Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sifats Salbiyyah (RT 10/8/08)

Risalah Tauhid 10th August 2008

Sifats Salbiyyah
These are sifats or attributes that renounce what God is not. They establish superiority of God over everything else.

  1. Qidam (Uncreated) – denies the concept that God is new or created.
  2. Baqa (Everlasting) – denies concept that God will cease to exist.
  3. Mukhalafatu-lil-hawadith (Dissimilar to Anything New) – denies that God resembles any creation.
  4. Qiyamuhu-bi-Nafsih (Stands on His own) – denies that God ever rely on anything else or in need of a partner.
  5. Wahdaniah (Oneness) – denies that God is composed of many separate entities.

In classical Arabic, these attributes are not “maujud fi zihin”, and not “maujud fi khaarij”. In plain English, roughly means the attributes are not “comprehensible to our intelligence” and not “noticeable to the 5 senses”.

Sifats Salbiyyah are also called Sifats ‘Adamiyyah (traits that God is free of).

Said Ustaz Zakaria:

  • Oneness of God in each of His being, attribute, and action.

Wallahu a’lam.

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