“Say: If the oceans were ink for the words of my Lord, the Ocean would surely be exhausted before the words of my Lord came to an end…”
This verse of Surah Al-Kahf explores the incomprehensibility of Allah. If something is incomprehensible, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It simply means we do not have the means and ability to comprehend it at this moment in time. For example, we know the existence of our mind and consciousness, but cannot physically see it. Knowledge exists but has no tangible form. Both these examples we can appreciate the existence of, but fall short of knowing it’s true vastness. In the same way God is incomprehensible but also extremely vast, which has been pointed out in the verse above, by way of parable. Allah mentions that if we were to put pen to paper and start writing about Allah, we would never be finished. In a way, we can see every single book that has ever been written falling under this verse because every single book that has been written is a reflection of Divine Grace. every single word of every single book that has been written has been done so because of His Grace. The more we ponder about it the more our mind is figuratively blown.
In another Hadith about the incomprehensibility of Allah is recorded in Sahih Muslim, Allah says,
“O My servants, if the first and the last of you and the human and the jinn of you were to gather together on the same sector of land and all asked Me and if I were to give everyone of them what he asked, that would not decrease what I have any more than a needle decreases what is in the ocean when it is put into it.”
This Hadith further supports this verse in the incomprehensibility and vastness of Allah. If we were to visualise how much water is left on a needle when you dip it into not only the ocean, but any vessel of water, we can see the clear juxtaposition of quantity which purports of the notion that God is extremely vast. All attempts to understand God has left man searching for more. Our minds are seemingly never fully saturated with Divine knowledge. This is because we believe in a God Who is Limitless, who provides for our unlimited spiritual progress. What use would there be to believe in a God that we can fully comprehend? We would one day convince ourselves that our knowledge and faculties are greater than that deity whose vastness is limited. There would be no use for a god to exist with limited faculties.
Albert Einstein said:
“The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.”