Doctrine of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah regarding Allaah’s Attribute of Highness

Question: A questioner from Al-Hawtah asks: What is the doctrine of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) regarding Allaah’s Attribute of `Uluw (Highness)?

Answer: Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah believe in Allaah’s Attribute of Highness. They believe that Allaah (Glorified be He) rose over His Throne and is high above all His creation. Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) states: So the judgement is only with Allaah, the Most High, the Most Great! , …and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. and: Indeed, your Lord is Allaah, Who created the heavens and the earth in Six Days, and then He rose over (Istawaa’) the Throne (really in a manner that suits His Majesty). He (Glorified be He) states: The Most Gracious (Allaah) rose over (Istawaa’) the (Mighty) Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty). and: To Him ascend (all) the goodly words, and the righteous deeds exalt it (i.e. the goodly words are not accepted by Allaah unless and until they are followed by good deeds) in addition to other Aayaat (Qur’anic verses) to the same effect. Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah firmly believe that Allaah rose over His Throne and is exalted above His creation. Al-hamdu lillaah [All praise is due to Allaah], there is no difference of opinion between them in this regard.

Question: A questioner from Chad asks: Where is Allaah? Is He over His `Arsh (Throne) or is He everywhere? What is the ruling on one who claims that Allaah is everywhere?

AnswerAllaah (Exalted be He) rose over His `Arsh and is high above His creation, according to Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah. All the messengers (peace be upon them) taught that Allaah rose over His `Arsh and is above all the Creation. Allaah (Exalted be He) states: The Most Gracious (Allaah) rose over (Istawâ) the (Mighty) Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty). , Do you feel secure that He, Who is over the heaven (Allaah) , To Him ascend (all) the goodly words, and the righteous deeds exalt it (i.e. the goodly words are not accepted by Allaah unless and until they are followed by good deeds) and: The angels and the Rooh [Jibrîl (Gabriel)] ascend to Him in a Day the measure whereof is fifty thousand years. Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) states: Indeed, your Lord is Allaah, Who created the heavens and the earth in Six Days, and then He rose over (Istawaa’) the Throne (really in a manner that suits His Majesty). Allaah mentioned in seven Aayaat that He (Exalted be He) is over the Throne. He rose over it in a manner befitting His Majesty as He is not like any of His creation in terms of Istiwsa’ (Allash’s rising over the Throne in a manner that befits Him) or in any of His Attributes. Allaah (Exalted be He) states: There is nothing like Him; and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer. He (Exalted be He) also… read more here.

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