He (Allaah) does not resemble the creation – Shaykh Fawzan | Dawud Burbank [Clip|En]

Aqeedah Tahaawiyyah : Lesson 05

 ولا يشبه الأنام‏ 

[10]    And He (Allaah) does not resemble the creation. 


The Explanation – Point [10]

This is like the wording which has already preceded: And there is nothing like Him.”[1] And the meaning of al-anaam (الأنام) is ‘the creation’.  So Allaah, the Perfect and Most High, is free of any resemblance to the creation.

There is nothing like Him and He is the All-Hearing the All-Seeing. (SooratushShooraa (42), aayah 11)

And there is no equal for Him. (Sooratul-Ikhlaas (112), aayah 4)

So He, the Perfect, is free from resembling His creation.  And even though He has Names and Attributes which correspond to names and attributes of the creation in their wording and in their meaning, however, in their reality and in how they are, there is no resemblance between the two.

End of explanation of point [10][2]

Footnotes:

[1] Point [3] – Listen @ There is nothing like Him (Allaah) 

[2] Translator’s side point: Ibn Abil-`Izz rahimahullaah, in his explanation, said on this point:

Nu`aym ibn Hammaad said,

“Whoever declares that Allaah is like anything from his creation then he has committed unbelief, and whoever denies anything from that which Allaah has described Himself with, then he has committed unbelief, and there is not in the attributes which Allaah has mentioned for Himself nor in the attributes which His Messenger mentioned for Him, any resemblance.”

Likewise, Ishaaq ibn Raahawayh said,

“Whoever describes Allaah and declares that His Attributes are like the attributes of anyone from Allaah’s creation then he is a kaafir (disbeliever) in Allaah, the Tremendous One.”

He also said,

“The sign of Jahm and his companions is their claim against the people of the Sunnah and the Jamaa`ah and the lies which they had instigated, that they say, ‘The people of the Sunnah are mushabbihah (that they declare Allaah to be like His creation).’ But rather, it is just that they are mu`attilah (deniers of the attributes).”

And this was the saying of a great number of the imaams of the Salaf – the sign of the Jahmiyyah is that they call the people of the Sunnah Mushabbihah.  Because there are none from the deniers of the Names and Attributes, except that he calls the one who affirms them a Mushabbih (one who makes Allaah like the creation).  So whoever denies Allaah’s Names altogether, then they are from the extreme apostates – like the Qaraamitah (القرامطة) and the philosophers.  And whoever says that it cannot be said about Allaah that He is has knowledge and (it cannot be said, they say, about Allaah) that He has power, claiming that whoever calls Allaah that is a Mushabbih.  They say His Names are just metaphorical, like the extreme Jahmiyyah.

At-Ta`leeqaat Al-Mukhtasarah `alaa Matn Al-`Aqeedah AtTahaawiyyah
By Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan hafizahullaah
Translated by Aboo Talhah Daawood Burbank, rahimahullaah

Transcribed by Sideeqa Ali

Posted with kind permission from Dawud Burbank rahimahullaah

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