About Seeing Allah

Question

Will Allah be seen in the Hereafter-(Paradise)?

 

 

Answer:

The opinion of the followers of the ahl al-bayt is that seeing Allah is impossible. This view is supported by the Holy Qur'an and by logic. The Holy Qur'an says clearly: "No vision can grasp Him, but His grasp is over all vision."[132] Furthermore, there are multiple examples of people asking to see Allah and the response of Allah the Exalted to their requests:


"And remember when you said, O people of Moses, 'We shall never believe in you till we see Allah plainly.' But you were seized with a thunderbolt while you were looking. Then We raised you up after death so that you might be grateful."[133]

"The People of the Scripture ask you (O Muhammad) to cause a book to descend upon them from Heaven. Indeed, they asked Moses for even greater than that when they said, 'Show us Allah in public,' but they were struck with thunder and lightening for their wickedness." [134]

"And those who expect not a meeting with Us say, 'Why are not the angels sent down to us?' or 'Why do we not see our Lord?' Indeed, they think too highly of themselves and are scornful with great pride."[135]

"When Moses came to the place appointed by Us, and his Lord addressed him, he said, 'O Lord! Show Yourself to me so that I may look upon You.' Allah said, 'By no means can you see Me, but look at the mountain - if it abides in its place then you shall see Me.' When his Lord manifested His glory to the mountain, he made it like dust, and Moses fell in a swoon. When he recovered his senses, he said, 'Glory be to You. To You do I turn in repentance, and I am the first to believe'."[136]


If seeing Allah were impossible for the prophets and messengers of Allah (pbut), then it is clearly impossible for all other people as well, either during this life or the Hereafter.

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[132] Qur'an 6:102

[133] Qur'an 2:55

[134] Qur'an 4:53

[135] Qur'an 25:21

[136] Qur'an 7:143