Chapter 14: Allāh places His Feet over the Footstool: By Abu Isma’īl Al-Harawī (d. 481H)

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The following are chapters from Shaikhul-Islām Abu Ismā`īl Al-Harawī’s: “The Book Of Forty Narrations In The Evidences Of Tawhīd”Screenshot 2015-12-08 10.27.51 (Born 396H and died 481H -rahimahullāh)

This compilation is an amazing series of narrations in the establishment of the Tawhīd of Allāh, the Mighty and Majestic, especially in the arena of the Names and Attributes that has left the Jahmiyyah and their offspring such as the Ashā`irah and Māturīdīs dumbstruck just as Allāh has said:

وَقُلْ جَاءَ الْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَاطِلُ ۚ إِنَّ الْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقًا

“And say: ‘The Truth has come and falsehood has been vanquished. Surely! Falsehood is ever bound to be wiped out.’” (Al-Israa 17:81)

Chapter 14: Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, places His Feet over the Footstool (Kursee)  

Abu Ismā`īl Al-Harawī (481H) with his chain of narration to Ibn `Abbās (رضي الله عنه) who said: “Indeed the Kursee (Footstool) is the place of the two Feet [of Allāh], and none is able to estimate the greatness of the Throne with its true estimation.” 

The wording is from Wakee` [1], and it has been reported from Abu Moosā [2], Abu Hurairah, `Ikrimah, and Abu Mālik.

[1] Ibn Khuzaimah in At-Tawheed, p. 107-118; Al-Hākim in Al-Mustadrak: At-Tafseer 2/282, and he said: This hadeeth is Saheeh upon the conditions of Bukhāree and Muslim, and it was not reported by them, and Adh-Dhahabee agreed. Shaikh Al-Albānee authenticated in his Mukhtasar al-`Uluww, p. 102.

[2] Ibn Jareer At-Tabaree in At-Tafseer, 3/10 and it in there is an addition.


This hadeeth establishes the `aqeedah of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamā`ah in the following:

  1. The affirmation of the attribute of the two Feet of Allāh in a manner that befits His Majesty, without likeness with the created beings.
  2. The belief in the Kursee (Footstool) and that it is the place of the Feet of the Lord.
  3. The belief in the mighty Throne (the `Arsh).
  4. That both the Footstool and the `Arsh are creations of Allāh.
  5. Ibn `Uthaimeen (rahimahullāh) stated: Though this is a statement of Ibn `Abbās, it is nevertheless ascribed to the Messenger (salallāhu `alaihi wassallam), because this is an affair where ijtihād has no place.
  6. The Prophet (salallāhu `alaihi wassallam) said: ((مَا السَّمَوَاتُ السَّبْعُ فِي الكُرْسِيِّ إِلاَّ كَحَلْقَةٍ مُلْقَاةٍ بِأَرْضِ فَلاَةٍ، وَفَضْلُ العَرْشِ عَلَى الكُرْسِيِّ كَفَضْلِ تِلْكَ الفَلاَةِ عَلَى تِلْكَ الحَلْقَةِ)) “The Seven Heavens as compared to the Footstool is naught except like a ring thrown out into an open desert; and the greatness of the Throne over the Footstool is like that desert over that ring.” Authenticated by Al-Albānee in As-Silsilatus-Saheehah 1/174. 



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