Explanation of Aqeedah at-Tahaawiyyah (mp3 audio) – from
From the Works of Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan & Shaykh Saalih Aal ash-Shaykh,
Translated By Abu ‘Iyaad Amjad Rafiq
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01 Intro about At-Tahaawi|initialvolume=120|width=140

This lesson was related to Allaah’s Kalaam (speech) and the belief of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah that Allaah spoke the Qur’aan which is in the Lawhul-Mahfuz (Preserved Tablet). Speech is an Attribute of His Dhaat (Essence) and Allaah has eternally had the attribute of Speech and He speaks when He wills and how He wills i.e. Speech is tied to Allaah’s will and wish and Allaah’s Speech is NOT like our Speech. Jibreel (Angel Gabriel) then conveyed all of this, gradually over a period of years, to the final Prophet and seal of the Anbiya, Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم, who then conveyed it to the Ummah, including his helpers and loyal disciples, the Sahaba, may Allaah be pleased with them all. Some of the Sahaba were commanded by the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم to write down the verses of the Qur’aan when any new ayat where revealed to him on various objects they could find, i.e. tree bark, bone, stone, etc, and the Sahaba then decided to collect all the verses of the Qur’aan and compiled it into one book, which has been preserved by Allaah, and copies of which we read today.

This conflicts with the views of the deviated misguided sects such as those belonging to Ahlul-Kalaam (people of theological rhetoric) i.e. Jahmiyyah, Ash’ariyyah, Maturidiyyah, Mu’tazilah, who believe that the Qur’aan is not the uncreated Speech of Allaah, which the Imaam of the Sunnah, Ahmad ibn Hanbal (rahimahullah) opposed them in and went to trial for, defending the truth that the Qur’aan is the uncreated Speech of Allaah, much to the annoyance of the Jahmiyyah who had influence over the rulers.|initialvolume=120|width=140
19 This lesson was related to the Qur’aan and the qualities and characteristics it has that make it a miracle. Since the Qur’aan is the Speech of Allaah and not the speech of man, this in and of itself demonstrates that the Qur’aan is a miracle, the remaining and lasting miracle, and the greatest miracle of all of the miracles of the Prophets.|initialvolume=120|width=140

This lesson was related to the issue of Ru’yah (the Believers seeing their Lord in the next life with the vision of the eyes), with a nice discussion and clarification on one of the rules and principles of the Arabic language and how to understand certain verses of the Qur’an, which have been misinterpreted and misunderstood by some. The following part of Aqeedah at-Tahaawiyyah is explained during this lesson:

And seeing (Allaah) by the people of Paradise is true, without their encompassing Him and without us knowing how it will be.
Just as is stated by the Book of our Lord: “Some faces on that day will be radiant, looking at their Lord” [Soorah Al Qiyaamah (75) Aayah 22 and 23]|initialvolume=120|width=140
21 This lesson was a follow on from the previous lesson, concluding the issue of Ru’yah (the Believers seeing their Lord in the next life with the vision of the eyes), this time with the explanation of Shaykh Saalih Aal Ash-Shaikh.|initialvolume=120|width=140

This lesson centred around the correct methodology of understanding the texts from the Qur’an and Sunnah related to the Names and Attributes of Allaah, which the Salaf have expressed in many statements dating back many centuries ago was to leave the texts as they came i.e. upon their intended meanings. There was also a clarification concerning tafweedh (relegating the meaning of the texts), and how the Ahlul-Bid’ah and Ahlul-Kalaam of the past erred in this matter.

You may find the following related posts beneficial:

The position of the Salaf concerning the Attributes of Allaah
A warning against Kalaam and Falsafa (Theological Rhetoric and Philosophy)|initialvolume=120|width=140

This lesson focused on the following statement of At-Tahawi as found in his famous book of creed:

“And He is highly Exalted above limits and goals, and having parts and limbs and appendages.”

As mentioned in the lesson, such statements which may appear somewhat ambigious should be understood in light of the historical context in which they were made. Only then can such statements be correctly understood along with a realisation as to which groups (and individuals) from the people of innovation, kalaam and philosophy were being refuted by such statements.|initialvolume=120|width=140

This lesson was a continuation on the explanation of the following ambigious statement of At-Tahawi:

“And He is highly Exalted above limits and goals (ghayat), and having parts and limbs and appendages.”

There was a discussion on Qadr and how the misguided sects of the past deviated by going to extremes in their understanding of this important matter as well as a clarification on causes and effects, all of which aided in the understanding of the word ghaya (plural of which is ghayat), which was the focus of the lesson.|initialvolume=120|width=140

This lesson was a discussion and explanation of the following ambigious statement of At-Tahawi:

“He is not contained by the six directions, contrary to all of the living things.”

This statement has been used by today’s Jahmites (who pose as Ash’aris) such as Hamza Yusuf to try and justify their deviated and misguided belief of denying and negating the attributes of Allaah.

We highly recommend you read the following excellent article for more detailed information: Concerning the Saying of Imaam at-Tahawi (d. 321H): ‘The Six Directions Do Not Contain Him’ And a Decisive Confutation of the Jahmites|initialvolume=120|width=140

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