Salam (Peace) Dear Questioner,
Thank you so much for this question.
Let us think about it together.
The Creator Allah Almighty is the Source of All Power. When Allah Almighty revealed a glimpse of Himself to the mountain, it completely shattered and collapsed into pieces.
Remember these verses from the Noble Quran:
“And when Moses arrived at Our appointed time and his Lord spoke to him, he said, “My Lord, show me [Yourself] that I may look at You.” [Allah] said, “You will not see Me, but look at the mountain; if it should remain in place, then you will see Me.” But when his Lord appeared to the mountain, He rendered it level, and Moses fell unconscious. And when he awoke, he said, “Exalted are You! I have repented to You, and I am the first of the believers.” (Quran 7: 143)
So, Moses (peace be upon him) fell unconscious from the mighty mountain’s reaction to seeing Allah! How then would he – or any human being for that matter- be able to see Allah?
Also, Allah Almighty is the Fashioner of Beauty. Any beautiful person, creation or scenery you have ever seen in your life is merely a humble creation that doesn’t even remotely come near the infinite Beauty of its own Creator. Allah is The King, The Most High, The Source of Power, Beauty, Peace, Mercy, Honor, Nobility….
If you see Allah, then where is the test?? What is the challenge in life?
If we see Allah, there is no test for us. Who would see the Ultimate Source of Power, Love, Beauty, Honor, Majesty…, and then leave Him and go look for bits and pieces of that in someone else or something else that is created and doesn’t have a power of its own?
Who would be interested in a little glass of water, when they have The Fountain, The Main Pure Infinite Source??
If we see Allah, no one would disbelieve. If the mountain itself feared and fell into pieces upon seeing Him, do you think anyone would ever consider not believing in Him or challenging Him in any way, shape or form? Do you think we would have the powerful to disobey Him or disbelieve in Him even for one second? Of course not.
Allah doesn’t want people who believe merely out of seeing Him. He wants to test our sincerity and belief in Him in the unseen. This is the proof of our true love and true choice. He wants us to choose Him- even though there are temptations that could take us away from Him. Because when we choose Him despite the temptations, then THIS is true faith, true love and perseverance.
“[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving -” ( Quran 67: 2)
So, this is about testing our faith in Allah in the unseen. And Allah says in the very beginning of the Quran:
“( 1 ) Alif, Lam, Meem.
( 2 ) This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah –
( 3 ) Who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them,
( 4 ) And who believe in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith].
( 5 ) Those are upon [right] guidance from their Lord, and it is those who are the successful.” (Quran 2: 1-5)
Think about this for example: you are married to someone and then he tells you when you are sitting together that he loves you and will always be faithful to you and will never look at anyone else.
These are his words when you are right there in front of him. But when you travel or leave him for a while, then this will be the real test for the truthfulness of his words? This will let you know whether he is truly faithful and committed or not. It is about what he does in your absence, not what he says in your presence. This is the real sincerity.
Now, to Allah belongs the Highest Attributes, if we see Him and tell Him we believe in Him and love Him, then obviously, who wouldn’t really after seeing Him. There is no test there. But if we are faithful and committed to Him in the unseen, then that’s true love and sincerity and this is what Allah wants to see from us, He wants to see His chosen servants “Al Mukhlaseen” who are truly committer, loving and sincerely faithful.
Why would we deserve the highest ranks in Paradise which is the closest to Him if we didn’t prove our commitment and faithfulness to Him?
Also think about this: if you are in a classroom taking an exam and the teacher is right there in front you, then obviously you won’t cheat or attempt to do anything wrong. But if the teacher went outside the room, and you continued to remain focused and answer without cheating or without doing anything wrong, then this is a prove that you are truly an honorable person who is serious and committed and true to your beliefs.
It is when we commit, love, and do all good deeds in the unseen that we prove our true nature and our true faith in our Creator. This is a powerful form of belief that Allah honored us with the opportunity of experiencing in this world.
May Allah make us among His true sincere servants who honor their Lord and abide by His commands even in the unseen, for even if we don’t see Him, but He most certainly sees us.
Hope we answered your question a little bit.
Salam and please keep in touch.