The ‘Aqeedah Of Imaam as-Saaboonee (& A Refutation Of The Ash’arees)


Imaam as-Saaboonee (d. 449) said:

Indeed ashaabul hadeeth (the scholars of hadeeth)… know their Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, by the Attributes which He has spoken of in His revelation, and by what He has sent down, or testified to, by His Messenger (saw).

They do not believe in tashbeeh (resemblance) of His Attributes with the attributes of the creation.

They say, ‘Indeed he created Aadam with His own (Two) hands, as He, the Most Perfect, textually stated:

O Iblees! What prevented you from porstrating to one whom I have created with My Own (Two) Hands.” [38:75]

So they do not distort the words from their (proper) context, by carrying the meaning of Yadain (the two Hands of Allaah) to mean ni’matain (two bounties) or quwwatain (two powers) – which is the tahreef (distortion) of the Mu’tazilah and the Jahmiyyah, may Allaah destroy them.

They do not ask how these Attributes are, nor do they resemble them to His creation… Allaah, the Most High, protected Ahlu Sunnah from such tahreef (distortion/change), takyeef (asking ‘how’) and tashbeeh (resemblance), and favoured them with knowledge and understanding.”

[‘Aqeedah Ahlu Sunnah Wa Ashaabul Hadeeth Wal A’immah, no. 3]

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