Three Important Principles in Names and Attributes


Reference: As Sifaat al Ilaahiyyah : P.24
The following are three points that must be considered as principles in this topic:[Firstly:] Affirming what Allaah has affirmed for Himself or what His Messenger – صلى الله عليه وسلم – affirmed for Him, because the most knowledgeable to describe Allaah is Allaah Himself:

{ Are you more knowledgeable or Allaah } [Al Baqarah: 140]

Just as no one can describe Allaah, who is more knowledgeable of Allaah after Allaah, than His Messenger – صلى الله عليه وسلم – whom Allaah said in regards:

{Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. It is only a Revelation revealed} [An Najm: 3-4]

[Secondly:] Exalting Allaah from resembling things with His Attributes, in light of the saying of Allaah the Elevated:

{ There is nothing like Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer } [Ash Shoorah: 11]

This Ayah consists of an exaltation of Allaah as well as an affirmation [of His Attributes] as you can see.

[Thirdly:] Abstaining from trying to comprehend the reality of His Attributes, just as you can not comprehend the reality of His Existence [or Self], the Glorified, believing in His saying:

{ And they will never encompass anything of His Knowledge } [Al Baqarah: 255]

{ Do you know of any who is similar to Him? } [Maryam: 65]

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