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August 14, 2003



My apologies to Aziz - I have deleted your comment, without even realising it!


Thanks for this very interesting post. I hope you will continue to share more on this topic.

And the new blog looks great!!!!!


Thank you, al-Muhajabah, for your warm words.

Salaam `alaykum


my earlier comment probably was not important - were it so, it would have attracted enough interest to save itself :)

One note I have though is that this view of the Mutazila seems to be very narrow. It seems that Ibn Tamiyyah has a very specific grievance against them. But is that perception accurate? I will be very interested in your entry on the Mutazila when you complete it.

Umar at-Taalib

As-Salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakatuh.
I am not sure if this will be seen by anyone, but insha'Allaah, my next statements will be of benefit to someone and may it be a means of Rahmah for myself. The Shaykh-ul-Islaam Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah (rahimullaah ta'ala) had a purpose in his approach to each of the various deviant groups. On one hand, he is attacking the antinomianism of the extreme Sufis, the head of this movement being ibn 'Arabi. Yet on the other hand, he opposed the stale legalism that was found within the fold of Islaam, often seen in the guise of al-'Asha'riyyah. I am aware that many seem to think the Shaykh was an extremist of some sort, yet all of that which I have read from him, (which is, without boasting or raising my own level, is extensive) he was concerned that the Muslims seek al-Wasitiyyah (a middle path). He opposed the various groups, whose descendants attack him unfairly today, for being extreme in the following of their leaders and their own ways without referring back to the Qur'an and the Sunnah and the ways of our Rightly guided predecessors. I would be interested in how others view him in light of his own writings, and not the words of others who either attack him or praise him unnecessarily. You can reach me at [email protected]

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