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Assalamu'alaikum. What was the first thing that Allah SWT created?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامداومصليا

There are differences of opinion as to which thing was created first. In the Hadith of Tirmidhi it mentions The ‘Pen’.

قَالَ عَطَاءٌ فَلَقِيتُ الْوَلِيدَ بْنَ عُبَادَةَ بْنِ الصَّامِتِ صَاحِبِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم
إِنِّي سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏"‏ إِنَّ أَوَّلَ مَا خَلَقَ اللَّهُ الْقَلَمَ فَقَالَ اكْتُبْ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ مَا أَكْتُبُ قَالَ اكْتُبِ الْقَدَرَ مَا كَانَ وَمَا هُوَ كَائِنٌ إِلَى الأَبَدِ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى وَهَذَا حَدِيثٌ غَرِيبٌ مِنْ هَذَا الْوَجْهِ ‏.‏

Ubadah ibn Samit (رضي الله عنه) says, Indeed I heard the Messenger of Allah ( صلي الله عليه وسلم ) saying: "Verily the first of what Allah created was the Pen. So He said: 'Write.' It said : 'What shall I write?' He said : 'Write Al-Qadar, what it is , and what shall be, until the end.'

In another, it is ‘My Nur ’ ( صلي الله عليه وسلم)‘The Intellect’, ‘The Spirit’ and ‘The Throne’. To reconcile with the varies opinions it could be said that these were amongst first things created by Allah before their kind I.e. the Pen before the creation of trees, the Nur of the Messenger before any Nur, the Intellect being the most subtle part of the body and the Throne being thick and huge in size.

Some say the Hadith of the Intellect is Mawdu’ (fabricated) and the other Hadiths are free from any interpretation.

Allama Qastalani رحمه الله says the Nur of the Messenger صلي الله عليه وسلم has priority over the Pen.

(قوت المغتذي)

ذكره القسطلاني في المواهب بطريق الحاكم والترجيح لحديث النور علي حديث الباب
(العرف الشذي)

(جامع الترمذي ٤/٦٨،مكتبة البشري)

And Allah knows best .

03 Safar 1443/ 11 September 2021

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