Comments on the book entitled ''Safwat Al-Tafasir'' by Al-Sabuny and his Ta'wil of Ayat-ul-Sifat
Q. What is your opinion with regard to the book entitled ''Safwat Al-Tafasir'' for it quoted Al-Sawy as saying that the Messenger (peace be upon him) is the origin of mercy and blessings? Also, Al-Sawy said that adopting the apparent meaning of the Qur'an and Sunnah is Kufr (disbelief).
A. This is all incorrect. The Messenger (peace be upon him) is not the source of mercy, except by way of Ta'wil (allegorical interpretation), if we consider that he was a source of Shari`ah (Islamic law) which is mercy.
Otherwise, mercy is from Allah Alone and this saying is erroneous and wrong.
Moreover, claiming that adopting the apparent meanings of the Islamic texts is Kufr, is also wrong; this is extremely bad and condemned statement by Al-Sawy. We ask Allah to save us from this.
Kufr is to stray from the true path. In fact, a sound person never says so for both sayings are decisively great abomination.
May Allah protect us from that!
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