Posted by: faqir | December 26, 2009

Four Points from Al-`Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah

We mention this because, some individuals have made a large fuss over this wording.

Shaykh `Abdul `Aziz ibn Baz said in his footnotes on the creed of Imam al-Tahawi:

“The phrase Qadim bila ibtida’ (‘eternal with no beginning’) did not occur among the Best Names of Allah as pointed out by a number of scholars. It was first mentioned by the scholars of Kalam in an effort to prove Allah’s existence before anything else. Let it be known that the Names of Allah are of a divine origin. Only those names for which there is evidence in the Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah can be used for Allah. They cannot be introduced into the Islamic vocAbulary simply at one’s whim, and this has been clearly understood by the Imams of the pious predecessors. In fact, the word Qadim does not even denote the meaning which the people of Kalam wished to express. In Arabic, it means something preceding another, though it is itself preceded by nothing, such as in the saying of Allah: ‘Till she (the moon) returns like the old lower part of a date-stalk.’ (Ya Sin 36:39) Although the addition of bila ibtidda’ makes the meaning crystal clear, it is not valid to be counted among the best Names of Allah because there is no proof for it in the Book or the Sunnah. Instead, Allah’s name al-Awwal (the First) expresses this idea better, as shown in His saying: : ‘He is the First and the Last.’ (Hadid 57:3)”

However, upon closer examination, we find numerous errors in the above quoted words of Ibn Baz.

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