Allah Most Beautiful Names and some strange statements

Bismillah

While researching on Allah’s Most Beautiful Names I stumbled upon some strange statements I couldn’t withhold from the general public.

In the introduction of the translator “Abu Rumaysah” of the book “Explanation to the Beautiful and Perfect Names of Allah”, which is a translation of an extraction of the tafsir by shaykh Abu ‘Abd ar-Rahman Nasir as-Sa’di rahimahullah on the Most Beautiful names of Allah he mentions imam ar-Razi rahimahullah and says: “and he is from the greatest opponents of Ahlu-s-Sunnah” p. 31). See here:

http://www.kalamullah.com/Books/Explanation%20to%20the%20Beautiful%20and%20Perfect%20Names%20of%20Allah.pdf

This is a blatant lie, intellectual fraud and academic dishonesty. Imam ar-Razi was not an opponent of Ahl us-Sunnah wa’l-Jama’ah, instead he was a defender of Ahl us-Sunnah wa’l-Jama’ah. This is well-known and doesn’t need reference.

Is it because the translator is a Salafi and as such opposed to the Asha’irah whom are not considered from Ahl us-Sunnah wa’l-Jama’ah in his limited view? I find this odd and very strange.

After that I stumbled upon what should be seen as a fatwa aparently from the in Salafi circles popular Saudi ‘shaykh’ Assim al-Hakeem where he outright denies there is a verse of the Qur’an or hadith that mentions Allah has 99 names subhan’Allah. He says: “There isn’t any verse or hadeeth that tells us what are these 99 names but there are speculations of scholars whether a particular set of names are actual names or attributes.” See here:

http://www.assimalhakeem.net/theres-a-book-called-imam-al-ghazalis-al-asma-al-husna-the-imam-made-a-list-of-the-99-names-of-allah-i-have-already-memorized-this-99-names-may-12-2012-2317-contribute-but-last-ti/

In another ‘fatwa’ he mentions that hadith which mentions the 99 names is not authentic. See here:

http://www.assimalhakeem.net/how-far-are-the-list-of-99-names-of-allah-found-are-authentic-and-how-to-know-which-names-are-correct-and-authentic/

So firstly he contradicts himself and then mentions the hadith is not authentic.

I can’t take this ‘shaykh’ seriously. Imam Tirmidhi rahimahullah mentions the hadith with the 99 names in his Jami’ and says it is hasan; imam an-Nawawi mentions this in his Kitab al-Adhkar (Bab Asma’iLlahi al-Husna). This suffices I think. Who is Assim al-Hakeem compared to imam Tirmidhi?

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