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Rufai Oladimeji
, Nigeria.
Question

Salaam alaykum brother. May Allah
reward the Islamweb team for their
efforts in enlightening Muslims. My
question: "Can the the title 'Your
Highness' and the like be used to
address rulers when Highness is only
applicable to Allah azzawajal?"

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord
of the Worlds. I testify that there is
none worthy of worship except Allah,
and that Muhammad is His slave
and Messenger.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was asked
about the terms: ‘Majesty’, ‘His Majesty
and ‘His Highness’, and he answered
saying: “It is permissible if the person
about whom the statement is said
deserves such description, and provided
it is not feared that this will lead that
person to pride and haughtiness.”

Moreover, the Permanent Committee of
Iftaa’ answered a similar question
saying: “Many names are common in
wording and in general conceptual
meaning between Allah and His
Creatures, so they are attributed to
Allah with a meaning that suits Him and
befits His Majesty, and they are given to
a creature with a meaning that suits
him and is peculiar to him. For
instance, we say Allah is Haleem (i.e.
The Forbearing) and the Prophet
Ibraaheem (Abraham), may Allah exalt
his mention, is also called Haleem, but
the Hilm (the forbearance) of
Ibraaheem is not the same like the Hilm
(the forbearance) of Allah. Also, Allah is
The Ar-Ra'oof (The Compassionate) and
The Ar-Raheem (The Especially Merciful)
and the Prophet is also
compassionate and raheem, but the
compassion and mercy of the Prophet
Muhammad are not like the
Compassion and Mercy of Allah with His
Creation. Allah is also the Owner of
Majesty and Honor and is the Most
Generous in an absolute manner, but
every Prophet is kareeem (generous)
and honorable but these qualities of
every Prophet are not like those of
other Prophets, and also they are not
like those of Allah, but every one has
his own above qualities that befits him.”
Therefore, it is permissible to use those
common names and attributes to refer
to the creatures in a manner that suits
them.

Allah Knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/177433/using-the-title-your-highness-to-address-the-rulers

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