Posted by: mjaga | June 19, 2011

Lord of the Mighty Throne

Qur’aanic Verse 9.129:

9.129

Transliteration:

129. Fa-in tawallaw faqul hasbiya Allahu la ilaha illa huwa AAalayhi tawakkaltu wahuwa rabbu alAAarshi alAAatheem

Translation:

129. Yet, if they turn away, say, “Allah is enough for me; there is no god but He. On Him I do place my trust. And He is Lord of the Mighty Throne55.

 

Study Note:

 

55. It is not possible for the limited human intelligence to understand what this Mighty Throne of the Lord could be like. Chapter 112 of the Qur’aan informs us that there is none comparable to Allah. So He cannot be compared to a human king sitting on his throne. A human king is a limited being, and so is his throne. We can see the throne because it is limited. We cannot see Allah, because He is not limited. The Throne of an unlimited Being ought to be unlimited by itself. So we cannot comprehend the Mighty Throne. Words like these in the Qur’aan are mutashaabihaat in terms of Verse 3.7 (Manzil I). So they are beyond human understanding to comprehend. We have to accept them as they are, without trying to visualise their meanings. Suffice it for us to know that the Lord has Mighty, Unlimited Power.

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The above is an extract from Qur’aanic Studies Manzil II, which now stands published on Amazon Kindle.

Mohammad Shafi


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Responses

  1. Arsh is also “raised high” like roof or shed or sky or something that is higher than other things. ALLAH Kareem is higher than the whole Universe so the point or level where the Universe ends is “Kursi” and where ALLAH is is “alARSH-ul-Azeem”. wussalaam.

  2. Indeed, there are numerous references to the stature of the Almighty which is beyond the ordinary human being’s comprehension and therefore these words must necessarily be seen as a poor but perhaps the only vehicle which can give an idea of Allah Subhana wa tallah’s magnificence. As generations follow on from one to the next where language can change substantially to mean differently at several levels, the Quranic text as we have it must essentially be understood metaphorically rather than literally. If we are able to see the smbols for what they are, we will be able to make connections with our understanding of the temporal with the divine.


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