Is it impossible for Allah to have a form and shape?

The Details of the Question

- What does it mean, ‘It is impossible for the creator of the universe to have a form and shape’?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

- Form and shape are things that are related to material beings.

Allah does not resemble anything.

“There is nothing whatever like unto Him; He is the One that hears and sees (all things).” (ash-Shura, 42/11)

As it is indicated in the verse above, Allah sees and hears but He does not resemble any of His creatures.

Similarly, Allah’s existence is definite but His existence does not resemble to any being.

Since form and shape are characteristics of material beings, they cannot be Allah’s characteristics.

- People try to understand what they do not see by likening them to what they see. No matter what we think about the Sacred Being, whose nature is unknown by us, He is definitely some material things that we see or imagine.

Islamic scholars formulate these facts with the following principle: “No matter what people think or imagine about Allah, it is definitely not about Allah and cannot describe Him.”

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