Tasawwuf Ibn Aqil

Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

Abu al-Wafa’ Ibn `Aqil al-Hanbali (d. 513) on Tasawwuf

Like al-Harawi al-Ansari, he was a hafiz and faqih of the Hanbali school who was an ardent defender of the Sunna and of tasawwuf. He is considered a reviver of the school of Imam Ahmad, although he had a number of teachers from different schools. Like other Sufis of his school such as Ibn Qudama (d. 620) and al-Tufi (d. 715), Ibn `Aqil considered al-Hallaj a wali (saint) and did not doubt his sincerity and righteousness. Ibn al-Jawzi reported that he had in his own possession the autograph copy of a treatise of Ibn `Aqil written in praise of al-Hallaj, entiled Juz’ fi nasr karamat al-Hallaj (Opuscule in praise of al-Hallaj’s gifts). Ibn `Aqil was a polymath and his Kitab al-funun reportedly numbered up to eight hundred volumes of which only one is extant.(1)

(1) See George Makdisi’s article in the Encyclopedia of Islam, 2nd ed., s.v. “Ibn `Akil.”

Reproduced with permission from Shaykh M. Hisham Kabbani’sThe Repudiation of “Salafi” Innovations (Kazi, 1996) p. 336.

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

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


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