Monday, 28 December 2009

Part 4 - The Branches

The Wahhabi Tree
The Branches
(Reaching Out)

Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn `Uthman ibn Qaymaz ibn `Abd Allah, Shams al-Din Abu `Abd Allah al-Turkmani al-Diyarbakri al-Fariqi al-Dimashqi al-Dhahabi al-Shafi`i

(b. 673 AH – d. 748 AH)
 ( 1274CE – 1348 CE)

Ibn al-Subki also criticized al-Dhahabi's anti-Ash`arism and Hanbali leanings in doctrine, calling him one of the greatest propagators of anthropomorphism.14

Elsewhere he states:

"Our shaykh al-Dhahabi - may Allah have mercy on him - with all his learning and piety, displays an excessive bias against Ahl al-Sunna; it is not permitted to follow him in this opinion.... Nor is it permissible to rely on our shaykh al-Dhahabi whenever he commends a Hanbali or blames an Ash`ari."15

[Ibn al-Subki, Tabaqat al-Shafi`iyya al-Kubra 9:100-106 #1306; Sa`d, Safahat fi Tarjima al-Hafiz al-Dhahabi.]

"Imam Al-Suyuti also marked his distaste for al-Dhahabi's aspersions against early and late Sufi authorities as noted further below. Among the worst examples of al-Dhahabi's bias against Sufis are his aspersions against Abu Yazid al-Bistami and al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi in Siyar A`lam al-Nubala'.16
[Al-Dhahabi, SAN (11:14-15 #2434)]

Imam al-Suyuti responded to al-Dhahabi’s insinuations in the following words:

"Do not let al-Dhahabi's mumblings deceive you, for he went so far as to mumble against Imam Fakhr al-Din ibn al-Khatib [al-Razi] and against one who is greater than the Imam, namely, Abu Talib al-Makki the author of Qut al-Qulub, and against one who is greater than Abu Talib, namely, Shaykh Abu al-Hasan al-Ash`ari, whose fame has filled the firmaments!

And al-Dhahabi's books are filled with that: al-Mizan, al-Tarikh, and Siyar al-Nubala'.

Are you going to accept his words against their likes?

Never, by Allah! His word is not accepted concerning them. Rather, we respect their right over us and render it to them in full. 23

[Al-Suyuti, Qam` al-Mu`arid bi Nusra Ibn al-Farid ("The Taming of the Objector With the Vindication of Ibn al-Farid") in his Maqamat (2:917-918)…]

Ibn Taymiyya's discourse on tasawwuf is riddled with contradictions and ambiguities

"His student al-Dhahabi, while claiming general belief in `Abd al- Qadir's miracles, nevertheless affirms disbelief in many of them.

We have already seen this trait of al-Dhahabi in his doubting of the sound report of Imam Ahmad's admiration of al-Muhasibi.

These are his words:
Siyar a`lam al-Nubala

[#893] al-Shaykh `Abd al-Qadir (Al- Jilani): The shaykh, the imam, the scholar, the zahid, the knower, the exemplar, Shaykh Al-Islam, the distinguished one among the Awliya... the Hanbali, the Shaykh of Baghdad... I say: There is no one among the great shaykhs who has more spiritual states and miracles (karamat) than Shaykh `Abd al-Qadir, but a lot of it is untrue and some of those things are impossible.”





The  Bough


"... If that is your wish, Master!"

Ibn Al-Qayyim

(691 A.H - d.751 A.H / 1292 – 1350CE)

Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr ibn Sa'd, Shams al-Din Abu 'Abd Allah al-Zur'i al-Dimashqi al-Hanbali, known as
Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya

When "Ibn Taymiyyah" died in 728.AH in a prison in Damascus, his movement underwent a decline.

For 400 Years!

Though his renowned student "Ibn al - Qayyim" embarked on propagating the views of his master, no trace of such beliefs and ideas was left in later periods.

Ibn al- Qayyim followed the same path as his teacher in his infamous poem entitled:

al-Qasida al-Nuniyya

("Ode Rhyming in the Letter N"). This lengthy poem on the tenets of faith is filled with corrupt suggestions about the divine Attributes, which Subki analyzes in detail in his al-Sayf al-Saqil fi al-Radd 'ala Ibn Zafil ("The Burnished Sword in Refuting Ibn Zafil" i.e. Ibn al-Qayyim).

Subki gives the verdict that the anthropomorphisms of the Divinity in the poem are beyond the pale of Islam.

The poem could not be openly circulated in Ibn al-Qayyim's lifetime but only secretly, and it seems that he never abandoned it, for the Hanbali historian Ibn Rajab heard it from its author in the year of his death as stated in his Dhayl Tabaqat al-Hanabila (2:448).

"[An] unfortunate peculiarity the poem shares with some of Ibn al-Qayyim's other works on Islamic faith is that it presents the reader with a false dilemma, namely that one must either believe that Allah has eyes, hands, a descending motion, and so forth, in a literal (haqîqi) sense, or else one has nullified ('attala) or negated these Attributes. And this is erroneous, for the literal is that which corresponds to an expression's primary lexical sense as ordinarily used in a language by the people who speak it, while the above words are clearly intended otherwise, in accordance with the [Qur'anic] verse:
(There is nothing whatsoever like unto Him( (42:11), for if the above were intended literally, there would be innumerable things like unto Him in such respect as having eyes, hands, motion, and so forth, in the literal meaning of these terms.

