Where is Allah?

By Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Posted: 25 Ramadan 1422, 11 December 2001

Q.) Where is Allah azza wa jaal? I have understood that He is on His Arsh (The Heavenly Throne), but a sister asked me for evidence about this. Can you explain this please?

A.) Saadu-deen Taftazani has explained the aspect of "Where is Allah" in the following words, "And he is not at any place." (Sharh Aqaaid)

Imaam Maalik was asked about the ayat in Surah Taha, "Allah is above His Ársh", he answered "Being above (Istawaa) is known but the reality is unknown and - questioning that - is innovation." Jaaluddin Suyyuti also comments on the verse saying, "Istawaa (being above) according to whatever is appropriate for Allah." (Jalaalayn vol. 2 p. 260).

However, the verse does not speak about the Zaat (person) of Allah Tala being on the Ársh but it is to indicate the establishment and control of the Kingdom of Allah by Himself. And Allah Knows Best.