The claim that there are only twenty (20) Attributes of Allaah

Question: I read in the book of Tawdeeh Al-`Aqeedah Al-Mufeedah Fee `Ilm Al-Tawheed Li Sharh Al-Mazeedah that was written by Ahmad Al-Dardir and was commented by Shaykh Husayn Abdul-Rahim. It is the second part of the course of the fourth year in the preparatory stage in Al-Azhar institutes. This fourth edition was verified by Musa Ahmad, V. 4, on 1363 A.H, 1963 A.D. In this book, I read that the Attributes of Allaah (Exalted be He) are twenty Attributes in the saying of a certain group as Al-Raaziyyah. In another saying Imaam Al-Ash`aree and those who adopted his views said that the Attributes of Allaah are thirteen Attributes.

What is agreed upon according to this book is seven Attributes that are the Attributes of Al-Ma’aanee (the meanings).

We would like to know what is incumbent upon us with regard to the Attributes of Allaah and their number if they are seven, thirteen or twenty. If they are twenty Attributes, what is the meaning of His being Potent and Living. Are these books proper for studying the sound creed? I doubt such books, because the author of Al-Mazeedah is Ash’aree.

I would like to follow the example of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream). I do not like to imitate Al-Ashaa`irah or others. Guide me to a book that talks about the Attributes of Allaah according to the creed of Ahl-ul-Sunnah (adherents to the Sunnah).

Answer: `Aqeedah of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah is that Allaah is described with the Attributes of Perfection… read more here.

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