As-salaamu `alaikum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh. Does anyone of this shaikh? It is said that Ibn Hazm would refer to himself as ashab al-zaahir, but I am not sure if this is true. So is he considered a shaikh of Ahlus-Sunnah? As you may know, Zaahiris are those who takes the approach of applying the literal meaning of Qur'aan and Sunnah. