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Ibn al-Jawzi explains the actual meaning of Hadith ad-Dahak (whose apparent meaning would be that God would have laughed)

In his book  Daf’ Shubah at-Tashbih against those who claim to be Hanbalis but who have deviated beliefs, Ibn al-Jawzi said, page 41: ‘Know that the term ‘Dahak‘ [literally ‘laugh’ ) has a certain number of meanings which are linked to ‘clarification’ and ‘to expose’. When someone exposes something that was hidden, it is said […]

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Title page of daf shubah at-Tashbih by Ibn al-Jawzi

Ibn al-Jawzi (the great Hanbali scholar) declares the anthropomorphists as disbelievers

In his book Daf’ Shubah at-tashbih, he says, towards the end, page 66, after having denounced the wrong understanding of the Mushabbihah of his times (i.e. the anthropomorphists; those who make Allah resemble His creations): ‘May the one who believes in this [i.e. all the anthropomorphistic beliefs (attributing organs to Allah) he has denounced throughout […]

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