Questioner: Is it from the ‘aqeedah of the Ahlus-Sunnah to ascribe Nafs (mind) to Allaah?
Dr Sharof: Yes, the Qur’aan mentioned it. On the Day of Qiyaamah, Nabiyy ‘Eesa (‘alayhi ssalaam) will say to Allaah, ‘…You know what is in my mind, and I do not know what is in Your mind. Verily, it is You who is the Knower of the unseen.’ [Soorah al-Maa’idah (5):116] Allaah ascribed it to himself and there is no other interpretation for ‘Nafs’ other than mind.
This is one of the goodness of Sunnah. For example, if Allaah queries two people who differ regarding this on the Day of Qiyaamah, the one who believes that Allaah has mind will quote as his evidence, ‘…You know what is in my mind, and I do not known what is in Your mind’, and he will buttress this with the fact that if Nabiyy ‘Eesa was wrong Allaah would have corrected it, but the one who differs will only apply his philosophy. So, who do you think will be saved? That is it. (Allaah says), “…Say: Are you more knowing or is Allaah (more knowing)?…” [Soorah al-Baqoroh (2):140]
[SOURCE: The tape, “Explanation of the names and attributes of Allaah]
Transcribed by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey