General Principles Regarding Allaah’s Attributes

By: Alawee ibn `Abdil-Qaadir as-Saqqaaf

“Affirmation of everything that Allaah affirmed for Himself in His Book, or which His Messenger, sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallaam, affirmed for Him. Without distorting (tahreef), without denial (ta’teel), and without saying how they are (takyeef) and without making any resemblance with the creation (tamtheel).”[1]

“To deny for Allaah everything which He has denied for Himself in His Book, or which His Messenger denied for Him, whilst believing its fully perfect opposite is confirmed for Allaah, the Most High.”[2]

Since Allaah knows better about Himself than His creation, and His Messenger out of all the people is the one who knows best about His Lord, so denying death for Him includes affirmation of His perfect Life, and denying oppression for Him includes affirmation of His perfect Justice, and denying sleep for Him includes affirmation of His perfect charge/control over everything.

“The attributes of Allaah, the Might and Magnificent, are only to be spoken of in accordance with a text (tawfeeqiyyah). So nothing is affirmed for Him except that which Allaah affirmed for Himself (or which) was affirmed for Him by His Messenger, and nothing is denied for Allaah, the Mighty and Magnificent, except that which He denied for Himself, was denied for Him by His Messenger, sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallaam.”[3]

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