Nov 20, 2013

A Brief Explanation of Aqeedah Al Wasitiyyah Part 6 Continued

By Amatullah Aminah


This part is a continuation of A Brief Explanation of Aqeedah Al Wasitiyyah  Part 6, in which we discussed some of the attributes of Allah.


Khabeer is derived from 'Khibrah' which means to comprehend the inner as well as outward realities of things. Allah being Al-Khabeer encompasses the innermost and hidden realities of all things (including the outward realities), He has knowledge of what lies in the depths of oceans, under the earth, inside rocks, not a leaf falls but it is in Allah's knowledge.

He knows that which goes into the earth and that which comes forth from it, and that which descend from the heaven and that which ascends to it”. [34:2]

And with Him are the keys of the Ghaib (all that is hidden), none knows them but He. And He knows whatever there is in (or on) the earth and in the sea; not a leaf falls, but he knows it. There is not a grain in the darkness of the earth nor anything fresh or dry, but is written in a Clear Record”. [6:59]

And no female conceives or gives birth, but with His Knowledge”. [35:11]

That you may know that Allâh has power over all things, and that Allâh surrounds (comprehends) all things in (His) Knowledge.” [65:12]

SubhanAllah! Place your trust in Allah and do not despair in face of storms, because Allah being Al-Khabeer has knowledge of all things, and what may appear tormenting may pave way for His blessings and true happiness.

Affirmation of Hearing and Sight

There is nothing like Him, and He is the All-Hearer, All Seer.” [42:11]

The aforementioned verse begins with a proclamation that there is nothing like Allah. Allah is unique in all ways and cannot be compared to His creation. The negation of His likeness, to the creation, is followed by affirmation of His sight and hearing. Allah sees and hears everything but it cannot be compared to the hearing and sight of His creation; also we must refrain from resorting to anthropomorphism. His eyes are nothing like our eyes or any other kind of eyes we know of; similarly His ears are nothing like ours. When studying such attributes, it must be kept in mind that Allah is as-Samad, He is unique. Neither time should be devoted in imagining how Allah's eyes, ears (or hands) must be like. Allah is beyond our imagination and knowledge. We know of Him only that which He has chosen to reveal. “And they do not encompass Him in knowledge.” (2:110)

With that said, Allah is aware of everything. He sees and hears everything, all the time.

Verily, how excellent is the teaching which He (Allâh) gives you! Truly, Allâh is Ever All-Hearer, All-Seer.” [4:58]

The point of evidence from these two noble verses is that they contain an affirmation of hearing and seeing for Allah. And in the first verse there is a negation of any likeness to the created things. Therefore, in what He has described and named Himself with, there is a combination between negation and affirmation.

The next article will focus on Allah's will (Mashee’ah, Iraadah)

To Be Continued...


[1] And [mention] when your Lord took from the children of Adam - from their loins - their descendants and made them testify of themselves, [saying to them], "Am I not your Lord?" They said, "Yes, we have testified." [This] - lest you should say on the day of Resurrection, "Indeed, we were of this unaware." [7:172]

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