Posted by: faqir | December 26, 2009

Anthropomorphic Tendencies Amongst Some From the Hanbalis

I have observed that some members of the [Hanbalī] school have taken positions on matters of usul that are not acceptable. Among them there are three persons, namely, Abu ‘Abdullāh bin Hāmid, his disciple the Qādī [Abu Ya’la], and Ibn Zaghūnī, who have detailed [their views] in writing and whose books have brought shame on the school. In my view they have descended to the level of the vulgar masses (`awāmm) by interpreting [texts from the Qur’ān and the Hadith bearing on] the divine attributes (sifāt) in accordance with the requirements of sense perception (`alā muqtad al-hiss).

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Anthropomorphic Tendencies
amongst some from the Hanābila
Imām Ibn al-Jawzī


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