Prohibition of imitating the kuffaar is one of the basic principles of sharee’ah–whether they are idol-worshippers or People of the Book – is haraam, whether that imitation is of their worship – which is the most serious form – or of their customs & behaviour. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam): “Whoever imitates a people is one of them. There is no religion which encourages its followers to love and care for all creations more than Islam. Infact, Islam encourages us to express love at all times, as the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “If a man loves his brother, let him tell him that he loves him.” (Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi, saheeh).And he said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, you will not enter Paradise until you truly believe, and you will not truly believe until you love one another.  Shall I not tell you of something that, if you do it, you will love one another? Spread (the greeting of) salaam amongst yourselves.” (Muslim).

Love in Islam is more general & more comprehensive; it is not restricted to love between a man & a woman. There is the love of Allaah, of His Messenger (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), his companions, love for good & righteous people, love & support for the religion, love of martyrdom for the sake of Allaah. It is a dangerous mistake to restrict this broad meaning to this one kind of love which many a time does not even distinguish between the legitimate love in marriage & the forbidden love of mistresses, boy & girlfriend. In Islam, true & sincere couples should express love throughout the year – not just on one day of the year. Those who claim that celebration of this pagan “feast of lovers” helps to promote love between married couples; see statistics in countries where it is widely practiced. American Time magazine stated that around 4,000 wives out of approximately 6 million who are beaten die as a result of that beating. So how can we believe that Valentine’s Day is of any benefit to married couples? The truth is that it is a call for more permissiveness, immorality & the forming of forbidden relationships.

The exception to the general rule of Love in Islam is undoubtedly the love of the kaafirs. One of the basic principles of Islam adhered to by the pious predecessors is  al-walaa’ wa’l-baraa’ (loyalty and friendship vs. disavowal & enmity) only for the sake of Allah. It is obligatory for everyone who says Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah Muhammad Rasool Allaah to follow this principle.  Allaah says :

“You (O Muhammad) will not find any people who believe in Allaah and the Last Day, making friendship with those who oppose Allaah and His Messenger (Muhammad), even though they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred (people)…”[58:22]

“O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Awliyaa’ (friends, protectors, helpers), they are but Awliyaa’ of each other. And if any amongst you takes them (as Awliyaa’), then surely, he is one of them. Verily, Allaah guides not those people who are the Zaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers and unjust)”[5:51]

Real Muslims are proud of their religion & are not weak characters who follow every Tom, Dick & Harry. TAKE A STAND, STAY CLEAR OF THE DEADLY VIRUS OF VALENTINE; A GLOBAL PAGAN VISA FOR OBSCENITY & IMMORALITY.

Ruling on celebrating Valentine’s Day ;  https://islamqa.info/en/73007, https://abuwhy.wordpress.com/tag/islamqa/page/3/, https://islamqa.info/en/145893,

Love: https://islamqa.info/en/82941

The difference between love & a haraam relationship : https://islamqa.info/en/82010

What are the Signs of Allaah’s Love for His Slave? https://islamqa.info/en/7232

Ruling on Men and women talking in chat rooms https://islamqa.info/en/34841

Love for the sake of Allah https://islamqa.info/en/173

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Indeed, a virus more deadly than EBOLA is eating up the global fabric of humanity & threatening our moral sanity. It has become a global epidemic. It glorifies fornication & adultery, promotes indecent & extra-marital affairs, revives paganism, displays animalistic tendencies etc., all in the name of lust. Human beings are expected to condescend lower than animals & do as they will even if it is obscene. A day we are expected to throw all caution, sanctity & morality  to the wind ; all in the name of a pagan festival which glorifies immorality.

A day we are are expected to get  by hook or  crook  an illicit sexual partner; inability to find one makes us  feel  incomplete for  the  illicit game. A day virginity is to be lost indecently & extramaritally, but with pride.  A day full of time wasting, music, extravagance, men mixing with women & other haram in the name of love, entertainment & fun. A day we are expected to openly, bluntly & officially disobey the creator of the heavens & earth by removing our garments of decency, morality & putting on the garment of obscenity with pride. What a day?

