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Imaam Ibnul-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah
 on Pointing above to Allaah

Shaykhul-Islaam was-Sunnah, Shamsudeen ibn Al-Qayyim said: They claim that it is not permissible to point above to Allaah ÓÈÍÇäå with one’s fingers, for this necessitates restricting (Allaah to a place). However, the Muslims have unanimously agreed that Allaah is the most high, for this is something clearly stated in the Qur’aan. However, they claim that His highness is that of authority and not that of physical being (dhaat). But For the Muslims Allaah possesses all aspects of highness – physical and authoritative, for it is a praiseworthy attribute. Thus, we affirm that Allaah has the highness of essence and the highness of authority.

Thus, their prohibition of pointing above to Allaah contradicts all the religions, for the majority of Muslims, and the (people of the) other religious paths, have unanimously agreed that when we make du’aa to Allaah we should do so by facing in the direction of above, and their unanimity regarding this is considered a hujjah (valid proof). None of them have ever said that it is permissible to point/face towards the ground, or any other direction except that of above. He states, “They fear their Lord above them.” (Sooratun--Nahl: 50), “To Him ascend (all) the goodly words.” (Soorah Faatir: 10), “The angels and the Ruh (Jibraeel) ascend to Him.” (Sooratul-Ma’arij: 4)

He, Ta'ala, stated that Fir’awn said, “O Hamaan! Build me a tower that I may attain the means of access, the means of access to the heavens, then reach ilaah (god) of Musa.” (Sooratul--Ghaafir: 36-37).

Hence, Fir’awn understood from Moosaa ('alayhi salaam) that there is an ilaah above the heavens, for Moosaa used to affirm this; so much so that he wanted to build a tower to see Him, and he accused Moosaa of being a liar concerning this. And the jahmiyyah do not admit that Allaah is above the heavens, thus they more incompetent in understanding than Fir’awn. (Ijtimaa’al-Juyushal-Islaamiyyah: 136-137)



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