The Consensus of the founders of the four schools of Law on the fact that attributing a direction to God is blasphemy (as reported by Ibn Hajar al-Haytami)

Page title of al Minhaj al Qawi

In his book  al-Minhaj al-Qawim, p.224, Ibn Hajar al-Haytami said:

“Know that  al-Qarafi and others have narrated from ash-Shaafi’i, Malik, Ahmad and Abu Hanifah, may Allah reward them, that those who say [about Allah] that He is in a direction  or that He has a body, have committed blasphemy (al-qaa’ileen bi j-jihat wa t-tajsim), and they [i.e. these scholars] were right in saying so.”

Points to remember from this quote:

  • Imam Shihab ad-Din Ibn Hajar al-Haytami died in 974 after the Hijrah, i.e. about 450 years ago. He was a well-known Shafi’i  scholar and used to be the student of the famous scholar Zakariyya al-Ansari.
  • Here he narrates the Consensus of the founders of the four schools on the fact that attributing a direction or a body to Allah is blasphemy (kufr).

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