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,
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 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
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
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?!