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

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 biography of Imam Ahmad

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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Cover of al-Bidayah wan n-Nihayah by Ibn Kathir

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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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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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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