Can one see Allah in dreams?

Some scholars, among them Shaykh ai-Islam Ibn Taymiyah, said that it is possible for a person to see his Lord in a dream, however what they see is not how He really is, because there is nothing like unto Allaah. Allaah says: "There is nothing like Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer" (Q42[Shoora]: 11). A person may see in his dream that his Lord is speaking to him, but whatever images he sees is not Allaah because there is nothing like unto Allaah, so there is nothing that resembles Him. He may hear a voice that says such and such or do such and such, without seeing any image that resembles any created being, because there is nothing like unto Allaah.

It was narrated that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) saw his Lord in a dream. Allaah's Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "l saw my Lord, the Exalted and Glorious in the most beautiful form. He said: What do the Angels in the presence of Allaah contend about? I said: You are the Most Aware of it. He then placed his palm between my shoulders and I felt its coldness in my chest and I came to know what was in the Heavens and the Earth. He recited: "Thus did we show Ibrahim the kingdom of the Heavens and the Earth and it was so that he might have certainty.(6:75) (Tirmidhi).

This indicates that the Prophets saw their Lord in their dreams. But as for seeing the Lord in this world with their eyes, that did not happen. The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said that no one will see his Lord until he dies. This was narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh.

When the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) was asked whether he had seen his Lord, he said: "I saw Light." (Muslim) Some people may imagine that they have seen Allaah when that is not the case, for the Shaytaan may appear to them and make them think that he is their Lord. It was narrated that he appeared to Shaykh Abd al-Qaadir al-Jeelaani (RAH) on a throne above the water, and said, "I am your lord and I have relieved you of obligations." Shaykh Abd al-Qaadir said: "Shut up, O. enemy of Allaah, you are not my Lord, because the commands of my Lord can never be lifted from those who are accountable." Thus, if there is a command to do something that goes against shareeah, this is a sign that he has not seen his Lord, rather he has seen a devil. If he sees that he is telling him, Do not pray for you have been relieved of obligations, or you do not have to pay zakaah, or you do not have to fast Ramadaan, or you do not have to honour parents, or he says it does not matter if you consume riba (usury, interest) - all such things are signs that he has seen a devil and has not seen his Lord.

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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