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Is Allah on his throne

This is a common question asked by non-Muslims regarding where Allah is using the Quran text from Chapter 57:4

 Is Allah sitting on throne according to Quran 57 : 4?

57:4


According to the Pickthall’s translation  of the above verus:

He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days; then He knoweth all that entereth the earth and all that emergeth therefrom and all that cometh down from the sky and all that ascendeth therein; and He is with you wheresoever ye may be. And Allah is Seer of what ye do. 

According to Muhsin Khan’s translation

He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days and then Istawa (rose over) the Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty). He knows what goes into the earth and what comes forth from it, what descends from the heaven and what ascends thereto. And He is with you (by His Knowledge) wheresoever you may be. And Allah is the All-Seer of what you do.

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The summary:

Regarding the verse in the Quran 57:4, in this verse the word ‘istiwa’ in Arabic is used when describing a king that had taken control over running the creation. The throne is the greatest of Allah’s creation. It’s like the roof his creation. Allah has power over that which clearly means he also has power over everything else under it. The word ‘istiwa’ has several different meanings in the Arabic language. What is meant here is that he mounted on the Throne in a manner appropriate to Him or in a manner that suits His Majesty. It’s all a consensus that in all places stated in the Quran, it doesn’t mean that Allah has ascended the throne literally; it means that Allah has ascended based on his status and greatness “showing his greatness metaphorically” because Allah is free from time and space. Scholars believe that Allah ascending upon a throne is without any physical form and believe he is present, He is free from any physical attributes and he is beyond space and time.


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