A Shi'ite Anthology
Musa Kazim A.S
God's Might and Majesty
It has been related that the righteous Imam, Musa ibn Ja'far (A.S), said, "Surely God - there is no god but He - was the Living without 'how' (kayf) or 'where' (ayn). He was not in anything, nor was He on anything. He did not create a place (makan) for His grandeur (makan).
He increased not in might after bringing things into being. Nothing brought into being resembles Him. He was not devoid of power over the dominion before its production, nor will He be devoid of power (over it) after its passing."
"He - the Mighty and Majestic - is a Living God without temporal life, King before He produces anything, Master after its production (insha'). God has no limits (hadd). He is not known through something resembling Him. He ages not through subsistence (baqa'). He is struck not by fear of anything, and by fright before Him all things are thunderstruck. So God is Living without temporal life, without a being described by attributes, without a state which can be defined, without a designated location or fixed place.
Nay, He is Living in Himself, a Master whose power does not remove. He produced what He wills when He wills through His will and His power. He was First, without 'how', and will be Last, without 'where'. And 'All things perish, except His face'. 'His are the creation and the command. Blessed be God, the Lord of all beings.'
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