WHERE IS ALLAH 2 of 2 ?
(5) THE INNATE INSTINCT OF MAN (FITRAH). There should be no dispute that humans instinctively know that Allah is above the heaven. Whenever something overwhelming befalls a person, and he turns to Allah for help, he looks towards heaven, not in any other direction. But it is strange that those who deny that Allah is above His creation still raise their hands in supplication to no other direction than towards heaven.
Even Pharaoh, the enemy of Allah who disputed with Moosa (peace be upon him) about his Lord, told his minister Haman : “O Haman! Build me a tower that I may arrive at the ways, – the ways of the heavens, and I may look upon the god of Moosa …” [Q40:36-37]
He knew in his heart of hearts that Allah is real: “And they belied them (those ayat/signs) wrongfully and arrogantly, though their own selves were convinced thereof …” [Q27:14]
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)?” [Q32:4]
“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.” [Q10:3]
“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]
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. 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 https://imadawah.wordpress.com/2018/12/09/sufism-is-not-islam-so-what-is-it-1-of-2/
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:
- 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;
- 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.
3.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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