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103. Imaam Ahmad on Allaah’s Attributes

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Regarding the Prophet’s statements

“Indeed Allaah descends to the sky of this world…” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, vol. 9, p. 434, no. 586. Sahih Muslim, vol. 1, p. 365, no. 1657]

and

“Indeed Allaah will be seen on the Day of Resurrection…” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, vol. 9, p. 390, no. 531. Sahih Muslim, vol. 1, p. 307, no. 1322]

and other hadeeths similar to them, Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal – May Allaah be pleased with him – said

We believe in them and hold them as truth, without [delving into] the hows or theirs meanings, and we do not reject any of them. We know that whatever the Messenger brought is the truth. So we do not refute the Messenger of Allaah (pbuh), nor do we describe Allaah beyond what He described Himself with, without limit or end

(Quran 42: 11)

There is nothing similar to Him and He is the All-Hearing and the All-Seeing

We say as He said and describe Him with what He described Himself, without going beyond that. The descriptions of those who [seek to] describe Him will not reach [His correct description]. We believe in all of the Qur’aan, its clear verses and its unclear verses, without excluding any of His descriptions due to any repulsiveness perceived. We do not go beyond the Qur’aan and the Hadeeth. We do not know how the essence [of His attributes] is, except through believing in the truth of the Messenger (pbuh) and affirming the Qur’aan [as-Sawaa’iq al-Mursalah, vol. 1, p. 265.]

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Written by S Ibrahim

Jul 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm

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