Wed, 22nd Sep, 2021 / 15 Safar, 1443
الأربعاء ٢٢ , سبتمبر , ٢٠٢١ / 15 صَفَر‎ , 1443
Wed, 22nd Sep, 2021 /
15 Safar, 1443
الأربعاء ٢٢ , سبتمبر , ٢٠٢١ / 15 صَفَر‎ , 1443

The great scholar, Hujjat-ul-lslam, Abu Ja^far al-Warraq at-Tahawi (239-321AH)[1], may Allaah have mercy on him, while he was in Egypt said:

This is an elucidation of the beliefs of ahl-as-Sunnah wa al-Jama^ah, according to the school of the jurists of this religion, Abu Hanifah an-Nu^man ibn Thabit al-Kufi, Abu Yusuf Ya^qub ibn Ibrahim al-Ansari and Abu ^Abdillah Muhammad ibn al-Hasan ash-Shaybani, may Allaah accept the deeds of all of them, and what they believe regarding the fundamentals of the religion and their faith in the Lord of all the Worlds.

We say about Allaah’s Tawhid (Allaah being different from the creation in every way) while believing that Allaah is the One who enables us to be obedient- that Allaah is One[2], without any partners. There is nothing like Him.

There is nothing that makes Him powerless. There is no god other than Him. He is the Eternal[3] without a beginning and the Everlasting[4] without end. He will never perish or come to an end. Nothing happens except what He wills.

No delusion can conceive of Him and no comprehension can encompass His Reality[5]. He is different from any created being. He is Alive and never dies and He manages the entire creation and never sleeps.

He creates without His being in need for His creation and provides for His creation without encountering any hardship. He causes death with no fear and quickens without difficulty. He has always existed having His Attributes Eternally before creating the creation. Bringing creation into existence did not add anything to His Attributes that did not exist in Eternity.

He is as He was, having His Attributes in Eternity, so He will remain Everlastingly. It was not only after the act of creation that He is Attributed as the Creator nor was it only by the act of bringing the creation into existence that He is Attributed as the One who made the creation begin.

He was always the Lord (Owner) even when the created beings were non-existent, and always the Creator even when there was no creation. By the same analogy that He is the One Who resurrects the dead to life, after He had brought them to life the first time, and deserves this name before bringing them to life, so too He deserves the name of Creator before He has created them.

This is because He has the power to do everything[6], everything is dependent on Him, everything is easy for Him, and He does not need anything. 

 لَيْسَ كَمِثْلِهِ شَىءٌ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ البَصِيرُ “

“There is nothing like Him in any way whatsoever, and He is attributed with Hearing and Sight”[7]. [ash-Shura 42:11]

He created the creation with His knowledge. He Destined [8] destinies for those He created. He appointed to them fixed death times. Nothing about them was hidden from Him before He created them, and He knew everything that they would do before He created them.

He ordered them to obey Him and forbade them to disobey Him. Everything happens according to His decree and will, and His will is accomplished. The only will that people have is what He wills for them. What He wills for them happens and what He does not will does not happen.

He gives guidance to whomever He wills, and protects them from sinning, and keeps them healthy in their religion and safe from harm, out of His generosity; and He makes astray whomever He wills, and casts them down and deprives them His support, and afflicts them, out of His justice.

All of them are subject to His will between either His generosity or His justice. He is exalted beyond having opposites or equals. No one can ward off His destiny[9] or put back His ruling or overpower the happening of the matters He willed for them to happen. We believe in all of this and are certain that all things come from Him.

The Prophet

And we are certain that Muhammad, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam, is His chosen servant and selected Prophet and His Messenger whom He highly accepts. And that he is the Seal of the Prophets and the Imam of the God-fearing and the Most Honored of all the Messengers and the Beloved (highly accepted) of the Lord of all the Worlds. Every claim to prophethood after Him is falsehood and deceit. He is the one who has been sent to all the jinn and all mankind with Truth and Guidance and with Light and Illumination. 

