Does the Maturidi Aqeedah Entail Belief in Only Eight Sifaat for Allah (azza wa jal)?

THE EIGHT SIFAAT

The coprocreep then has the raw nerve of saying:

“And please don’t sit on the fence, as it has some aspects that are unavoidable, like the EIGHT SIFAAT for Allah only – you either with it or against it.”

We have made it abundantly clear that we “are with it”. Devils such as the cocrocreep are against it. There is no question of fence-sitting. The response is loud and categorical from the Ulama of Deoband. We revere Sharh Aqaaid and to a greater degree do we revere, honour and laud Imaam Abu Mansur Maturidi (rahmatullah alayh) for having lucidly presented to the Ummah the Aqeedah of the Ahlus Sunnah as propounded by Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh).

As for the “Eight Sifaat”, the coprocreep exhibits stark ignorance. He has not even understood the text of Sharh Aqaaid, hence he has dismally failed to comprehend the meaning of Eight Sifaat. His jahaalat has constrained him to flaunt plain ghabaawah (density of brains). The coprocreep makes a passing reference to the “Eight Sifaat” of Allah Azza Wa Jal stated in Sharh Aqaaid, without expounding his stupid umbrage. He does not explain what is Islamically wrong in the averment of the ‘Eight Sifaat’.

We affirm the validity of the Eight Sifaat of Allah Azza Wa Jal. What is mentioned in Sharh Aqaaid regarding the Eight Sifaat is 100% correct. His contention that Maturidis believe in only eight Sifaat for Allah Azza Wa Jal is the product of his jahaalat and his inability to comprehend even the clear text of Sharh Aqaaid. Nowhere in this kitaab of authority is the Sifaat of Allah Ta’ala confined to eight.

In Al-Fiqhul Akbar Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh) encapsulates this particular dimension or concept of Allah’s attributes into Seven Sifaat. At this juncture we shall not elaborate on this issue because the coprocreep besides mentioning the Eight Sifaat has not dilated on it. He should state exactly what his objection is to the Eight Sifaat concept. What conflict with the Aqeedah of the Salf-e-Saaliheen does he discern in this concept of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh) and further expounded by Imaam Maturidi (rahmatullah alayh), and which is imparted in Sharh Aqaaid?

The coprocreep’s statement: “….like EIGHT SIFAAT for Allah only” betrays his stark ignorance and gross inability to understand the text of Sharh Aqaaid. When he saw the word ‘eight’, the moron summarily concluded that according to us Maturidis, Allah Ta’ala has only eight Sifaat (Attributes).

[HARAAM FOR A JAAHIL TO SPEAK ON A TOPIC BEYOND HIS INTELLECTUAL GRASP]

It is haraam  for a jaahil such as this coprocreep to speak on a topic which is beyond his intellectual and academic grasp. For a while it shall suffice to merely reject his baseless claim that Maturidis believe that Allah Ta’ala has only eight Attributes. If he presents arguments in an academic fashion, he shall, Insha’Allah, receive an academic response to demolish the misconception which he has formed merely looking at the word ‘eight’ in Sharh Aqaaid…

Just consider the stupidity of the Taimiyyites on the issue of the classification of the Sifaat of Allah Azza Wa Jal. Without even having understood the text of Sharh Aqaaid and the texts of other Maturidi literature, which include Al-Fiqhul Akbar of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh), the foundational basis of all Maturidi Aqeedah literature, the coprocreep jaahil rushes off to claim that according to the Maturidis Allah Ta’ala has “only eight Sifaat”. 

When a man who embarks on a refutation of the Giants of Uloom, is unable to even understand the ibaarat (text) in the kutub, then it is indeed an insult to discuss academically with such a jaahil. Nevertheless, in the interests of the unwary there is a need to refute the flotsam of jahaalat which the coprocreep has gorged out in his animosity for the Ulama of Deoband and for Imaam Maturidi (rahmatullah alayhim).

Imaam Maturidi and his followers at no stage claimed that Allah Ta’ala has only eight Attributes. What they had done was to classify the Sifaat into two categories in emulation of the methodology of Imaam Abu Hanifah, Imaam Abu Yusuf and Imaam Muhammad (rahmatullah alayhim).

We shall not elaborate further on the issue of classification because the coprocreep has not presented any discussion on this topic. He has only made a stupid claim without elaborating the issue. Should he embark on an academic discussion to ‘prove’ that according to Imaam Maturdi, Allah Ta’ala’s Sifaat are restricted to eight, then we shall, Insha’Allah, respond with the dalaa-il and elaboration of our Aimmah in the sphere of Aqeedah.

The conceptual differences of opinion among the authorities of Aqeedah is just natural and unavoidable in view of the total absence of Nusoos on the subject. In the absence of Nusoos, every authority of the Shar’iah, without exception, who has commented on the Divine Attributes, was compelled to resort to Ta’weel. 

Regardless what meanings have been tendered by the various authorities, all are the effects of Ta’weel for which a need had developed, and that  essential need was to refute the kufr of the sects of  baatil among which are the anthropomorphists who have taken refuge under the Hanaabilah umbrella bringing eternal disgrace to the Math-hab of the noble Imaam Ahmad Bin Hambal (rahmatullah alayh). With their anthropomorphism created by their literal ta’weel of the allegorical Qur’aanic verses and Hadith narrations, the coprocreep Salafis have defamed and damaged the  Hambali Math-hab…

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