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Allah's hands are they both "right" or one "right" and the other "left"?

This is a discussion on Allah's hands are they both "right" or one "right" and the other "left"? within the Beliefs and Fundamentals forums, part of the Main Topics category; assalamu alaykum someone asked about this in another forum, and I answered it like this: brother Scholars said that Allah ...

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    assalamu alaykum

    someone asked about this in another forum, and I answered it like this:

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    Scholars said that Allah has a right hand and a left one by name (meaning one called right and the other left), but both his hands are "yameen" which means that they are both blessed (mubaraka), and are perfect with no fault or defect, not like our hands, in which the left is lacking & not blessed.
    this is how it was explained by shaikh Ibn Baz and Ibn Uthaimin rahimahu Allah

    thought I would share it for everyone's benefit.
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    forgot to mention that the evidence for Allah having a "left" hand is hadith in sahih Muslim (Book 39, Hadith Number 6704)

    "Abdullah b. 'Umar reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) saying: Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, would fold the Heavens on the Day of Judgment and then He would place them on His tight hand and say: I am the Lord; where are the haughty and where are the proud (today)? He would fold the' earth (placing it) on the lef t hand and say: I am the Lord; where are the haughty and where are the proud (today)?
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    salaams, is tht 2 litteral right hands, a litteral right hand and a litteral left hand, or two litteral right hand and a litteral left hand?

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    we have 2 hadith, one saying "bi-shimalihi" (with His left), and the other says "both are yameen".

    whwn you do jami' between the hadiths (bring them together) u get the answer i posted above
    for the word yameen comes from the word "yumn" which means "baraka" , so both hands are yameen means "mubaraka" (blessed)
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    The wording of Shimal in the Hadith of Muslim is Shadh, as stated by the Muhaqqiqun. I forget the narrator that was discussed in that, someone by the name of Hamza...maybe you can look into that.

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    shaykh Ibn Uthaimin rahimahu Allah said that some rejected it (I mean that part), and some accepted it,
    He said, if it is correct - authentic then we should believe in it like it is, but if it is not then both are yameen.
    I didn't mention that, because in that forum many are laymen, and if I said this in the answer, then he won't understand becuase he will say that the hadith in sahih Muslim, so it shoudl be sahih ..etc.
    and it will turn into a long discussion, and it might confuse many.
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    I discussed this before here:

    ‘Blasphemy’ #13: Both of His hands are on the right…
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    We also have another hadith that says that both God’s hands are right (ßáÊÇ íÏíå íãíä). Do we mean by this that God has two right hands and no left hand? Or do we as that God as two right hands, but we don’t limit God to only two hands? Again we see ibn Atheer telling us a metaphorical meaning for God’s two right hands. Two rights hand is simply a metaphor for perfect. The left hand is seen as deficient; Allah uses two right hands as an allusion to His perfection.

    There are two sets of reports about this issue, and hence the difference of opinion amongst the scholars as to whether Allah has a left or are both of Allah’s hands His right.

    Those of the scholars who believed that Allah also has a left relied on narrations stating that Allah will grab the earth by his left hand and will say: ‘I am the king! Where are the tyrants now?!’ These scholars include al-Darimi, al-Qadhi Abu Ya’la and others. In order to reconcile these narrations with the other set of narrations mentioning two right hands for Allah, they concluded that the two right hands were only mentioned in order to negate deficiency from Allah, for the left hand is usually seen to be deficient.

    The other group of scholars considered the narrations with ‘the left hand’ mentioned therein to be weak, and therefore supported other narrations that emphasise that both of Allah’s hands are on his right, and that Allah has no left hand. This group of scholars include the two Shafi’i Imams, one Sunni and the other Ash’ari; Ibn Khuzayma in his Tawheed and al-Bayhaqi in his al-Asma wal-Sifat.

    Whatever the case, the Sunnis and the early Ash’aris, including al-Baqillani, Ibn Furak, al-Bayhaqi and others, all affirmed two hands for Allah. Whether they are both on the right, or if He has a left, is a matter of dispute.
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    jazakallahu khayran

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    Question:

    How can we make a combination between the report "with His left Hand", mentioned in the hadeeth of Ibn 'Umar, radyAllaahu 'anhumaa, in Saheeh Muslim and his, sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, saying: "And both His hands are right-handed?"

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    There is no contradiction between the two hadeeths that is apparent on the outset. Thus his, sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, saying: "And both His hands are right-handed" is an affirmation of Allaah's statement: "There is nothing whatsoever like Him (in comparison). And He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer." [Surah Ash-Shooraa: 11] So this description, which the Messenger of Allaah, sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, has informed us of is an affirmation of Allaah's removal from any anthropomorphic qualities. Thus, the hand of Allaah is not like the hand of a human being – left-handed and righthanded. On the contrary, both His hands are right-handed, may He be far removed from any defects. As for the other point, then it is that the report: "with His left hand" is shaadh, as I have clarified in the checking of "Al-Mustalahaat-ul-Arba'ah Al-Waaridah feel-Qur'aan" of Al-Mawdoodee. What further supports this is that Abu Dawood also reported this hadeeth and (in it, he, sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said, "with His other hand" in the place of "with His left hand." This report is in conformity with his, sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, other saying: "And both His hands are right-handed." And Allaah knows best.

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