Dr.Sa’eed Ramadaan Al-Booti Defends Ibn Taymiyyah
Even Dr. Sa'eed Ramadaan al-Buti, who Kabbani happily quotes (pp. 117-134) because he wrote what was in Kabbani's view a 'landmark study of the 'Salafi' innovation', is quick to point out the fallacy of the accusations against ibn Taymiyyah:
"We are amazed when we see the extremists declaring ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy upon him, to be an unbeliever. And also at them saying that he was one who held Allaah to be a body (mujassid), and I have studied long and hard as to where I could find a statement or a word from ibn Taymiyyah that he wrote or said which would indicate his holding Allaah to be a body as was quoted from him by as-Subki and others and I have not found anything from him like this. All I found was him saying in his legal rulings, 'Indeed Allaah has a Hand as He said, and has risen over the Throne as He said, and He has an Eye as He said'."
Al-Buti adds to this:
"I referred to the last work written by Abu al-Hasan al-Ash'ari, 'al-Ibaanah', and I found him saying exactly what ibn Taymiyyah said..."
(Nadwa Ittjaahaat al-Fiqr al-Islaamee, pp. 264-265, of al-Buti)