One of my friend said Allah is time and i argued it is shirk to say such a thing but he insist it is supported by sunnah. since time is a creation of Allah, it is like saying Allah is water another creation of his. What is the Islamic view on this ?

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    probably he is talking about this: islamqa.info/en/9571
    – user12159
    Mar 16 '15 at 15:39
  • @Enakku, Time has a beginning, Allah hasn't.
    – kalahari
    Mar 16 '15 at 19:15
  • @kalahari why do you say so?! i think this is a lie. i think everybody can easily think about time coordinate and about 3 coordinates of space as infinite to both ends, as about 4d euclidean space ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euclidean_space ) .
    – qdinar
    Mar 4 '17 at 11:54
  • and i think, if our space is not euclidean, time is probably infinite to both ends.
    – qdinar
    Mar 4 '17 at 12:01
  • @qdinar Scientists say that time is relative, can be distorted by mass or magnetic force, and also it has a beginning which is Big Bang. Theories with evidence/proof is much more solid to rely on then personal opinions.
    – kalahari
    Mar 4 '17 at 15:43

ad-Dahr is one of Allah's names that we know through Hadith Qudsi, and it's not a creation of Allah.

ad-Dahr is something that is infinite, i.e. it has not beginning or end. It cannot be measured. Sort of like an eon, but not exactly.

ad-Dahr is different from what we call as the measurement of time - waqt/zaman

So the issue is in the interpretation of ad-Dahr = Time, and mixing the definitions.

ad-Dahr isn't a creation of Allah because Allah is ad-Dahr as it comes in several hadith:

"Allah said, "The offspring of Adam abuse ad-Dahr, and I am the Dahr; in My Hands are the night and the day."

Sahih al-Bukhari and others

Prophet said "None of you should say, 'May ad-Dahr be disappointed. Allah is ad-Dahr."

Sahih al-Bukhari/al-Adab al-Mufrad and others

There are a few more in Musnad Ahmed where Allah clearly said "I am ad-Dahr"

ad-Dahr is THE Time and not time how we perceive it.

Waqt/Zaman is the creation of Allah that you're referring to, and it's relative to how we measure it.

You can probably say ad-Dahr is what controls waqt/zaman.

Some may object and mention the ayah about what the pagans said as it comes in Surah al-Jathiya 45:24:

And they say: "There is nothing but our life of this world, we die and we live and nothing destroys us except Ad-Dahr. And they have no knowledge of it, they only conjecture.

But as you can see, they didn't believe Allah was ad-Dahr and separated ad-Dahr from Allah, even though Allah is ad-Dahr. They had no knowledge of it. They blamed ad-Dahr, yet they rejected Allah.

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