A day popularly called “VALENTINE’S DAY”. A day planet earth becomes red. All red colored products become more expensive than any color & we are expected to adopt a pagan bloody dress code of red, exchange  red gifts  e.g. roses, toys etc. On these cards & gifts, are pictures of “Cupid”, who appears as a child with two wings, carrying a bow & arrows. This was the god of love of the pagan Romans. This concept is further fuelled by capitalist profiteering.

Statistics indicate that Valentine’s Day is second only to Christmas in popularity. Just like Christmas; it is also a christianized pagan Roman festival. The Romans believe that Romulus, the founder of Rome, was suckled one day by a she-wolf, which gave him strength & wisdom. They used to commemorate this event in mid-February annually. One of the rituals of this festival was the sacrifice of a dog & a goat. Two strong & muscular youths would daub the blood of the dog & goat onto their bodies, then wash the blood away with milk. These youths would whip everyone who crossed their path with a leather. Roman women would welcome these whips, because they believed it could prevent or cure infertility. The names of girls who had reached maturity would be written on small rolls of paper & placed in a dish. Then, the young men would be called to pick a piece of paper. He would be at the sexual service of the girl whose name he had drawn for one year, so that they could find out about one another. They could get married, or they could repeat the same process the next festival. Romans embraced Christianity, changed this pagan “Feast of Lovers”, to  the “martyrs of love”, represented by Saint Valentine who had advocated love & peace. The Roman emperor Claudius II decreed in the third century CE that soldiers should not get married, because marriage would distract them from the wars they used to fight. This decree was opposed by Saint Valentine, who started to perform marriages for the soldiers in secret. When the emperor found out about that, he threw him in jail & executed him on 14 February 270 CE, on the eve of February 15, the festival of Lupercalis.

It is not permissible for a Muslim to celebrate any of the festivals of the kuffaar, because festivals come under the heading of shar’i issues which are to be based on the sound texts. Indeed, festivals are one of the most unique features that distinguish various religions. They are part of the clear way & rituals of which Allaah says:

 “For every nation We have ordained religious ceremonies which they must follow”[22:67]

— such as the qiblah, prayer  & fasting etc. Joining in fully with the festival is joining in with kufr, and joining in with some of its minor issues is joining in with some of the branches of kufr, disobedience & sin. Anas (radiallahuanihu) said: When the Messenger (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) came to Madeenah, they had two days when they would play. He said: “What are these two days?” They said: “We used to play on these days during the Jaahiliyyah.” The Messenger (saw) said: “Allaah has given you instead of them two days that are better than them: the day of al-Adha and the day of al-Fitr.” Saheeh Abi Dawood. This indicates that festivals are among the characteristics by which nations are distinguished, and it is not permissible for the Muslims to imitate them in anything that is uniquely a part of their festivals e.g. food, clothing, bathing, lighting fires, refraining from a regular habit, doing acts of worship or to give a feast or gifts, or to sell anything that will help them to do that, or to allow children and others to play games or wear their costumes or anything else. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam); “You would follow the ways of those who came before you step by step, to such an extent that if they were to enter a lizard’s hole, you would enter it too.” They said, “O Messenger of Allah, (do you mean) the Jews and Christians?” He said, “Who else?” (Bukhari).

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The Throne is above the Kursiy, and is above all of creation. Ibn al-Qayyim said: If Allaah is separate from His creation, then either He is encompassing them or He is not. If He is encompassing them, then He must be above them, because that which encompasses must necessarily be above that which is encompassed. Hence because the heavens encompass the earth, they must be above it, and because the Kursiy encompasses the heavens, it must be above them, and because the Throne encompasses the Kursiy, it must be above it. Whatever encompasses all of that must necessarily be above it. HE IS NOT IN PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH ANYTHING THAT HE ENCOMPASSES; NEITHER IS THERE ANY SIMILARITY OR RESEMBLANCE BETWEEN HIM AND THAT WHICH HE ENCOMPASSES. (al-Sawaa’iq al-Mursalah, 4/1308).

