Will Allaah Be Seen In The Hereafter?


Before we begin the quotes from the Salaf on this topic where they affirm that Allah will be seen in the hereafter, it is interesting to note that the Ash’ariyyah (followers of Abul Hasan Al-Ash’aree) deny that Allaah will be seen in the hereafter.

They use their ‘logic’ in reinterpreting the texts and say that Allaah will not be seen (contrary to what the texts explicitly state!), claiming that to see something means that there must be a distance between the eye and the object and ‘distance’ is a part from the creation. Therefore these people of ahlul kalaam (theological rhetoric) deny that Allaah will be seen in the hereafter! And we seek refuge in Allaah from such satanic thoughts and beliefs (1).

And now to proceed with the quotes from the salaf that affirm that Allaah will be seen in the hereafter:

Quote One:

Imaam Maalik was asked “Will Allaah be seen on the day of Judgement?

So he replied:

Yes, Allaah says “And some faces shall be shining and radiant upon that day, looking at their Lord.” [75:22] (2)

Quote Two:

Ibn Naafi’ and Ash-hab both said, while one added more than the other, “O Imaam Maalik, “And some faces shall be shining and radiant upon that day, looking at their Lord,” will they be looking towards Allaah?

He replied, “Yes, with their own two eyes.

So one of them said to him, “There are some people who say that Allaah can not be looked at, and that ‘to look at Him’ really means ‘looking forward to the reward’.

Imaam Maalik said, “They have lied, rather Allaah will be seen!…” (3)

Quote Three:

Ar-Rabee’ Ibn Sulaymaan said:

I heard Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee saying, regarding the statement of Allaah the Mighty and Magnificent,

No! verily they will be veiled from their Lord that day.” [83:15]

Through this He has taught us that there will be people who will not be veiled, looking at Him, finding no difficulty whatsoever in that.‘ (4)

Quote Four:

Ar-Rabee’ Ibn Sulaymaan said, “I was in the presence of Muhammad Ibn Adrees Ash-Shaafi’ee when a note came to him from upper Egypt, and in it was a question, ‘What do you say about the statement of Allaah the Exalted:

No! verily they will be veiled from their Lord that day.” [83:15]

So Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said, ‘Since some people will be veiled, then this is proof that others will see Him.‘ ”

So Ar-Rabee’ said, ‘O Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee, is this your position?

He said, ‘Yes, this is what I hold as my religion before Allaah.‘ (5)

Quote Five:

Imaam Ahmad said:

“Whoever alleges that Allaah will not be seen in the Hereafter is a disbeliever who has rejected the Qur’aan.” (6)

Quote Six:

Imam Ahmad Bin Hanbal said this in response to a question posed to him as to whether or not Allaah will be seen in the hereafter…

“(This is established by) authentic narrations, we believe in them and affirm them. And we believe in everything that has been narrated from the prophet (saw) with good chains of narration, we believe in it and affirm it.” (7)

For further reading please refer to the following posts:

– The Day You Will See Your Lord, Most High, With Your Very Own Eyes

– What The Scholars Have Said Regarding Seeing Allaah In The Hereafter

Footnotes:

(1) A thorough denial of theological rhetoric has been done in my previous posts. Please see the following links:

What The Salaf Said Regarding Theological Rhetoric (Kalaam)

Aboo Haneefah’s Position On Theological Rhetoric

Imaam Maalik’s Position On Theological Rhetoric

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee’s Position On Theological Rhetoric

Imaam Ahmad’s Position On Theological Rhetoric

More Quotes From The Salaf Regarding Theological Rhetoric

What The Scholars Have Said Regarding Accepting The Text Over The Intellect

– Imaam Al-Awzaa’ee’s Advice On Taking Narrations Over Opinions

(2) Al-Inqitaa’ p. 36

(3) Al-Qaadhee ‘Iyaadh relates this in Tarteeb Al-Madaarik (2/42)

(4) Al-Inqitaa’, p. 79

(5) Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Alhi Sunnah Wal Jamaa’ah, 2/506

(6) Tabaqaatul hanaabilah, 1/59, 145

(7) Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaa’ah, 2/507

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