Tafseer of the Qur’aanic Aayah: “The Hand of Allaah is over their hands”

Tafseer of the Aayah: The Hand of Allaah is over their hands.

From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to the respected brother, Al-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you). To proceed:

With reference to your Fatwaa request registered in the Department of Scholarly Research and Ifta’ no. 3137 dated 11/7/1408 A.H., it reads: We attended a Tafsir (exegesis of the meanings of the Qur’an) seminar held in a Masjid (mosque) called Abu Al-Haytham ibn Al-Tayhan and located in Salibiayh district in Kuwait. The Shaykh interpreted the Saying of Allah (whose meanings are translated as): The Hand of Allaah is over their hands. He said that this Aayah has more than one meaning. It can be Allaah’s Help given to them, Allaah’s Power with them, or Allaah’s Knowledge of their conditions and intentions. After the seminar finished, one brother told the Shaykh that his interpretation of this Aayah goes against `Aqeedah (creed) of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) and complies with the views of Al-Asha`irah (a Muslim group that bases its creedal issues on logic). The Shaykh was annoyed and replied that Al-Mawardee and Ibn Katheer mentioned this interpretation in their books. The man corrected him saying that Ibn Katheer did not state that, but it is Al-Mawardee who advocated Asha`irah. The debate heated and people behaved aggressively labeling the man a Christian and Buddhist and they were about to beat him but some protected him. Allaah knows that this man wanted to explain the truth out of his jealousy for the Muslim `Aqeedah and the impermissibility of delaying the correction of an error beyond the proper time. The man suggested that the issue should be referred to you and they agreed. Would you please enlighten us. May Allaah reward you the best. Waiting for your reply… read more here.

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