The most profound phrase..

Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

Allah Almighty is greater than everything, in terms of His essence, status, might, and majesty. That is why it is said that the most profound phrase used by the Arabs for exaltation of the Almighty Lord is “Allāhu Akbar” (Allah is the Most Great). This is because it denotes a more perfect meaning than greatness. So, when we say: “Allāhu Akbar”, this comprises greatness and more.

It is for this reason that this phrase “Allāhu Akbar” (Allah is the Most Great) is used in prayer and Adhān.

Indeed, it is more profound than “Allāhu A‘zham”. The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“Allah Almighty said: ‘Pride is My robe, and majesty is My lower garment. If anyone disputes with Me over any of them, I will throw him in Hellfire.’”[Narrated by Abu Dāwūd; Sahīh (authentic)]

[Narrated by Abu Dāwūd; Sahīh (authentic)]

Imam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy upon him) said:

“He likens His majesty to the lower garment and His pride to the robe, and it is known that the robe is higher in rank. So, this denotes that pride is more profound than majesty.”

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