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