Ibn Rajab: On T’awil and Dhawahir Indicating Tashbih

dispelling the myth that Imam Ahmad made "t'awil". Ibn Rajab successfully deconstructs this myth into a baseless innuendo against Imam Ahmad. The second major portion of ibn rajab's theme here is even larger and sheds some light about the nature of how the Jahmiyyah would deny the meaning indicated by the text. In this second portion, he explains that thee source of the belief that the apparent meanings of the text indicate kufr are the jahmiyyah.

The Haphazardness to Conflate Kalam With Mantiq.

Shaykh hatim made an interesting observation some time ago, may Allah reward him for his brilliance and knowledge and benefit. This particular quote interested me considering it was outside of his normative explanations rooted in knowledge. This particular remark he made, it seems, as though he made it while leaving his thinking cap on the … Continue reading The Haphazardness to Conflate Kalam With Mantiq.

Why Traditionalists and Mutakalimun Differ Conceptually in the M’ana of Allah’s Attributes

The following research material was provided by various researchers and expanded on with additional commentary by myself! Some of our brothers at times, among bandwagon Ash'aris and Maturidis along with their kalamist influenced atharis, would demand a definition of some Sifat from a traditionalist who believes that the meanings of sifat are known.  The problem … Continue reading Why Traditionalists and Mutakalimun Differ Conceptually in the M’ana of Allah’s Attributes

The Concept of “Jism” Between Ahlu-Sunnah and Ahlul-Kalam

The doctrine of Ahlu-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah with regards to believing in Allah the Most High and His Sublime Attributes (Sifat) is based on the merit of purifying Allah from any deficiency by which Allah is understood as having the most excellent attributes and being far removed from any deficiency. The Qur’an and the Sunnah only utilize … Continue reading The Concept of “Jism” Between Ahlu-Sunnah and Ahlul-Kalam

A Study In Doctrinal Terminology Between Kalam and Sunni Discourse

A Basic Overview On Dhahir, Haqiqa, Majaz, and T'awil Why? The reason for this study, inshallah is to clarify the matter for those who maybe ignorant and wish to learn, to make a detailed account of how to correctly assess theological data in a coherent manner without being obfuscated by polemicists or simply being put … Continue reading A Study In Doctrinal Terminology Between Kalam and Sunni Discourse

Ibn Hajr Knocks Two Ash’ari Birds With A Single Sunni Stone

The great Hafidh of this ummah, Ibn Hajr al-Asqalani رحمه الله, while he was refuting the mutakalimin among the Ash’aris in kitabu tawhid first chapter, second hadith, he brings the following notion that was developed by them. وَقَالَ غَيْره قَوْل مَنْ قَالَ طَرِيقَة السَّلَف أَسْلَمَ وَطَرِيقَة الْخَلَف أَحْكَم لَيْسَ بِمُسْتَقِيمٍ ؛ لِأَنَّهُ ظَنَّ أَنَّ طَرِيقَة … Continue reading Ibn Hajr Knocks Two Ash’ari Birds With A Single Sunni Stone

Between Centrism and Balance in Islam

﷽   There are many social commentators among Muslims who have a notion about *fair and balance* and being “balanced” as rooted in being centrists or moderates. The pretext used for this is based on the fact that Allah has established the Muslim nation as a balanced nation as He says Himself in the Qur’an … Continue reading Between Centrism and Balance in Islam

Solving the Libel Regarding the Genus of Created Things Being Eternal to Ibn Taymiyyah

The Libel   We begin citing the libel against Ibn Taymiyyah advocated by the factions of kalam and some groups of sufis and the shi'a. The claim is that ibn Taymiyyah affirms something eternal besides Allah which is eternal in its existence with Allah, and that ibn Taymiyyah agrees with the sayings of the philosophers … Continue reading Solving the Libel Regarding the Genus of Created Things Being Eternal to Ibn Taymiyyah

