Al-Muhīt (The Encompassing) -Exalted be He


Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

Ibn Hajar (may Allah have mercy upon him) said,“The more a person is knowledgeable of Allah and His names, attributes, actions, and rulings, the more fearful and heedful of Him he becomes. Indeed, fear of Allah decreases as much as knowledge of Him decreases.

“The more a person is knowledgeable of Allah and His names, attributes, actions, and rulings, the more fearful and heedful of Him he becomes. Indeed, fear of Allah decreases as much as knowledge of Him decreases.

When a person knows that Allah is the Encompassing, he feels reassured, his grief goes away, and his heart gets attached to his Encompassing Lord.”

Allah Almighty informs His servants that He is the Encompassing. He says:{And to Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And Allah is ever Encompassing of all things.}

[Surat an - Nisā’: 126]

Nothing whatsoever escapes the know ledge of our Lord, Exalted and Glorified be He, be it great or small, outward or inward. He describes Himself saying:

{Surely He is Encompassing of all things.}

[Surat Fussilat: 54]

{And to Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And Allah is ever Encompassing of all things. }

[Surat an - Nisā’: 126]

Nothing whatsoever escapes the knowledge of our Lord, Exalted and Glorified be He, be it great or small, outward or inward. He describes Himself saying.

{Surely He is Encompassing of a ll things.}

[Surat Fussilat: 54]

His encompassing includes His knowledge and His watchfulness of all things, as it includes His power and the fact that nothing can escape Him. He also encompasses things by His authority and judgment.

It is stated in Sharh Al-Tahāwiyyah, “As for Him being Encompassing, Allah Almighty says:

{And Allah encompasses them from all sides.}

[Surat al - Burūj: 20]

{Surely He is Encompassing of all things.}

[Surat Fussilat: 54]

This, however, does not mean that the creatures are inside the Holy Self of Allah -far Exalted is He above that saying!

{And Allah encompasses them from all sides.}

[Surat al - Burūj: 20]

{Surely He is Encompassing of all things.}

[Surat Fussilat: 54]

This, however, does not mean that the creatures are inside the Holy Self of Allah -far Exalted is He above that saying!

Yet, it means that He encompasses everything by His greatness, knowledge, and power. Ibn ‘Abbās (may Allah be pleased with him) said, ‘The seven heavens and the seven earths and what exists therein and between them are in the Hand of the Most Merciful , like a mustard seed in the hand of anyone of you.’


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