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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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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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Cover page of al-Fatawa al-Hindiyya volume 2

al-Fatawa al-Hindiyyah mention clearly that the one who says Allah fis-samaa aiming at a place has committed blasphemy

In this collection of fatwas considered authoritative in the Hanafi madh-hab in India and elsewhere, it is mentioned, volume 2 , page 359: “And if he says: ‘Allah fis-samaa” [there are two cases]: if he was aiming at merely repeating what has reached [us] apprently in the texts, he does not commit blasphemy, but if […]

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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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