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Ruling on reading books that interpret Allah's Attributes in other than the way of the Salaf

Q. What is the ruling on reading books that interpret the Attributes of Allah in a way that contradicts the method of Salaf (righteous predecessors) especially for those who did not study the science of `Aqidah (creed)?

A. A Muslim should seek books of scholars known for following the creed of the Salaf such as the books of precedent scholars including `Abdullah ibn Ahmad, `Uthman ibn Sa`id Al-Darimy, Ibn Khuzaymah and the like, may Allah confer mercy upon them. Also, those who come after them of people of knowledge and insight such as Shaykh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Al-Qayyim, and Al-Hafiz ibn Kathir as well as Imams of Da`wah (call to Islam) such as Sheikh Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhab (may Allah be merciful with him) and other scholars who concerned themselves with creed and called to it.

I recommend each person to contemplate the Qur'an for is the most important of all Islamic fundamentals and adhere to the Qur'an and Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet) in matters of `Aqidah and other matters.

As for the other books, one can read them if necessary and take their advantage and notify of the mistakes in them whether books of precedent or later scholars.

Ibn Baz Fatwas > Volume 23 > Book on Knowledge > the virtue of knowledge and work  > Questions after the lecture > Ruling on reading books that interpret Allah's Attributes