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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  [58024]  
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It is hoped that what has preceded leads the Jahmee and those upon his way to repent - abandon the pseudo-intellectualism - and to truly follow the madhhab of the Salaf - [which is to submit to the narrations, to leave them as they have come, affirm the meaning and submit the knowledge of how they are to Allaah, the Most High] - just as Abu Hasan al-Ash'aree repented and declared himself free from the Mu'tazilah and also from the innovator, Ibn Kullaab, in the later stages of his life and then adopted the madhhab of the Salaf. And we have used harshness in what we have said since that is the way of the Ahl us-Sunnah in dealing with the People of Innovation, and those affected by them with the hope that perhaps that they may realise the gravity of their sin and be led to repent. Al-Baghawee (d. 535H) - may Allaah have mercy upon him said: "And the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) has informed about the splitting of this Ummah and the appearance of desires and innovations within it and he ruled that deliverance would be for the one who followed his Sunnah and the Sunnah of his Companions - may Allaah be pleased with them all - Therefore, it is necessary for the Muslim, when he sees a man engaging himself with anything from the desires and innovations, believing in them, or belittling anything from the Sunnah, that he flees from him, disowns him and leaves him, dead or alive. So he does not give salaam to him when he meets him and nor does he respond to him if he salutes first [and he should continue doing this] until this person abandons his innovation and returns to the truth."[51]

And finally, the saying of the Salaf us-Saalih - which shall remain till the establishment of the Hour and by which Allaah shall perfect His light - even though the Innovators may detest it - is:

Everything that has been reported in the Book of Allaah - the Mighty and Magnificent - of His Attributes, such as Face, Eyes, Hand, Shin, Istiwaa (Ascending over the Throne) and others besides them and likewise what the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) has decribed Him with and which is established in the Authentic Prophetic Narrations such as the Descending and other such things - then all the Scholars of the Book and the Sunnah have faith in these Attributes and they affirm them for Allaah without ta'teel (denying them), ta'weel (interpolation of the intended meaning), tashbeeh likening them to the creation). And these are Attributes which befit Allaah in a way that they do not resemble the attributes of any of the creation due to His saying:

And there is nothing like Him [Soorah Shoorah 42:11]

So after all this, it must be asked: Is it that the Words of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic are ambiguous and unclear while the words of this lowly Jahmite are clear and decisive? Is it that the words of this Jahmee zindeeq are pure and clear arabic tongue while the Words of Allaah are other than that? Is it that Ibn Safwaan of this era has a better explanation than the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) , the Noble Companions and the Taabi'een after them? Is it that Allaah took away His Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) while the guidance was incomplete and then tasked this lowly Jahmite to complete it with his pseudo-intellectualism, theological rhetoric and the innovated principles of his forefather, the father of the Mu'tazilah, al-Qaadee Abdul-Jabbaar?[52] Answer these questions upon knowledge and a sincere heart and don't put the lying, deceiving, treacherous imposter at the same level as those deeply rooted in knowledge and piety, the Allaah-fearing scholars from the Salaf us-Saalih!!

A Summary

The following narrations from the Imaams of the Salaf summarise the lessons to be learnt from this response to the neo-Jahmite.

Imaam Abu Haatim ar-Raazee (d. 277H) said: "A sign of the Jahmiyyah is that they call the Ahl us-Sunnah 'Mushabbihah' (Anthropomorphists)."[53]

Abu Uthmaan as-Saaboonee (d. 449H) stated - about the distinguishing signs of Ahl ul-Bid'ah: "...naming them [i.e. Ahl us-Sunnah]with Hashawiyyah (Worthless People), Jahalah (the Ignorant), Dhaahiriyyah (Literalists) and Mushabbihah (Anthropomorphists)..."[54]

Alee bin al-Madeenee - the teacher of Imaam Bukhaaree - said: "When someone says so and so is an anthropomorphist (mushabbih) we come to know he is a Jahmee".[55]

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