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Imam Malik said ‘Istiwa is not unknown and the how is not conceivable’ (narrated by Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani)

Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani said in his book Kitab al-Jami fi s-sunan wa al-adab wa l-maghazi wa t-tarikh, p.123: “A man asked Malik: « O Abu Abd Allah [he recited the verse:] ‘al-Rahman ‘ala ‘arshi stawa’: how ‘istawa’  ?”. Imam Malik answered:’Istiwa s not unknown, and its how [manner] is not conceivable al-istiwa ghayr majhul […]

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Imam al-Boukhari interprets ‘wajh’ (literally ‘face’) by mulk (‘dominion’)

Imam al-Bukhari, in the chapter of Exegesis (Kitab at-Tafsir) of his Sahih, in volume 3 p.171 of the edition used, says: “Surat al-Qasas : kullu shay’in haalikun illa wajhah :’Everything will be destroyed, except His  wajh [i.e.]: except His ‘Dominion’ ( illa mulkah).’ [Explanation: This phrase means ‘Everything will be destroyed except his ‘wajh‘. The […]

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