The Qur’an

The Qur’an is the word of Allaah. The Qur’an descended from Him but be certain the Speech of Allaah is without a manner of being[10]. He sent it down on His Messenger as a revelation. The believers accept it, as absolute truth. They are certain that it is, in truth, the word of Allaah.  

It is not created, as is the speech of human beings. Hence, anyone who hears it and claims that it is human speech has become an unbeliever. Allaah warns him and censures him and threatens him with Fire when He says, Exalted is He:  سَأُصْلِيهِ سَقَرَ”I will burn him in the Fire.” [al-Muddaththir 74:26]  When Allaah threatens with the Fire those who say 

إِنْ هَذَا إِلاَ قَوْلُ الْبَشَرِ”

“This is just human speech” [al-Muddaththir 74:25] 

We know for certain that it is the Speech of the Creator of mankind and that it is totally unlike the speech of mankind. Likening Allaah to the Creation Anyone who attributes to Allaah attributes in any way the same as a human being has become an unbeliever. All those who grasp this will take heed and refrain from saying things such as the unbelievers say, and they will know that He, in His Attributes, is not like human beings.

Seeing of Allaah

The Seeing of Allaah by the People of Paradise (Al-Jannah) is true, without their vision being all-encompassing and without a manner of being [11]. As the Book of our Lord has expressed it:

وُجُوهٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ نَّاضِرَةٌ إِلَى رَبِّهَا نَاظِرَةٌ

“Faces on that Day radiant, looking at their Lord”. [al-Qiyamah 75:22-3] 

The explanation of this is as Allaah knows and wills. Everything that has come down to us about this from the Messenger, Sallallaahu `Alayhi wa Sallam, in the Sahih Hadith (authentic sayings), is as he said and means what he intended[12].

We do not delve into that with baseless interpretation according to our own opinions or deluding ourselves by unsound inclinations. No one is safe in his religion unless he submits himself completely to Allah, the Exalted and Glorified and to His Messenger, Sallallaahu `Alayhi wa Sallam, and leaves the knowledge of things that are ambiguous to the one who knows them. [13]

A True Muslim
A man’s Islam is not secure unless it is based on submission and surrender. Anyone who desires to know the things that are decreed as not knowable[14], and does not content with surrender, will find that his desire veils him from the pure clearing of Allaah from resemblance to the creation (Tawhid), clear knowledge and correct belief, and that he wavers between disbelief and belief, confirmation and denial and acceptance and rejection.

He will be subject to whisperings and will be lost and doubtful, being neither an accepting believer nor a denying rejecter. The belief of a man in the seeing of Allaah by the people of the abode of peace (Paradise) is not correct if he imagines it in his delusions, or interprets it according to his baseless own understanding since the baseless interpretation of this seeing or, indeed, the meaning of any of the matters which are in the realm of Lordship is by avoiding its unfounded interpretation and strictly adhering to the submission [15].

This is the Religion of Muslims. Anyone who does not guard himself against negating the Attributes of Allaah, or likening Allaah to the creation, has gone astray and has failed to clear Allaah from non-befitting attributes, because our Lord, the Glorified and the Exalted, is attributed with the Attributes of Oneness and Absolute Exclusivity and no creation is in any way like Him.

He is clear from having limits, boundaries, sides, organs or limbs. Nor is He contained by the six directions as all created things are.  

Al-Mi`raj: The Ascension

Al-Mi`raj (The Ascent Through the Heavens) is true. The Prophet, Sallallahu ^alayhi wa-Sallam, was taken on the night journey (Al-Isra’) and ascended in his bodily form, while awake, through the heavens, to whatever heights Allaah willed for him.

Allaah ennobled him in the way that He ennobled him and revealed to him what He revealed to him: 

مَا كَذَبَ الْفُؤَادُ مَا رَأَى

“And his heart was not mistaken about what he saw” [al-Najm 53:11].  Allah blessed him and granted him peace in this world and the next.

Al-Hawd: The Basin

Al-Hawd, (the Basin which Allaah will grant the Prophet, Sallallaahu ^alayhi wa-Sallam, as a succor to His Ummah on the Day of Judgment), is true.

