Sunday, March 7, 2021

Allah (swt) sits on the throne in a cross-legged position


Allah (swt) sits on the throne in a cross-legged position

We read in Tafsir al-Tabari:

Muhammad bin Qays narrated that A man came to Ka’b and asked him, ‘O Ka’b, where is our Lord?’ People rebuked him, saying: ‘You dare ask such about Allah?’ Ka’b answered, ‘If you are learned, strive to learn more. And, if you are ignorant, seek knowledge. You asked about our Lord. He is above the great Throne, sitting, placing one of His legs over the other.
Tafsir al-Tabari, volume 21 page 501 Surah 42 Verse 5

We also read in Ebtal al-Tawilat, by Imam Abu Y’ala al-Fara, Volume 1 page 189:

Ubaid bin Hunayn said: ‘I was sitting in the mosque when Qatadah ibn Nu’man arrived. Then, he sat and kept discussing with people. Then the people roused against him, then he said: ‘Oh son of Hunayn let us move to Abu Saeed, I heard that he is ill’. Then two of us went together, until we came upon Abu Sa’eed. We met him sitting, placing his right leg over the left. We greeted him and sat. Then, Qatadah pinched Abu Saeed’s leg. Abu Sa’eed said, ‘Praise be to Allah! My brother you hurt me’. Qatadah answered: ‘I made this on purpose, ‘Messenger of Allah (swt) said, ‘Verily when Allah concluded creating His creation, He sat, and then placed one of His legs over the other’’. Then He said: ‘It is wrong for anyone to sit like this’. Abu Sa’eed said: ‘No offense. By Allah, I never did it again!’’.

Abu Yala said:

قال أبو محمد الخلال هذا إسناده كلهم ثقاة وهم مع ثقتهم شرط الصحيحين مسلم والبخاري

Abu Muhammad al-Khalal said: ‘This chain is reliable, according to the standards of Sahih Muslim and Sahih Bukhari’.

This can also be read with different chains in:
1. Mujam al-Kabir, by Tabarani, v19, p13
2. Al-Asma wa al-Sifat, by Bayhaqi, hadith number 738
3. Marifat al-Sahaba, by Abu Naeem al-Asbahani, hadith number 5187 Al-Asma wa al-Sifat, by Bayhaqi, hadith number 738

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