Ashʿariyyah: The Tricky Question, 'Your Qur'anic Recitation - Created or the Speech of Allāh?'
Excerpted from the audio lecture 'Affirmation of the Hands of Allāh and His Descending' from the ʿAqīdah Course (Summer '07) based on the Hāʾiyyah poem of the famous scholar Ibn Abī Dāwūd al-Sijistānī.
From the points discussed:
The trickery of seeking one answer to the two-fold question , 'When you recite the Qurʾān, is it your speech or the speech of Allāh?' a means to confuse and trick the one questioned, since this situation requires explanation and has two issues 1) the speech (created action) of the recitor (the conveyor of the Qurʾān in this case) 2) The Qurʾān being the speech of Allāh.
The full lecture explains the following lines of poetry from Ibn Abī Dāwūd's Haa'iyyah
(10) And perhaps a Jahmee might deny His Right Hand as well,
While both of His Hands are giving out all kinds of bounties.
(11) And say: The Ever-Compelling descends each night,
Without asking for exact details, magnificent is the One God and most worthy of praise.
(12) Down to the lowest heaven, granting bounties from His Grace,
As the gates of the heavens are opened and spread widely.
(13) He says: Is there anyone seeking forgiveness who would like to meet a Forgiver?
Or anyone seeking bounties of goodness and provisions, so he could be given (what he requests)?
(14) A group have reported this whose reports are not to be rejected,
But sadly some have went wrong and did not believe them, marring themselves.
Summer Courses 2007 – Masjid al-Furqān – Toronto, Ontario
Translated by Mūsá Richardson