Imam an-Nawawi explains that the one who says ‘There is no god but Allah, who lives in the sky’ does not become a believer

Imam an-Nawawi said, in his chapter on apostasy (ar-Riddah), in volume 7 page 303:

The one who says ‘There is no god but the one who lives in the sky’ does not become a Muslim, as is the case if he says ‘There is no god but Allah, who lives in the sky, because ‘inhabiting’ is impossible, [does not apply] to  Allah.

Points to remember:

  • Imam an-Nawawi died in 676 after Hijrah, i.e. more than 700 years ago.  He was from Nawa, a village approximately 80km away from Damascus. He was a Shafi‘ i scholar and wrote several  jurisprudence manuals in this school.  The book Rawdat at-Taalibeen, from which this quote is taken, is one of those fiqh books. It comprises 8 volumes. The chapter dealing with apostasy (i.e. what takes a person out of Islam) spans 21 pages, from page 283 till 304.
  • He is the author of “The Gardens of the Righteous” (Riyaad as-Saaliheen) and the collection of 40 hadiths which is so well-known nowadays. He has always been considered as a great scholar.
  • Here he explains that attributing to Allah that He inhabits the sky is not Islam and that the one who says that Allah inhabits the sky is not a Muslim. He clearly says that this is impossible. If Allah were in the sky, as some people believe, then imam an-Nawawi would not have quoted this belief as an example of blasphemy!

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