Know that when we say that Allah, Mighty and Majestic, is above what He has created that does not mean that He is above in terms of a physical place, or that He has risen above physical places by a certain distance and He supervises these places by applying Himself to something from them. Rather, our saying that He is above them carries two senses:

What is Meant When We Say Allah is Above What He Created
Imam Ibn Furak al-Shafi'i

In representing the beliefs of the People of the Prophetic Way and the Majority Group (Ahl al-Sunna wal-Jama`a), according to the methodological school of the jurists of this religion, namely Abu Hanifa al-Nu`man b. Thabit al-Kufi, Abu Yusuf Ya`qub b. Ibrahim al-Ansaei and Abu `Abdullah Muhammad b. al-Hasan al-Shaybani, may Allah be pleased with them all, and what they believe regarding the principles of the religion and their faith in the Lord of all the Worlds, Imam Abu Ja`far al-Tahawi, may Allah have mercy on him, said, as do the aforementioned Imams – We say regarding the oneness of Allah, believing, by the grace of Allah, that:

The Tahawi Creed
Imam Abu Ja`far al-Tahawi

Monotheism: That the world has a Maker; [Who is] Pre-eternal; has always existed and will always exist; Whose existence is incumbent; Whose nonexistence is impossible. He is the Great; the Supreme; characterised with all the attributes of merit and free from all the bearings of shortcoming and inferiority. He is the Creator of all the creation; Knower of all [the types of] what is to know; Capable of [performing] all possibilities; Intender of all [the aspects of] existence; Alive; Beholder; there is no semblance to Him, none opposite to Him, none equal to Him, and none like Him . He has no associate in the incumbency of existence (wajib al-wujud); nor in the right of being worshipped, and nor in creating and determining [the affairs of the creation].

The Noble Creed (Al-`Aqida al-Hasana)
Imam Shah Waliyullah al-Dihlawi

Beneficial Comments on the Jawhara al-Tawhid

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Prepared by Shaykh `Abd al-Salam Shakir
Reviewed by Shaykh Adib Kallas