Some of the matters or points covered:
- Principle/Rule 1) Allāh is described with both affirmation and negation – “There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.” [42:11]
- Cannot expect perfection for a thing except when combine affirmation of perfection and negation of deficiencies.
- Examples: a) Allāh’s knowledge is perfect and complete, not preceded by ignorance. Allāh comprehends all things, near and far, b) Power of Allāh not preceded by inability or followed by tiredness and c) Wisdom of Allāh is far reaching, devoid of lack of purposefulness.
- Death, inability, tiredness and oppression negated by Allāh in the Qur’an.
- Reasons why negation in and of itself is not praise.
- Those who engage in pure negation have not affirmed a deity worthy of praise.
- Final thought: What is the difference between non-existence and saying ‘Allāh is not in the universe, nor outside the universe, not above or below the universe…’?
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