Recently, I just finished reading a book called ''An Introduction to the Sciences of the Quran'' by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi. MashAllah it was very beneficial. However, he devotes a whole chapter to ''A Refutation of the Ash'arees''. He quotes Al Ghazali as saying ''Allah speaks without words, sounds and letters...'' and later on poses the question: ''Where did the Quran that is present amongst us originate from? and what, then, is the Arabic Quran, with its words and letters?'' He also says ''The internal kalaam of Allah, according to them (Ash'arees), is not created, but the Quran, since it is only an expression of the internal kalaam, and not the actual kalaam of Allah, must be created.''
After reading through this section, I had quite a few doubts about the nature of Ash'aree aqeedah (only on this issue of kalamullah, not other issues such as istiwa/sifaat etc.)
Is it the case that Ash'arees believe that the Quran was in essence not Arabic but for the comprehension of humankind and to prove its miraculous nature, it was revealed in clear Arabic? I.e. Allah did not speak in the Arabic language when the Quran was being revealed? (We all affirm that He is far above being restricted to one/any language)
Could one of the brothers please explain and help me clear these doubts about ash'aree aqeedah? Jazak Allah Khair!