moved away from the domain of the material world
that deceives a major part of humanity and to have entered the domain of true existence.
This reality has been understood by a number of theists or philosophers
throughout history. Islamic intellectuals such as Imam Rabbani and Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi
realised this fact from the signs of the Quran and by using their reason. Some
Western philosophers like George Berkeley have grasped the same reality through reason.
Imam Rabbani wrote in his Mektubat (Letters) that the whole material universe is an
"illusion and supposition(perception)" and that the only absolute being is
Allah... The substance of these beings which He created is but
nothingness... He created all at the sphere of senses and illusions... The existence of
the universe is at the sphere of senses and illusions, and it is not material... In real,
there is nothing in the outside except the Glorious Being, (who is Allah).
However, the number of those who have understood this fact throughout
history has always been limited. Great scholars such as Imam Rabbani have written that it
might have been inconvenient to tell this fact to the masses and that most people would
not be able to grasp it.
In the age in which we live, this fact has been made empirical by the
body of evidence put forward by science. The fact that the universe is a shadow being is
described in such a concrete, clear, and explicit way for the first time in history.
For this reason, the 21st century will be a historical-turning point
when people will generally comprehend the divine realities and be led in crowds to Allah,
the only Absolute Being. In the 21st century, it is the materialistic creeds of the 19th
century that will be relegated to the trash-heaps of history, Allahs existence and
creation will be grasped, such facts as spacelessness and timelessness will be understood,
humanity will break free of the centuries-old veils, deceits and superstitions enshrouding
It is not possible for this unavoidable course to be impeded by any