Allah had created the universe within a perfect order. He has created the world and every detail within it with a flawless artistry, in such a way as to amaze the beholder. We see an image of that perfection in our brains. The original of matter does exist on the outside, but we only directly experience the image that Allah creates in our brains. The whole world is technically aware of this, but Allah has created that image so perfectly that people forget that it is only that, an image. Believers, however, never forget that as stated in the verse “You did not kill them; it was Allah who killed them; and you did not throw, when you threw; it was Allah who threw: so He might test the believers with this excellent trial from Him. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.” (Surat Al-Anfal, 17) Allah enfolds and pervades all things and that everything is an image created by Allah.
Scientists have made use of all the opportunities provided by the latest technology to produce televisions and other visual systems. Yet despite all their research, experiments and progress they have never obtained an image as clear as those shown to us by Allah. There are no flaws in the image created by Allah, no blurring and no loss of clarity. Indeed, Allah creates the feelings that convince us of the reality of these images together with them. We touch, taste, smell, and feel pleasure, happiness and fatigue. Obviously, matter cannot be the cause of these perceptions. The fact that Allah causes us to experience these sensations although we can never have direct experience of matter proves the existence of the soul.
Allah has created a test in this world in order to bring out true believers. But the fact that Allah portrays matter as if it actually existed causes many people to fall into error. This why people become caught up in this world and forget Allah. This where true believers manifest themselves. Because knowing that everything consists of an image that Allah creates in the mind draws believers even closer to Him. That knowledge increases their fear of Allah and their understanding of His might and artistry, and therefore draws them closer to Him. Allah has revealed the error of those who deny Him in another verse: “But the actions of those who do not believe are like a mirage in the desert. A thirsty man thinks it is water but when he reaches it, he finds it to be nothing at all, but he finds Allah there. He will pay him his account in full. Allah is swift at reckoning.” (Sura an-Nur, 39)