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A Summary of Hamawiyyah
  Creed of Hamawiyyah - Chapter 4 : The Correctness of the Way of the Salaf and a Refutation of the Claim that the Way of the Khalaf is Better in Knowledge and Wisdom
Author: Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah
Source: Aqidat ul-Hamawiyyah
Article ID : AQD070004  [11860]  


4.1 THE WAY OF THE SALAF IS INDEED THE ONLY CORRECT WAY

- This is proven from two angles:

4.1.1 THE BOOK AND THE SUNNAH INDICATE THE WAY OF THE SALAF

- Hence their way does conform to the Book and Sunnah.
- They had the best understanding of them, and were the strongest in believing in them and acting upon them.
- After all, they came in their language and in their era.

4.1.2 EITHER THE TRUTH LIES WITH THE SALAF, OR ELSE IT LIES WITH THE KHALAF

The later statement is false because:
- it implies that Allaah, His Messenger, the Companions all spoke falsely concerning the truth which is obligatory to believe in.
- Hence the presence of the Book and the Sunnah is a pure detriment.
- Hence the people were left with no Book or Sunnah that offered them any good.

- All of this is clearly false.
- Hence the truth lies with the Salaf.

4.2 SOME OF THE IGNORANT HAVE SAID:

"The way of the Salaf is safer, but the way of the khalaf is more knowledgeable and more wise."

4.2.1 THERE WERE 2 CAUSES FOR THIS SAYING:

4.2.1.1 That the One Who Said it [Falsely] Believed that Allaah had no Real Attributes that Could be Proven from the Texts

4.2.1.2 That the One Who Said it [Falsely] Believed that the Way of the Salaf was:

- To believe merely the words of the Attributes offered by the text, without believing any meaning for them.
- So he felt that the way of the khalaf - to assign meanings that differed from the most apparent meanings that indicate affirmation of the Attributes - was deeper in knowledge and wisdom than that of the Salaf.

4.2.2 THIS FOOL'S SAYING COMPRISES OF SOME TRUTH AND SOME FALSEHOOD

- The truth - is to say the way of the Salaf is safer.
- The falsehood - the rest of the statement. And it's false for many reasons:

4.2.2.1 It Contradicts His Saying that the Way of the Salaf is Safer

- Knowledge is a cause of safety and wisdom is how to use it.
- There is no safety without knowledge and wisdom.
- The way of the Salaf is safer, more knowledgeable and more wise.

4.2.2.2 His belief that the Texts Do Not Prove any Real Attributes for Allaah is False, being based on evil doubts, and the opposite is proved by the intellect, the Fitrah, and the Sharee'ah.

1. The intellect - All that exists have attributes of either perfection or deficiency.

- The second possibility is false for the Perfect Lord who indeed points out the deficiencies in the false gods in order to show that it's futile to worship them.
- Hence the first is only possible - that Allaah has affirmed for Himself Attributes of perfection.
- And indeed we see the completeness of His creation.
- Hence the One who gave these complete attributes is all the more Complete and Perfect.

2. The Fitrah - All pure souls love, honour and worship Allaah because all pure souls naturally love, honour and worship that which possesses Attributes of Perfection.

3. The Sharee'ah - There are many proofs:

- The Qur'aan (59):22-24; (30):27; (2):255
- Hadeeth "O people ... indeed you are calling upon the Hearer, the See-er ..."

4.2.2.3 His Belief that the Salaf Believed in Hollow Words with No Meaning is also False

- They were the most learned of the Ummah, regarding the words and meanings of the texts.
- They were the first to affirm meanings that befit Allaah - in accordance to what He and His Messenger wanted.

4.2.2.4 The Salaf were Inheritors of the Prophets and Messengers, learning from the Message of Tawheed-ul-Ulooheeyah, and from the true realities of Faith.

- But the khalaf learned from the Magians, Polytheists, Jews and Greeks and their offspring.
- So how can the khalaf be more knowledgeable and wise than the Salaf bearing in mind their respective sources of knowledge?

4.2.2.5 The Leaders of Khalaf Admitted that They Themselves were Confused about this Matter

- refer to the poetry and quote from ar-Raazee.
- So how can those who were in a state of misguidance and confusion [i.e. the leaders of the khalaf] be more knowledgeable and wise than the followers of the Prophets who knew the true realities of Faith and knowledge [i.e. the Salaf]?

4.2.3 HENCE:

- The way of the Salaf is safer, more knowledgeable and more wise.


 


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