There is no differing in ‘Aqeedah (Creed)
Indeed, the path of Ar-Rahmaan is clearly distinguished from the path of Shaytaan. And any methodology which calls the people towards any type of shirk, be it the Christians worshipping the Prophet Jesus alayhi salaam, the people worshipping the idols and statues, worshipping of the graves and the ‘awliyaa; then all of this is worshipping the Shaytaan. Because it is Shaytaan who they are following when they worship any other deity besides Allah.And thus, they are in reality worshippers of the Shaytaan.
Like Prophet Ibrahim alayhe salaam said to his father:
|Muhsin Khan: “O my father! Verily! There has come to
me of knowledge that which came not unto you. So follow me.
I will guide you to a Straight Path.
|Muhsin Khan: “O my father! Worship not
Shaitan (Satan). Verily! Shaitan (Satan)
has been a rebel against the Most Beneficent (Allah).
Likewise, the person who follows a path other than the prescribed Sunnah, then he is following the paths which take a person away from the Straight Path which Allah has referred to in the ayah:
|Muhsin Khan: “And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it,
and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path.
This He has ordained for you that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious – see V.2:2).”
And what O Muslims, may Allah have mercy upon you all, is the Straight Path being referred to in this ayah. It is what Allah points to in the previous ayah:
|Muhsin Khan: Say (O Muhammad Sallahu ‘alayhe wasallam): “Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited you from: Join not anything in worship with Him; be good and dutiful to your parents; kill not your children because of poverty – We provide sustenance for you and for them; come not near to Al-Fawahish (shameful sins, illegal sexual intercourse, etc.) whether committed openly or secretly, and kill not anyone whom Allah has forbidden, except for a just cause (according to Islamic law). This He has commanded you that you may understand.|
The Straight Path is the path of Tawheed (Monotheism) and the Sunnah (Following the path of Muhammad sallalahu alayhe wasallam in all matters of the Deen), and being far away from their opposites, which are Shirk (Association of partners with Allah in worship) and Bid’ah (Innovations in the Deen).
So when the Sufi comes and says that Allah is not above His Creation, we say to him:
Do you have more knowledge of Allah or Allah himself?
Indeed, He has mentioned in the Qur’aan:
|Muhsin Khan: And He is the Irresistible, above His slaves, and He is the All-Wise, WellAcquainted with all things.|
|Muhsin Khan: Do you feel secure that He, Who is over the heaven (Allah),
will not cause the earth to sink with you, then behold it
shakes (as in an earthquake)?
|67:17: Muhsin Khan: Or do you feel secure that He, Who is over the heaven (Allah), will not send against you a violent whirlwind? Then you shall know how (terrible) has been My Warning?|
|Abdullah ibn Amr ibn Al-Aas related that the Messenger sallalahu alayhe wasallam said, “Allah grants mercy to the merciful. Be merciful to those who are on the earth, (then) He Who is fis-Sama (above the heavens) will be merciful to you.” [Abu Dawood & At-Tirmidhi]
Even more clearer:
Jabir ibn Abdillah said: “The Messenger of Allah sallalahu alayhe waallam said in his speech on the day of Arafah: ‘Did I convey (the Message).’ They said: ‘Yes.’ While raising his finger to the sky and then pointing at them, he said: ‘O my Lord, be a witness.” [Muslim]
Would the Prophet raise his finger to the sky when He is not sure and certain about the fact that Allah is above the Heavens and above His creation and that the creation is below Him?
And finally the hadith:
Muawiyah bin Al-Hakam As-Salmi said:
“I had a slave-girl who used to herd sheep for me. One day I discovered that a wolf had killed one of her sheep, and I’m a man from the children of Adam, I get upset like they get upset, and I slapped her in the face. Then I went to the Prophet who impressed upon me the seriousness of my act. I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, should I not set her free?’ He said, ‘Bring her to me.’ He asked her, ‘Where is Allah’, She said, ‘He is above the heavens.’ He said, ‘Who am I?’ She said, ‘You are the Messenger of Allah.’ He said, ‘Free her, for she is a believer.’ (Muslim and Abu Dawud)
The Prophet affirmed ’emaan (sound belief) for this slave girl when she replied that Allah is above the Heavens.
So we say again to the innovator who claims that Allah is everywhere or that Allah is not above His creation since that is limiting Allah to a place:
Are you more knowledgeable about Allah or Allah himself?
Do you know about Allah what Allah does not know about Himself?
Did he reveal to you some revelation which He did not reveal to His Prophet?