Contents > Chapter 3: Pantheism, Wahdat al-Wajood or Moksha > Denying the Existence of all the creation


 

Denying the Existence of all the creation

The Sufis eventually denied their own existence and the existence of all the creation. They claimed that only Allah exists and nothing else. Having reached the pinnacle of misguidance, the Sufis took an extremely dangerous and opposite turn, whereby they explained that the existence of the creation does not negate Tawheed al-Wujoodi, because Allah is manifest in his creation. The creation is part of Allah Himself, and Allah does not exist outside his creation, as explained by Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki with the example of the seed and tree.

 

Now the people, who did not consider themselves worthy of being called humans and referred to themselves as dogs, now consider themselves to be Allah and Allah to be in the detestable creatures like dogs and pigs![1] And Sufis like Mansoor al-Hallaj proclaimed ‘Anal-Haqq’ (I am the Truth, i.e. Allah) and Abu Yazeed al-Bastami said: ‘Subhani ma-Aadham-shaaani’ (far removed am I from all imperfections, how great is my state) (And these descriptions are only for Allah).

 

From the above, we see the various stages of Wahdat al-Wajood in light of examples and quotes from the books of the Deobandis. What started with self-imposed anxiety led to degrading one’s existence to the level of dogs and pigs. Further exaggeration led to the complete denial of the existence of the creation, until finally it was claimed that all that exists is nothing but the Creator.

 

This evil concept is a result of the Sufi’s gross misunderstanding and distance from the clear teachings of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah and arrogance in following one’s own whims and desires.

 

The most overt and clear refutation of Wahdat al-Wajood is the unmistakable distinction between the Creator and the created in the Qur’aan and the Sunnah. “Allah created all things and He is the Wakeel (Trustee, Disposer of affairs, Guardian) of all things.”[2] We are the creation and Allah is our Creator. He is the One in Whose Hands our affairs lie, and He is the One, Who truly deserves to be worshiped. His Attributes cannot be compared to ours and His Self is beyond our comprehension and imagination.


[1] See Al-Kashf anil-Haqeeqat as-Soofiyyah p.162.

[2] Soorah az-Zumar (39): 62.