The meaning of “al-Ma`iyyah” (Allaah being with His creation) and standing up in honor of another

This letter is from `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to his honorable brother, may Allaah increase him in knowledge and Eemaan! Aaameeen. Peace be upon you!

I have received your first letter dated 9/4/1374 AH (may Allaah guide you and grant you success) and later I received your second letter. I delayed answering your questions until I had the time to discuss them in detail but unfortunately, due to the great amount of work and having no time after lectures at the institution and other places, I was unable to answer all the four questions included in the first letter elaborately. In this letter, I will answer some of them and delay the rest to my vacation. Please inform me of your address after the end of the academic year, so as to be able to send you the answers to the rest of your questions. May Allaah guide us all to know the Truth and to follow it! We seek refuge with Him from misleading trials, for He is All-Hearing, Ever Near! You asked about the meaning of the word “Ma`iyyah” and here is the answer.

Allaah (Glorified be He) mentions two types of Ma`iyyah (Allaah being with His creation): general and particular. The first is mentioned in the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse): And He is with you (by His Knowledge) wheresoever you may be. The second is mentioned in the Aayah: Be not sad (or afraid), surely Allaah is with us. And: I am with you both, hearing and seeing. There are other Aayahs to the same effect. Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) are of the opinion that Ma`iyyah is one of the Attributes of Allaah (Glorified be He) as befits His Glory… read more here.