God is Transcendent

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The Arabic words used to denote transcendence in the following verses of the Qur’an is al-‘a’la, which means “the higher one,” “the superior,” “the victor,” “the Most High” and “the Most Exalted.”


Surah Al-A'la Chapter 87 Verse 1

Glorify the Name of your Lord, the Most High.[1]

Surah Al-Lail Chapter 92 Verse 20

Except to seek the Countenance of his Lord, the Most High.[2]

The Qur’an confirms the rationally derived attribute of God – transcendence.

A more specific indirect proof is given below by showing the transcendence of God over His Throne, which transcends His Footstool, which transcends the heavens and the earth and, therefore, the universe.

The Transcendence of God’s Footstool over the universe

The relevant Arabic words used in the following verses of the Qur’an are:

    • kursi, which means “foot-stool”, “pedestal” and “chair”;
    • wasi’a, which means “encloses”, “encompasses”, “holds”, “accommodates”, “contains” and “comprises”

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