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A Summary of Hamawiyyah
  Creed of Hamawiyyah - Chapter 17 : The Way in which the Two Eyes and Two Hands Have Been Mentioned in the Texts
Author: Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah
Source: Aqidat ul-Hamawiyyah
Article ID : AQD070017  [11521]  


17.1 IN THE SINGULAR FORM:

i.e. One Hand or One Eye.

- e.g. (67):1 and (20):39

17.2 IN THE PLURAL FORM

i.e. Hands and Eyes.

- e.g. (3):71; (54):14.

17.3 IN THE DUAL FORM

i.e. Two Hands and Two Eyes.

- e.g. (5):64 - and hadeeth in Mukhtasar-us-Sawaa'iq of Ibnul Qayyim: "When the slave stands in Prayer, he stands between the Two Eyes of ar- Rahmaan." [But the Shaykh points out that Ibnul-Qayyim does not have a full chain for this, nor a reference.]

17.4 ALL THESE FORMS ARE NOT CONTRADICTORY.

17.4.1 THE SINGULAR COVERS THE DUAL AND PLURAL.

- As this is correct in the language.
[e.g. Man is singular but is used for all of 'mankind' (used in the generic sense)].

17.4.2 IF THE SMALLEST PLURAL IS TWO

- Then there's no contradiction between the dual and plural.

17.4.3 IF THE SMALLEST PLURAL IS THREE [THE USUAL DEFINITION]

- Then refer to (54):14 - "Our Eyes".
- In Arabic, the plural can be used to show honour and praise. Hence Allaah says "Our Eyes" instead of "My Eyes", to show this Honour for Himself.
- And "Eyes" is also plural - agreeing with the plural pronoun of "Our".
- Hence when the possessor of the attribute and the attribute itself are in the plural forms - then an even greater and more intense form of praise is implied.


 


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