as salam `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

Recently Sheikh Yasir Qadhi (of the Al Maghrib Institue) wrote an article entitled “The Role of Atomism in the Groups of Kalam” (click here to read). The purpose of this article, in the Sheikh’s own words, is to expound upon:

“… the reason why orthodox scholars of the past (viz., the Ahl al-Hadīth and those who followed them) disapproved of kalām. The obvious Hellenistic roots of kalām, the cosmological premises that it posited, and the theological positions that were derived from such roots and premises, do not have any basis in the Sacred Texts, and in fact in most instances contradict them.”

The rest of the article is nothing less than an attack on the Ashari school of aqidah and its scholars, who have, by and large, been the defenders of the Sunni tradition against heresy, in all its shapes and forms.

The purpose of this blog, insha Allah ta’ala, is not only to reply to Sheikh Yasir’s extremely reductive conclusions, as he presents them in his article, but also to clarify the status of the Ashari school and its creedal positions vis a vis the Quran and the Sunnah, as expounded upon by the vast majority of the scholars of Ahl al Sunnah wal Jama’ah.

An additional purpose of this blog may also be to show the extremely reductive and regressive nature of the so-called “Salafi Manhaj” and how it does not necessarily correspond to the orthodox tradition as it so claims.

Insha Allah the next post will be a short biography of the Shaykh who has agreed to contribute to this project. May Allah benefit us through his ‘ilm.

wa billahil tawfiq

wa `alaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

Ibn Mazhar

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