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Targheeb and Tarheeb
  Ibn al-Qayyim on Bringing About the Love of Allaah
Source: The Path to Guidance (Published by Salafi Publications)
Article ID : TZK050013  [18375]  
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So look at these two sayings (that of Umar and that of those claiming to receive knowledge of Allaah direct, from their hearts) and these two grades, those who say both these sayings (i.e. Umar and those making this claim) and these two states (that of Umar and of those besides him) and give every owner of a right his due right and do not make the counterfeit/imposter and the sincere the one and the same thing." Madaarij us-Saalikeen (1/64)

[2] Imaam at-Tirmidhee (d. 279H) said: "It has been stated by more than one person from the People of Knowledge about such ahaadeeth, that there is no tashbeeh (resemblance) to the Attributes of Allaah, and our Lord - the Blessed and Most High - descends to the lowest heaven every night. So they say: "Affirm these narrations, have eemaan (faith) in them, do not deny them, nor ask how." The likes of this has been related from Maalik ibn Anas, Sufyaan ath-Thawree, Ibn Uyainah and Abdullaah ibn al-Mubaarak, who all said about such ahaadeeth: "Leave them as they are, without asking how." Such is the saying of the People of Knowledge from the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah. However, the Jahmiyyah oppose these narrations and say: This is tashbeeh! However, Allaah the Most High, has mentioned in various places in His Book, the Attribute of al-Yad (Hand), as-Sama' (Hearing), and al-Basr (Seeing) - but the Jahmiyyah make ta'weel of these aayaat, explaining them in a way, other than how they are explained by the People of Knowledge. They say: Indeed, Allaah did not create Aadam with His own Hand - they say that Hand means the Power of Allaah." Sunan at-Tirmidhee (3/24)

[3] Al-Haafidh Taqi ud-Deen Abu Muhammad Abdul-Ghaniyy al-Maqdisee (d. 600H) - may Allaah have mercy upon him - said: "And know - may Allaah have mercy upon you - that Islaam and its people are attacked and destroyed by three groupings: 1) A group who reject the hadeeth pertaining to the Attributes of Allaah and who reject their narrators. They are more harmful to Islaam and its adherents than the Disbelievers 2) A group who speak with the authenticity of these hadeeth and accept them, but they perform Ta'weel (figurative interpolation) of them. They are mightier in their harm than the first group 3) And the third group, those who avoid the above two sayings, and begin - as they claim - to purify Allaah from all imperfections (tanzeeh) - but in fact they are liars, and this leads them to the very same above two sayings. So they are more harmful than the first two groups." Aqeedatul-Haafidh Abdul-Ghaniyy (p.113)

[4] Fudail bin Iyaad (d. 187H) said: "When you hear the Jahmee say, 'I disbelieve in a Lord that Descends'- say - 'I believe in a Lord that does what He wills'" Sharh Usool ul-I'tiqaad (no. 775).

Yahya bin Ma'een (d. 233H) said: "When you hear the Jahmee say, 'I disbelieve in a Lord that Descends', then say, 'I believe in a Lord that does what he desires.'" Sharh Usool ul-I'tiqaad (no. 776).

Imaam Ahmad (d. 241H) said: "He descends as He wills, according to His Knowledge and Power and Greatness. He encompasses everything with His Knowledge.'" Sharh Usool ul-I'tiqaad (no. 777).

Abul Hasan al-Ash'aree (d. 324H) said, "And we believe in all the narrations that the People of Narration have considered to be authentic concerning the Descent to the Lowest Heaven and that "The Lord, Mighty and Majestic, says: Is there one asking, is there one seeking forgiveness", and the totality of what they quote and consider to be established, in opposition to the people of deviancy and misguidance." Al-Ibaanah (p. 60)

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