Originally posted at EmbracetheTruth.org by Abdu Murray, October 2012. Reprinted with permission.
In orthodox Islam, God is utterly transcendent, which is to say that He is utterly unknowable by human beings. In fact, one of Islam's premier philosophers and theologians, Imam Al-Ghazali, made the case for God's unknowability. [fn:1] And Muslim theologian Al-Furuqi writes that God "does not reveal Himself to anyone in any way. God reveals only His will."[fn:2] Muslims claim to know something about God, in terms of what His revealed will is as embodied in the Qur'an. But they do not claim to know God. As Al-Furuqi says, "this is the great difference between Christianity and Islam."