Monday, 16 January 2017

Imam Maturidi: Looking Toward their Lord (75:23)

The Imam and founder of the Maturidi sect, Abu Mansur al-Maturidi (853-944 C.E), clarified the fact that the Mu’tazilite interpretation of the following Verse is incorrect:

وُجُوهٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ نَاضِرَةٌ ﴿٢٢﴾ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهَا نَاظِرَةٌ ﴿٢٣﴾

Faces that Day will be radiant. Looking at their Lord


According to the Mu’tazilite interpretation of this Qur’anic passage, it means that those mentioned in this Verse with glad-tidings in the Hereafter will be Waiting for the Lord, not Looking at him. However, Imam Abu Mansur al-Maturidi (Rahimahullah) has refuted this wrong interpretation by saying:

و (إلَى) حرف يستعمل في النظر إلى الشيء لا في الانتظار

And the particle “Ilaa” is used in the sense of looking at something, no for waiting.

Reference: Kitab-ut-Tawhid; p. 143

1 comment:

  1. Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian has also affirmed the reality of the Beatific Vision in light of this Verse (75:23). He wrote: إِلَىٰ رَبِّهَا نَاظِرَةٌ اس سے دیدار ثابت ہوتا ہے۔
    (Tiryaq-ul-Qulub; p.148, footnote)


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