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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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Tite page of al-Wasiyya by Abu Hanifah

Imam Abu Hanifah (from the SALAF) does say that ‘Istiwa’ should not be understood as being established or being seated

Imam Abu Hanifah said, in his book al-Wasiyya, (page 81 of the edition used here): We recite that Allah is ‘istawa ‘ala’  the throne, without Him having a need, or being establihsed on the Throne. He is the Protector of the Throne and of other than that, without Him having any need, for if  He […]

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Title page of Ithaf al-Kainat

Fatwa of the scholars of al-Azhar on the one who believes that God is in a place

To read the whole fatwa in Arabic in PDF format click here. Here is the translation of this important fatwa which has been written by Imam Abu Muhammad Mahmud ibn Muhammad ibn Khattab as-Subki al-Azhari in his book: Ithaf al-Kaainaat bi-bayaan as-salaf wa l-khalaf fi-l mutashabihaat, page 2: READ CAREFULLY WHAT HE SAID IN 1931 […]

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