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

(75:22-23)

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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