What do positive and negative attributes of god mean?

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God's attributes are divided into positive and negative attributes. Positive attributes are attributes relating to the God's Perfection. For example it is said that God is the Knower and Mighty. Negative attributes are those denoting that God is free from need, fault and poverty. In other words, God has attributes of glory and beauty. Attributes of glory are related to the perfection of the Essence of God and describe it. But attributes of beauty involve fault so God is free from them. Therefore God neither is a body nor a corporeal existence; He does not contain anything and does not enter anything because these attributes involve fault and need like entering something or involve combination like containing something. (1)


1. The aspect of Shi`ah’s creed,p.65 ------------------------------ Ref:

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