Ibn Hajar’s Commentary on the Hadith of Descent

We have already mentioned that the Salaf did apply interpretation in many places and therefore it cannot be “an obvious mistake” to interpret the hadiths of the attributes. We have also mentioned al-Khattabi’s, al-`Izz ibn `Abd al-Salam, al-Nawawi’s, and al-Subki’s prudent explanations whereby interpretation is an obligation in the face of innovations that thrive on dubiousness, such as tajsim, with which the Salaf did not have to deal in the way that the Khalaf experienced. There is no better illustration of the soundness of their rulings than Bin Baz’s blatant declaration that Ahl al-Sunna wa al-Jama`a attribute a direction to Allah. Here now is the actual position of Ahl al-Sunna concerning those who attribute a direction to Allah.

Peace and Blessings upon the Prophet, his Family, and his Companions

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