Ibn Taymiyya and clear Tamthil: Likening Allah to the Moon!

“So do not assert similarities to Allah. Indeed, Allah knows and you do not know.” (Qur’an 16:74)

“There is nothing like unto Him.” (Qur’an 42:11)  

In his commentary of the following verse in the Qur’an:

“He is with you wherever you are” Ibn Taymiyya compares Allah (swt) to the moon!

“The phrase “and He is with you” Does not mean that He blends into creation. Nay the moon one of the smallest of Allah’s creations is both placed in the heaven (mawdu’un fi al-samaa’) and present with the traveler and the non-traveler wherever they may be. And the Exalted is above (fawq) the Throne, as a watchful guardian of His creatures and their protector Who is cognizant of them.”

Source: (Ibn Taymiyya, al’-Aqida al-wasitiyya Salafiyya ed. 1346/1927 p. 20)

“They (Ahlus-Sunnah) do not make the resemblance between His Attributes and the attributes of the creation, because, for Him, Glorified is He, there is no comparison, nor equal, nor partner, and there is no analogy for Him with His creation.”

Source: (al-Aqeedah al-Waasitiyyah 1/p.127 with the commentary of ibn al-Uthaymeen)

No one from among the early generations of Muslims compared Allah (swt) to the moon or Allah’s knowledge to the moon’s rays! Not only this but the moon occupies an orbit is dependent upon the orbit! The moon’s rays cannot penetrate the ocean depths. Whereas Allah is aware of us even in the ocean depths!   

So all that I have seen from the sect that calls itself ‘Salafi’ is that if you read carefully their responses they do not deny that Ibn Taymiyyah made this comparison of Allah (swt) to his creation.  I could say in this entry blue and blue. Then I will say green.  The fact that I have said blue does not negate the fact that I also said green in this entry. Followers of Ibn Taymiyyah reply: “Oh, he was using it to teach people.” It doesn’t make it correct. In fact, the smart thing to do at this point for those people who do love Ibn Taymiyyah is to simply say he made an error in this regard.

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One response to “Ibn Taymiyya and clear Tamthil: Likening Allah to the Moon!

  1. jawada222

    Salam sir

    My name is Muhammad Jawad, from Nigeria. I’m a student of Islamic studies from one of the universities in Nigeria. There is an issue of blasphemy that occurred recently in Nigeria where a Muslim singer was sentenced to death because he was found guilty of blasphemy against the prophet.

    The death sentence ruling has stirred a lot of talk, arguments in support of the ruling and counter arguments against the ruling that one is even confused about the one to follow amongst these rulings.

    Having read many of your insightful articles and I have benefited from them greatly, I want you to please shed more light on this issue of blasphemy against the prophet from the perspective of the Quran and Hadith. Is the punishment for blasphemy against the prophet of Islam death?.

    Thank you in anticipation

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