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Question # : 344

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Is the following statement correct?

The belief of the Ahle-Sunnat is this that Allaah Ta`ala does have a Hand but it is unlike the hand of the creation. And Allaah Ta`ala has a Face, which is unlike the face of man or any other creation. These are unique to Allaah Ta`ala alone and their condition and comprehension are beyond the understanding of man. Only Allaah Ta`ala alone knows what these actually are.

Answer : 344

Published on: May 9, 2007

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 472/J)

Yes, it is right. The Ahlus Sunnah wal-Jamaah scholars of Hadith and Ulama hold the same belief about the Hands etc.  It implies that Allah does have Hands, Face etc but not like His creatures, He is above all these similarities. Allah says:

لیس کمثلہ شئ (سورة الشوری، ۱۱)

There is nothing whatever like unto him. (42/11)


But, what these words, like Hands and Face, mean? Allah knows best, we only believe in whatever Allah has meant by these words. The scholars of Kalam (Asharia and Maturidiah) are of the opinion that the exact meaning of these words is known only by Allah, but if anyone takes a meaning that is suitable for the high position of Allah (Suhanahu Wa-taala) then it may be allowed e.g. Hand means power and Face means He himself.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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