"Al-Baqillani says in at-Tamheed (pp.300-301)
Benefits From This Quotation
And in this text from this early Ash'ari Scholar there are a number of points:
al-Baqillani's narrating of the question "Where is He?", and proceeding to say, "...except that we say: Indeed He is above His Throne ..." - and see this article for more on this subject from al-Baqillani.
The above exposes the nature of the fraud perpetrated by the Ash'ari figureheads today who misguide many naive and sincere Muslims, who, desiring to make tanzeeh of Allaah, the Most High, think the only way it can be done is to abandon the expressions of the Qur'aan and the Sunnah, treating their apparent meanings to necessitate tashbeeh, kufr and shirk and to adopt instead the expressions of the foreign Mushrik Philosophers relating to substance (jawhar), body (jism), non-essential, incidental, temporal attributes (a'raad), events (hawaadith) and so on.
So it is as if Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and His Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) consistently used expressions and words necessitating tashbeeh, and kufr and shirk, without ever - not even once - explaining to the Ummah that the apparent meanings are not intended, whilst the expressions and words of the foreign Mushrik Philosophers (in both negation and affirmation) are the only words through which the Tawheed of the Messengers can be understood - and essentially this is what the Ash'aris (Kullaabi Jahmites) of today are implying.
So as an example when a Sunni says,
"Allaah is above His servants, ascended over His Throne"
speaking with that on the basis of the verses in the Qur'an where Allah explicitly states that Allaah is above His servants, and has ascended above the throne:
And He is al-Qaahir, above His servants
Ar-Rahmaan has ascended above the Throne”
Wahabi says: “Where is Allah?”
The question implies a place!
Baqillani is refuting those who say :
"Allah is everywhere" by quoting verses opposing it.
Abu Bakr al-Baqillaniyy, a renowned Malikiyy scholar (d.403AH) said:
Ibn Hajar al-Haitamiy also confirmed in his book "al-Fatawa al-Hadithiyah" page 144 that Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal clears Allah from being a body, or having a limit, size, shape, place or direction. He said: "The creed of the Imam of Alsunna Ahmad Bin Hanbal (Radiallahu ^Anhu) complies with the creed of Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jama^ah in exceptionally clearing Allah completely from what the ungrateful wrongdoers did by attributing to Allah non befitting attributes such the direction and body and other attributes of imperfection, in fact any attribute that does not have complete perfection. And what became popular between the ignorant people who falsely claim to follow this great Imam(Ahmad bin Hanbal) al-Mujtahid, that he attributed the direction to Allah or such, this is a lie and a false accusation to him".
(Edited by ADHM)