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Qur'an 2:115: How to seek the face of God?

“And to Allah belongs the east and the west. So wherever you [might] turn, there is the Face of Allah. Indeed, Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” (Qur’an 2:115).

Similar to the Bible is the following text:

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:7-10).

“The east and the west” means “to turn towards” and also “to turn away from”, so whithersoever you turn, there is the face of God [1]. On the other side is God seeking to facilitate matters for his creatures, for instance, through the bandwidth that He has permitted in performing moral duties [2]. God is merciful to people through his revelation, a revelation that is the answer to the need of every human being. This means that without such a revelation, man lives in the shadow of God. In order to achieve salvation and to receive the mercy of God, it is necessary to have the correct worship of God, not only in prayer, but also in moral lifestyle. The face of God is his likeness, his reflection. God took on a human face. Jesus, the Word of God (Qur’an 3:45) and Spirit of God (Qur’an 4:171) came to our world in a human body. And he did this so he could feel our pain, be tested as we are, and show us how to live according to God’s will. The Qur’an is telling us about Jesus: “We gave him the Gospel, in which was guidance and light” (Qur’an 3:45). The Qur’an confirms the Gospel. Jesus said:

“I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12).


[1] Feras Hamza (ed), An Anthology of Qur’anic Commentaries, Volume I, Oxford University Press, New York, 2008, 67-68.
[2] Ibid, 70.

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