A Shiʻite anthology by Muḥammad Ḥusayn Ṭabāṭabāʼī, William C. Chittick

By Muḥammad Ḥusayn Ṭabāṭabāʼī, William C. Chittick

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He has no similitude that what is created should resemble Him. For those who have knowledge of Him He is forever above likenesses and opposites. "Those who ascribe rivals to God (billah*) cry lies when they make Him similar to the like of their categories, adorn Him in their imaginations with the adornment of creatures, divide Him with a measure resulting from the notions of their concerns) and measure Him by the talents of their reason's powers38 in terms of the creatures with their multiple faculties.

The Everlasting Refuge" (CXII, 1-2), as He has described Himself. Page 27 But depicters do not attain to His description. 'He has not begotten, and bas not been begotten and equal to Him is not any one' (CXII, 3-4). Nacthal said, "Thou hast spoken the truth. ' Is not God one and man one? " He answered "God is one, but single in meaning (ahadi* ), while man is one but dual in meaning (thanawi* ): corporeal substance (jism) and accidents (carad*), body (badan) and spirit (ruh*). " B. cAli,* the First Imam 1.

Eyes are prevented from reaching Him, lest He be described through being plainly seen () and lest He be known among His creatures in the Essence that none knows but He. Through His exaltation (culuww) over things He dudes that upon which falls the conjectures of imaginers (mutawahhimin). The inmost center (kunh) of His tremendousness transcends the embrace of the impotent deliberation of those who meditate. He has no similitude that what is created should resemble Him. For those who have knowledge of Him He is forever above likenesses and opposites.

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