Shaykh `Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi’s (d. 1143) : “Whoever believes that Allah permeates the Heavens and the Earth, or that He is a body sitting on His Throne, is a disbeliever, even if he thinks of himself as a Muslim. IBN HAJAR ALSO REJECTED THE STATEMENT THAT ALLAH IS ON THE THRONE “IN PERSON” AS EQUALLY PREPOSTEROUS AS SAYING THAT HE IS EVERYWHERE “The Throne is neither Sovereignty (al-Mulk) nor the Kursiy. Ibn Abi’l-‘Izz al-Hanafi said: What would those who distort the word of Allaah and say that the Throne is an expression referring to al-Mulk or sovereignty say about the following aayat? –

“…and eight angels will, that Day, bear the Throne of your Lord above them” [69:17]

“…and His Throne was on the water…” [11:7]

Will they say that eight angels will, that Day, bear the Sovereignty of Allaah, and that His Sovereignty was on the water? Will Moosa be holding on to one of the pillars of Allaah’s sovereignty? Can any sane person who knows what he is saying utter such things? Concerning the Kursiy, Allaah says : “His Kursiy extends over the heavens and the earth” [2:255]. It was said that this is the Throne, but the correct view is that it is something else. This was transmitted from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) and others. Ibn Abi Shaybah narrated in Sifatal-‘Arsh, and al-Haakim narrated in his Mustadrak that [the following  report] meets the conditions of the two Shaykhs [al-Bukhaari & Muslim] although they did not narrate it: (it was reported from) from Sa’eed ibn Jubayr that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) said, concerning the aayah: “His Kursiy extends over the heavens and the earth” [2:255]: The Kursiy is the footstool, and no one can comprehend how vast the Throne is except Allaah.

This was transmitted as a marfoo’ report (attributed to the Prophet), but the correct view is that it is mawqoof, stopping at Ibn ‘Abbaas.

Abu Dharr (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) say: “The Kursiy in relation to the Throne is like an iron ring thrown out into empty land.” AND, AS ONE OF THE SALAF SAID, BEFORE THE THRONE IT IS LIKE A STEP. (Sharh al-‘Aqeedah al-Tahhaawiyyah, p. 312, 313). Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said: There are those who say that the Kursiy is the Throne because of the hadeeth, “Allaah will set up His Kursiy on the Day of Resurrection.” They think that the Kursiy is the Throne. Similarly, some people claim that the Kursiy is Allaah’s knowledge, and say that the aayah: “His Kursiy extends over the heavens and the earth” [2:255] refers to His Knowledge. The correct view is that the Kursiy is a footstool, and the Throne is that which the Most Merciful rose above (istiwaa’). And knowledge is the attribute of the knowledgeable one by means of which he understands that which he knows. (al-Qawl al-Mufeed Sharh Kitaab al-Tawheed, 3/393, 394). Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, is unique in His divinity, so there was no created entity with Him in past eternity. Rather He was Allah, and there was nothing before Him. Then He created His creation and rose above His Throne, as He has told us in His Book, in such a manner as He willed, may He be exalted, and there is none that can dispute with Him regarding His sovereignty and He has no partner in His authority. The Throne, angels bearing the throne, water, the heavens and all creatures only exist and continue to exist by the support of their Lord, Who is the one who created them and created them for the purpose for which they were created, and sustained them and provided for them, and that the Throne needs its Lord, and it is held up by His might and power not by the powers of the angels tasked to bear it, for “Verily! Allah grasps the heavens and the earth lest they move away from their places, and if they were to move away from their places, there is not one that could grasp them after Him. Truly, He is Ever Most Forbearing, Oft-Forgiving” [35:41]. It was reported from Abu Hurayrah (radiallahuanihu) said that the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “There are seven whom Allaah will shade with His shade on the day when there will be no shade except His: the just ruler; a young man who grows up worshipping his Lord; a man whose heart is attached to the mosque; two men who love one another for the sake of Allaah and meet and part on that basis; a man who is called by a woman of rank and beauty and says ‘I fear Allaah’; a man who gives in charity and conceals it to such an extent that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives; and a man who remembers Allaah when he is alone, and his eyes fill up.” (Agreed upon).Tap link for details of these (7).  https://islamqa.info/en/924. Are you one of them? Tap this link to know the virtues of the Greatest Ayah of the Qur’an (Aayat al-Kursiy).https://islamqa.info/en/6092

