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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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Title page of Sharh al-Fiqh al-Akbar of Abu Hanifah by Ali al-Qari

Ali al-Qari narrates the saying of Abu Hanifah who declares as blasphemers those who say ‘I do not know if Allah is on Earth or in the sky’

Ali al-Qari was a great Hanafi scholar born in Afghanistan. He studied and died in Makkah. He was also called ‘Mulla al-Qari’. He said in his explanation of the book ‘al-Fiqh al-Akbar’ by Abu Hanifah, pages 333 et 334: To answer this [i.e. some false accusations against Abu Hanifah], we can quote the Shaykh, the […]

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Tite page of al-Wasiyya by Abu Hanifah

Imam Abu Hanifah (from the SALAF) does say that ‘Istiwa’ should not be understood as being established or being seated

Imam Abu Hanifah said, in his book al-Wasiyya, (page 81 of the edition used here): We recite that Allah is ‘istawa ‘ala’  the throne, without Him having a need, or being establihsed on the Throne. He is the Protector of the Throne and of other than that, without Him having any need, for if  He […]

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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)

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 […]

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The judgement of the scholars of the Salaf : believing ALLAH is in a direction is blasphemy (kufr) (reported by Ali al-Qari)

In his commentary entitled  Mirqat al-Mafatih, Sharh Mishkat al-Masaabih vol.3 p.300, he says: “A whole group of them [i.e.of the Salaf] as well as of the Khalaf scholars [i.e. the era that followed that of the Salaf, until now], said: “The one who believes in a direction [for Allah] is a blasphemer (kafir), as has […]

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