His Hijāb is Light/Fire

196. It was narrated that abu Mūsā [al-Ash’arī] said:

“The Messenger of Allāh salAllāhu ‘alayhi wa salam said:

‘Allāh does not sleep, and it is not befitting that He should sleep. He lowers the Scales and raises them. His Veil is Light and if He were to remove it, the glory of His Face would burn everything of His creation, as far as His gaze reaches.'”

Then abu ‘Ubaidah recited the Verse:

‘Blessed is whosoever is in the fire (i.e. the light of Allah), and whosoever is round about it! And Glorified is Allah, the Lord of all that exists.” [27:8]

(Sahīh)

Comments:

a. It was not worldly fire but, as mentioned in Sahīh Muslim, the Light of Allah. The Arabic expression Hijābuhu nūr or Hijābuhu nār means His Veil is Light or Fire.

b. ‘And whosoever is roundabout the fire’ means the Prophet Mūsā ‘alayhi salām and the Angel Jibrīl ‘alayhi salām (Tabari’s Commentary, 11/165).

Source: Sunan ibn Mājah, The Book Of The Sunnah, Chapter 13. Concerning Denial By The Jahmiyyah (i.e. Seeing Allāh in the Hereafter. etc.) 1/205-206, darussalam.

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