The Reality Of Ta’weel


Imaam Ahmad said:

“And Jahm Ibn Safwaan falsely alleged that whosoever described Allaah with something that He described Himself with in His Book, or something that is narrated from His Messenger; that he was a disbeliever, and that he was from the Mushabbihah.”

[Ar-Radd ‘Alal Jahmiyyah, p. 104]

It is interesting to note that the reason why they explain away (do ta’weel of) the Names & Attributes of Allaah is because in their poluted minds they cannot but think that when Allaas says He has a Hand, that this is resembling Allaah to the creation.

A simple way to refute this is saying that not everything that shares the same name is exactly the same. For example my leg and the leg of a table. Both are described as leg, yet my leg is warm, unlike the leg of a table. My leg is soft, unlike the leg of a table. My leg is made up of many components (bone, skin, hair, blood, etc.), unlike the leg of a table, which is only made up of one component (metal). Likewise, the list can go on and on.

So just because two things share the same name, does not mean they are like one another. Two things can share the same name yet be totally unlike one another!

Also as another example:

My hand and the hand of a clock. Both are named as hand, yet differ and are unlike one another in more than a million and one ways.

So when Allaah says that He has a Hand, why do the Jahmiyyah (as well as the Ash’arees etc.) think it means that this is resembling Allaah to the creation?! Because of this poluted concept and deviated thinking, they resort to ta’weel (changing the meanings) and ta’weel (denying the Attributes) claiming that they are freeing Allaah of all resemblances between Him and the Creation!

So, according to them, the apparent meaning (and aayahs) of the Qur’aan are blasphemous (kufr) (since these verses describe Allaah as the creation!).

So, just because Allaah says He has a Hand, it does not mean this verse’s apparant meaning is comparing Allaah to the creation, for His Hand is unlike the hand of a human.

Because of this,

Nu’aym Ibn Hammaad (d. 228) said:

“Whoever makes tashbeeh (resemblance) of Allaah to his creation has committed kufr (disbelief). And whoever denies what Allaah has described himself with has also committed kufr. Indeed, all that Allaah has described himself with, or what His Messenger has described Him with – then there is notashbeeh in it at all.”

[Fundamentals, Pp. 114-115]

May Allaah keep us al on the straight path, ameen.

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4 Responses to “The Reality Of Ta’weel”

  1. Nice to know you got hairy legs bro! lol. Just kidding! mashallaah nice post… keep them cuming

  2. {لَيْسَ كَمِثْلِهِ شيء وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ البَصِير}

    “The Creator of the heavens and the earth. He has made for you mates from yourselves, and for the cattle (also) mates. By this means He creates you (in the wombs). There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer”. Noble Quran(42:11)

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