Aqeedah (Theology)

Ibn Qudama Did Tafwid in Meaning and Not Just Modality

I usually keep away from the aqeedah wars among various Sunni groups because I don’t find much benefit in them. I’m not that interested in converting other Sunnis to my way of thinking. However, I do care about consistency and fair representation of others’ opinions. Recently, a debate has risen over whether Ibn Qudama, the famous …

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Books to Study the Hanbali/Athari Creed

Various books can be consulted and studied in order to obtain the authentic creed (aqeedah) of the Hanbalis (or Athari creed). From the classical books of the early phase of the Hanbali scholars, the most important is: Usool al-Sunnah authored by Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal himself. In addition, Sharh al-Sunnah by al-Barbahari (d. 329 AH) and al-Ha’iyah …

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The Fine Line Between Belief (Emaan) and Disbelief (Kufr) in Islam

Many progressive Muslims argue that there is no such thing as ‘normative Islam’ and that it is all open to re-interpretation according to changing times even when it comes to fundamental issues of creed. In order to defend this position, their line of argument goes something like this: What exactly is normative Islam? There is …

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Istighatha and Tawassul in the Hanbali School: A Discussion With Sh. Kareem Helmy

A week or two ago, I was asked by someone reaching out to me through this blog about the Hanbali position on istighatha (استغاثة), directly requesting aid from the dead, and tawassul (التوسل), to make a request to Allah through some sort of means. This is a controversial issue in the Muslim world and often …

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