Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Is Allaah with his creation?

Ruling of the one who says Allaah is with his Creation (Ma'iyyah)

Q. What is the ruling of the one who says "Allaah has Ma'iyyah (being with His creation) that is befitting to His majesty similar to His descending and the like of it without there being any Hulool (dwelling within His creation) or resemblance (to His creation)?" 
A. "Look, oh brothers (in faith), relieve yourselves of this speech. The Salaf explained the Ma'iyyah 
"He is with you wherever you are."
(Al-Hadeed: 4)
as meaning the awareness and witnessing (of Allaah over all things).
"and Allaah is a witness over all things."
(Al-Mujaadilah: 6)
"Do you not see that Allaah knows that which is in the heavens and the earth, there is no secret talk between three except that He is the fourth, nor five except that He is the sixth, nor less than that or more, except that He is with them wherever they may be. Then He informs them of that which they did on the Day of Standing, indeed Allaah is all knowledgeable of all things."
(Al-Mujaadilah: 7)
This Ma'iyyah is knowledge, awareness, and witnessing (of the creation). He sees them, he hears their statements and knows their conditions. All of this while He is above His throne. Therefore, this Ma'iyyah is knowledge and awareness. This suffices us. That is because if we go beyond this point we enter into a problem; The Ma'iyyah is other then the descending (of Allaah). The descending (of Allaah) to the lowest heavens is as He wants. Also, that which is the strongest position is that Allaah does not leave from above His throne (while descending) because His descending is not like the descending of the creation."
Source:  Fataawaa  of Shaykh Rabee' ibn Haadee Al-Madkhalee (Hafidhahullaahu ta'aala) Vol. 1 pg 54

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