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Bismillah, Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds, to Him belong the endowments and the befitting perfections and commendations. I ask Allah to raise the rank of Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, and to protect his nation from that which he fears for it, Thereafter:

Know that most so-called Qur'an English Translations have mistakes that change the real meaning of the Qur'an such as the translations of "Yussuf Ali" or "Pickthal". For example when they translate or even comment on Ayah 5 from Surah Taha {Ar-Rahmanu ^Alal-^Arsh istawa} they translate it wrongly as [Allah sat on the throne] or they say [Allah established himself firmly on the throne] or they say [Allah settled or rested on the throne]. All this is not true, and is not a proper Tafsir/Interpratation to the Ayah.

Hence Surat Taha, ayah 5 الرحمن على العرش استوى} سورة طه ءاية} in the Qur'an, clearly does not mean that Allah sits on the throne or that Allah is firmly established on the throne. In the Arabic language, the word istawa has fifteen (15) different meanings, among of which are to sit, to subjugate, to protect, to conquer, and to preserve. Based on the unanimous agreement of Muslims in the creed, it is clear that it is blasphemous to apply the meaning 'to sit' to Allah. However the terms to preserve and to subjugate are in compliance with the Religion and the language. And those so-called translations of al-Quran that referred to the term "Istawa" to "Sits" or "Sat"or "Established himself firmly on the throne" contradict Arabic rules, and Islamic basis. Bewarned from such translations and such attribues, Allah is almighty clear from the sitting, movement, size, shape, form or change. Allah is great.

They should have translated the meanings of the verses of al-Qur'an such according to the interpratations of the great interpreters of the Qur'an such as the Tafsir of Imam al-Qurtubiy and At-Tabariy and Ibnul-Jawziy whom all said that Istawa when attributed to Allah means Qahar or to Subjugate. So the Ayah would mean as Qurtubiy said: "Ayah 5 of surat Taha means {Allah subjugates the throne}. And the throne was specified here because it's the largest of Allah's creations". Such interpretation gives perfection to Allah, that everything is under His control and power, where as attributing the sitting and the rest on the throne is likening Allah to the creations, and attributing weakness and tiredness to Him; and therefore is kufur to attribute to Allah.

Be warned from such misleading translations and keep hold on the belief that Allah does not need anything, and that He does not resemble any of His creations in any way, and that whatever you imagine in your minds Allah is different from it.

Imam Abu Ja^far at-Tahawiy said: "Whoever attributes to Allah any of the manners of beings has blasphemed" and he also said: "Allah is supremely clear of all boundaries, extremes, sides, organs and instruments. The six directions do NOT contain Him--these are attributed to all created things." This means Allah is not a body or an image, and that He exists without a begining and wihtout a place.

Allah knows best.