Can God be seen?

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SHAFAQNA – One of the companions asked Imam Ali (AS): O’ the commander of the believers, have you seen God? Imam Ali (AS) replied: Do I pray to a being that I have not seen? Imam (AS) was asked again: How did you see? Imam Ali (AS) replied: Eyes cannot see God but hearts with divine belief can see the Almighty [1]. In another narration, Imam Ali (AS) said: I do not pray to a God who I have not seen [2].

[1] Nahjul Balaghah, Sermon Number 179 & Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 72, Page 279.

[2] Kafi, Vol.1, Page 98.

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