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Ibn Mas’ood said: Between the first heaven and the one above it is (a distance of) five hundred years. Between each of the heavens is (a distance of) five hundred years. Between the seventh heaven and the Kursiy is (a distance of) five hundred years. Between the Kursiy and the water is (a distance of) five hundred years, and the Throne is above the water. Allaah is above the Throne, and nothing whatsoever of your deeds is hidden from Him. (narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah in al-Tawheed, p. 105; by al-Bayhaqi in al-Asmaa’ wa’l-Sifaat, p. 401). This report was classed as saheeh by Ibn al-Qayyim in Ijtimaa’ al-Juyoosh al-Islamiyah, p. 100; by al-Dhahabi in al-‘Uluw, p. 64). The food for thought for us all is, at what speed is this journey of 500years? Allah knows best. Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said: This hadeeth stops at Ibn Mas’ood (it is mawqoof), but this is one of the matters concerning which there is no room for personal opinion, so it comes under the heading of marfoo’ [ahaadeeth whose isnaad goes back to the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), because Ibn Mas’ood is not known to have taken anything from the Israa’eeliyyaat [reports derived from Jewish sources].(al-Qawl al-Mufeed Sharh Kitaab al-Tawheed, 3/379)

Imaam Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhaab said, in the list of points noted from this hadeeth:

(1)  The great size of the Kursiy in relation to the heavens.

(2)     The great size of the Throne in relation to the Kursiy.

(3)     That the Throne is something other than the Kursiy and the water.(Sharh Kitaab al-Tawheed, p. 667, 668).

Throne is created; Allah, may He be exalted, created it and it is the first and greatest of creations https://islamqa.info/en/212475

“So Exalted be Allaah, the True King: Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Lord of the Supreme Throne! [23:116]

“and He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne” [al-Tawbah 9:129]

“Owner of the Throne, the Glorious” [al-Burooj 85:15]

 Al-Qurtubi said: The Throne is mentioned on its own because it is the greatest thing that Allaah has created; everything else is also included in this.(Tafseer al-Qurtubi, 8/302, 303). Tap this link to know the virtues of the Greatest Ayah of the Qur’an (Aayat al-Kursiy


  Ibn Katheer said: “and He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne” [9:129] means, He is the Sovereign and Creator of all things, because He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne which is the roof of creation. All created things, the heavens and the earth and all that is in them and in between them are beneath the Throne of Allaah and are subject to His power. His knowledge encompasses all things and His power controls all things, and He is Watcher over all things. (Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 2/405). “Owner of the Throne” [85:15] means, the Master of the Mighty Throne which is above all created things. “The Glorious” – there are two readings of this word (al-Majeed). If it is nominative (al-Majeedu) it is an adjective referring to the Lord, may He be glorified, and if it is genitive (al-Majeedi), it is an adjective referring to the Throne. Both meanings are correct. (Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 4/474). Majeed means vast and mighty in power. It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed that the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “The people will fall unconscious on the Day of Resurrection; I will be the first to regain consciousness, and Moosa will be there, holding on to one of the pillars of the Throne. I do not know whether he woke up before me or if he was exempted because he had fallen unconscious at the Mount of Sinai.” (Bukhaari).The Throne has bearers who carry it. Allaah says: “Those (angels) who bear the Throne (of Allaah) and those around it glorify the praises of their Lord, and believe in Him, and ask forgiveness for those who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah) (saying): ‘Our Lord! You comprehend all things in mercy and knowledge, so forgive those who repent and follow Your way, and save them from the torment of the blazing Fire!’” [40:7]. They are of immense size: Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah that the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “I have been granted permission to speak about one of the angels of Allaah, one of the bearers of the Throne. The space between his earlobes and his shoulders is the distance of seven hundred years’ travelling. (Abu Dawood). Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar said concerning this hadeeth: its isnaad meets the conditions of being saheeh. (Fath al-Baari, 8/665).

