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Cover page Fath al-Bari by Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani

al-Hafidh Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani explains how to understand Hadith an-Nuzul

Imam Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, while explaining one of the versions of the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, sometimes referred to as hadith an-Nuzul (and which would give the impression that God descends on Earth every night, in his book Fath al-Bari, volume 3, page 23 (you would find pages 22 and […]

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Imam Malik said ‘Istiwa is not unknown and the how is not conceivable’ (narrated by Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani)

Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani said in his book Kitab al-Jami fi s-sunan wa al-adab wa l-maghazi wa t-tarikh, p.123: “A man asked Malik: « O Abu Abd Allah [he recited the verse:] ‘al-Rahman ‘ala ‘arshi stawa’: how ‘istawa’  ?”. Imam Malik answered:’Istiwa s not unknown, and its how [manner] is not conceivable al-istiwa ghayr majhul […]

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Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal interprets the verse ‘Wa ja’a Rabbuka’ (narrated by as-Saidi)

In his biography of Imam Ahmad entitled al-Jawhar al-Muhsal, the Hanbali scholar as-Sa’idi narrates, in the chapter of the belief of Imam Ahmad, the following story: ‘He was a follower of the madh-hab of the Salaf, by declaring Allah exempted [from any resemblance to the Creation] and by the negation of any anthropomorphism. It even […]

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Imam Ibn Asakir explains the belief of Imam Ashari: God exists without a place

In his book dedicated to Imam al-Ashari and entitled Tabyin Kadhib al-Muftari fima nusiba ila l-imam al-Ash’ari, Imam Ibn Asakir said, p.150: Also, the ‘Najjariyyah’ say that the Creator, may He be exalted, is in all places without being diffused and without a direction, whereas the ‘Hashawiyyah’ and the ‘Mujassimah’ say that He is present […]

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Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal interprets the verse ‘Wa ja’a Rabbuka’ (narrated by Ibn Kathir)

Ibn Kathir narrates the interpretation of imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal. He says, in the volume 10 of al-Bidayah wa n-Nihayah, p.327 : “Al-Bayhaqi narrates from al-Hakim who took it from Amr ibn as-Sammaak, who took it from Hanbal, that Ahmad ibn Hanbal interpreted the saying of Allah ‘wa jaa’a Rabbuka‘ by saying that it ‘His […]

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