Al-Lateef: The Most Subtle!

Suuratul -Mulk Verse 14

أَلَا يَعْلَمُ مَنْ خَلَقَ وَهُوَ ٱللَّطِيفُ ٱلْخَبِيرُ ﴿١٤

14. Should not He Who has created know? And He is the Most Kind and Courteous (to His slaves) All-Aware (of everything).

Tafsir Ibn Kathir

Abu Al-`Aliyah said that Allah’s statement,

﴿وَهُوَ اللَّطِيفُ الْخَبِيرُ﴾

He is the Most Subtle, Well-Acquainted (with all things).

means, “He is the Most Subtle, bringing forth all things, Well-Acquainted with their position and place.” Allah knows best. In another Ayah, Allah mentions Luqman’s advice to his son,

﴿يبُنَىَّ إِنَّهَآ إِن تَكُ مِثْقَالَ حَبَّةٍ مِّنْ خَرْدَلٍ فَتَكُنْ فِى صَخْرَةٍ أَوْ فِى السَّمَـوَتِ أَوْ فِى الاٌّرْضِ يَأْتِ بِهَا اللَّهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَطِيفٌ خَبِيرٌ ﴾

O my son! If it be (anything) equal to the weight of grain of mustard seed, and though it be in a rock, or in the heavens or in the earth, Allah will bring it forth. Verily, Allah is Most Subtle, Well Acquainted 31:16

meaning, His knowledge is subtle, for nothing is hidden from Him, no matter how small, subtle and minute.



even of the footsteps of an ant in the darkest night.

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