The would-be dilemma is also far from the practice of the early Muslims, who used only to accept such [Qur'anic] verses and hadiths as they have come, consigning the knowledge of what is meant by them - while affirming the absolute Transcendence of Allah ( above any resemblance to created things - to Allah ( alone, without trying to determinately specify how they are meant (bi lâ kayf), let alone suggesting people understand them literally (haqîqatan) as Ibn al-Qayyim tried to do.

His identifying two of his direct teachers as Abu al-Hajjaj (al-Mizzi), and Ibn Taymiyya

"Our shaykh Abu al-Hajjaj, the hadith master, used to say that."6 "I heard Shaykh al-Islam, Ibn Taymiyya stress this..."7 "Our shaykh said: 'The sun itself does not descend from the heaven, and the sunrays that are on earth are neither the sun nor its attribute, but an accident ('arad) caused by the sun and the mass (jirm) opposite it.'"8 This is taken verbatim from Ibn Taymiyya's notorious "Explanation of the hadith of Allah's descent."9
"... he officially repented, his life was spared..."

Hold On! did...
'The Master Not Repent'?

Why did Ibn al- Qayyim adopt his deviant ideas in his :

al-Qasida al-Nuniyya


Which was written by Ibn al- Qayyim and includes many of the mentioned deviant opinions long... after Ibn Taymiyya's death and well into the later years of Ibn al- Qayyim's life!

Aliyy Al-Qaariy said, in the book Sħarĥu-sħ-Sħamaa’il of Ibn Ĥajar, he states:

“Ibn Al-Qayyim said that his sħaykħ Ibn Taymiyyah mentioned something superb, which is that when he saw his Lord putting his hand between his shoulders, then that place was honored with a “ˆadħbah”.

Al-ˆIraaqiyy (the sħaykħ of Al-ˆAsqalaaniyy) said, “I did not find a basis for this statement,” i.e. any ĥadiitħ.”

Then Ibn Ĥajar said, “Rather, this statement is from their opinion and their deviance, because it is based on what they concluded and went to great lengths to prove, and attacked Ahlu-s-Sunnah for denying, namely the belief that Aļļaah has a direction and body.

They have ugly statements and bad beliefs in this regard that make ears go deaf and are judged as lies and calumnies. May Aļļaah make them both ugly, and anyone that accepts their saying.” (Mirqaatu-l-Mafaatiiĥ 8/216)

Reference: –ˆAliy Al-Qaariy. Mirqaatu-l-Mafaatiiĥ. 11 vols. Beirut, Lebanon: Dar Al-Kotob Al-ilmiyah, 2001.

... some of you will wonder ?


e.g. like Here and Here

Ibn Kathir

(701 A.H -d. 774 A.H/1301CE-1373CE)

Abu Al-Fida, 'Imad Ad-Din Isma'il bin 'Umar bin Kathir Al-Qurashi Al-Busrawi

Imaam Ibn Kathir-is not as much controversial as Ibn Qayyim and it is said that there is plenty of material of his that provide evidence for the Ijma that supports Ahl Sunnah doctrines. He has wrote a book on Mawlid-an-Nabi which was written at the behest of a muadhdhin in Damscus during his time and his approx. 31 pages long titled:

Dhikr Mawlid Rasulullah sallallahu 'alayhi was-salam wa Rida'atihi.

"Ibn Kathir is a scholar of Ahl al-Sunna who was of the Shafi‘i school (according to the first volume of his main work, Tafsir al-Qur’an al-‘Azim, 1.2), while Ibn Taymiya (d. 728/1328) was a scholar whose fiqh remained in the general framework of the Hanbali school.
In scholarship, Ibn Kathir was a hadith master (hafiz, someone with at least 100,000 hadiths by memory), while Ibn Taymiya was not: his name does not appear in any of the works of tabaqat al-huffaz or "successive generations of hadith masters," that comprehensively document such scholars. Whatever length of time Ibn Kathir studied with Ibn Taymiya, he was in his twenties when the latter died, and his long and fruitful career extended over the next forty-six years.
More info: Here
Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani [RH] is reporting in ad-durar al-kamina chapter 1 page 65 a short discussion between Ibn Kathir and the son of Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyya.

Ibn Kathir said to him:
“You do not like me because I am an Ash' ari”.

The son of Ibn Al-Qayyim replied:

“Even if you had hair from head to feet, people would not believe that you are Ash' ari as your sheikh is Ibn Taymiyyah!!”

Imam al-Subki [RH] mentions in “Tabaqat ash-shafi' iyya” volume 10 page 398 that:
"A condition to teach at the house of hadith “Al-Ashrafiyya” was to be ash' ari in 'aqida and that apparently Imam Ibn Kathir occupied the post of professor at this house of Hadith in the month of Moharam in the year 772H.

More info: Here

continue to... Part5