Adhering to Al-Asha`iri school

Q 3: Some people repudiate the ascription of the book of [Al-Ibanah] to Abu Al-Hasan Al-Ash`ary. They argue that it is not of his literary heritage. Has any Muslim scholar adopted this view? What are the evidences I may use to refute this view? Finally, I hope your eminence will recommend some books for me that will help me call people to Allah (Part No. 3; Page No. 221) in light of the guidance of the Qur'an and Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).


A: It has been widely believed among religious scholars in the present and past that the book of [Al-Ibanah] is written by Abu Al-Hasan Al-Ash`ary. Some of his followers adopted his views while other scholars disagreed with him in some of his views in Al-Ibanah and even criticized him. However, they did not deny the fact that the book was written by him. The basic rule is to accept the widely established and well known ascription of this book to Abu Al-Hasan. If the person who denies this has proof to support his view, let them bring it forth so that we may examine it.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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