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Assalaamu alaykum Mufti Saheb
The Salafis are claiming that Imam al Ash’ari became a Salafi in the last part of his life. Is this true?
Please confirm if the following quote of Imam al Ash’ari is authentic (obtained from a Salafi source):
Abu Hasan al-Ash’aree (d. 324H) said: “If it is said: Why do you deny that His saying:Do they not see that We have created for them what Our Own Hands have created.” [Soorah Yaa Seen 36:71]
And His saying:
Whom I have created with My Own (Two) Hands [Soorah Sa’d 38:75] are majaaz (metaphorical)? To him it is said: The ruling concerning the speech of Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – is that it is taken upon its dhaahir (apparent) and haqeeqah (real) meaning. Nothing is removed from its dhaahir (apparent) meaning to majaaz (metaphorical) one, except with a proof … Likewise, the saying of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic:
Whom I have created with My Own (Two) Hands [Soorah Sa’d 38:75]
Its dhaahir and haqeeqah meaning is affirming Yadain (two Hands of Allaah). So it is not permissible to alter it from the dhaahir meaning of Yadain to that which our opponents claim, except with a proof … Consequently, about His saying:
Whom I have created with My Own (Two) Hands [Soorah Sa’d 38:75]
It is obligatory to affirm two Hands for Allaah – the Most High – in its haqeeqah (real) meaning, not with the meaning of ni’matayn (two bounties of Allaah).” Al-Ibaanah an Usool id-Diyaanah (p.133). Therefore, free and innocent is Abu Hasan al-Ash’aree from the Jahmee as was Ibraaheem (alaihis-salaam) from his father and the pagans.”
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There are 3 scholars of belief within the Ahlus Sunnat wal Jamaat. Most Hanafis are Maturidis, most Shafis are ashari and most Hambalis are original Salafis - (not current day Salafis), Ahle Hadith, Ghair Muqallids. With minor differences of technical nature amongst themselves agreeing on most grounds like stated by you.
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