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    Anthropomorphism

    Assignment of physical attributes to God, forbidden by the Quran according to orthodox Muslims. Because God is utterly unique, there can be no similarity between Him and created entities. Quranic references to God's attributes are typically understood metaphorically as a tool for learning about God and His actual nature. Sufis also use metaphors and allegories with reference to God in mystical poetry to describe their desired relationship to Him. God's attributes are usually listed as seven in number: knowledge, power, life, will, speech, hearing, and sight. Theological disputes about God's attributes center on whether or not God's essence and attributes are identical and eternal.

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