the Kursi of Allaah

source: silsilat ul-ahaadeeth is-saheehathe series of authentic narrationshadeeth no. 109

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Abu Dharr al-Ghifaari (radi Allaahu ‘anhu) said that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The seven heavens in comparison to the Kursi is nothing but like a ring thrown in a desert, and the excellence of the ‘Arsh (Throne of Allaah) over the Kursi is like the excellence of that desert over that ring.”

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Shaykh al-Albaani (rahimahullaah) comments:

“The hadeeth comes forth as an explanation of His (Allaah’s) statement, the Most High: ‘His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth,’[1] and it is clear with regard to the existence of the Kursi being the greatest of creations after the Throne (of Allaah), and that it is an independent, physical entity and not something abstract. Therefore, there is a refutation in (this hadeeth) against the one who interprets (the Kursi) to mean ‘dominion’ and ‘extent of rule,’ as mentioned in some explanations of the Qur’aan. And it was not narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas that (the Kursi) is ‘knowledge,’ so it is not correct to attribute it to him because it is from the narration of Ja’far bin Abi l-Mugheera from Sa’eed bin Jubayr from (Ibn ‘Abbaas). Ibn Jareer reported it. Ibn Mandah said: ‘Ibn Abi l-Mugheera is not strong with regard to (narrating from) Ibn Jubayr.’

And know that it is not correct to describe the Kursi…as is in some narrations that…four angels carry it, each angel having four faces, and their feet are upon the rock that is under the seventh earth, etc. So all of this is not correct in being attributed to the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and some of them (the narrations) are more severe in weakness than others.”


Translator’s Note: Shaykh Al-Albaani after this however, did grade the following narration as authentic:

Abu Moosaa al-Ash’ari (radi Allaahu ‘anhu) said: “The Kursi is the place of the two Feet and it has a groaning like that of a camel saddle.”[2]

 


[1] Surat ul-Baqarah, 2:255
[2]
Mukhtasar ul-‘Ulu #85, graded Saheeh Mawqoof (attributed to a Companion) by Shaykh al-Albaani 

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asaheeha translations

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