The Clear Quran

Following the position of Ahl As-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah, this translation confirms Allah’s Qualities such as His Face, Hands, and Eyes, as well as the fact that He is established on the Throne and that He has a Kursi (Seat or Footstool)—in a manner that befits His Majesty and Honour. These qualities can be found in many verses, including 2:255, 7:54, 11:37, 13:2, and 48:10.

In some places, the word ‘Face’ in relation to Allah is sometimes understood to mean ‘He Himself.’ This understanding can be found in verse 28:88, which reads, “Everything is going to die, except Him Himself,” and verse 55:27 which reads, “Only your Lord Himself, full of Majesty and Honour, will remain forever.” This is based on commentary from scholars of tafsir, such as Ibn Kathir, Al-Qurṭubi, Aṭ-Ṭabari, Al-Baghawi, As-Sa’di, Ibn ’Ashur, and many others. In the words of Imam Ibn Taimiyah in his Fatâwa (collection of religious rulings), “The fact that Allah’s Face, full of Majesty and Honour, will remain forever means in essence: Allah Himself.”

“إن بقاء وجهه المذوى بالجلال والإكرام: هو بقاء ذاته”

Moreover, when I say in Arabic, “I did this only for you,” this may mean that I did it because of your family or friends. However, when I say, “I did this only for your face,” it means that I did it only because of you, not anyone else. In the same way, if a verse states that something good is done “seeking Allah’s Face,” this style is understood in Arabic to mean “it is done sincerely for Allah, seeking to please Him alone and no one else.” Footnotes include the literal translation to emphasize that Allah does have a Face.

For more details, watch this lecture by Shaykh Abu Usamah At-Thahabi: Shaykh Abu Usamah At Thahabi Clarification of ‘The Clear Quran’ – YouTube