I'm not from subcontinent however I read that Allamah Kashmiri is free of those salafi manhaj which they attributed to him by his following statement ;
فرأى السلف فيها الإيمان على ظاهره ما ورد إمهاله على ظاهره بلا تأويل وتكييف ، ويفوض أمر الكيفية إلى الله تعالى ، وأما ما نسب إلى بعض السلف مثل ابن عباس أنه يعلم معاني المقطعات
Isn't this proving that he meant that the Salaf believed in the apparent and did not know the meaning ? If they did knew the meaning like the Wahabis claim then what sense does it make to believe in the apparent if you know it's literal anyway ?
If brother AbuHajira can maybe shed one more time light on Dhahir for me, namely does it make sense that an word standing alone like Wadjh, Yad can be accepted in it's dhahir meaning ? As far as I know the apparent meaning is by looking to the context instead of words standing alone which is either literal or figurative.