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Belief in the Throne of Allah

Nothing is comparable to Allah’s majesty. He is the highest and worthy of all praise. His throne is like no other. Allah has bestowed us by telling us some details regarding His Throne or Kursi in the Quran, and our beloved Prophet Muhammad PBUH has further told us some interesting details about it in several narrations. As such; we affirm the words indicating location and Throne for Allah, and also those which indicate Him being everywhere. Allah says:

هُوَ الَّذي خَلَقَ السَّماواتِ وَالأَرضَ في سِتَّةِ أَيّامٍ ثُمَّ استَوىٰ عَلَى العَرشِ ۚ يَعلَمُ ما يَلِجُ فِي الأَرضِ وَما يَخرُجُ مِنها وَما يَنزِلُ مِنَ السَّماءِ وَما يَعرُجُ فيها ۖ وَهُوَ مَعَكُم أَينَ ما كُنتُم ۚ وَاللَّهُ بِما تَعمَلونَ بَصيرٌ

“It is He who created the heavens and earth in six days and then established Himself above the Throne. He knows what penetrates into the earth and what emerges from it and what descends from the heaven and what ascends therein, and He is with you wherever you are. And Allah, of what you do, is Seeing.” (Surah Al-Hadid 57:4)

Here are six interesting facts about it that can assist us in understanding the true majesty of Allah SWT:

  1. The Throne (Al-Arsh) is Allah’s First and Greatest Creation: “First of all, there was nothing but Allah, and (then He created His Throne). His throne was over the water, and He wrote everything in the Book (in Heaven) and created the Heavens and the Earth.”
  2. The Throne of Allah is on Water: “And it is He who created the heavens and the earth in six days – and His Throne had been upon water…” (Quran 11:7)
  3. The Bearers of the Throne: I have been permitted to tell about one of Allah’s angels who bear the throne that the distance between the lobe of his ear and his shoulder is a journey of seven hundred years. (Dawud 4727)
  4. Glorifying Allah reaches the Throne: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “What you mention of the glory of Allah, of Tabish (Subhan-Allah), Tahlil (Allahu-Akbar) and Tahmid (Al-Hamdu lillah), revolves around the Throne, buzzing like bees, reminding of the one who said it. Wouldn’t anyone of you like to have, or continue to have, something that reminds of him (in the presence of Allah)?” (Majah 3809)
  5. Allah’s Mercy is mentioned over the Throne: Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “When Allah completed the creation, He wrote in His Book which is with Him on His Throne, “My Mercy overpowers My Anger.” (Bukhari 3194)
  6. Al-Firdaws (The Highest Paradise) is directly under the Throne of Allah: “I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) say: ‘Paradise has one-hundred grades, each of which is as big as the distance between heaven and earth. The highest of them is Firdaws and the best of them is Firdaws. The Throne is above Firdaws and from it spring forth the rivers of Paradise. If you ask of Allah, ask Him for Firdaws.” (Ibn Majah)

Following are some characteristics of the Throne of Allah:

  1. Allah’s knowledge compasses all things
  2. Allah is All-Powerful, absolutely Just
  3. Allah created his throne above water
  4. Allah is the one, Who has no partner
  5. Allah is the Bestower of Sufficiency
  6. Allah knows what is in our hearts
  7. Allah is the Impartial Judge
  8. Allah gives us many chances
  9. Allah is First, Last, and Everlasting
  10. Allah is the roof/ceiling of Paradise
  11. Allah is the Supreme, the Sovereign
  12. Allah is everything in His own accord
  13. Allah has bearers of angels who carry it
  14. Allah is very Gracious and Kind to His slaves
  15. Allah is above the heavens, above all of the creation

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

”The people will become unconscious on the Day of Resurrection and I will be the first to gain consciousness and behold, I will Find Musa clinging to one of the pillars of the Throne. Then I will not know whether he regained consciousness before me or he has been exempted because of his unconsciousness at the mountain of Tur (at Sinai) which he received….” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

Allah Almighty says in The Holy Quran:

