Ibn Arabi On the Scale Of Ahlus Sunnah


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It’s well-known fact that both Barailwees and Deobandis/Tablighi Jamaat consider Ibn Arabi to be “al-Shaykh al-Akbar” (Great Shaykh), and they promote his deviant thoughts and defend his falsehood.

We thought it would be beneficial to expose some of the serious errors committed by this individual (Ibn Arabi) in the name of Islam and the fatawaa (verdicts) of Noble Scholars of Ahlus Sunnah regarding him.

Ibn Arabi wrote many books among them is Fusus al-Hikam, he said in the introduction of this book that..he got that book from the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). In the same book he accused Prophet Noah (alaihis salaam) of being ignorant of the proper way to conveying the message. He said ..bani israil did not committed Shirk by worshiping the golden calf in the absence of Musa (alaihis salaam) as according to Ibn Arabi, Allaah manifested Himself in the form of the Calf. Further, He declared pharaoh to be a believer (Muslim).

There are many more blunders made by this individual, who is high respected till date by millions of Sufis worldwide. They not all respect him rather defend his above believes and try to find excuse for him.

Now, let see the fatawaa (verdicts) of Noble Scholars of Ahlus Sunnah regarding Ibn Arabi :

Imaam Haafidh Ibn Hajr (d. 852 H) said, “I asked my Shaykh Siraaj ud deen al-Balqayaanee about Ibn Arabi and he replied quickly he (Ibn Arabi) is kaafir (disbeliever)” refer : Leesaan ul-Meezaan (4/319)

Imaam Haafidh Ibn Daqeeq al-Eed asked Abu Muhammad Izz ud deen Abdul Azeez bin Abdus Salaam as-Silmee ad-Damashqee (d. 660 H) about Ibn Arabi and he replied, “Dirty, liar and far from the truth, .. refer : al-Wafaa Bal-Wafyaat (4/125)

Imaam Abu Hayyaan Muhammad bin Yoosuf Andaloosee (d. 745 H) said, “From the heretics who affirm unification and unity of existence are…… Ibn Arabi” refer : Tafseer Bahr al-Muheet (3/464-465)

Imaam Haafidh Ibn Katheer (d. 774 H) said, “and the book which is named Fusus al-Hikam contains many things which indicate clear kufr (disbelief).” refer : Bidaayah WanNihaayah (13/167)

Imaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728 H) wrote, “..however a group from amongst the heretics (is) like the author of Fusus al-Hikam Ibn Arabi and others like him who are heretics…” refer : Majmoo’a Fataawa (11/385)

Qadhee Taqee ud deen Alee bin Abdul Kaafee as-Subkee (d. 756 H) said, “Whoever is from amongst the later sufi’s like Ibn Arabi and others then they are ignorant and misguided and they outside the way of Islam.” refer : Sharh Minhaaj in the Chapter of al-Wasayyah

Shamsuddeen Muhammad al-Eaizree wrote about Fusus al-Hikam in his book “The scholars says whatever is in it, then all of it is disbelief and everything in it is based on the belief of unification.” refer : al-Fatawaa al-Muntashirah

Imaam Ibn Khaldoon (d. 732 H) said “Among these Sufis are: Ibn ‘Arabi, Ibn Saba’een, Ibn Barrajaan and their followers who follow their path and their religion. They have many books in circulation that are filled with blatant kufr and repugnant bid’ahs, trying to interpret clear texts in very far-fetched and repugnant ways, such that the reader is astounded that anyone could attribute such things to Islam.” refer : Aqeedah Ibn ‘Arabi wa Hayaatuhu

Note :

The deviant teachings of Ibn Arabi are mentioned in Fazael-e- Tabligh (Fazael-e-Amal), Chapter 7, “Keeping company with the Righteous”, with regard to the Ayah of the Quran, ”O those who believe! Fear Allah, and be with the truthful (faithful) people!”


“The commentators [scholars of Tafsir] have written that by ‘truthful’ are meant the mystics [sufis] and the true lovers of Allah, for whoever attaches himself to them and listens to their sermons, he attains very high standards of spirituality.

Shaykh Akbar [Ibn Arabi] has written: “You cannot get rid of the evil wishes of yourself, though you may strive for it for your whole life unless your desires are subjected to the commandments of Allah and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet ( sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam ). So, when you find a true lover of Allah, serve him well and follow his instructions as though you have no will of your own; obey him in all your spiritual, religious and personal matters. even those concerning your occupation, so that he may lead you to the right path and take you nearer to Allah. “ Unquote.

We ask the Tablighi Jamaat and Deobandis to give us the names and references of those [scholars of Tafsir] commentators who “have written that by ‘truthful’ are meant the mystics [sufis]”??

Further, for an individual to serve and follow another individual (who is not a prophet) to such a extent that the former has no will of his own left and obey all the instructions of the latter in spiritual, religious and personal matters is not correct.This is because a believer is commanded by Allaah to unconditionally believe, obey, and follow only Allaah and His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). No one else has the right to be followed or be asked to be followed unconditionally!

In conclusion, the correct methodology of seeking knowledge is through the Noble Quran, the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in accordance with the understanding of the Salaf-us-Saliheen. Anything else is going astray.

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