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The Attributes of God By Abd al-Rahman ibn al-Jawzi
[#1585 1I1, Daf' Shubah al-Tashbh, Abdullah bin Hamid Ali, PB, 169pp, Amal Press, {Hanbali, Ka]

The Attributes of God By Abd al-Rahman ibn al-Jawzi

The Attributes of God (Daf' Shubah al-Tashbh)
By Abd al-Rahman ibn al-Jawzi,
Translation, notes & Appendices By: Abdullah bin Hamid 'Ali
Introduction By Dr Khalid Blankinship
Published By amal Press, Bristol England
Paperback
Pages: xix + 169
Includes a Bio-Bibliography of Ibn Jawzi by G F Haddad

The Title can also be translated as :
Dispelling the doubt of Antrhropomorphism

Daf' Shubah al-Tashbh is a critique, censure, and refutation of the historical anthropomorphic leanings of some of the Hanbali scholars and learned. At the same time, it is a vindication of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal from the accusations of the anthropomorphism as well as the claim by some Hanbalis, that he adopted anthropomorphic beliefs, similar to theirs. Unmistakably, this work is a polemical commentary on the problematic Qur'anic verses and hadiths that fall under the mutashabih (allegorical and ambiguous) Qur'anic verses and prophetic traditions composed by the author, 'Abd al-Rahman ibn al-Jawzi (d. 597 AH), the author of the well-acclaimed book, Talbis Iblis (The Devils' Deception).

Unlike other books of this genre, this book is significant in that Ibn al-Jawzi offers an incisive critique of scholars of his own school, for which in return, Ibn al-Jawzi was criticised by those Hanbali and Hanbali-lean proponents.

This book is important for anyone who is constantly indulged in discussions and the study of polemical theology (kalam) and scriptural interpretation (ta'wil), but still have been unable to gain clarity concerning the reality and permissibility of ta'wil of the verses commonly referred to as 'The Attributes Verses' (Ayat Al-Sifat).

The appendix further clarifies the issue of scriptural interpretation, figurative language in both the Qur'an and Sunnah (Majaz), the proper intent behind the statement made by the salaf, & 'bila kayf' (Without 'How' as opposed to 'Without Modality or Description'), and an investigation into the ascription of Kitab al-Ibana to Imam Al-Ash'ari.

Readers who will derive the most benefit from this book are those who have been actively involved in the study of matters of interpretation and polemical theology. It also serves as an indispensable primer into one of the greatest debates that continued throughout much of Islam's medieval period, namely that of understanding the attributes of God.

About The Author:
'Abd al-Rahman ibn al-Jawzi al-Hanbali(509/510-597) was the Imam of Hanbalis and foremost orator of kings and commoners in his time, whose gatherings reportedly reached one hundred thousand. A hadith master, philologist, commentator of Qur'an, expert jurist, physician, and historian of superb character and exquisite manners. Ibn al-Jawzi was a prolific author of over seven hundred books.

Jamal al-Din Abu' I-Faraj 'Abu al-Rahman b. Ali, popularly known as Ibn al-Jauzi, was the author of a vast number of works - theological, historical, biographical, medical, philological, and entertaining - of which several have been printed in recent times. He was famous as a preacher and the traveller Ibn Jubair gives an enthusiastic account of two of his sermons heard in Baghdad.

About the Translator:
Abdullah bin Hamid 'Ali spent five years studying Arabic language and Tajwid at the Quba Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies under the tutelage of Imam Anwar bin Nafia Muhaimin and his brother, Anas bin Nafia Muhaimin. He later went on to become the first American to attend and graduate from the Faculty of Sharia at the University of al-Qarawiyyin, Fez in Morocco.


' He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: In it are verses basic or fundamental (of established meaning); they are the foundation of the Book: others are allegorical. But those in whose hearts is perversity follow the part thereof that is allegorical, seeking discord, and searching for its hidden meanings, but no one knows its hidden meanings except Allah. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in the Book; the whole of it is from our Lord:" and none will grasp the Message except men of understanding'
{TM Qur'an 3:7 Al Imran}

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