Was Shah Wali Allah ad-Dihlawi a Literalist Anthromorphist?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani


I read somewhere that Shah Waliyullah ad-Dihlawi was a literalist anthropomorphism. Is this true?


I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah.

Many claim many things about Shah Wali Allah (Allah have mercy upon him).

While it is true that he went through phases in his scholarly and intellectual journey, and has some unique positions, he was a mainstream Sunni scholar. This is evident from the full body of his scholarly writings.

Refer to reliable scholarly writings about him.

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.