2) GOD SHAKES HANDS? 4 – “…and there is none like unto him.” 112 Absoluteness, 4
Hadith: “God talked to me and shook hands with me. He placed His hand in between my scapulas and I heard the coldness of His hand in the middle of my chest.”
The hadith without any metaphorical meaning gives shape to God and ascribes fingers to Him and coldness to His hand. If the word ‘hand’ had a symbolical meaning and was not associated in the mind with the concrete hand of man, it might be admissible. For instance when one says: “Everybody is in God’s hands” would connote that everything depends on Him, that He has overall control of everything. But in this context, the hand is the concrete hand of man. In the above text, the hand and fingers to which coldness is attributed cannot possible have a metaphorical connotation. What’s more, the saying is crowned with the shaking of hands of God and man. Would the transmitter of the hadith who believes in the literal meaning of this or the person who observes the falsehood in the invented hadith and deems the Quran self-sufficient, be a truthful Muslim?