Aqeedah from a scholar of Ahl al-Sunnah

01 Mar 2019 Ref-No#: 1446

As salamu alaykum what is the view of ulama about this, it’s very difficult to stay on the good way when some personality says that:

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Fifthly:

Despite what we have referred to of the good features of this ‘Aqeedah and its commentary by Ibn Abi’l-‘Izz, it also contains a number of issues which were criticized, because they go against what the salaf believed, such as his saying, when defining faith: “Faith is affirming with the tongue and believing in the heart,” because limiting it to that is the view of the Murji’i fuqaha’ who excluded physical actions from the definition of faith. The same applies to what he said after that, “Faith is one and the same, and believers are equal with regard to the foundation of faith.”

It also includes some general phrases that may be understood incorrectly, and are most often used by innovators to mean things that are contrary to the beliefs of the righteous salaf, such as his saying, “exalted be He above limits and boundaries” and “exalted be He above having faculties and parts” and “He is not subject to directions and dimensions which are attributes of created beings.” Such phrases are used by those who misinterpret the attributes of Allaah (al-mu’attilah) to deny what is affirmed in the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger of the sublime attributes of Allaah that befit His perfection, may He be glorified and exalted, such as His Countenance, hands and eyes. They call them faculties and parts, and deny that Allaah possesses them.

Another example is His being above His creation, and His rising above His Throne in His heaven. They call this “directions and location” and deny that it applies to Allaah, may He be exalted.

Answer

Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

The author is incorrect in his fifth point.

In the first point he mentions how reliable Imam Tahawi (may Allah be pleased with him) was.

In the second point he mentions that this is the ‘Aqidah of ‘Abu Haneefah al-Nu’maan ibn Thaabit al-Kufi, Abu Yoosuf Ya’qoob ibn Ibraaheem al-Ansaari, and Abu ‘Abd-Allaah Muhammad ibn al-Hasan al-Shaybaani, (may Allaah be pleased with them all)’

Yet in the fifth point he brings out errors. That essentially means that the ‘Aqidah of Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Abu Yusuf, Imam Muhammad, Imam Tahawi and the millions of Muslims who followed this text is incorrect, and the only ‘Aqida of Ibn Abil ‘Izz, one unknown person, and Ibn Taymiyya (who was jailed because of him incorrect Aqidah) is correct. We prefer the beliefs of those who came in Khayr al-Qurun (the best of errors) over the ‘Aqidah of latter ‘scholars’.