Ash-Shafa^ah: The Intercession

Ash-Shafa^ah, (the intercession of the Prophet, sallallaahu ^alayhi wa-sallam, on the Day of Judgment, which he saved for the enormous sinners of his Ummah), is true, as related in the Hadiths. 

Al-Qadar: The Destining

The covenant which Allaah made with Adam and his offspring is true. Allaah Eternally knew the exact number of those who would enter Paradise (Al-Jannah) and the exact number of those who would enter Hellfire (Jahannam). This number will neither be increased nor decreased.

The same applies to all actions done by people, which are done exactly as Allaah knew they would be done. Everyone is facilitated to what he was created for and it is the actions with which a man’s life is sealed which define his ending.

Those who are fortunate winners in the Hereafter are fortunate by the Destining of Allaah, and those who are deprived losers are losers by the Destining of Allaah. The exact nature of the Destining is Allaah’s secret in His creation, and no angel near the Throne, nor Prophet sent with a message, has been given knowledge of it.

Delving into it and reflecting too much about it only leads to destruction and deprivation, and results in tyranny. So be extremely careful about thinking and reflecting on this matter or letting doubts about it assail you because Allaah has kept knowledge of the Destining concealed from human beings, and forbidden for them to enquire about it, saying in His Book,

لاَ يُسْأَلُ عَمَّا يَفْعَلُ وَهُمْ يُسْأَلُونَ

“He is not asked about what He does but they are asked”. [al-Anbiya’ 21:23 ]  So anyone who asks (in objection): “Why did Allaah do that?” has gone against the judgment of the Book, and anyone who goes against the judgment of the Book is an unbeliever[16].

This in sum is what those of Allaah’s Waliyys (highly pious Muslims) with enlightened hearts need to know and constitutes the degree of those firmly endowed with knowledge. For there are two kinds of knowledge: the knowledge that is accessible to created beings[17], and knowledge that is not accessible to created beings[18].

Denying the knowledge which is accessible is disbelief[19], and claiming the knowledge which is inaccessible is disbelief[20]. Belief can only be firm when accessible knowledge is accepted and inaccessible knowledge is not sought after.

Al-Lawh wal-Qalam: the Tablet and the Pen

We believe in al-Lawh (the Tablet) and al-Qalam (the Pen) and in everything written on it. Even if all created beings were to gather together to make something fail to exist, whose existence Allaah had written on the Tablet, they would not be able to do so.

And if all created beings were to gather together to make something exist which Allaah had not written on it, they would not be able to do so. The Pen has dried having written down all that will be in existence until the Day of Judgment. Whatever has missed a person it would have never inflicted him, and whatever has inflicted a person it would have never missed him.

It is necessary for the slave to know that Allaah already knows everything that is going to happen in His creation and destined it masterfully and firmly. There is nothing that He has created in either the heavens or the earth that can contradict it, or add to it, or erase it, or change it, or decrease it, or increase it in any way.

This is a fundamental aspect of belief and a necessary element of all knowledge and recognition of Allaah’s clearance of resembling the creation, and of Allaah’s Lordship. As Allaah says in His Book:  وَخَلَقَ كُلَّ شَىءٍ فَقَدَّرَهُ تَقْدِيرًا”He created everything and destined it in a detailed way.” [al-Furqan 25:2]  And He also says:

  وَكَانَ أَمْرُ اللَّهِ قَدَرًا مَّقْدُورًا”

What Allaah creates is always a decreed destiny”. [al-Ahzab 33:38]  So woe to anyone who displays enmity with Allaah concerning the Destining and who, with a sick heart, starts delving into this matter[21]. In his delusory attempt to investigate the Unforeseen, he is seeking a secret that can never be uncovered, and he ends up an evil-doer, telling nothing but lies. 

