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The Ash`arees
  A Reply to a Jahmee : Keller Unveiled
Source: Prepared by Abu 'Iyad as-Salafi & Dawud Burbank
Article ID : AQD060009  [62640]  
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So it is clear that the Salaf affirm the Attribute of Coming[34] and that they do not interpolate it by claiming that it means the coming of His Judgement, or His Mercy and the likes.[35] So where does this neo-Jahmite, the Ibn Safwaan of the era, stand in comparison with the likes of ad-Dahak, Qataadah, and Hammaad bin Abu Haneefah, may Allaah shower his mercy upon them?? Where does this deceiving ignoramus stand with respect to those favoured with precedence, knowledge, piety and guidance?!

Concerning the Jahmite's Allegation about Tafweed

The aforementioned Jahmee also stated: "The real aqeedah of Imaam Ahmad was very simple and consisted mainly of tafweedh, that is to consign to Allaah the meaning of the mutashaabihaat - or unapparent meanings of the Qur'aan and Hadeeth..." - and this is a wicked lie against Imaam Ahmad - free is Imaam Ahmad of the Jahmee as is the milk from dung and blood.

Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih al-Uthaimeen - may Allaah protect Him - said: "The aqeedah of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah, therefore, is free from tahreef and ta'teel. And by this we come to know misguidance or the lie of those who say: 'The way of the Salaf is tafweedh'. These people have gone astray if they have said this whilst being ignorant of the way of the Salaf and if they said that with knowledge, they have lied (deliberately). We can also say: They have lied in two ways: In the sense of the language of the Hijaaz, since kadhib (a lie) to the people of the Hijaaz is with the meaning of khata' (a mistake). And in any circumstance, there is no doubt that those who say: The madhhab of Ahl us-Sunnah is tafweedh - that they have erred because the madhhab of Ahl us-Sunnah is to affirm the meaning but to do tafweedh of its kaifiyyah (how it is).

And let it be known that speaking with tafweedh - as Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah[36] has said - is amongst the most evil of the sayings of the Ahl ul-Bid'ah wal-Ilhaad. When a person hears about tafweedh he says: 'This is good, I will be safe from these (people) and those (people). I will not speak with the madhhab of the Salaf and nor will I speak with the madhhab of those performing ta'weel, I will take the middle path and will be saved from all of this. And I will say: Allaah knows best, we do not know what its meaning is.'

However Shaikh ul-Islaam says: "This is amongst the most evil of the sayings of Ahl ul-Bid'ah wal-Ilhaad".

And he - may Allaah have mercy upon him - has spoken the truth. When you reflect upon it you will find that this necessitates (the following): a denial of the Qur'aan, that the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) was ignorant, and arrogance on behalf of the people of philosophy.

A denial of the Qur'aan because Allaah says:

And We have revealed to you (O Muhammad) the Book as an exposition of every single thing [Soorah Nahl 16:89]

Where is the explanation in words whose meanings are not known?! And most of what has been mentioned in the Qur'aan are the Names of Allaah and His Attributes. If we do not know what their meanings are, is the Qur'aan an exposition for everything?! Where is the explanation?!

These people are saying: 'The Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) does not know the meanings of the Qur'aan with respect to what is related to the Names and Attributes'. And when the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) does not know then it is certain and foremost that those besides Him do not know.

More amazing than that is that they say: 'The Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) speaks about the Attributes of Allaah and he does not know what they mean. He says: 'O Allaah, our Lord Who is above the Sky' and when He is questioned about this he (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) says: 'I don't know!' And likewise regarding his saying: 'Our Lord descends to the lowest heaven...' and when he is asked about the meaning of 'Our Lord descends' he says: 'I don't know' and built upon this - the same can be said [for all the other Attributes].

And is there a greater slander of the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) than this? Rather this is amongst the biggest of slanders. A Messenger from Allaah sent to explain to mankind and yet he does not know the meaning of the aayaat of the Attributes and the ahaadeeth pertaining to them. And he is speaking with words whose meanings he does not know. So it [i.e. the evil of tafweedh] is from two aspects - a denial of the Qur'aan and ascribing ignorance to the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)"[37] End of his words - may Allaah have mercy upon him.

It has already preceded - in the words of Imaam Maalik - which are "the balance for all of Allaah's Attributes"[38] - that the meaning of the Attributes are known but the kaifiyyah (how they are) is not.[39]


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