the Name of Allah)
Abul Kasem (e-mail address:
[A note of caution: The contents of this essay might offend some
Allah is Anthropomorphic (ii)
Allah’s two hands are outstretched.
After Muhammad had migrated to
, he remained in penury. Many of his followers went hungry for days and
depended on peoples’ charity for their daily living. To placate his
critics, especially the Jews, Muhammad insisted on the abundance supply
form His Allah. This was not forthcoming; so the Jews said that
Muhammad’s Allah is, after all, not so rich On this, Muhammad claimed
that the Jews had falsely said that "Allah's hand" is tied up;
in reality both His hands are outstretched. This means that Allah does
have two hands
claim of Allah’s two physical hands has been recorded in the Quran:
YUSUFALI: The Jews say: "Allah's hand is tied up." Be
their hands tied up and be they accursed for the (blasphemy) they utter.
Nay, both His hands are widely outstretched: He giveth and spendeth (of
His bounty) as He pleaseth. But the revelation that cometh to thee from
Allah increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy.
Amongst them we have placed enmity and hatred till the Day of Judgment.
Every time they kindle the fire of war, Allah doth extinguish it; but they
(ever) strive to do mischief on earth. And Allah loveth not those who do
own two outstretched hands Allah created Adam. Having done so, Allah was
greatly dismayed that Iblis, the Satan, refrained from worshipping His own
hands’ creation, Adam. The holy Qur’an confirms that Allah indeed
created Adam with His own two hands.
read verse 38:75:
PICKTHAL: He said: O Iblis! What
hindereth thee from falling prostrate before that which I have created
with both My hands? Art thou too proud or art thou of the high exalted?
that the holy Qur’an confirms the two physical hands for Allah, it also
says that Allah will use His two outstretched hands to fold up the heavens
(universe)—much like a person who folds a piece of mat or rug with his
two hands. After folding up the heavens with His two outstretched hands,
He will then hold them (the universe) in His right hand!
the Qur’an talking about Allah’s Hand.
resurrection day, the whole earth will be within the fistful of Allah; He
will fold up the heavens (universe) inside His right hand (39:67).
YUSUFALI: No just estimate have they made of Allah, such as is due
to Him: On the Day of Judgment the whole of the earth will be but His
handful, and the heavens will be rolled up in His right hand: Glory to
Him! High is He above the Partners they attribute to Him!
Allah’s hand holds the balance of justice.
Muhammad insisted that His Allah has hands
and with one of His hands, Allah holds the balance of justice. It is much
like the picture or sketch one might have seen of a judge who holds a
balance of justice in one of his/her hands and a sword in another.
Muhammad wanted his followers to have a vivid picture of the uprightness
of his Allah. So, he had to use this similarity, which he might have seen
in some inscriptions of Roman justice system.
read this hadith from Sahih Bukhari:
6, Book 60, Number 206:
said, "Allah said, 'Spend (O man), and I shall spend on you." He
also said, "Allah's Hand is full, and (its fullness) is not affected
by the continuous spending night and day." He also said, "Do you
see what He has spent since He created the Heavens and the Earth?
Nevertheless, what is in His Hand is not decreased, and His Throne was
over the water; and in His Hand there is the balance (of justice) whereby
He raises and lowers (people)."
Bukhari also confirms that Allah has a right
hand and a left hand. On His left hand is the balance of justice. Nothing
is mentioned what Allah holds in His right hand. One may imagine what He
holds in His right hand must be very huge—probably, the earth’s
population or a huge sack of money or a bounty. This hadith does not
mention the content of Allah’s right hand, except that it is full. Let
us read this hadith:
right hand is full, on the other hand He holds the balance of justice, His
throne is over the water...(Sahih Bukhari, 9.93.515)
9, Book 93, Number 515:
said, "The Right (Hand) of Allah Is full, and (Its fullness) is not
affected by the continuous spending night and day. Do you see what He has
spent since He created the Heavens and the Earth? Yet all that has not
decreased what is in His Right Hand. His Throne is over the water and in
His other Hand is the Bounty or the Power to bring about death, and He
raises some people and brings others down." (See Hadith No. 508)
Allah has shin.
Please do not laugh. We already read that
Allah has legs, feet, eyes, hands. To confirm further that Allah is truly
anthropomorphic, Muhammad insisted that not only Allah has feet, he even
has shin. Verse 68:42 of the holy Qur’an says that on the resurrection
day Allah will lay bare His shin for the unbelievers to prostrate; but
they will fail to do so.
read verse 68:42
The Day that the shin shall be laid bare, and they shall be summoned to
bow in adoration, but they shall not be able,-
in Sahih Bukhari says that Allah will, indeed, open His Shin to the
unbelievers. This hadith is very long; I shall quote only the relevant
9, Book 93, Number 532s:
Almighty will come to them in a shape other than the one which they saw
the first time, and He will say, 'I am your Lord,' and they will say, 'You
are not our Lord.' And none will speak: to Him then but the Prophets, and
then it will be said to them, 'Do you know any sign by which you can
recognize Him?' They will say. 'The Shin,' and so Allah will then uncover
His Shin whereupon every believer will prostrate before Him and there will
remain those who used to prostrate before Him just for showing off and for
gaining good reputation. These people will try to prostrate but their
backs will be rigid like one piece of a wood (and they will not be able to
prostrate). Then the bridge will be laid across Hell." We, the
companions of the Prophet said, "O Allah's Apostle! What is the
The above hadith
says quite unmistakably that on the Resurrection Day there will be no
problem in seeing Allah in His physical form; He will be recognized by His