Sharh as-Sunnah : Lessons 34 : Point 43
Shaykh Fawzan | Dawud Burbank [Audio|English]
Imaam Barbahaaree rahimahullaah said:
ومن زعم أنه يرى ربه في دار الدنيا فهو كافر بالله عز وجل
And whoever claims that he sees his Lord in this world then he is a disbeliever in Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.
Whoever claims that anyone can see Allaah in this world, seeing Him with their eyes not seeing Him in a dream then he is a disbeliever; kaafir because Allaah, the Majestic and Most High cannot be seen in this world and therefore when kaleemullaah, the one to whom Allaah spoke, Moosa alayhissalam:
قَالَ رَبِّ أَرِنِي أَنظُرْ إِلَيْكَ ۚ قَالَ لَن تَرَانِي وَلَٰكِنِ انظُرْ إِلَى الْجَبَلِ فَإِنِ اسْتَقَرَّ مَكَانَهُ فَسَوْفَ تَرَانِي
لَمَّا تَجَلَّىٰ رَبُّهُ لِلْجَبَلِ جَعَلَهُ دَكًّا وَخَرَّ مُوسَىٰ صَعِقًا
Moosaa (`alayhissalaam) said, “Oh my Lord, show Yourself to me so that I may look upon You.” So He said, “You will not see Me, however look at the mountain and if it remains settled at its place then you will see Me.”
(Sooratul-A`raaf (7), aayah 143)
So no one can see Allaah in this world (dunya). This is a point of consensus (ijmaa) amongst the scholars. Rather, seeing Allaah will be in the Hereafter because the people in this world are weak, they are not able to see Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic because of their weakness and therefore when Allaah manifested Himself to the mountain, it shattered and became dust. So, how about the son of Aadam who is made of flesh and blood?
But as for in the Hereafter, Allaah will give to the believers strength through which they will be able to see Allaah and they will delight in seeing Him, He, the Perfect and Most High. So, seeing Allaah in the Hereafter is established and is mutawaatir (quoted by a huge number of people at each level of transmission) is established for the believers. But as for in this world then no one will see Allaah with His eyes.
They disagree whether the Prophet sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam saw Him on the night of the ascent through the Heavens or did not see Him. And what is correct or the great majority are upon is that the Messenger did not see Him with His eye but rather, he saw Him with his heart and with his insight because no one can see Allaah in this life, because Allah is greater than that anyone should see Him in this life and therefore when the Prophet sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam was asked:
“Did you see your Lord on the night of the ascent (mi`raaj), ascent through the Heavens?” He said, “Noorun Anna Araahu.” (Light, how could I see Him?) ”
 Reported by Muslim hadeeth no. (178) from a hadeeth of Aboo Tharr radiyAllaahu `anh that the Prophet responded:
“Light, how could I see Him?”
And he said:
“His screen is light, if He were to uncover it then the shining light of His face would consume whatever his gaze came upon from His creation.”
Hadeeth also reported by Muslim (179) from a hadeeth of Aboo Moosaa radiyAllaahu `anhu.
Translator’s side point:
Shaykh Ahmad an-Najmee rahimahullaah said,
“As for the saying of the author, ‘Whoever claims that he can see His Lord in the life of this world then he is a disbeliever in Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic’. I say, this claim has been claimed by many of the heretic Soofees, those who say that they see their Lord and they see the Prophet sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam and take from him and take from Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic directly and they believe that they are in a station higher than the station of Messengership and whoever claims this claim then he is a kaafir (disbeliever). There is no doubt about his disbelief and Allaah is the one who grants success.”
Shaykh Saalih as-Suhaymee hafizahullaah likewise mentions the same point that,
“This is the claim of the extreme Soofees, those who claim that they can take knowledge directly from Allaah, the Most High by way of Kashf and who claim that they can obtain knowledge of the hidden and unseen (ghaib) directly from Allaah, the Most High, this point refers to the like of them and that claim is disbelief.”
Ithaaful-Qaaree bit-Ta`leeqaat `alaa Sharhis-Sunnah
(A Gift To The Reader In Annotation Of Sharh As-Sunnah)
by Shaykh Saalih ibn Fowzaan al-Fowzaan hafizahullaah
Translated by Aboo Talhah Daawood Burbank, rahimahullaah
Transcribed by Saima Zaher.
Posted with kind permission from Dawud Burbank rahimahullaah
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