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Allaah's Attributes of Mocking and Ridiculing
Question:

What should be said concerning Allaah's saying: "Allaah mocks at themů" [Al-Baqarah: 15] and "Allaah ridicules themů", [Surah At-Tawbah: 79] as well as what is similar to that from the Mutashaabihaat (unclear) verses?
Answer:

The Pious Predecessors used to say concerning these ayaat as well as those similar to them: "Leave them as they are stated." But they did not mean by this to leave them the way they are without attaching any understanding to them. Rather, they meant by it, to leave them the way they are stated according to their correct understanding, without making comparisons for (the Attributes of Allaah stated in) them (tashbeeh), describing their manner (takyeef), misinterpreting them (ta'weel) and denying them (ta'teel). Allaah says: "There is nothing whatsoever like Him (in comparison). And He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer" [Surah Ash-Shooraa: 11]

In this ayah, there is tanzeeh (negation of all anthropomorphic qualities from Allaah) as well as ithbaat (affirmation) for two attributes for Himself, which are hearing and seeing. The understanding of this elimination of all similarities to Allaah (tanzeeh) is that we must (also) affirm the attributes that Allaah has described Himself with or the Messenger, sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, has described Him with, as it befits His grandness, may He be Glorified and Exalted. And we do not say "how" that is, such as by saying: "His hearing is like our hearing and His seeing is like our seeing."

Likewise, we do not misinterpret that (i.e. make ta'weel) as has been done by some of the extremists from the Mu'tazilah, such that they have misinterpreted Allaah's hearing and seeing to be His knowledge. And this is in spite of Allaah's describing Himself with knowledge in many other ayaat of the Noble Qur'aan! Thus, the misinterpretation (ta'weel) of these individuals of hearing and seeing for knowledge constitutes ta'teel (denial of Allaah's Attributes). The scholars say about this: "The one who commits ta'teel worships nothingness, while the one who commits tajseem (reducing Allaah to a body) worships a statue." Based on this, we say, concerning the two ayahs mentioned previously in the question, which contain Allaah's mocking and ridiculing, that it is a mocking and a ridiculing that is befitting for Allaah. And it is not like that which limited intellects may perceive it to be, from that which has comparisons to the creation.

Shaykh Naasir ud-Deen al-Albaanee
Al-Asaalah, No. 3
Translated by Ismaa'eel Alarcon
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