Surah Al-Baqarah verse 115(2:115)

To Allah belong the east and the west, wherever you turn you are facing ˹towards˺ Allah.1 Surely Allah is All-Encompassing,2 All-Knowing. — Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

And to Allah belongs the east and the west. So wherever you [might] turn, there is the Face1 of Allah. Indeed, Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing. — Saheeh International

Quran 2:115 says "wherever you turn you are facing ˹towards˺ Allah" so is this verse supporting the idea of omnipresent God(Allah) .

Because if Allah(God) isn't omnipresent how we turn to Allah even if we are facing a different direction.

ALLAH is on his throne which is up in the heavens so we have to look at sky to face Allah.

  • what is your question?
    – Jeschu
    Apr 28 at 18:12
  • @Jeschu is this verse supporting omnipresent Allah. How can Allah's we face all even if we look whichever direction we want.
    – user43864
    Apr 28 at 19:21

The context of the verse is the direction which is faced in prayer.

  • It covers the ruling of salah of a traveler who can not determine the direction of the qiblah because of clouds, or when he is offering voluntary prayers while his ride is moving. (see the hadith is Muslim and Ibn Majah).

  • It covers the case of dua, it can be made facing any direction.

  • It answers the objection of the Jews regarding the change of qiblah from Masjid al-Aqsa to Masjid al-Haram.

Regarding the part:

فأينما تولوا فثم وجه الله

So wherever you [might] turn, there is the Face of Allah.

Quran 2:115

There are various interpretations for what "face of Allah" means. It may mean the approval of Allah, i.e. wherever you turn Allah is pleased with it. This is similar to how the expression is used in the following verse and hadith:

إنما نطعمكم لوجه الله لا نريد منكم جزاء ولا شكورا

[Saying], "We feed you only for the face [i.e., approval] of Allah. We wish not from you reward or gratitude.

Quran 76:9

لن يوافي عبد يوم القيامة، يقول لا إله إلا الله، يبتغي به وجه الله، إلا حرم الله عليه النار

If anybody comes on the Day of Resurrection who has said: La ilaha illal-lah, sincerely, seeking Allah's face [i.e. to win Allah's Pleasure], Allah will make the Hell-Fire forbidden for him

Sahih Bukhari

As for the creed of whether Allah is omnipresent, then He is certainly omnipresent in the sense that His power and knowledge extends to everywhere. Going into more depth however this is a complex matter and there is difference of opinion on aspects of it.

  • Thanks for the answer
    – user43864
    Apr 28 at 19:22
  • I don't think it means approvel, because if a sinful man truns to east to do a sin does it mean Allah has approved it
    – user43864
    Apr 28 at 19:26
  • The context of the verse is the direction faced in prayer, not the direction faced for any other act.
    – UmH
    Apr 29 at 0:16

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