The Madhahib Perspective on Diverging numbers of Tarawih Raka’at

  Hanbalis In “al-Insaf” by Imam al-Mardawi, Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah is quoted as saying that there is flexibility with regards to the different opinions on how many raka'at tarawih prayer is, and that this is what Imam Ahmad said. As a side note, this should strengthen our understanding that there is no inkar, no … Continue reading The Madhahib Perspective on Diverging numbers of Tarawih Raka’at

Manhajification of Fiqh 5: What do We Mean by Manhajification

What is the “manhajification” of fiqh? This is a term I’ve personally have invented derived from the proper Arabic term “المنهج” al-manhaj, i.e. the way. Like all terms, there is the linguistic (lughawi) meaning as well as the technical (istilahi) meaning. The linguistic meaning of al-manhaj is “a way of doing or following something” or … Continue reading Manhajification of Fiqh 5: What do We Mean by Manhajification

Societal Heedlessness in Liberalism: A Sociological Commentary of the Hadith of Safina and the Qur’an

The most accurate comparative etymological meaning of “al-Ghaflah” in the English language would be the term “heedlessness”. It is a sub-category of wantonness but is oriented more within the realm of faith with regards to the servants (humans) in relationship to their meeting with their Lord. Ghaflah is a horrific disease of the heart and … Continue reading Societal Heedlessness in Liberalism: A Sociological Commentary of the Hadith of Safina and the Qur’an

Ibnul-Qudamah Contravening Tafwid: Pointing to Allah’s Direction as a Matter of a Hanbali Fiqh Ruling

One of thee greatest refutations against the idea that Imam Ibn Qudamah was a Mufawwid (of m’ana) is the following issue. The original argument was asserted by Ismail Ibrahim originally on IA forums back in 2008 for which I will revamp here. It is so grand, that this issue attacks 6 contentions developed by the … Continue reading Ibnul-Qudamah Contravening Tafwid: Pointing to Allah’s Direction as a Matter of a Hanbali Fiqh Ruling

Anthropological Synopsis of Skin Color Regarding Moses, Prophet Muhammad, and Some Companions

The Holy Prophet Musa (Moses) عليه صلاة سلام as black-skinned and kinky-haired. Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal related in his musnad (3365) the following description that the Messenger ﷺ gave of Musa’s color: وَرَأَيْتُ مُوسَى أَسْحَمَ آدَمَ "Musa was jet-black skinned." Muslim relates in his Sahih (239 and 243) that Ibn Abbas said that the Messenger … Continue reading Anthropological Synopsis of Skin Color Regarding Moses, Prophet Muhammad, and Some Companions

Manhajification of Fiqh-Issue 1: The Jizya of the Mushrikin

Western salafism, that is, salafism AS UNDERSTOOD by English speakers in the western world whose only education of salafism is predicated on madkhali ideology, has a whole package of fallacious theories attached to the movement. This particular series will focus on one single yet monumental aspect of western salafi thought. That is the manhajification of … Continue reading Manhajification of Fiqh-Issue 1: The Jizya of the Mushrikin

Manhajification of Fiqh 4: How Solo Deduction of Law is Counterintuitive

After having witness the blunders of modern salafi attempts in fiqh, that being the approach to extract (make istinbat) of scriptural texts, I have long arrived at the opinion that anyone who wants to be a student of knowledge or even to approach knowledge has to learn the basic fiqh of a given madhab of … Continue reading Manhajification of Fiqh 4: How Solo Deduction of Law is Counterintuitive

Exposition of Counterfeit Salafis: The Madkhali Cult

This brief publication explains why western salafis are to be identified as “madkhalis”. This articles details why they are to be identified as such and refutes their defenses as to why they should not be attached to their leader whom they take as an indisputable authority. 2.05 From Haddadi to Madkhali- Why the Classification “Madkhali … Continue reading Exposition of Counterfeit Salafis: The Madkhali Cult