al-Hafidh al-Bayhaqi confirms the belief that Allah exists without a place

Page title of al-Asma wa s-SifatPage 400 of al-Asma wa s-sifaat

Imam al-Bayhaqi, in his book al-Asma wa s-Sifat said, p.400:

“Some of our companions [i.e. other scholars] have used, as [another] proof to deny a place to ALLAH, the saying of the prophet  sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam which means: “You are adh-Dhaahir therefore nothing is above You, You are al-Baatin therefore nothing is beneath You”. Therefore, if there is nothing above Him and nothing below Him, it is the case that He is not in a place.

Points to remember:

  • Imam al-Bayhaqi died in 458 after the Hijrah, i.e. almost 1000 years ago!
  • He confirms the belief that God exists without a place.
  • Do remember his name. He was a great respected Hafidh in the hadith science, and his book al-Asma wa s-Sifat has become a reference in terms of the Muslims’ belief.

3 Responses to “al-Hafidh al-Bayhaqi confirms the belief that Allah exists without a place”

  1. Assalamu 3alaykum.

    Excellent article, maashaa Allaah.

    Notice that the hadith mentioned by Al Haafidh Al Bayhaqi also has been related by Imam Muslim in his Sahih!

    This hadith is indeed a strong proof against those who attribute a place to Allah.

    BaarakAllaahu fiikum wa a7sanAllahu ilaykum. 🙂

  2. Imam al-Bayhaqi (rah) at his best as usual.

  3. Salam alaykum,

    I guess this is not the best article to ask this on, but I would like to know which are the most important books to read and understand in terms of knowing the most important points of Aqeedah and Usool (in terms of Islamic metaphysics), particularly when it comes to refuting the views of heretics and non-Muslims?

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