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On Eemaan, Ibaadah and Tawheed : Their Link and Interrelation.
  Lesson 2: How to Believe in the Attributes of Allaah
Author: Abu Iyaad as-Salafi
Article ID : SCL010002  [22135]  
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ii) the exact nature of how He will come.

So they were told, that no one is asking them to know how He will come (i.e. principle number 4 that we have just been through) However they must believe in the fact that He will come (and to do this they have to affirm the meaning, obviously)

So this narration from one of the Salaf very nicely illustrates the difference between the innovators, those who do 'tafweedh' and and between those upon the way of the Salaf.

And about this tafweedh, Ibn Taymiyyah[13] has said - that it is amongst the most evil of the sayings of the Ahl ul-Bid'ah wal-Ilhaad. This is because, firstly it sounds like it is correct so a lot of people get mislead by it, and secondly it basically means that Allaah is described with nothingness. Also to a lot of people it sounds like it is the 'middle way' in between those who affirm the attributes and those who deny them and those who make resemblances for the from the creation. Therefore it is very dangerous and it merely leads to ta'teel (denial of the attributes). This is why it is very dangerous.

We will finish by listing individuals in our times who have erred in this topic.

1. Hasan al-Bannaa - in his book al-Aqaa'id he claims and tries to argue that the way of the Salaf was to do tafweedh and this is incorrect as you can clearly see. It is surprising that people should fall into these kind of errors considering that the way of the Salaf is well known, especially through the works of Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn al-Qayyim.

2. Sayyid Qutb, he denied the Attributes of Allaah and claimed that they were merely imaginations, he also denied that Allaah ascends the Throne (Arsh) claiming that this is metaphorical and is not real. Again it is surprising that he should deny these things, especially after he has read the books of the Salaf such as Tafseer Ibn Katheer and others.

3. Nuh Ha Meem Keller - A truly lowly and despicable person who pretends to be really intelligent and knowledgeable. What he is teaching and propagating is that we should do 'Ta'weel' and also 'Tafweedh' and he tries to claim that this was the way of the Salaf, and in saying this he is a filthy despicable liar. You will see many people thinking that this idiot is guided and that he is upon something. In reality, he is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Whoever does not know the condition of this innovator, is himself ignorant. So you should be careful of this man and you should warn others of him, because he knows what the way of the Salaf is and he is deliberately opposing it and teaching others to oppose it. But most people will not be aware of this - due to their neglect of and lack of concern with knowledge. He was a lowly and despised person during the days in wich he was at the Islamic University of Medinah, and he will always remain so, so long as his heart is filled with hatred for the Salaf and those upon their way.

4. Hamza Yoosuf - His way is exactly the same as that of Nuh Ha Meem Keller. People think he is very knowledgeable and he has great mastery of the Arabic language and so on… which is a most ridiculous assertion and which anyone with basic knowledge of Arabic can verify for himself. His way basically, is to call to 'ta'weel' and 'tafweedh' and also to the innovations of sufism and tasawwaf. He is also very clear in his hatred of the Salaf and his belittlement and mockery of aqeedah and tawheed etc. But someone who doesn't follow his condition up will not be aware of this... they will not know what he is all about and think that he is a great speaker etc.

5. Dr. Sa'eed Ramadaan al-Bootee. You will probably not have heard of this one, but he is quite popular in Syria. He is basically soofee orientated and is also teaching the same ideas about Allaah's Attributes, that we should do 'ta'weel' and 'tafweedh'. If you read the works of this individual you will realise what a clever little deceiver he is. The way he tries to argue is really deceptive and cunning, but Alhamdulillaah, Allaah always sends scholars to uncover the pretenders and falsifiers. Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan has written a beautiful refutation of the book that Bootee wrote in which he attacks the Salafee way and claims that the way of the Salaf never existed?!

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