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Ahl al-Sunna: The Ash'aris : The Testimony and Proofs of the Scholars
By Shaykh Hamad al-Sinan and Shaykh Fawzi al-'Anjari
Forewords By Shaykh Wahba al-Zuhayli and Shaykh Muhammad Sa'id Ramadan al-Buti
Translator : Abdul Aziz Suraqah
Paperback 253 Pages
ISBN : 9789079294220
Publisher : Sunni Publications, Rotterdam

Table of Contents :

Foreword by Shaykh Wahba al-Zuhayli,
Foreword by Shaykh Muhammad Sa'id Ramadan al-Buti,

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Meaning of the Term Ash'ari,

Chapter 2: The Biography of Imam Abu al-Hasan al-Ash'ari,

Chapter 3: Did Imam al-Ash'ari Die upon a Different Doctrine?

  • Refuting the First Premise : The Three Stages of Imam al-Ashari,  
  • Refuting the Second Premise : Abdullah b. Sa'id b. Kullab, 
  • Refuting the Third Premise : The Book Al-Ibana,
  • Refuting the claim that some of the Imam's retracted from the Ash'ari Doctrine. 

Chapter 4:  Ahl al-Sunna wal-Jamah,

Chapter 5: The Statements of Some Contemporary Scholars Regarding the Ash'aris,

  • The ambiguous Verses according to the Early and Latter-Day Scholars,
  • The Correct Understanding of the ambiguous Verses 

Chapter 6: Disagreements in Matters of Doctrine,

  • Statements from the Reliable Imams' negating direction from Allah, the Exalted, and declaring Him Transcendent above place,
  • Imam Malik,
  • Imam al-Tabari and his negation of physical loftiness ['uluw],
  • Qadi 'Iyad,
  • Imam al-Nawawi,
  • Imam al-Shatibi,
  • Al-Hafiz ibn Hajar al-Asqalani,
  • Imam al-Qushayri,
  • Qadi al-Qudat ibn al-Munir,
  • Imam al-Baydawi,
  • Imam al-Qurtubi,
  • Disagreements in the fundamentals of the Ahl al-Sunna.

Chapter 7: Non-Specific Interpretation [tafwid] and Specific Figurative Interpretation [ta'wil],

  • The Position of the Majority of the Salaf was tafwid,
  • Important Notice : The Salafs understanding of the ambiguous texts,
  • Figurative Interpretation is a Correct Method taken from the Salaf and the Arabic language,
  • Examples of Figurative Interpretation given by the scholars,
  • Statements from the scholars in which they negate Sensory Modalities.

Chapter 8: Figurative Interpretation [ta'wil] and Extreme Denial [ta'til],

  • The Reality of Extreme Denial,
  • Do the Ash'aris negate Allah's Attributes?

Chapter 9: The Salaf’s Figurative Interpretations of the Texts Pertaining to the Attributes,

  • Ibn Abbas' Interpretation of the footstool [kursi],
  • Ibn Abbas' Interpretation of the coming of the Lord,
  • Ibn Abbas' Interpretation of the word ''eye'' ['ayn],
  • Ibn Abbas' Interpretation of the word ''hand'' [yad],
  • Ibn Abbas' Interpretation of ''light'' [nur], 
  • Ibn Abbas' Interpretation of the texts that mention ''face'' [wajh],
  • Ibn Abbas' Interpretation of ''shin'' [saq],
  • Mujahid and al-Suddi's Interpretation of the word ''side'' [janb],
  • The Interpretation of Al-Dahhak, Qatada and Sa'id b. Jubayr for the word ''shin'' [saq],
  • The Interpretation of Sufyan al-Thawri and Ibn Jarir al-Tabiri for ''rising'' [istiwa],
  • The Interpretation of Mujahid, Al-Dahhak, Abu Ubayda for the word ''face'' [wajh],
  • Imam al-Shafi's interpretation of the word ''face'' [wajh], 
  • Imam al-Tabiri's interpretation of the word ''eye'' ['ayn],
  • Imam Malik's interpretation of the hadith of ''descent'' [nuzul], 
  • Imam Ahmad's interpretation of Allah's coming,
  • Al-Hasan al-Basri's interpretation,
  • Imam al-Bukhari's interpretation of ''laughter'' [dahak],
  • Imam al-Bukhari's interpretation of the word ''face'' [wajh], 
  • Notice : The misconception that the affirmation of general meanings negates specific affirmation of attributes,
  • Response : Attributes are affirmed as they have appeared, without explanation or imparting specific meanings.

Chapter 10: The Ash'aris and Maturidi's are the Majority of the Umma,

  • The Senior Qur'anic Exegetes of the Umma, from the Ash'aris and Maturidi's,
  • Notice : Imam Muhammad b. Jarir al-Tabari,
  • Some of the Latter-day Ash'ari Qur'anic Exegetes,
  • The Senior Hadith Scholars and Masters of the Umma, from the Ash'aris and Maturidi's,
  • The Senior Jurists of the Umma, from the Ash'aris and Maturidi's,
  • The Notable Scholars of Language and Literature, from the Ash'aris and Maturidi's,
  • Author's on the Prophetic Biography [sira] from the Ash'aris and Maturidi's,

Chapter 11: The Noble Efforts of the Ahl al-Sunna in Defending the Religion and Refuting the Innovators,

Chapter 12: Formal Legal Verdicts and Statements from the Scholars Regarding the Virtue of the Ash'ari's and Harsh Words The Legal Verdict of Imam ibn Rushd al-Jadd,

  • Imam al-Nawawi,
  • Imam ibn Hajar al-Haytami,
  • Al-Hafiz ibn 'Asakir,
  • Sayyad b. Muhammad al-'Alawi al-Maliki al-Hasani,
  • The legal verdict of the Sacred Law Committee in Dubai,
  • The formal legal verdict of Shaykh Ahmad al-Hajji al-Kurdi
  • The formal legal verdict of the Mufti of Lebanon. 

Chapter 13: The Doctrine of the Ahl al-Sunna wal-Jama'a,

Conclusion,
Bibliography.

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