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“We” refers to Allaah Ta’aala alone

Fatwaa ID: 1972

Assalamu Alaikum, honourable Mufti and respected brothers in Islam. I just need to get some clarity on this, in sha Allah. I have been bombarded with the following question over the last couple of weeks. I was asked why it is written, in the Noble Qur’an, where sometimes it is written as “We created earth, as an example. It is important for me to understand, as my daughter, who left Islam, are believing that shaytan is included in the “we”. Please help me, in this regard, In sha Allah khair.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

May Allaah Ta’aala give your daughter hidaayah and bring her back to Islam.

The “We” you refer to is known as pluralis majestatis, the majestic royal and the royal we. When Allaah Ta’aala uses the royal We, He refers to Himself. This is to show grandeur and honor. It does not include anyone else. It definitely does not include the accursed shaytaan. The shaytaan has no power or divinity whatsoever. The usage of this “we” is a common practice of the nobles and the royals. Allaah Ta’aala, the Almighty and the Majestic, is more entitled to using this form of speech than anyone else.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

05/28/1445 AH – 12/12/2023 CE | AMG3-4278

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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