Imaam at Tahawee (Tahawi) (d. 321 AH) states in this creed regarding Allah (Azz wa Ja’al):
Neither can conjectures reach Him, nor intellects grasp Him.
In explanation of this statement, Ibn Abil ‘Izz al Hanafee (b. 721 – d. 792 AH) in his Sharh Aqeedatut Tahwiyyah says:
“Tahawee has paraphrased here the words of Allah:
They cannot comprehend Him in knowledge [Surah Taha V. 110]
Al Jawharee (d. 245 AH) has said in his lexicon: “Waham is equivalent of conjecture while faham of knowledge”
What the Sheikh meant to say, may Allah show him mercy, is that conjectures cannot fathom Him out nor can knowledge comprehend Him.
It is said that waham is what one anticipates a thing to be. That is, what one expects it to be like. In contrast, understanding is that which the intellect gains and comprehends. But no one can know what in truth Allah is but Himself. We only know him through His Attributes; such as, He is One, Self-Sufficient, was not begotten, nor gave birth, etc.”
[al Hanafee al Adhru’ee, ‘Alee ibn Abil ‘Izz, Sharh Aqeedatut Tahawiyyah, pg. 23, Al Attique Publisher Inc., Second edition (May 2000) Abridged by Abdul Mun’im Saleh al ‘Alee al ‘Izzee , Translated by Syed Iqbal Zaheer]
Intro to Sharh Aqeedatut Tahawiyya
Imaam at Tahawee (d. 321 AH) and his creed
Life of Imaam at Tahawee (d. 321 AH)
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