Imaam Aboo Haneefah On Affirming Allaah’s Attributes


Imaam Aboo Haneefah said, in affirming the Attributes of Allaah (and a refutation of the Jahmiyyah, Ash’ariyyah, Mu’tazillah etc.):

“Allaah is not to be described with the attributes of creation. His Anger and His Power are two Attributes form His Attributes, without inquiry into their specific details, and this is the statement of Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaa’ah.

He becomes angry and He becomes pleased; and it is not to be said ‘His Anger is His Punishment‘ and ‘His pleasure is His Reward‘. We describe Him as He has described Himself, One Eternal, He does not beget, nor is he Beggotten, and there is none equal to Him, the Ever Living, All Capable, All Hearing, Ever Watchful, All Knowing.

The Hand of Allaah is above their hands. It is not like the hands of His creation, and His Face is not like the faces of His creation.” (1)

If only the Ash’arees understood these words from Imaam Aboo Haneefah, they would not have resorted to ta’weel (interpreting the texts to other than their apparent meanings). Aboo Haneefah was not an Ash’aree, and thats a fact!

Footnotes:

(1) Al-Fiqhul Absat p. 56

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