The Name & the Named

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Some of the Maturidiyyah say that the name and the thing named, al-ism wa al-musammah, are one.  Imam Abu al-Hasan ‘Ali ibn Isma’il al-Ash’ari (r.a.) believed that there is a distinction between the two and the “act of naming”, tasmiyyah.  Some of them divided a name into three categories: itself, other than itself, and a third category that is neither itself nor other than itself.  There is agreement that the act of naming, tasmiyyah, is other than them, the name and the thing named, and it is what is established with the one named.  This is taken from Bidayah al-Kalam.


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