How to understand the Attributes of Allah – al-Qawl al-Tamam

This is the most detailed work on the issue of understanding the Attributes (Sifat) of Allah via the means of Tafwid of the kayfiyya (howness) and ma’na (meaning) by Shaykh Dr.  Sayf al-Asri of Yemen. The work has been endorded by the late Senior Aqida specialist – Shaykh Wahbi ibn Sulayman Ghawiji (d. Feb. 2013, rahimahullah) of Damascus, Mufti Taqi Uthmani of Pakistan, Dr Yusuf al Qaradawi of Egypt and others. It showed via means of more than 100+ quotations from early Islam right down to this age how to understand the Attributes of Allah as the Salaf and their successors from the Khalaf understood it.

It is the best work to date in refutation of the claims of Ibn Taymiyya and his followers in this age who deny Tafwid of the Ma’na (meaning) as the way of the Salaf. This second edition also contains replies to some contemporary pseudo-Salafis that attempted to rebut the findings of Shaykh al-Asri (see the appendix) in his al-Qawl al Tamam bi Ithbati Tafwid Madhhaban lil Salaf al Kiram:


Imam al-Dhahabi (d. 748 AH) on Tafwid al-Ma’na:

He mentioned in his Siyar a’lam an-Nubala (8/105):

“Our saying in this and what falls under it is: Submission to the text, passing it on as it came and consigning the knowledge of its meaning (tafwidh ma’nahu) to its Sacrosanct and Truthful Sayer.”

He also said in his Siyar a’lam an-Nubala (14/376):

“As for the Salaf (three earliest Muslim generations), then they did not delve into interpretation (of the Attributes), but rather they believed, refrained, and consigned the knowledge of that to Allah and His Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).”

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    1. Wa alaikum salam
      Please see the last post in the link you provided and note that they put together a useless and unscholarly pdf of all their major claims.. BUT.. It was removed as they realised how weak it really was. Hence, we need not bother with the likes of these autodidactic asaghir. Wassalam

      1. if there is a need of funds for the translation, maybe you could have a campaign on your website to raise some money for it. I also would really like a translation.

  1. All Saud spending millions of dollars for PR campaign, from Fox news to Al Azhar and Deoband, they are wagging a systematic campaign to undermine Ahl Sunnah wal Jama’s work, with petrol dollar they are controlling and shaping people’s believe. They flood people with shiny books, colorful websites, trained specialists,Hollywood standard TV shows… it is very difficult to make our voice heart when they have the bigger loudspeaker, we not only need more funds for these projects, but we need specialists who’s job is to deal with these nuisance.

  2. I am a Malaysian and here we learn the 20 attributes. Wujud, Qidam, Baqa’, Mukhalafatuhu lil hawadith, Qiyamuhu binafsih and etc. It’s something we learned in government schools during childhood. Alhamdulillah. It’s the way of Abu Hassan al-Ash’ari and Abu Mansur al-Maturidi. It’s quite sad whenever i met with the Pakistanis and Bangladeshis here, when I asked them, they knew nothing about it.

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