  • “Allah encompasses everything.” (Quran 4:126)
  • “He is with you wherever you are…” (Quran 57:4)
  • “And there is none like unto Him.” (Quran 112: 4)
  • “There is nothing whatsoever like unto Him.” (Qur’an 42:11)
  • “The All-Merciful istawa [literal meaning: positioned Himself] upon the Throne.” (Quran 20:5)
  • “Indeed, We have created man, and We know whatever thoughts his inner self develops, and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein.” (Quran 50:16)
  • “When My servants ask you about Me, then [inform them that] I am near. I respond to the call of one when he prays to Me…” (Quran 2:186)
  • “And He it is Who has created the heavens and the earth in six Days and His Throne was on the water.” (Quran 11:7)
  • “Those (angels) who bear the Throne and those around it glorify the praises of their Lord.” (Quran 40:7)

Verse 255 of chapter Al-Baqarah is known as “the Verse of the Throne” or in Arabic Ayah al-Kursi. This is because it declares: His throne extends over the heavens and the Earth.

It is recommended for a Muslim to read this verse every night. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) confirmed that whoever reads this verse before going to bed at night will be appointed an angel by Allah for protection and Satan will be unable to approach throughout the night’s sleep. Also, it is strongly recommended to read this verse after offering each of the five daily obligatory prayers. Allah says:

أَمْ أَمِنتُم مَّن فِي السَّمَاءِ أَن يُرْسِلَ عَلَيْكُمْ حَاصِبًا فَسَتَعْلَمُونَ كَيْفَ نَذِيرِ

“Have you become fearless of Him who is in the sky if He makes you sink into the earth, and it starts trembling at once?” (Surah Al-Mulk 67:17)

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said

Whoever recites The Verse of the Throne immediately after each prescribed prayer, there will be nothing standing between him and his entering Paradise except death. (Sunan al-Nasa’i and Sahih Ibn Hibban)

The Verse of the Throne is important because it speaks beautifully and in detail about our belief in Allah, and emphasizes His greatness by mentioning a number of His names and attributes. It refers to His divinity and to monotheism by declaring: “there is no God but He.” It then mentions that He is “Living” and “Self-Sustaining” and immediately follows this with the fact that He is not beset by sleep or fatigue.

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The verse reminds us of His dominion over the heavens and the Earth, and that intercession that some of His servants will be privileged to make on behalf of others on the Day of Resurrection will take place by His permission. The verse then goes on to mention His unlimited knowledge, of which we have only what He grants us. Allah says:

يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلَا يُحِيطُونَ بِهِ عِلْمًا

“He knows what is before them and behind them, but they cannot compass it in knowledge.” (Surah Ta-Ha 20:110)

His throne extends over the heavens and the Earth

This is a declaration of Allah’s greatness, not to mention of the Throne itself the vastness of which more than rivals the Earth and all of the heavens put together. Moreover, the preservation of the heavens and the Earth and everything else within Allah’s creation is for Allah an effortless matter.

Allah Most High says about Himself, Allah to be everywhere or with His creation, most classical and later scholars interpret them to mean that Allah is everywhere with His knowledge, seeing and hearing; and this is not the real point of contention. Accordingly, one may interpret these texts, or consign their meaning to the knowledge of Allah. Allah says:

وَالْمَلَكُ عَلَىٰ أَرْجَائِهَا وَيَحْمِلُ عَرْشَ رَبِّكَ فَوْقَهُمْ يَوْمَئِذٍ ثَمَانِيَةٌ

“And the angels will be on its sides, and eight angels will, that Day, bear the Throne of your Lord above them.” (Surah Al-Haqqah 69:17)

However, one must not believe that Allah Most High is ‘physically’ everywhere since space is created whereas Allah is pre-existent and eternal. Allah says:

وَالْمَلَكُ عَلَىٰ أَرْجَائِهَا وَيَحْمِلُ عَرْشَ رَبِّكَ فَوْقَهُمْ يَوْمَئِذٍ ثَمَانِيَةٌ

And the angels are at its edges. And there will bear the Throne of your Lord above them, that Day, eight of them.” (Surah Al-Haqqah 69:17)

In conclusion, the central point of aqida which every Muslim must firmly believe is of Allah’s transcendence (tanzih) – that is to say, Allah Most High is above and beyond having any resemblance with His creation. Allah Most High is not to be described with limits, organs and other such characteristics belonging to created things; and is not confined to time and space.