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Are Allah’s Attributes Merely a Reflection of How We Experience Him?

Answered by Ustadh Farid Dingle

Question

Are the attributes of Allah that the theologians mention merely a reflection of how we experience Him?

Answer

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

No, the attributes that the theologians mention are a distillation of how Allah describes Himself in the Qur’an and Sunna. They are not merely a description of how we interact with Him.

A description of how Allah is vis-a-vis how we interact with Him is best found in His Ninety-Nine Names.

Please see:

https://seekersguidance.org/courses/understanding-the-most-beautiful-names-the-99-names-of-allah-explained-in-detail/

That said, as long as you believe in Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him), then you are a believer. So don’t get too worried about the details.

Please also take this course:

https://seekersguidance.org/courses/what-muslims-believe-and-why/

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years, he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language.