This article by Shaykh Dr. Abul Hasan Hussain Ahmed is some observations on the narration attributed to Imam Mujahid ibn Jabar regarding the ascription of a Makan (“Place”) for Allah – a reply to Harris Hammam, aka, Ismail Patel.
An internet forum contributor known as Harris Hammam (real name being Isma’il Patel) could not explain why Imam al-Bayhaqi did not affirm a Makan like he personally does, when for sure he also knew that Imam al-Bayhaqi clearly transmitted Mujahid’s narration with the wording for Makan! Recall, Imam al-Bayhaqi is not only an Ash’arite in creed but also a major Hafiz of Hadith in his age. Indeed, he was a true Imam of Ahlul Hadith, unlike today’s claimants. Imam al-Bayhaqi knew no one to quote before from al-Salaf or during his time that used a version of a narration attributed to Imam Mujahid mentioning Makan – to be an absolute proof to definitely affirm Makan for Allah! Harris’s manhaj in aqeeda is to use Maqtu narrations as a source of aqeeda in order to affirm a Makan for Allah. While, the real Sunni methodology is to start with what Allah affirmed for himself and then what was transmitted by His Messenger (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), followed by the Sahaba and then those who took from them amongst the rightly guided one’s.