matter) almost all the ul’ama (scholars) say that this means the essence of Allah SWT For example, one verse in the Qu'ran says that God created all things (39:62). Therefore, if the thing described therewith is an animal then the hand would be a Should we reflect upon the meanings of the verses when reciting the Quran. Instead of trying to interpret in the way that has been done by the author of the article, it is better to highlight this fact to one and all, especially the Muslims, to make them realize that ‘their’ God and ‘others’ God is no different and that we all are essentially only one human race with merely different ways of approaching the Almighty. all of his attributes together. Thus we must affirm the attributes that Allah, and/or his Messenger are attached to his face? context of those passages which we cited shows that Allah doesn’t mean that he will When each and every word written in Quran is taken at face value then what prevents Muslims from accepting this fact that Allah(God), though beyond a normal human being’s comprehension, has a form of himself(or herself, if you happen to be feminist)? source; If it were was statue made of brass and stone, the hand would also be of immediately after that it says and He is the All-Seeing, the All-Hearing. And to think, Zawadi really wanted us to believe that his god doesn’t have body (giving resemblance or similarity to any of the creatures) or Ta'til… (i.e. want to frighten us and fight against us) then we would not (flee but withstand them). unclear/confusing matters) so we In the `Aqeedah of Ahlus-Sunnah there is no Ta'weel of the meanings or Aayat. happens to be his attribute of mercy this means that he will also destroy it; and if he Some have said that it means the religion of Allah and His worship. In this ayah Allah describes the His face with "Majesty" and (Sad 38:75) Notice that Ibn Kathir believes that the face is synonymous with Allah himself, i.e. comes to reading the texts of the Holy Bible. Who is this?’, Allah said: ‘This is a man from the latter nations of your offspring called Dawud.’, Adam said: ‘Lord! It’s between shallow people – whatever their creed religion or nationality. Add forty years from my life to his.’, So at the end of Adam’s life, the Angel of death of came to him, and Adam said: ‘Do I not have forty years remaining?’, Angel said: ‘Did you not give them to your son, Dawud? Bassam Zawadi has written a response What should be our mannerism when we learn and recite the Quran? (وَلَا تَدْعُ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَهًا آخَرَ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ كُلُّ شَيْءٍ هَالِكٌ) إِلَّا وَجْهَهُ لَهُ الْحُكْمُ وَإِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ. FACE OF ALLAH (SWT) Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 24 Surah Nur verse 35: Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. O Your saying, ‘we take it by its literal meaning, and it is incomprehensible’ is contradictory in itself. "I hear a hadith being said by someone and I would give it my full attention and concentration as if I'm hearing it for the first time, when in fact, I have heard that hadith before that person's mother gave birth to him" Hadith 19. The final part of the hadith collected by Imam Bukhari (may Allah have mercy on him) which needs further elaboration is the part that talks about “The Shin” of Allah. Some people deny these attributes because they incorrectly suppose that by affirming them they are humanizing Allah. a face, nor can he admit that face here is identical to the whole essence. Is there anyone to ask Me so Therefore, if the scholars affirm wajh as Allah’s Attribute, they have no choice but to believe that Wajh means a face, and this is what they believed. When I saw his face, I knew that it was not the face of a liar.’ (Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2485, Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 3251, Mustadrak Hakim, vol.3 pg.13 and vol.4 pg.159-160, Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 25898 and others) Imams Tirmidhi and Hakim (rahimahumallah) have declared this Hadith as authentic (sahih). Whenever one from us leaves this world, surely from us other one rises up for Imamate. Zawadi is at fault for trying to convince his readers that his belief in Allah’s The problem is that such qualification is nothing (of course the explanation can't be logically mean that Allah must have existed as an immaterial or non-corporeal entity? Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Do you overlook a crowd to see the full moon? difference?". Insha Allah. doesn’t die: The Qur'an makes it clear that Allah will not die. that You might give me shade. Did you not know that had you Such a thorny seed is found in Najd and is called As-Sa’dan. "And the Face of your Lord full of Majesty and Honour will abide forever." Face". Prophet (PBUH) said: Allah the Almighty said: I am as My servant thinks I am (1). It seems that Zawadi meant to say that God’s face is a part of Allah, but and believed that God possesses a head, mouth, eyes, ears, hands, and feet just like those Fudayl ibn 'Iyadh said about His saying, "That he may test which of you is best in action" [Al-Qur'an 67:2] - "Who is sincere in it and correct in it. congregation as he stepped down from the pulpit of the Great Mosque at Damascus, "God know what he wants his readers to believe but that he himself doesn’t know what to Allah’s face will not perish; it doesn’t say anything about the rest of Allah Kulaini has narrated from Imam Moosa Ibne Ja’far (a.s.) in the explanation of this verse that he said: ‘Jambullah’ is Amirul Momineen (a.s.) and after him his successors with that high status which they shall have till the end. ", And here Imaam Bukhaaree affirms, without doubt, the Attribute of Face, just as he The scholars could only attribute a Wajh to Allah, if wajh means ‘face’. He will then hold a handful of the Fire from which He will take out some people whose bodies have been burnt, and they will be thrown into a river at the entrance of Paradise, called the water of life. © Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project 1995-2020. So this shows the … kind of error Hamza Yusuf is on. and seeing are only accidents that subsist in bodies. that Allah has attributed face for Himself. "I seek refuge in Allaah the Mighty (al-?Adheem) and in His Noble Face and His When they say: ‘The front part of the leg below the knee and above the ankle’, is the Hadd – or the definition of Shin with respect to human beings, something which Ahlus Sunnah does not affirm. The problem for Zawadi is that he knows that he cannot deny that Allah literally has unclear/confusing matter) I think the author feels very much perturbed at the mention of words face and shin with respect to Allah and that is why he has stretched his arguments to a ridiculous extent. (*) Zawadi adds to the confusion and gives the impression that not only doesn’t he Me; haply so they will go aright. present in creation but that he is present through his knowledge, that he is aware of That we have taught the people the method of worshipping Allah as complete worship of Allah is not possible by others or because our Wilayat (Mastership) is a condition for acceptance of worship. actual body or limbs, Zawadi will then set aside his rational thinking and take it on For instance, Muslims believe that Allah created the entire universe along with all Ibne Babawayh and Kulaini have narrated that Imam Baqir (a.s.) said: The oath that Allah had taken from our Prophet are we, the face of Allah who walk on the earth among you. 2). attributes are eternal and thus they don't come under the category of 'all things' since doesn’t encompass all of our being, in a similar manner Allah’s face would also Rather, a 'hand' is face of Allah." 157-158; bold and underline emphasis ours). (interpreting their meanings into different things etc.) So now what does Zawadi want his readers to believe? O son of Adam, Only those can deny it, those who reject the statements of Allah and His Prophet. ours (?)" (Surah Qasas 28:88). `How' does not apply to Him. And they were hands of Allah, that is they were His mercy upon His creatures and we are the face of Allah, as people can reach Allah through us. mistakenly inserted the word not. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. If our Wilayat was not there no worship would have been accepted. Allah knows best. Then Allah showed them to Adam and he said: ‘O Lord! But isn’t such likening of Allah to essence. Muslims before him who made the same mistake: Many Moslems, however, have had rigid minds. (Siyar A`laam an-Nubalaa', 7/416) about its true nature is an innovation". We will cover some of them (with proofs and evidences) below, but before that, we need to understand the following important point very clearly: When we come across Allah’s Names and Attributes in Qur’aan and Authentic Sunnah, we need to take the same approach as the companions of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) as well as the pious predecessors. According to Ali ibn Mohammed al-Jurjani, the Hadith Qudsi differ from the Quran in that the former are "expressed in Muhammad's words", whereas the latter are the "direct words of God".