Following the stance of Ahl As-Sunnah wal-Jamâ’ah, this translation confirms Allah’s Attributes such as His Face, Hands, and Eyes, as well as the fact that He is established on the Throne—in a manner that befits His Majesty and Honour. These attributes can be found in 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 bound to perish except He 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 tafsîr, such as Ibn Kathîr, Al-Qurṭubi, Aṭ-Ṭabari, Al-Baghawi, As-Sa’di, Ibn ’Ashûr, and many others. In the same way, if a verse states that something good is done “seeking Allah’s Face,” this style is understood in Arabic rhetoric (balâghah) to mean “it is done sincerely for Allah, seeking to please Him.” Footnotes include the literal translation to emphasize that Allah does have this attribute. For more details, watch this lecture by Shaykh Abu Usamah At-Thahabi:

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