Pearl of Wisdom

in the book al-Tabdil, 'Ishaq al-Kindi who was the philosopher of his time in Iraq decided to write about contradictions in the Qur'an, and sat alone at home, preoccupied with it. One of his students visited Imam Hasan al-'Askari (AS) one day, and Abu Muhammad (AS) asked him, 'Is there not a Imam al-Hasan b. 'Ali al-'Askari (AS) rightly-guided man among you who can stop your teacher al-Kindi from this occupation that he has started with the Q]lr'an?' The student replied, 'We are his students; how can we object to him on this or on any other issue?' Abu Muhammad said, 'Will you then convey to him what I am telling him through you?' He said, 'Yes.' He (AS) said, 'Go to him and offer your service to him in his task, as though you want to acquaint yourself with it, and assist him therein. Once the acquaintance has developed, tell him, 'I have a question which I would like to ask you.' Certainly he will allow you. Then ask him, 'If someone who spoke only using [verses of] the Qu'ran was to come to you, would it be possible for his intended speech to be different to what you have understood it to mean?' He will indeed tell you that it is possible, because he is a man who comprehends if he listens. So, if he confirms this , then ask him, 'So that means that that which you have perceived might be different to what he meant, such that you may even be imposing a meaning to a word that is different to its original.' So the student went to al-Kindi, acquainted himself with him and politely mentioned the issue to him. He asked him to repeat the question, which he did. Then he pondered into it and thought it to be possible in language and acceptable conceptually. He then said, 'I swear by you to tell me from where you have learnt this [argument]?' He [the student] replied, 'It is just something that came to my mind so I presented it to you.' He said, 'No way. Someone like you could not have been guided to this kind of argument nor reached this position [in learning], so tell me from where you have come up with this?' He replied, 'Abu Muhammad ordered me to [tell you] this.' He then said, 'Now you have told me. Something like this could only have come from that household.' He then asked for some fire and burnt all that he had written.'

Abu al-Qasim al-Kufi
al-Manaqib li Ibn Shahr Ashub, v. 4, p. 424

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In the Holy Qur'an

And your god is one God! There is no God but He; He is the Beneficent the Merciful (2:163)

In the Traditions

The Prophet said, "Truly Allah resembles no 'thing' and no 'thing' resembles Him; everything which enters one's imagination concerning Him is a misinterpretation."

A man asked the Prophet, "O Muhammad, describe for my Thy Lord."

The Prophet answered, "Surely the Creator cannot be described except by that with which He has described Himself - and how should one describe the Creator whom the senses cannot perceive, imaginations cannot attain, thoughts cannot delimit and sight cannot encompass?

Greater is He than what the depictors describe. He is distant in His nearness and near in His distance. He fashions 'howness', so it is not said of Him, 'How'; He determines the 'where', so it is not said of Him, 'Where?.

He sunders 'howness' and 'whereness', so He is "One...The Everlasting Refuge" (112:2), as He has described Himself. But depictors do not attain to his description. "He has not begotten, and has not been begotten, and equal to Him is not anyone" (112:3-4)

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