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Rational Proofs for God’s Existence: Ahl al-Sunnah vs. the Ash’aris

Posted by Abuz Zubair on Jul 9, 2011 in Advaned Topics in Asmaa wa Sifaat, Featured

Firstly, there is more than one rational argument of proving Gods existence, as detailed in the Quran. The Ash’ari problem is that they have restricted the correct rational method to just one argument, which fundamentally rests on proving the creation of the universe, by relying on Aristotelian philosophy of categorization of reality into two main categories: substances, and the accidents that subsist therein, ironically, the very argument (i.e. infinity of motions) Aristotle used to disbelieve in God inflatable santa claus!

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Tafsir of the Qur’an with the Sunnah

Posted by Abu Bakr on Apr 29, 2011 in 'Ulum al-Qur'an, Featured, Intro: Principles of Tafsir

Allah says, {And We sent down to you the Reminder so that you may clarify to mankind what We have sent down to them} [16:44] and in doing so Allah declared the function of the Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in this verse. It was the duty of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) to clarify the Qur’an. Since explaining the Qur’an was his duty,  it is incumbent that we refer back to his Tafsir in order to fully understand the Qur’an.

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Tafsir of Qur’an by Qur’an

Posted by Abu Bakr on Nov 28, 2010 in 'Ulum al-Qur'an, Featured, Intro: Principles of Tafsir

Methods of Exegesis

There are 6 methods for exegesis, 4 of which are usually mentioned:

1) Explanation of the Qur’an with the Qur’an itself.
2) Explanation of the Qur’an with the Sunnah.
3) Explanation of the Qur’an with the statements of the Companions RA.
4) Explanation of the Qur’an with the statements of the Tabi’?n.
5) Explanation of the Qur’an with the language.
6) Explanation of the Qur’an based on opinion and deliberation (al-Ra’i wal-Ijtihad).

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The Ruling of Tafsir and Its Categories

Posted by Abu Bakr on Aug 8, 2010 in Featured, Intro: Principles of Tafsir

Allah revealed the Qur’an in order for us to ponder it: “A Book that We have sent down to you, blessed, so that they may ponder its verses.” [38:29] Allah also rebukes those who do not ponder it: “Do they not ponder the Qur’an, or are there locks on some hearts?” [47:24] Tadabbur, or pondering, the Qur’an is to contemplate its words and meanings time after time to penetrate its depths. Hence it can be said that Tadabbur is a stage that follows after Tafsir, because one cannot ponder a verse or surah if he does not first understand it at a basic level. Consequently, the command for Tadabbur is a command for Tafsir by greater reason.

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Principles of Tafsir: Introduction and Background

Posted by Abu Bakr on Aug 7, 2010 in Featured, Intro: Principles of Tafsir

The field of Tafsir is devoted to explaining the meanings of the Qur’an. There are certain principles and concepts that assist the exegete (mufassir) in his task of explaining the Qur’an, understanding the different opinions of the exegetes, and knowing how to deal with these differences. These principles are generally known as Usul al-Tafsir, or the Principles of Qur’anic Exegesis. This discipline revolves around answering the questions “How has the Qur’an been explained?” “How should we explain the Qur’an?” The first requires studying the methodology and principles utilized by the classical exegetes in their commentaries on the Qur’an, while the second requires study of those methodologies and those principles so that they can be correctly applied in explaining the Qur’an.

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Al-Kawthari: Imam of the Jahmiyyah

Posted by Abu Bakr on Jul 9, 2010 in Advaned Topics in Asmaa wa Sifaat

In the Name of Allah,

I thought to mention some of Muhammad Zâhid al-Kawthari’s infamous sayings so that people may realize to what kind of a man others ally themselves with in terms of friendship, association, appreciation or even recommendation.

I will make use of the Index entitled, ‘Index of Insults of al-Kawthari, and his Lies, and his Contradictions, and his Game-playing, and his Jahmite Doctrines, and his Grave-worshipping Superstitions’, starting from page 582 untill page 636, containing an incredible number of 328 items or indications of irreligion, from the book ‘The Maturidiyyah and their Position concerning the Tawhid of Names & Attributes’.

The following facts – selected from the 328 items – are worth to mention as a warning, advise and remembrance for those who are sincere in learning the truth about this man.

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Ash'ari Misconception: the Dhahir of the Texts Promote Anthropomorphism

Posted by Abu Bakr on May 28, 2010 in Advaned Topics in Asmaa wa Sifaat

The Ash’aris have a mistaken notion that the texts of the Qur’an and Sunnah concerning Allah’s Attributes promote anthropomorphism. As explained here, the problem lies only in their anthropomorphic minds.

In any case, they hold that believing in the apparent meanings of such texts is a cause of deviation, in fact, of kufr.

The famous 9th-century Ash’arite theologian, al-Sanusi, states in his Umm al-Barahin that the Usool of Kufr are six. The sixth one he lists is “Adhering to the apparent meanings (zawahir) of the Book and the Sunnah alone in fundamentals of creed without comparing them with rational proofs and definitive shar’i principles.”

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Imam al-Mizzi Imprisoned by the Ash'aris for Reading out Imam Bukhari's Book

Posted by Abu Bakr on May 27, 2010 in Advaned Topics in Asmaa wa Sifaat

The following incident is a clear proof that the Ash’aris are at odds with the Aqidah of the Salaf and the Imams of Ahl al-Hadith, such as Imam al-Bukhari. It is for this reason that they imprisoned the erudite Hadith scholar, Abul-Jamal al-Mizzi for reading out Khalq Af’al al-’Ibad, a famous creedal work by Imam al-Bukhari:

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Al-Razi admits most believe Allah is above the Heavens

Posted by Abu Bakr on May 27, 2010 in Advaned Topics in Asmaa wa Sifaat

The Ash’aris frequently argue that they are the majority of the Ummah, but let us take a look at what one of their greatest Imams, Fakhr al-Din al-Razi, had to say in his Ta’wil of the dialogue between Musa, peace be upon him, and Fir’awn:

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The Creed of Imam Ahmad and His Early Followers

Posted by Abu Bakr on Feb 3, 2010 in Advaned Topics in Asmaa wa Sifaat

The creed of Imam Ahmad is what’s transmitted, preserved and published in the following literature.

Ibn Hanbal, Ahmad b. Muhammad al-Shaybani (d.241)

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