6 The Sixth Saying if from Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani
And it can be found in his famous Ghunya li-Talib al-Tariq al-Haqq,
"It is essential to carry the Attribute of al-Istiwa' (Allaah’s Ascending) by His Essence over the Throne. Istiwa' does not mean sitting (qu'ud) and touching (mumassa), as the Mujassimah and Karramiyyah say, nor does it mean highness ('uluww) and elevation (rifa') as the Ash'ariyyah say; nor does it mean conquering (istila') or domination (ghalaba), as the Mu'' tazilah say. Nothing of this has been reported in the Law (shari'ah). Nor has this been related from any of the Salaf al-Salih, from the Companions and the Followers, or from the Ashab al-Hadith. Rather it is reported from them that they carried al-Istiwa' with its apparent meaning"
(Source: Abd al-Qadir al-Jili, Ghunya p. 50)
See a full translation in: http://www.islam.co.za/abdalqadirjilani/ghunya1.htm
A Concise Refutation of the Allegation that al-Ghunya had been tampered with.
Imam Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani is definitely the author of al-Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq, as any biographer of him has stated. In fact, together with the Futuh al-Ghayb and Fath al-Rabbani, it is his most famous work.
The different editions nowadays all concurr on the text, and none of them deleted the above passage, nor replaced it or changed it in any way; it is her passage, as all the book belongs to Abd al-Qadir! (See first Cairo edition of 1288/1871 by Dar al-Tiba'a al-Amirah or the Cairo edition of 1322/1904, or the Cairo 1375/1956 edition in two volumes)
Thus, any false allegation is Munkar; may Allah give the falsifier what he deserves!
Then besides the proof from al-Naql (Text), we have the evidence of al-'Aql, the faculty of proofs they prefer above the texts, the one they misuse and abuse, and in which they get totally confused, though they are mostly unaware of!
Tell me, O wiseguys! If there is a tradition, or even a trace, from the Imam of his Madhhab, i.e. Ahmad, that indicates that he opposed the Ta'wil and Tajsim of the Ahl al-Kalam, then is it not reasonable that his follower, i.e. al-Jilani, would articulate this?
Would not his teachers, the Hanabilah, such as Ibn Nasir, al-Jawaliqi or the great rawi Ibn Abd al-Baqi report this to him? What about his teachers from the descendants of Ibn al-Banna who opposed the Asha'irah? What to think about Ibn Abi Ya'la, the son of the Qadi who authored pamphlets agains them and others?
If he opposes the Hanbali Tradition of Defense of the Sunnah and its People against Bid'ah and its People, such as the Asha'irah, would he fell outside of this 'tradition'?
See further below:
The Literature written in Refutation of Ash'aris Specifically:
Qadi Abu Ya'la b. al-Farra' (d.458), author of al-Radd 'ala'l-Ash'ariyyah
Abu Isma'il Abdallah al-Ansari (d.481), author of Damm al-Kalam wa-Ahli
Abd al-Wahhab b. Abi'l-Faraj al-Shirazi (d.536), author of al-Radd 'ala'l-Ash'ariyyah
Abu'l-Wafa Ibn 'Aqil (d.526), author of al-Radd 'ala'l-Asha'irah al-'Uzzal
Muwaffaq al-Din al-Maqdisi (d.620), author of al-Burhan fi Mas'alat al-Qur'an wa-Radd 'ala'l-Ash'ariyyah fi-Qawlihim fi'l-Qur'an and of the Munazarah ma'a ba'd al-Ash'ariy fi'l-Qur'an wa-Radd 'alayhi bi'l-Manqul wa'l-Ma'qul.
All these were known people to Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, the last one his student. Do you, O people of who oppose the Sunnah, think that he opposes his fellow-colleagues in their defense of the Sunnah, for following the like of you as you suggest..?
There's therefor conclusive evidence from both the Naql as 'Aql, to believe that he opposed them, besides their non-evidence or 'proofs' that constitute nothing against what we've said, for any 'evidence' against this is insufficient now, unless they come up with an early manuscript or something.. but they never can!
Imam Abd al-Qadir said, and it can not be over repeated: (though the enemis hate it)
It was asked to him: 'Can there be a Wali of Allah on a creed different from Ahmad Ibn Hanbal?' (See Majmu al-Fatawa of Ibn Taymiyyah)
To which he responded:
"Ma kana wa-la yakun!"