Q: I have a question about some texts in the Quran whose meanings we should not delve into. I sometimes start getting images in my mind.
For example about this Hadith Prophet Mohammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “If one of you lowered a bucket by a rope (into a well), then it would fall on Allah.” [At-Tirmidhi]
I get an image that a bucket is falling into a well and if Allah is in the well, because it seems that this is what the literal meaning means. Then I get really confused because if I accept this image it seems that I’m doing anthropomorphism and if I reject it what if it is the real meaning. What I mean to say is that whether the meaning is literal or figurative only Allah knows best, but then I get a literal image in my mind. I get really scared that if I accept it, what if it is anthropomorphism and if I reject it, what if this is what actually happens. I’m really scared of doing kufr. Please help me out.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)