Al-^Arsh wal-Kursiyy: the Throne (Ceiling of Paradise ) and the Chair

Al-^Arsh (the Throne)[22] and al-Kursi yy (the Chair)[23] are true. He is not in need of the Throne and what is beneath it. He encompasses with his knowledge everything and subjugates it, and what He has created is incapable of encompassing Him.

Al-Anbiya’: The Prophets

We say with belief, acceptance and submission that Allaah took Ibrahim as a Khalil (a special status of being vastly accepted) and that He spoke directly to Musa [24]. We believe in the angels, and the Prophets, and the books which were revealed to the messengers, and we bear witness that they were all following the manifest Truth. 

Al-Ummah: The Nation

We call the people of our qiblah Muslims and believers as long as they acknowledge what the Prophet, sallallaahu ^alayhi wa-sallam, brought, and accept as true everything that he said and told us about. We do not enter into talk about the Reality of Allaah nor do we allow vicious debates with the believers about the religion[25] of Allaah.

We do not argue about the Qur’an and we bear witness that it is the Speech of the Lord of all the Worlds. The Trustworthy Soul (Jibril) came down with it and taught it to the most honored of all the Messengers, Muhammad, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam.

It is the Speech of Allaah and no speech of any created being is comparable to it. We do not say that it was created and we do not go against the Jama^ah of the Muslims regarding it.  We do not consider any of the people of our qiblah to be unbelievers because of any sin they have done, as long as they do not consider that sin to have been lawful. 

Nor do we say that the sin of a man, as long as he is a believer, does not have a harmful effect on him. We hope that Allaah will pardon the people of right action among the believers and grant them entrance into Paradise through His Mercy, but we cannot be certain of what they conceal genuinely, and thus we cannot bear witness that they will be in Paradise.

We ask forgiveness for the people of the wrong action among the Believers and, although we are afraid for them, we do not hold them in despair of the Mercy of Allaah. Certainty[26] and despair [27] of the Mercy of Allaah both remove one from the religion, but the path of truth for the people of the qiblah lies between the two ( a person must fear and be conscious of Allaah’s reckoning as well as be hopeful of Allaah’s Mercy).

A person does not step out of belief except by denouncing what brought him into it. Belief consists of affirmation by the tongue and acceptance by the heart. And the whole of what is Sahih (authentic) from the Prophet, sallallaahu ^alayhi wa-sallam, regarding the laws of the Religion and its interpretation is true.

Belief is, at base, the same for everyone[28], but the superiority of some over others in it is due to their piety and fear of Allaah, their opposition to their desires, and their choosing what is more acceptable to Allaah. All the complete believers are Waliyys of Allaah and the noblest of them in the sight of Allaah are those who are the most obedient and who most closely follow the Qur’an. Belief consists of belief in Allaah.

His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, and belief that the destiny[29] – both the good of it and the evil of it, the sweet of it and the bitter or it – is all from Allaah. We believe in all these things. We do not make any distinction between any of the Messengers, we accept as true what all of them brought.

Those of the Ummah of Muhammad, sallallaahu ^alayhi wa-sallam, who have committed enormous sins will not be in the Fire forever, provided they die and submit before Allaah as believers affirming His Oneness even if they have not repented.

They are subject to His Will and Judgment. If He Wills, He will forgive them and pardon them out of His generosity, as is mentioned in the Qur’an when He says:  وَيَغْفِرُ مَا دُونَ ذَلِكَ لِمَن يَشَاء” And He forgives anything less than that (shirk[30]) to whomever He wills” [an-Nisa’ 4: 116]  

And if He Wills, He will punish them in the Fire out of His justice and then bring them out of the Fire through His mercy, and for the intercession of those who were obedient to Him, and send them to Paradise. This is because Allaah is the Protector of those who properly know Him and will not treat them in the Next World in the same way as He treats those who deny Him and who are bereft of His guidance and have failed to obtain His protection. 

O Allaah, You are the Protector of Islam and its people; make us firm in Islam so that we submit before You while engaged in it. We agree with doing the prayer behind any of the people of the qiblah whether right-acting or wrong-acting and doing the funeral prayer over any of them when they die.

