AL ‘ARSH: THE THRONE 3 of 3
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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