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Journal:   JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS THOUGHT   FALL 2006 , Volume - , Number 20; Page(s) 125 To 155.
 
Paper: 

ANTROPOMORPHOSIS (TASHBIH), ENTRUSTING THE MEANING (TAFIDH) AND INTERPRETATION (TA'WIL) IN THE SCHOOL OF THE PEOPLE OF HADITH

 
 
Author(s):  HOJAT HADI*
 
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Abstract: 

Among the allegorical verses of the Quran (mutashabihat), are the verses of attributes (Ayat al-sifat). Dealing with these verses, Muslim scholars have different positions. Indeed, in this respect there are three major views: Tashbih, Tafvidh and Ta/wit. Tashbih (assimilating) is the comparison of God to created things. TaFVIDH is the consigning [the meaning] of the verses of attributes [to Allah] and do not liken them to the creation nor negate them. Ta'wil is the interpreting of these verses according to what befits His Majesty Most High. The people of tradition (Ahl al-hadith) hold the positions of Tashbih and TaFVidh.
In this essay, the author criticizes ahl al-hadith's views and attempts to demonstrate that Ta'wil is the best way concerning above mentioned verses, and not only Imams of Shiah but also a number of distinguished companions, successors and even some ahl al-hadith scholars have accepted it as the appropriate method for interpreting the allegorical verses.

 
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