We do not say that any of them will categorically go to either Paradise or the Fire, and we do not accuse any of them of kufr (disbelief), shirk (associating partners with Allaah), or nifaq (hypocrisy), as long as they have not openly demonstrated any of those things. We leave their secrets to Allaah.

We do not agree with killing any of the Ummah of Muhammad, sallallaahu ^alayhi wa-sallam, unless death penalty is their due punishment under the Law[31]. We do not recognize rebellion against our Imam or those in charge of our affairs even if they are unjust, nor do we wish evil on them, nor do we withdraw from following them.

We hold that obedience to them is part of obedience to Allaah, the Glorified, and therefore obligatory as long as they do not order to commit sins. We pray for their right guidance and pardon from their wrongs. We follow the Sunnah of the Prophet and the Jama^ah of the Muslims, and avoid deviation, differences and divisions. We love the people of justice and trustworthiness and hate the people of injustice and treachery.

When our knowledge about something is unclear, we say: “Allaah knows best”. We agree with wet wiping over the footgear (khuff) whether on a journey or in dwelling places, just as has come in the religious reports. Pilgrimage (Hajj) and struggle under the leadership of those in charge of the Muslims, whether they are right or wrong-acting, are continuing obligations until the Last Hour comes. Nothing can annul or controvert them. 

Al-Akhirah: The World to Come

We believe in the Kiraman Katibin (the noble angels) who write down our actions for Allaah has appointed them over us as protectors. We believe in the Angel of Death who is charged with taking the souls of all the worlds.

We believe in the punishment in the grave for those who deserve it, and in the questioning in the grave by Munkar and Nakir about one’s Lord, one’s religion and one’s prophet, as has come down in the religious reports from the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ^alayhi wa-sallam, and in report s from the Companions, may Allaah accept the deeds of them all.

The grave is either one of the meadows of Paradise or one of the pits of the Fire. We believe in being brought back to life after death and in being recompensed for our actions on the Day of Judgment, and al-^Ard, having been shown them and al-Hisab, brought to account for them, and Qira’at al-Kitab, reading the book, and the reward or punishments and in as-Sirat (the Bridge) and al-Mizan (the Balance).

Paradise and Hellfire are now created things that never come to an end and we believe that Allaah created them before the rest of creation and then created people to inhabit each of them. Whoever He wills goes to Paradise out of His Bounty and whoever He wills goes to Hellfire through His Justice. Everybody acts in accordance with what is destined for him and goes towards what he has been created for.

Good and evil have both been decreed for people. The capability at the time of performing a deed such as at-Tawfiq (the enabling of one, by Allaah, to do acts of obedience and have a good ending) cannot be ascribed to a created being, rather it is integral with action and is created by Allaah at the time of encountering the deed.

Whereas the capability of an action in terms of having the necessary health, and ability, being in a position to act and having the necessary means, exists in a person before the action. It is this type of capability that is the object of accountability. Allaah the Exalted says:

لاَ يُكَلِّفُ اللّهُ نَفْسًا إِلاَّ وُسْعَهَا

“Allaah does not charge a person except according to his ability” [al-Baqarah 2: 286].  People’s actions are created by Allaah but acquired by people.

Allaah, the Exalted, has only charged people with what they are able to do and others may only require of them to do what Allaah has charged them to do. This is the explanation of the phrase: “There is no protection against sinning and no strength to perform obedience except by Allaah.”

We add to this that there is no evasion or way by which anyone can avoid or escape disobedience to Allaah except with Allaah’s protection; nor does anyone have the strength to perform obedience to Allaah into practise and remain firm in it, except if Allaah enables them to do so.

Everything happens according to Allaah’s Will, Knowledge, Destining and Decree. His Will overpowers all other wills and His Decree overpowers all stratagems[32].

