The Muslim’s Belief (Chapter 2) – Sheikh Muhammad as-Saleh Al-‘Uthaimin
By Shaikh Muhammad as-Saleh Al-‘Uthaimin & Translated by Dr. Maneh Al-Johani
CHAPTER 2: THE QUR’AN AND THE SUNNAH
Sources of His Attributes:
All that we have mentioned about Allah’s attributes, whether briefly or in detail and affirmatively or negatively, is based on the book of our Lord (the Qur’an) and the traditions of our Prophet. It also agrees with the practice of the previous generations of Muslims and the rightly guided scholars who came after them.
We believe it is obligatory to take the texts of the Qur’an and the prophetic traditions conceding Allah’s attributes at their face value and to interpret them in a way that is suitable to Almighty Allah. We reject the practice of those who twist the meanings of these texts and understand them in a way that was not intended by Allah and His messenger.
We also reject the practice of those who make them devoid of their meanings as conveyed by Allah and His Messenger. Finally, we reject the approach of those who exaggerate, who gave them a physical interpretation that makes Allah similar to some of His creatures.
Free from Contradictions:
We know for sure that what is revealed in Allah’s book and in the traditions of His Messenger is the truth. It does not contain any contradiction: “Do they not ponder over the Qur’an? If it had been from other than Allah, surely they would have found in it a lot of differences” (4: 82).
Contradictions in statements falsify them. It is impossible for there to be a contradiction in any statement revealed by Allah and said by His Messenger, peace be upon him. Whoever claims that there are contradictions in the Qur’an, the prophetic traditions, or between the two must have wicked intentions and a misguided heart. He should repent and quit his sin. If someone imagines that there are some contradictions in the Qur’an, the sayings of the Prophet, or between these two, this must be a result of his little knowledge, inadequate understanding, or lack of deep thinking. Therefore, he should seek knowledge and do his best to reflect upon matters until the truth is clear to him. If, after all of these efforts, the truth is not clear to him, he should leave the whole matter to the One who knows it and should quit his imagination. He should say, as do those who are firmly rooted in knowledge: “We believe in it, all is from our Lord” (3:7). He must know that there are neither contradictions nor differences in the Qur’an, the Sunnah, or between the two.
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