Pseudo Salafis say Allah has a Form / Image

Abd Allah al-Hashidi the “Salafi” editor of al-Bayhaqi’s al-Asma’ wal-Sifat (2:60) openly attributes form and shape to Allah Most High:

“As for our Lord, we affirm that He possesses a form (sura)”

and (2:67)

“As for us we affirm a form (sura) for Allah unlike forms.”

Similarly, the Egyptian ‘Salafi’ scholar Mohammed Khalil Harras……

هو العلاَّمة، السلفيُّ، المحقِّق، محمد خليل هرَّاس
كان رحمه الله سلفي المعتقد، شديدًا في الحقّ، قويّ الحجّة والبيان، أفنى حياته في التعليم والتأليف ونشر السنة وعقيدة أهل السنة والجماعة

….who salafis describe as:

“He was Salafi in creed, stern in establishing the truth, persuasive in establishing his proof, he spent his life teaching, authoring, and spreading the creed of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’a”

says on p. 39 of his commentary on “At-Tawhid” by Ibn Khuzayma:

فالصورة لا تضاف إلى الله كإضافة خلقه إليه لأنها وصف قائم به

“So ‘Image / form’ is not attributed to Allah the way his creation is attributed to Him, because it (His image / form), is an attribute which subsists in His essence”

and on pg. 156:

ثم تبدى الله لنا بصورة غير صورته التي رأيناه فيها أول مرة ، وقد عاد لنا في صورته التي رأيناه فيها أول مرة فيقول أنا ربكم

“Then he appeared to us with an image/form which is different then what we have previously seen, and He returned to us in the image/form we first saw him in and says: ‘I am your Lord’ “

According to the pseudo-Salafi fatwa site ‘Islam Question & Answer’ run by Muhammad S. Al-Munajjid:

The Prophet’s words, “Adam was created in His image” means that Allaah created Adam in His image, for He has a face, an eye, a hand, and a foot, and Adam had a face, an eye, a hand, and a foot… but that does not mean that these things are exactly the same. There is some similarity, but it is not exactly the same. Similarly the first group to enter Paradise are likened to the moon, but they are not exactly the same. This confirms the view of Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah, who say that none of the attributes of Allaah can be likened to the attributes of created beings, without distorting or misinterpreting, or discussing how or likening Him to His creation.

See Sharh al-‘Aqeedah al-Waasitah by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 1/107, 293.

Link to answer on Islam-qa

Useful anecdote:

Salafi theologian Sulaiman al-Alwan is quoted on the Ahl al-Hadeeth forum calling out the pseudo salafis’ own major reference in `Aqida Ibn Khuzayma, author of the book Kitab al-Tawhid (which was renamed Kitab al-Shirk by Fakhr al-Razi), for his supposed negation of ‘image / form‘ as an attribute of God stating:

وأما تأويل ابن خزيمة-رحمه الله تعالى- لحديث ((خلق الله آدم على صورته)) فإنه خلاف الحق ، وهو معدود من أخطائه، والله يعفو عنه ، ولا يجوز لنا التشبث بأخطاء العلماء وزلاتهم ، فإن تتبع زلات العلماء من هوادم الإسلام

rough translation:

As for Ibn Khuzayma’s interpretation (taw’il) of the hadith, ‘Allah created Adam upon his image,’ it stands contrary to the truth, and is to be counted among his errors, may Allah pardon him. It is not permissible for us to adhere to the errors and slips of the scholars, for following the slips of scholars is one of the things that tears down the edifice of Islam.

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