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EDITORIAL The root cause of the spiritual malaise from which mankind suffers today is the failure to recognise and submit to God the Originator and Creator of the universe. Although since time Immemorial God has been revealing Himself to mankind in multifarious ways there exist many obstacles which hinder man from readily accepting His existence and laws. There is a cause for everything. Whatever exists in the material universe must have been created by some power, otherwise what exists must always have been present in some form which means that it had no beginning. According to Islam the creative power which brought the universe into existence is the One True God – Allah, Who declares in the Holy Quran: He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth. When He creates a thing, He only says to it ‘Be’ and it is. (2:118) And He it is Who originates the creation. (30:28) He is Allah, the Creator the Maker, the Fashioner. (59:25) The question is frequently raised that if there is a cause for everything then who created God? The Holy Quran states: He is the First and the Last. (57:4) There was a time when absolutely nothing existed in space and, as something cannot come from nothing, it is self-evident that a creative power has always existed and, according to the Holy Quran, that power is God who created the universe. The first cause has no beginning otherwise if it had, then it would not be the first cause because everything which has a beginning is dependent on a cause for its existence and creation. God is Independent of all. He was not created by any other power which clarifies the self-evident fact that He has no beginning.

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