He does whatever He wills and He is never unjust. He is exalted and clear from any evil or perdition and He is perfect and clear of any fault or flaw. لاَ يُسْأَلُ عَمَّا يَفْعَلُ وَهُمْ يُسْأَلُونَ”He will not be asked about what He does but they will be asked.” [Al-Anbiya’ 21: 23 ] 

There is benefit for dead people in the supplication and alms-giving of the living. Allaah responds to people’s supplications and fulfils their needs. Allaah has absolute control over everything and nothing has any control over Him.

Nothing can be independent of Allaah even for the blinking of an eye, and whoever considers himself independent of Allaah for the blinking of an eye is guilty of unbelief and becomes one of the people of perdition. Allaah’s Ghadab [33] (severe unacceptance by Allaah) and Rida [34] (genuine acceptance by Allaah) are not similar to any creature.  

As-Sahabah: The Companions

We love the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah but we do not exceed the proper bounds in our love for any one individual among them nor do we disown any one of them. We hate anyone who hates them or does not speak well of them and we only speak well of them[35].

Love of them is a part of Islam, part of belief and part of excellent behavior, while hatred of them is unbelief, hypocrisy and rebelliousness.

We confirm that, after the death of the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ^alayhi wa-sallam, the caliphate went first to Abu Bakr As-Siddiq, may Allaah accept his deeds, thus proving his excellence and superiority over the rest of the Muslims; then to ^Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allaah accept his deeds; then to ^Uthman, may Allaah accept his deeds; and then to ^Ali ibn Abi Talib, may Allaah accept his deeds.

These are the Rightly-Guided Caliphs (al-Khulafa’ ar-Rashidun) and upright leaders. We bear witness that the ten that were named by the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ^alayhi wa-sallam, and who were given the good tidings of Paradise by him, will be in Paradise, as the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ^alayhi wa-sallam, whose word is truth, bore witness that they would be.

The ten are: Abu Bakr, ^Umar, ^Uthman, ^Ali, Talhah, Zubayr, Sa^d, Sa^id, ^Abdur-Rahman ibn ^Awf and Abu ^Ubaydah ibn Al-Jarrah whose title was the trustee of this Ummah, may Allaah accept the deeds of all of them. Anyone who speaks well of the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ^alayhi wa-sallam, and his wives and offspring, who are all pure and untainted by any impurity, i s f ree from the accusation of hypocrisy.  

Al-^Ulama’ wa-l-Awliya’: Scholars and Waliyys

The learned men of the first Salaf community and those who followed in their footsteps – the people of virtue, the narrators of the religious texts, the jurists and analysts- they must only be spoken about in the best way and anyone who says anything bad about them is not on the right path. We do not prefer any of the Waliyys among the Ummah over any of the Prophets but rather we say that any one of the Prophets is better than all the Waliyys put together.

We believe in what we know of Karamas, the marvels of the Waliyys and in authentic stories about them from trustworthy sources. We believe in the signs of the Hour such as the appearance of the Dajjal and the descent of ^Isa ibn Maryam, peace be upon him, from heaven and we believe in the rising of the sun from where it sets and in the emergence of the Beast from the earth.

We do not accept as true what soothsayers and fortune-tellers say, nor do we accept the claims of those who affirm anything which goes against the Book, the Sunnah and the consensus of the Muslim Ummah. 

Islamic Unity

We agree that holding together is the true and right path and that separation is deviation and torment. There is a single Religion acceptable to Allaah in the heavens and the earth and that is the Religion of Islam. Allaah says: إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِندَ اللّهِ الإِسْلاَمُ”Surely the acceptable Religion in the sight of Allaah is Islam”. [Al `Imran 3:19 ] 

And He also says:  وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الإِسْلاَمَ دِينًا”I have accepted Islam for you as a Religion”. [Al-Ma’idah 5:3]  Islam lies between exceeding the proper bounds and falling short, between Tashbih (likening of Allaah’s Attributes to that of the creation), and Ta^til (denying Allaah’s Attributes), between Fatalism and refusing Decree as proceeding from Allaah and between certainty (without being conscious and hopeful of Allaah’s reckoning) and despair (of Allaah’s Mercy).

