Imam al-Mayraqi (r.a.) on Imam Abu al-Hasan al-Ash’ari (r.a.) Following the Madzhab of Imam Malik (r.a.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Imam al-Mayraqi (r.a.), the Maliki scholar, said, “Abu al-Hasan was not the first to argue the theology of the people of the sunnah.  Rather he traverses an already established path and increased in its proofs and clarity.  He did not innovate a new position or school.  Is it not clear that the school of Madina claimed to follow the Maliki school and those of this school call themselves Maliki.  Malik, however, simply followed the example of the pious ancestors who came before him and he was strict in following them.  When his school increased in proofs and clarity, it became ascribed to him.  This is the same situation with the school of Abu al-Hasan al-Ash’ari.  He did nothing but clarify the positions of the pious ancestors, and his writings scored them victory.”


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