Imaam ibn Hazm’s Approach on the Names of Allaah

Posted: October 23, 2008 by millatibraheem in al-Imaan, Laa ilaha illAllaah

In ‘Kitab al-Milaal’ Vol 1, Imaam ibn Hazm states:

“If we were asked: ‘You do state Allaah azza wajal is Living, but not in the sense in which it is said about living creatures; that He is Knowing, but not in the sense in which it is said about knowing creatures; Powerful, but not in the sense in which it is understood about the mighty ones,’ why, then, do you prohibit saying the following:  ‘Allaah azza wajal is body, but not the sense as created bodies are?’  To this, we would reply as follows:  ‘If the text of the Qur’aan had not attributed to Allaah azza wajal the names the Living, the Knowing and the Powerful, we would not use a single one of them when referring to Him.  It is also a religious duty to adhere to whatever is explicitly stated in the text.  But nowhere in the holy texts do we find that Allaah azza wajal is called “body,” and no argument exists to give Him this name; rather, the only valid argument forbids us to apply this name to Him.  If a textual passage could be found in which it is said of Allaah azza wajal that He is a body, then it would be our irremissable duty to follow the text and say:  Allaah azza wajal is body, but not like other bodies.”

 

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