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Sunday, July 19, 2009

TO SEE ALLAHU TA’ALA

On the Day of Judgement He will be seen by disbelievers and sinful Muslims in His Wrath and Glory, and by pious Muslims in His Kindness and Beauty. Angels and women, too, will see Him. Disbelievers will be deprived of this. There is a sound report conveying that genies also will be deprived of this.



A hadith-i-sharif [1] says, “You will see your Rabb on the Day of Judgement as you see the [full] moon on the fourteenth [of the month].” As Allahu ta’ala is known incomprehensibly in this world, so He will be seen incomprehensibly in the Hereafter.



It should be believed that Allahu ta’ala will be seen. Yet we should not wonder how this will happen; His works cannot be comprehended through intellect (’aql). They are not like worldly affairs [they cannot be measured with physical or chemical criteria]. Such concepts as direction, being opposite or being toward something have no connection with Allahu ta’ala. He is not material. He is not an object [nor is He an element, an alloy or a compound]. He is not countable, He cannot be measured, nor can he be calculated. No change takes place in Him. He is not at a place. He is not with time. He does not have a past or a future, front or back, bottom or top, right or left. Therefore, nothing of Him can human reasoning comprehend, nor does human intellect or knowledge suffice to do this. So, man cannot comprehend how He will be seen.



Muhammad (’alaihi ’s-salam) saw Allahu ta’ala during the Mi’raj. But this seeing was not with the eyes, like seeing in this world.


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[1] hadith-i-sharif: a saying of the Prophet (‘alaihi ‘s-salam).

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