Shaykh ar-Raghib (r.a.) on the Lexical Meaning of "Istawa 'ala"

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The grammarian, Shaykh ar-Raghib (r.a.) wrote that the expression “istawa’ ‘ala” has the meaning of “istila’”, or “holding mastery over something”, as in the verse of Qur’an:

(Allah) Most Gracious is Firmly Established on the Throne (of Authority). (Surah ThaHa:5)

He said, “It means that everything is alike in relation to Him in such manner that no one thing is nearer to Him than another thing, since He is not like the bodies that abide in one place exclusive of another place.”


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