Consecutively today and tomorrow is the Birthdays of two of the greatest and wisest men who had walked the earth. Both having been Prophets and whose followers makes up for more than half the world's population; the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and the Prophet Isa or Jesus, the Son of Mary (AIS). Both the Muslims and Christians are celebrating these birthdays each in the own ways all over the world. Unfortunately in their names too there will be killing and brutality committed by the followers all in the name of religious and sectarian belief. It is a paradox that mankind has been inflicted with as he grapples with the truth of what Is. In this matter it is the heart that is able to see beyond words and manifestations; it is within the heart that the answer is found.
One has to approach the heart like one is looking into a tabernacle where all the secrets of life is held in. One looks into the heart with awe and reverence for it is where the Divine Essence of who you are resides; it is the abode of the Spark of Life that was the beginning From this spark originated the 'Big Bang' and in Islam I believe it is called the 'Nur Muhammad' or Light of Muhammad and it was said that out of this Light that the Lord Created the Universe.
It is related that Jābir ibn ‘Abd Allāh (r) said to the Prophet (s), “O Messenger of Allāh, may my father and mother be sacrificed for you, tell me of the first thing Allāh created before all things.” He said: O Jābir, the first thing Allāh created was the light of your Prophet from His light, and that light remained in the midst of His Power for as long as He wished, and there was not, at that time, a Tablet or a Pen or a Paradise or a Fire or an angel or a heaven or an earth. And when Allāh wished to create creation, he divided that Light into four parts and from the first made the Pen, from the second the Tablet, from the third the Throne, then He divided the fourth into four parts [and from them created everything else].The Prophet (s) told Jābir (r), “O Jābir! The first thing that Allāh created is the light of your Prophet.” If we heed what modern physics is teaching us, then that light must be the source of the great Big Bang. Physicists say that before that event, there was nothing. Then Allāh said, “Kun―Be!” and “it was―fayakūn.”
In explaining this tremendous aspect of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s), Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qādir Jilānī, (d. 561) in his book Sirr al-asrār fi mā yahtāju ilayh al-abrār said:
Know that since Allāh first created the soul of Muhammad (s) from the light of His beauty, as He said: I created Muhammad from the light of My Face, and as the Prophet said: The first thing Allāh created is my soul, and the first thing Allāh created is the Pen, and the first thing Allāh created is the Intellect - what is meant by all this is one and the same thing, and that is the haqīqa muhammadīyya. However, it was named a light because it is completely purified from darkness, as Allāh said, “There has come to you from Allah a Light and a manifest Book.”It was also named "an intellect" because it is the cause for the transmission of knowledge, and the pen is its medium in the world of letters. The Muhammadan soul (al-rūh al-muhammadīyya) is therefore the quintessence of all created things and the first of them and their origin, as the Prophet said: I am from Allāh and the believers are from me, and Allāh created all souls from me in the spiritual world and He did so in the best form. It is the name of the totality of mankind in that primordial world, and after its creation by four thousand years, Allāh created the Throne from the light of Muhammad himself, and from it the rest of creation.
However, what Allāh (swt) created and gave to the Prophet (s) at that time no one knows. He said:
In all my studies of the various religions such as Hinduism and Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism and many others, I find the truth in this in Islam. I feel it in my heart more than any other teachings as to be what is to me to be an acceptable revelation as to the origin of Creation itself. Most other explanation bears too many loopholes and does not carry water or I might just say incomplete in essence. The skeptics and atheist, the scientists and philosophers may be able to ridicule such claim but they cannot refute one single truth about the whole nature of Creation and that is the simple question as to not how but why. Why was the Universe created or happen to be or whatever, why would someone or something took all the effort and energy to create such a glorious piece of creation and for what purpose? And then why create a thinking being like the homo sapiens to ask this question and demand for its answer throughout the ages: Boredom?