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Allāh Is Over His Creation and His Throne in Particular

Shaykh Abū ʿUways

In a highly beneficial khuṭbah, Abū ʿUways (raḥimahullāh) taught and insightfully explained the correct Muslim belief of Allāh’s ʿUlūʾ, Allāh’s Highness, Allāh’s Loftiness, saying, “Allāh is above everything in general, and above His Throne in particular.”

Relaying proofs from the Qurʾān and the Sunnah, and mentioning the fitrah of recognizing Allāh’s Highness – as well as the intellect that agrees – Abū ʿUways warned against the kufr (disbelief) of denial of Allāh’s ‘Uloo and the kufr of the deviant statement “Allāh is everywhere.”

In truth, Allāh is the Creator, and is separate from His creation, and He is not part of the creation. Nothing can contain Allāh, Tabaraka wa taʿālá. And Abū ʿUways authentically explained the correct meaning of two verses that some people misunderstand, as it concerns this matter.

Abū ʿUways said no one has the right to disbelieve in Allāh’s Highness, or reject or distort or misinterpret, or change the meaning of Allāh’s Highness, or place something false before or after, or connected to Allāh’s Highness.

Abū ʿUways reminded the congregation to learn the correct ʿaqīdah and seek knowledge.

Allāh being above His Throne is mentioned in the Qur`an seven times, such as Allāh’s Statement (which means): The Most Beneficent (Allāh) Istawaa` (rose over) the (Mighty) Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty). (Sūrah Ṭā Hā, 20:5)

And concerning those who dispute, Abū ʿUways mentioned Allāh’s statement (which means):...Do you know better or does Allāh? (Sūrah al-Baqarah, 2:140) Allāh knows more about Himself than you. And the most knowledgeable of the creation – Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) – was given more knowledge about Allāh than you.

And when the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) asked the slave girl – to determine if she was a believer – “where is Allāh?,” she pointed to the heavens and said “above the heavens.” She pointed upward – not to the right nor to the left nor downward, nor inside her mouth, nor to herself.

Published: April 5, 2013
Edited: July 10, 2022

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