The shaking of the Throne at the death of Sa‘d ibn Mu‘aadh was only because of the joy of the Lord, may He be exalted; it was not a reflection of any imperfection https://islamqa.info/en/197531

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A man asked Imam Malik (died 179AH): “How did Allah make istiwa’ on the throne?” Imam Malik inclined his head and was silent until the sweat of fever covered his brow, then he looked up and said: “Istiwa’ is not unknown (WELL KNOWN) (ghayru majhul), the modality of it is inconceivable in the mind (al-kayfu minhu ghayru ma`qul); but belief in it is obligatory (imaanu bihi wajib), and inquiring about it is a heretical innovation (bid’ah). You are an innovator.” And he gave orders for him to be taken out. “And He it is Who has created the heavens and the earth in six Days and His Throne was on the water, that He might try you, which of you is the best in deeds” [Hood 11:7]. Qataadah said: Your Lord, may He be blessed and exalted, is telling you how His creation began before He created the heavens and the earth.  Tafseer al-Tabari, 15/246

Bukhaari : ‘Imraan ibn Husayn (may Allah be pleased with him) said that some of the people of Yemen asked the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) this and said: We have come to you to ask you about this matter. He said: “There was Allah, and there was nothing else besides Him, and His Throne was over the water. He wrote all things in the Book (in heaven) and He created the heavens and the earth.”

Both the verse and the hadeeth are speaking of the beginning of creation, and say that the Throne of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, was over the water before the creation of heaven and earth. This does not mean that the Throne is not still over the water. Al-Bukhaari  & Muslim :Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Right Hand of Allaah is full and (its fullness) is not decreased by any spending; it is overflowing by night and day. Think of what He has spent since He created the heavens and the earth, but all this spending had not decreased what is in His Right Hand.” He said: “And his Throne is over the water, and in His other Hand is the power to bring about death, and He raises some people and brings other low.”

Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allah have mercy on him) said: In the report of Ishaaq ibn Raahawayh it says “and the Throne is over the water.” The apparent meaning is that it was like that when the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) spoke these words. The apparent meaning of the hadeeth which comes before it is that the Throne was over the water before the creation of the heavens and earth, and the two hadeeth when taken together indicate that it is still over the water. End quote. Fath al-Baari, 20/496

The meaning of the word kaana (was) in the verse refers to what happened in the past, before the creation of the heavens and the earth. From his saying in the other hadeeth, “His Throne is over the water,” it may be understood that it is still like that.

One of the supplications of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) was that which was narrated by Muslim (2713): “Allaahumma anta al-awwal fa laysa qablaka shay’un, wa anta al-aakhir fa laysa ba’daka shay’un, wa anta al-zaahir fa laysa fawqaka shay’un wa anta al-baatin fa laysa doonaka shay’un (O Allah, You are the First so there is nothing before You, and You are the Last so there is nothing after You. You are al-Zaahir [the greatest and highest] so there is nothing above You, and You are al-Baatin [aware of the subtlest secrets] so there is nothing closer than You).”

Abu Razeen said: O Messenger of Allah, where was our Lord before He created His creation? He said: “Nothing existed but Him, with nothing beneath Him and nothing above Him. Then He created His Throne above the water.” Narrated by at-Tirmidhi (3109), Ibn Maajah (182) and Ahmad (15755). This hadith was classed as saheeh by at-Tabari; as hasan by at-Tirmidhi, adh-Dhahabi and Ibn Taymiyah; and as da‘eef by al-Albaani in Da‘eef at-Tirmidhi. It was narrated that Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) say: “The throne of Iblees is on the sea and he sends out his troops to spread mischief (fitnah) among the people. The greatest of them in his sight is the one who causes the most fitnah.” (Muslim, Ahmad). Is  Iblees (shaytan) still alive and is it true that his throne is over the sea ? Tap link https://islamqa.info/en/10034 .What is the difference between Arsh and Kursi of Allah ? The Kursiy is the footstool of the Most Merciful, according to the most correct of the scholarly opinions on the matter. The ‘Arsh (Throne) is the greatest of all things that Allaah has created, over which our Lord rose in  a manner that befits His Majesty. It has pillars and is carried by bearers who are angels of immense size. It is held up by His might and power not by the powers of the angels tasked to bear it…to be count

