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‘Aqidah Gems from Imam Tabari’s works!

Posted by muhammedm on December 29, 2010

أبدأُ بالحمدِ مُصَلِّياً على مُحمَّدٍ خَيِر نبيْ أُرســـــِلا

The following are few quotes from Imam Tabari regarding the issue of Huduth and Kalam. Another post will be devoted to the statement “the Quran is Hadith or Muhdath!”

-Imam Tabari says in his Muqaddimah to his Tarikh, “That (essence) which is not devoid of al-Hadath (accidents) there is no doubt that it is Muhdath (has a beginning).”
A jahil has said that this statement is that of Ahlul Bida’ Mutakallimin, and has stated that the scholars of Ahlus Sunnah have obtained this statement not because it is rationally correct but from Jahm intending thereby that Maturidis and Asharis are descendents of Jahm! What ignorance!

-Imam Tabari says in Tabsir, “He’s the speaker (al-Mutakallim) upon whom silence is not allowed (i.e. It is negated).” The salafi editor of this work writes this position is similar to “what the Asharis say regarding Kalam Nafsi” and continues and rejects Imam Tabaris words saying, “It is not allowed to negate silence (sukut).” Then continues to put his own spin on Imam Tabaris words!

-He says in another place, “There is consensus of the people of Tawhid from the Ahlul Qiblah upon the incorrectness or falacy of qualifying Allah ta’ala with Harakat (movement) and Sukun (stillness).”

-He says in his tafsir, “Indeed Allah ta’ala negated regarding Himself through it (the following): change (Taghayur), movement (tanaqqul) from one place to another, occurrence of change which occurs in humans and other creation,”

-Imam Tabari says in At-Tabsir fi Ma’alim ad-Din, “And whoever rejects what we said regarding it, it will be said to him, “tell us about the speech which you described that the Eternal is Mutakallim, did He created it in His Essence or created it in something else or subsists in His essence? “If he believes that He created it in His Essence then he has necessitated that His Essence is a locus for creation, and this is Kufr according to everyone.”

Ma’ Salamah

Correction: The quote of Intiqal from place to place is attributed to “Others” by Imam Tabari, I translated what the Nokhbah site had quoted, though I should’ve checked the original source.


3 Responses to “‘Aqidah Gems from Imam Tabari’s works!”

  1. Abu Yunus said

    As-salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

    Can you provide the precise reference for the following quote from your writing?

    Quote: “Indeed Allah ta’ala negated regarding Himself through it (the following): change (Taghayur), movement (tanaqqul) from one place to another, occurrence of change which occurs in humans and other creation”.

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