Imam Abu Mansur al-Baghdadi narrates the Consensus of the Muslims on the fact that God exists without a place

Title page of al-Farq bayna l-Firaq from al-BaghdadiTanzih al Baghdadi page 333Title page of al-Farq bayna l-Firaq from al-Baghdadi

In his book al-Farq bayna l-Firaq, Imam Abu Mansur al-Baghdadi said (p.333 of the edition used on the left-hand side and  page 321 of the edition on the right-hand side):

[The people of  Ahlu s-Sunnah] have unanimously agreed on the fact that Allah is not contained in a place and that He is not subject to time, contrary to what the Hishamiyya and the Karramiyya claim when they say that Allah is touching His Throne. The Amir al-Mu’munineen  ‘Ali [Ibn Abi Talib, the fourth caliph and cousin of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] said : ‘Allah created the Throne as a sign of His Power, and He did not take it as a place for Himself‘. He also said: ‘Allah  existed and there was nothing else, and He is now as He has always been, i.e. without a place.’

Points to remember:

  • Imam Abu Mansur al-Baghdadi died in 429 after the Hijrah, i.e. 1000 years ago.
  • His book al-Farq bayna l-Firaq is dedicated to the study of the 73 sects mentioned by the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.  After having studied all the different misguided groups (firaq), he wrote a long chapter where he explains the belief of Ahlu s-Sunnah wa l-Jama’ah, the only saved group. The quote presented here is from that chapter. He lists 15 unanimous points of belief among the Sunnis, and the belief that God exists without a place is the third of these points. Here is the REAL Sunni belief.

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