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It is proven in the Quran, Sunnah & by the consensus (ijma’) of the salaf (early generations) of this ummah (global Islamic nation) that Allah is above His heavens over His Throne (as befits His Majesty), and that He is the Exalted, Most High. He is above all things, and there is nothing that is above Him. Allah says:

“Allah, it is He Who has created the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them in six days. Then He rose over (istawa) the Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty). You (mankind) have none, besides Him, as a Wali (protector or helper) or an intercessor. Will you not then remember (or receive admonition)?” [32:4]

“Surely, your Lord is Allah Who created the heavens and the earth in six days and then rose over (istawa) the Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty), disposing the affair of all things.” [10:3]

“To Him ascend (all) the goodly words, and the righteous deeds exalt it (i.e. the goodly words are not accepted by Allah unless and until they are followed by good deeds).” [35:10]. “He is the First (nothing is before Him) and the Last (nothing is after Him), the Most High (nothing is above Him) and the Most Near (nothing is nearer than Him).” [57:3]. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “You are the Most High and there is nothing above You…”. There are many similar ayat (verses) and ahadeeth. But at the same time, Allah tells us that He is with His slaves wherever they are:

Allah has combined mention of His being above His Throne with mention of His being with His slaves in these ayahs:

“Have you not seen that Allah knows whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is on the earth? There is no najwa (secret counsel) of three but He is their fourth (with His Knowledge, while He Himself is over the Throne, over the seventh heaven), — nor of five but He is their sixth (with His Knowledge), — nor of less than that or more but He is with them (with His Knowledge) wheresoever they may be.” [58:7]

 “He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six days and then rose over (istawa) the Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty). He knows what goes into the earth and what comes forth from it, and what descends from the heaven and what ascends thereto. And He is with you (by His Knowledge) wheresoever you may be.” [57:4] . Allah was with Muhammad  & Abubakr  in the cave “…..” Do not grieve; indeed Allah is with us…..”. Does this mean Allah was in the Cave?. Allah was with Musa & Harun. “He (Allah) said: “Fear not, verily! I am with you both, hearing and seeing”. Q20:46. Saying that Allah is with us does not mean that He is mixed with (or dwells in) His creation; rather He is with His slaves by His knowledge. He is above His Throne and nothing is hidden from Him of what they do. With regard to the ayah : “And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein (by Our Knowledge).” [50:16].Most of the mufassireen (exegesists) said that what is meant is that He is near by means of His angels whose task it is to record people’s deeds. And those who said that it means that He is near explained it as meaning that He is near-by His knowledge, as is said concerning how He is with us. This is the correct view  & that of Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jama’ah (followers of prophetic guidance), who affirm that Allah is above His creation and that He is also with His slaves, and they state that He is far above dwelling  within His creation. With regard to the denial of all Divine attributes as voiced by the Jahamiyyah (a deviant sect) and their followers, they deny that His Essence is above His creatures and that He rose above His Throne, and they say that He is present in His Essence everywhere. This is a denial of the Qur’an, blasphemy & the foundation of idolatry. God is separate from His creation, does not dwell in his creation, was never & will be never a part of it. Sufis’s deviation from Islam & anti-tawheed believes are (a) Al-Hulool: that God dwells in His creation. (b) Al-It’tihaad: that God & the creation are one, united presence. (c) Wahdatul-Wujood: that one should not differentiate between the Creator & the creation, for both the creation & the Creator are one entity. Tap this link for more exposition on the deviation from Islam, kufr & shirk of Sufism http://www.freequraan.org.uk/sufism.html

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

Allah was and there was nothing with Him, then He created the universe, so it must be one of three scenarios:

  1. Either He created it within Himself, then He separated from it. This is impossible; Allah is far above being in contact with filth and other things;


  1. He created it outside Himself, then He entered it. This is also impossible; Allah is far above entering into His creation. There is no dispute among any of the Muslims that these two scenarios are impossible.


  1. He created it outside of Himself, and did not enter into it. This is the truth; no other scenario is possible and nothing but this is befitting to Allah. End quote from Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa(5/152).

Should they pray behind someone who says that Allah is everywhere?


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