8, Book 76, Number 577:
will come to then in a shape they know and will say, "I am your
Lord.' They will say, '(No doubt) You are our Lord,' and they will follow
Him. Then a bridge will be laid over the (Hell) Fire." Allah's
Apostle added, "I will be the first to cross it…
another hadith which tells us that Allah is anthropomorphic—He does
posses a shape and will be an entity—just like a flesh–and–blood
definitely see Allah with your own eyes...(Sahih Bukhari, 9.93.530,
Allah is seated on a Throne with His angels guarding Him.
When we read the Qur’an describing the
attributes of Allah, we are amazed that Muhammad had taken extreme care to
describe his Allah. He compared Allah to a human king—just like the
kings in many countries, seated on a huge throne and conducting His
affairs from this throne (more on Allah’s throne in a later part of this
essay). The Qur’an even tells us that Allah created His throne and then
He walked to it and rose over it to take His seat. Read the following
verses from the Qur’an.
created the heavens (first) and (then) the earth in six days then he rose
over His throne...7:54
YUSUFALI: Your Guardian-Lord is Allah, Who created the
heavens and the earth in six days, and is firmly established on the throne
(of authority): He draweth the night as a veil o'er the day, each seeking
the other in rapid succession: He created the sun, the moon, and the
stars, (all) governed by laws under His command. Is it not His to create
and to govern? Blessed be Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the
Allah created the
heavens (first) and (then) the earth in six days and (then) He firmly
established himself on His throne (i.e. He moved to His throne from
YUSUFALI: He it is Who created the heavens and the earth
in Six Days, and is moreover firmly established on the Throne (of
Authority). He knows what enters within the earth and what comes forth out
of it, what comes down from heaven and what mounts up to it. And He is
with you wheresoever ye may be. And Allah sees well all that ye do.
angels (eight) will be by the side of Allah's throne (octagonal in shape?)
And the angels will be on its sides, and eight will, that Day, bear the
Throne of thy Lord above them.
a security guard Allah watched Muhammad, Noah and other Prophets.
watches Muhammad when he prays alone or in congregations…26:218-219
YUSUFALI: Who seeth thee standing forth (in prayer),
YUSUFALI: And thy movements among those who prostrate
YUSUFALI: For it is He Who heareth and knoweth all
Those few verses
will give us the impression that Allah really lives above us and glances
over all His creations—similar to the astronauts in an orbit who, from
their windows of their spacecraft, glance on the mother planet (earth).
Here are few more verses from the holy Qur’an on the visual glances of
Allah high above from space.
is like a guardian on a watch-tower—always watchful...89:14
YUSUFALI: For thy Lord is (as a Guardian) on a watch-tower.
has two eyes; with His two eyes He saw Noah’s ark…54:13–14
YUSUFALI: But We bore him on an (
) made of broad planks and caulked with palm-fibre:
YUSUFALI: She floats under our eyes (and care): a recompense to one
who had been rejected (with scorn)!
in Sunaan Ibn Majah tells us that Allah does indeed glance from
Majah, Vol. I, Hadith Number 184:
Jabir b. ‘Abdullah (Allah be pleased with both of them) reported that
Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said,
“When the inmates of
will (enter) into their blessings, a light will suddenly shine upon them.
Upon this, they will raise their heads (and see) that their Lord is
glancing them from above. He (the Lord) will say, “Assalamu
‘alaikum (peace be upon you), O the inmates of the
!” He said, “This refers to Allah’s words: The word from the
Merciful Lord is: Peace (36:58).”
He will look towards them and they will look towards Him and will not pay
any attention to anything of the Divine favors as long as they will keep
looking towards Him till He will hide (Himself) from them and His Light
and His Blessings will last on them in their houses.
In a foot note, Ibn Majah casts some doubt on the authenticity of this
hadith. I quoted this hadith just to demonstrate that Muhammad did try to
convince his followers about the watchful nature of his Allah. Even
without this hadith, there are a number of verses in the Qur’an which
unmistakably tell us that Allah has the ears to hear all conversations.
Here is such a verse:
heard the complain that a woman brought to Muhammad regarding her husband;
Allah hears all conversations…58:1
YUSUFALI: Allah has indeed heard (and accepted) the statement of
the woman who pleads with thee concerning her husband and carries her
complaint (in prayer) to Allah: and Allah (always) hears the arguments
between both sides among you: for Allah hears and sees (all things).
a physical Allah is as certain as the observation of the sun and the moon.
many ahadith which tell us very clearly that Allah is a visible being,
though one has to die to see Allah. Here are summaries of a few such
ahadith. Readers are requested to verify these ahadith either with the
online version of these ahadith or with the print version. Please note
that there is no online version of Ibn Majah (or at least, I am yet
to see one) and not all ahadith of Sunaan Abu Dawud are available
on line. These ahadith, I have quoted in full.
resurrection day you will see Allah like you see the sun or the moon on a
clear sky …(Sahih Bukhari, 6.60.105)
will see Allah like a moon...(Sahih Bukhari, 9.93.529)
when Muhammad looked at the full moon and said that you would see Allah
just like you see the full moon…(Sahih Bukhari, 1.10.529,
see Allah as clearly as you see the moon and the sun; hooks will be used
to punish the unbelievers; Muhammad, along with his followers will be the
first to cross the bridge of hell; some sinners will stay in hell
temporarily, some forever ...
(Sahih Bukhari, 1.12.770)
Sunaan ibn Majah, volume 1, hadith number 178
(Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Do you crowd (and push one
another) to see the moon of the night of the full moon?” they (the
audience) said, “No,” whereupon he (the Holy Prophet) said,
“Similarly, you will not crowd to see your Lord on the Day of