ibn Taymiyya’s Straying From the Way of the Atharis

Al Imam Ibnul Wazeer (D. 840AH) mentioned on pg. 331 of the 3rd volume of his book ‘Awaasim minal Qawaasim:

ومذهب الإمام أحمد وأمثاله من أئمة الحديث وهم طائفتان:

الطائفة الأولى: أهل الحديث والأثر وأتباع السنن والسلف الذين ينهون عن الخوض في علم الكلام

ثم قال…

الطائفة الثانية أهل النظر في علم الكلام والمنطق والمعقولات وهم فرقتان:

أحدهما: الأشعرية

والفرقة الثانية من المتكلمين منهم: الأثرية كابن تيمية وأصحابه فهؤلاء من أهل الحديث لا يخالفونهم إلا في استحسان الخوض في الكلام, وفي التجاسر على بعض العبارات, وفيما تفرد به من الخوض في الدقائق الخفيات والمحدثون ينكرون ذلك عليهم لأنه ربما أدى ذلك إلى بدعة أو قدح في الدين. أهـــ

“And the madhhab of Al Imam Ahmad and others like him from the the Imams of Hadeeth, and they are two groups:

The first group is: Ahlul Hadeeth wal Athar and the followers of the Prophetic traditions and the Salaf, who forbid theological discussion (‘Ilmul Kalaam).”

Later, after discussing them in detail in several pages, Ibnul Wazeer said:

“The second group is: The people of research in Theology (‘Ilmul Kalaam), Logic, and intellectual sciences. And they subdivide into two groups:

The first group is the Ash’aris.

The second group of theologians include the Athariyyah like Ibn Taymiyyah and his companions. For they are from Ahlul Hadeeth. They do not differ with them except about the permissibility of indulging in theology, and in boldly making certain statements, and in the discussion of intricate complex issues that he (Ibn Taymiyyah) went alone with. The scholars of Hadeeth disapproved of them doing so because it could possibly lead to innovation or a violation of the Deen.”

Courtesy of Shaykh Abdur Rahman Sondalaani:



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