This is our religion and it is what we believe in, both inwardly and outwardly, and we renounce any connection, before Allaah, with anyone who goes against what we have said and made clear.  

Ad-Du^a’: The Supplication

We ask Allaah to make us firm in our belief and seal our lives with it and to protect us from variant ideas, scattering opinions and evil schools of view such as those of the Mushabbihah, the Mu^tazilah, the Jahmiyyah the Jabriyyah, the Qadariyyah and others like them who go against the Sunnah and Jama^ah and have allied themselves with error.

We renounce any connection with them and in our opinion, they are in error and on the path of destruction. We ask Allaah to protect us from all falsehood and ask His grace and favour to do all good. 

[1] Imam at-Tahawi lived during the first 300 years after the immigration of the Prophet, sallallaahu ^alayhi wa sallam, from Makkah to Madinah. Hence, he is among the scholars of the Salaf. The creed that he elucidated here is the creed of the Salaf; very much contrary to the salafi imposters of modern times.

[2]  One, when attributed to Allaah does not mean a number or an integer; rather it means He, the Exalted, is clear from having partners with Him.

[3] Refers to the status of Allaah being Existent without a beginning and nothing else existed; an Attribute exclusive to Allaah.

[4] Refers to the status of Allaah as being Existent without ending or annihilating. Unlike Paradise and Hellfire, the Everlastingness of Allaah is an Attribute exclusive to Him and is related to His Self (Reality), hence, no one gave him this, or any other, Attribute.  . The everlastingness of Paradise and Hellfire is an attribute with which Allaah specified them; hence it does not pertain to their reality.

[5]  Allaah is not imagined in the minds, because He is not a body or a quality of a body, and is absolutely different from the creations in every way. No one knows the Reality of Allaah except Allaah, the Exalted.

[6] Power is an Eternal and Everlasting Attribute of Allaah with which Allaah creates and annihilates the creation, that is, He brings things into existence and annihilates them. Hence the Power of Allah is not related to the things the mind judges as they are impossible to exist, such as a partner with Allaah, and is not related to the things the mind judges as they necessarily exist, such as the existence of Allaah and His Attributes.

[7] This verse reflects the core of Tawhid. The first part of the verse establishes for us that Allaah is absolutely different from the creation in every way, hence there is categorically no resemblance whatsoever between Allaah and the creation. The second part of the verse came after the first part to establish for us that Allaah Hears all things, unlike the way the creations hear and Sees all things unlike the way the creations see things. Allaah is clear from organs and instruments and mechanisms.

[8] Destining is an Eternal and Everlasting Attribute of Allaah with which Allaah decrees everything in this universe the way it exists. On the other hand, the term destinies reflect the done acts that come into existence, whether good or evil.

[9] See footnote 8 for the explanation of destiny being the singular form of destinies.

[10] Using the term Qur’an here has two applications. Firstly, The Speech of Allaah, which is an Eternal and Everlasting Attribute of Allaah with which Allaah orders, prohibits, promises reward and threatens with castigation. The Speech of Allaah is not created and is different from the creations’, hence it is not a language or a letter or a sound. Secondly, what angel Jibril brought down unto Muhammad, sallallaahu ^alayhi wa sallam, is also called the Qur’an, and as such it is a language and a letter and a sound.

[11] The believers in Paradise will see Allaah without a manner of being. They will be in Paradise but Allah, as always is Attributed, will be existing without a place and without a direction. There will be no distance between the believers and Allaah and no facing. They will see Him with their everlasting eyes; unlike the creations who see one another.

[12] This is the sound methodology that the Salaf mostly applied. They gave the general interpretation of the mutashabih (linguistically could have more than one meaning but only the proper meanings apply) verses of the Qur’an and the Hadiths of the Prophet by saying we believe in these verses as per the meaning Allaah  willed and intended and we believed in the mutashabih Hadith as per the meaning the Prophet, sallallaahu ^alayhi wa sallam, intended. They mostly did not give detailed interpretation because of their strength in Tawhid and the Arabic language that shielded them from drifting into improper meanings that constitute likening Allaah to the creations. It was confirmed about Imam Ahmad that he gave detailed interpretation. However, the scholars of the Khalaf (the latter scholars who came after the Salaf) mostly gave detailed interpretations well-founded and based on the Muhkam verses and Hadiths (have one meaning or the intended meaning stands out very clear) out of fear that, due to the diminishing strength that prevailed at the time of the Salaf, people would drift to likening Allaah to the creation.

