هُوَ الَّذي خَلَقَ السَّماواتِ وَالأَرضَ في سِتَّةِ أَيّامٍ ثُمَّ استَوىٰ عَلَى العَرشِ ۚ يَعلَمُ ما يَلِجُ فِي الأَرضِ وَما يَخرُجُ مِنها وَما يَنزِلُ مِنَ السَّماءِ وَما يَعرُجُ فيها ۖ وَهُوَ مَعَكُم أَينَ ما كُنتُم ۚ وَاللَّهُ بِما تَعمَلونَ بَصيرٌ
“It is He who created the heavens and earth in six days and then established Himself above the Throne. He knows what penetrates into the earth and what emerges from it and what descends from the heaven and what ascends therein; and He is with you wherever you are. And Allah, of what you do, is Seeing.” (Quran 57:4)
Nothing is comparable to Allah SWT’s majesty. He is the most high and worthy of all praise. His throne is like no other. Allah SWT has bestowed us by telling us some details regarding His Throne or Kursi in the Quran, and our beloved Holy Prophet Muhammad PBUH has further told us some interesting details about it in several narrations.
So if you are interested in knowing about the grandiose throne of our Creator, here are six interesting facts about it that can assist us in understanding the true majesty of Allah SWT.
The Throne (Al-Arsh) is Allah’s First and Greatest Creation
Narrated Imran bin Husain:
I went to the Prophet (PBUH) and tied my she-camel at the gate. The people of Bani Tamim came to the Prophet (PBUH) who said "O Bani Tamim! Accept the good tidings." They said twice, ‘You have given us the good tidings, now give us something" Then some Yemenites came to him and he said, "Accept the good tidings, O people of Yemem, for Bani Tamim refused them." They said, "We accept it, O Allah’s Messenger (PBUH)! We have come to ask you about this matter (i.e. the start of creations)." He said, "First of all, there was nothing but Allah, and (then He created His Throne). His throne was over the water, and He wrote everything in the Book (in the Heaven) and created the Heavens and the Earth." Then a man shouted, "O Ibn Husain! Your she-camel has gone away!" So, I went away and could not see the she-camel because of the mirage. By Allah, I wished I had left that she-camel (but not that gathering).
Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari 3191
In-book reference: Book 59, Hadith 2
USC-MSA web (English) reference: Vol. 4, Book 54, Hadith 414
The Throne of Allah is on Water
“And it is He who created the heavens and the earth in six days – and His Throne had been upon water…” (Quran 11:7)
Waki’ bin Hudus narrated that his paternal uncle Abu Razin said:
"I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, where was our Lord before He created His creation?’ He said: He was above the clouds, below which was air, and above which was air and water. Then He created His Throne above the water.’"
Sunan Ibn Majah
English reference: Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 182
Arabic reference: Book 1, Hadith 187
The Bearers of the Throne
Jabir b. ‘Abd Allah reported the Prophet (May peace be upon him) as saying :
I have been permitted to tell about one of Allah’s angels who bears the throne that the distance between the lobe of his ear and his shoulder is a journey of seven hundred years.
Sunan Abi Dawud 4727
In-book reference: Book 42, Hadith 132
English translation: Book 41, Hadith 4709
Glorifying Allah reaches the Throne
It was narrated from Nu’man bin Bashir that :
the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: "What you mention of glory of Allah, of Tabsih (Subhan-Allah), Tahlil (Allahu-Akbar) and Tahmid (Al-Hamdu lillah), revolves around the Throne, buzzing like bees, reminding of the one who said it. Wouldn’t any one of you like to have, or continue to have, something that reminds of him (in the presence of Allah)?’"
Sunan Ibn Majah 3809
In-book reference: Book 33, Hadith 154
English translation: Vol. 5, Book 33, Hadith 3809
Allah’s Mercy is mentioned over the Throne
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, "When Allah completed the creation, He wrote in His Book which is with Him on His Throne, "My Mercy overpowers My Anger."
Sahih al-Bukhari 3194
In-book reference: Book 59, Hadith 5
USC-MSA web (English) reference: Vol. 4, Book 54, Hadith 416
Al-Firdaws (The Highest Paradise) is directly under the Throne of Allah
Mu’adh bin Jabal said:
“I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) say: ‘Paradise has one hundred grades, each of which is as big as the distance between heaven and earth. The highest of them is Firdaws and the best of them is Firdaws. The Throne is above Firdaws and from it spring forth the rivers of Paradise. If you ask of Allah, ask Him for Firdaws.’”
(Sunan Ibn Majah)
English reference: Vol. 5, Book 37, Hadith 4331
Arabic reference: Book 37, Hadith 4474
May Allah grant us Al-Firdaws the Highest level of Paradise!by