Those who deny the sound Hadiths authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) and reject their meanings, are wrongful sinners; but declaring them to be disbelievers, is a matter of detail. (Part No. 2; Page No. 38) As for those who give an allegorical interpretation to the Qur’anic texts and Hadiths speaking of Allah’s Names and Attributes and divert them from their original meaning, claiming that the Salaf are more precise and nearer to the truth but the Khalaf are more knowledgeable, are wrongful. Indeed, the Salaf are more knowledgeable, more understanding of the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and their Madh-hab (School of Jurisprudence) is more perfect and just than the Khalaf.
As for those who say:
“Allah Himself, in Person, is present everywhere,” they are wrongful disbelieving immanentists. Whoever says that Allah is there, everywhere, with His knowledge not Essence, is correct.
Whoever exceeds the limits, denies all the sound Hadiths authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) and only believes in the Qur’an, is judged to be a Kafir (disbeliever) and should not be appointed as an Imam to lead the Muslims in prayer. Salah offered behind such an Imam is invalid. Also, those who transgress in their interpretation of Allah’s Names and Attributes, and the Resurrection and go as far as asserting pantheism or Allah’s existence only in minds, not outside them, or assume that the Resurrection is spiritual, not physical, they are judged to be disbelievers and it is impermissible to pray behind them. But, those who repent sincerely from among them, we should accept their repentance, leaving their inward conviction and feelings to Allah.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.