 Imam at-Tahawi is referring here to the baseless interpretation that the Mushabbihah practice in order to liken Allaah to the creation or the Mu^attilah in order to negate the Attributes of Allaah. 

[13]This is clear advice for us to seek acquiring the knowledge from the reputable scholars who deliver it according to the methodology prescribed by the Prophet, sallallaahu ^alayhi wa sallam.

[14]  Such as the exact time of occurrence of the Day of Judgment, the reality of the soul, The Reality of Allaah, the knowledge of the entire unforeseen.

[15]  See footnote 12.

[16]  Imam at-Tahawi is not referring here to the situations when one asks seeking the knowledge of the Religion such as Allaah created the Jinn and humans to order them to worship Him, and created Paradise as an abode of Bliss and reward for the believers, and created Hellfire as an Abode of torture for the unbelievers. But asking the same questions out of objection and disdain is mere blasphemy.

[17]  Such knowledge is acquired tangibly and by observation and does not require intellectual derivation or deduction.

[18]  Such as knowing the precise time of the occurrence of the Day of Judgment.

[19]  Such as the Sophists who deny the existence of the things we do see and feel and touch.

[20]  Such as claiming to know the precise time of the occurrence of the Day of Judgment

[21]  Such as al-Qadariyyah who deny the Destining of Allaah.

[22]  Al-^Arsh is the ceiling of Paradise. It is the largest creation that Allaah created for us as an indication of His Power and to humble ourselves before the magnificent Power of Allaah.

[23] Paradise is above the seventh sky and its ceiling is the Throne– Al-^Arsh. The Chair’s location from the Throne is similar to the location of the foot stool from ones bed. The Prophet, sallallaahu ^alayhi wa sallam, described the size of the seven heavens compared to the size of the Chair– Al-Kursiyy as like the size of a ring compared to the size of a vast open land.  And the size of the Chair– Al-Kursiyy compared to the size of the Throne Al ^Arsh as like the size of a ring compared to the size of a vast open land. 

[24]  Allaah spoke to Musa with His Eternal and Everlasting Speech and Musa heard it without it being a sound, or a letter or a language.

[25]  We do not say matters about the Religion causing the believers to stray and blaspheme through making them confused and doubtful about the religion.

[26]  For one to believe that Allaah will not torture him for his sins.

[27]  For one to believe that Allaah will not forgive his sins.

[28]  The basic belief that must be established for one to be a believer is that no one deserves to be worshipped except Allaah and that Muhammad is His Messenger while clearing Allaah from being similar or equal to the creations, and without denying any of the fundamentals of believing in the Angels, Books, Messengers of Allaah, the Day of judgment and destiny both good and evil. This fundamental belief does not increase or decrease.

[29]  See footnote 8

[30] And all other forms and kinds of blasphemy Allaah does not forgive if one dies without repentance by re-embracing Islam.

[31] Such as when one unlawfully kills another soul, intentionally and by mistake, the judge or the ruler will give him a death sentence unless a settlement is arrived at, with certain conditions that can lead to a pardon.

[32]Attempts and maneuvers and tricks that people attempt to do.

[33] An Attribute of Allaah  pertaining to His Attributes of Justice and Punishment

[34] An Attribute of Allaah pertaining to His Attributes of Generosity and Mercy.

[35] Imam at-Tahawi is referring to not speak ill of them and is not referring to passing judgments on some deeds, which were done by some, which the religion judges as prohibited. The Prophet,  sallallaahu ^alayhi wa sallam,  already spoke of some who died in battle and had misappropriated the spoils and that they will be tortured in Fire.

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