A commentary and explanation of an article by Dr. Muhiy al-Deen al-Safee entitled “In order to be the most powerful Ummah”

A commentary and explanation of an article

By

Dr. Muhiy Al-Deen Al-Safee

Entitled

“In order to be the most powerful Ummah” (about Allaah’s Attributes)

Praise be to Allaah and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah and upon his family and Companions!

In its issue no. 3383 of 3/4/1408 A.H, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper published an article by Dr. Muhyi Al-Deen Al-Safee entitled “In Order to be the Most Powerful Ummah.” When I read the article, my attention was seized by the writer’s words about the difference between the Salaf (righteous predecessors) and Khalaf (later scholars) regarding some of Allaah’s Attributes. The following is what he wrote:

“However, there are Aayahs (Qur’aanic verses) which describe Allaah (Exalted be He) with some of the attributes of His creatures, such as: The Hand of Allaah is over their hands. , Everything will perish save His Face. And, The Most Gracious (Allaah) rose over (Istawâ) the (Mighty) Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty). Scholars have two methods for explaining these Aayahs; the first is the method of the Salaf, which is to affirm the Attributes that Allaah has affirmed for Himself, but without Takyeef (descriptive designation of Allaah’s Attributes), Tamtheel (likening Allaah’s Attributes to those of His Creation), or Ta`teel (denial of Allaah’s Attributes)… read more here.