Addressing, attributing and giving thanks to “Nature” as a metaphor for Allaah

Question: A bottled water company wrote a strange sentence on a roadside advertising billboard. It says: “There are still some gifts granted by nature in our world,” and beside it is a picture of flowing water from somewhere. I told them that this is not permissible according to the Sharee`ah (Islaamic Law), because it is Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) Who gives us the gift of water, and not nature as the communists say – may Allaah destroy them. And what is this nature that they claim has the ability to give water or prevent it? However, they argued that the words are metaphoric, in the same way as you would say: “The prince built the city.” So what is ruling on this sentence?

Please, explain this to us, as people see this by day and night, and some of them might think that there is nothing wrong with it, and this may be dangerous for their `Aqeedah (creed). May Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) help Muslims understand their religion well, and have a correct `Aqeedah in which there is no doubt.

Answer: It is not permissible to say this sentence: “There are still some natural gifts in our world,” or to write it, even if it is claimed to be metaphorical, because it causes confusion… read more here.

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