Ibn Hazm’s statement and perennialism

Question ID: 27074

I read somewhere:

“thus it is related from ibn Hazm that he said in ‘al-Milal wa al-Nihal’ that “Allah is capable of having a son because if he were not capable of that he would be incapacitated.” So look at the mental derangement of this Mubtadi’ (innovator) how did he neglect the ramifications of this ugly statement which do not even enter upon the imagination?”

[Hāshiyah al-Dusūqi al Umm al-Barāhīn pg 104]

My questions:

1) was he Ibn Hazm a kafir for for saying the Allah Azza wa Jall, madhAllahu Subhanahu, is capable of having a son?

2) Also, is there a difference of opinion on this because it was a Kalam error?

3)Did repent before he die?

4) Could other people claim to subscribe to this belief without being called kafir, and claim that this is some sort of ikhtikaf e riwayat?

5) Why do Ulama e Kiraam, Radhi Allahu Ta’ala anhum quote him for ijma?

6) Can perenialists who consider all religions to be correct quote Ibn Hazm, for the acceptance of the Christian trinity and Hindu gods, and Ibn Hazm as a precedence and claim themselves to be Muslim because of claiming this as a ikhtilaf al-riwaya, hence takfir cannot be placed on them or they are not Muslims to begin with?

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Asked on October 4, 2016 1:58 pm
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السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُاللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

1.) We do not have the original, thus we cannot comment.
2.) N/A
3.) N/A
4.) Perhaps wrongly quoted.
5.) Expert in certain areas.
6.) Christian/ Hindus are Mushriks. Big people make big mistakes or are not understood correctly.

وَعَلَيْكُمُ السَّلَام وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ وَمَغْفِرَتُهُ
Mufti Elias

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Answered on October 13, 2016 3:23 pm