Alleging that Shaykh Al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah is an Anthropomorphist

Question: I am almost 16 years old, everybody is impressed with my personality, because of my profuse knowledge of religion and sciences. I was very religious, until I joined a Sufi group led by a shaykh called, Muhammad `Eed Al-Husaynee. In few months, I was one of his students, I would rather say one of his servants for I used to wipe my face with his hands, kiss them, and help him wear his shoes. I even used to race with others to help the shaykh wear his shoes.

At the same time, I read books written by Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, for I used to hear the shaykh insulting him, declaring him as a Kaafir (disbeliever), and one of Al-Mushabihah (anthropomorphist: those who liken Allaah’s Attributes to those of His creation). When reading his books I found the contradiction between what is mentioned in them and what the shaykh was saying.

However, I tried to convince myself that these books were fabricated as the shaykh says. He also says that Wahhabism is a dissident Islaamic group just like Al-Mushabbihah Al-Khawarij and Al-Mu`tazilah. 

I also used to debate with a Salafee group (those following the way of the righteous predecessors) and support my views with the Ahaadeeth which the shaykh narrates to us, but then I would discover that they are Hadeeth Mawdoo`(fabricated).

They used to tell me that I would soon abandon this shaykh, if Allaah guides me to the truth.I stayed with this shaykh for about six months leading a Sufi life replete with acts of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). Every lesson, the Shaykh narrates to us the miracles of his masters, the ‘Awliya’ (pious people) and his own such as the knowledge of Al Ghayb (the unseen) which he speaks of indirectly but a word to a wise man is enough.

I used to believe everything he said. My friends used to bring Saheeh Ahaadeeth (a Hadeeth that has been transmitted by people known for their uprightness and exactitude; free from eccentricity and blemish) that contradict his views. However, I used to tell them that the shaykh must be more knowledgeable than them.

On the 15 Sha`ban, 1401, the shaykh said that everyone who trusted him should imitate him without objection. He said that the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) used to obey the orders of Allaah and His Messenger and used to say, “We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all).” When he said this, I felt relieved even though I was sweating badly that night from heat. Since then, I started doubting him. After two days I traveled to Al-Madinah and then to Makkah Al-Mukarramah to perform `Umrah.

There, I met a Saudi man called `Abdul-`Azeez Al-Saalih Al-Tawiyan from Buraydah. I informed him about my story. He brought me books refuting Sufism in addition to books written by Shaykh Al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah.

My doubts increased, therefore I left him after he had made me deviate from the Straight Path, may Allaah keep him in misguidance – May Allah forgive him. Taking into consideration that whenI talked to some of his followers, they accused me of being mad. Now, a debate is taking place between me and one of the shaykh’s followers without his knowledge. I want to refute the claims of a dear friend who is at the same time a follower of the shaykh, which are as follows:

1- Please, explain the Prophet’s saying, Whenever someone greets me, Allaah returns the soul to my body (in the grave) and I return his greeting.

2- The follower of the shaykh accused Ibn Taymiyyah of being an anthropomorphist. Please, clarify this point.

3- The last point is regarding the Awliyaa’. Thanks to Allaah, I have knowledge regarding these matters but it is limited in comparison to yours. May Allaah keep you to protect Islaam and Muslims!

Answer: The claims of this person that Shaykh Al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah be merciful to him) was an anthropomorphist is false. The shaykh believed in Allaah, His Names, and Attributes which is the same `Aqeedah (creed) of the Salaf (Righteous Predecessors)… read more here.

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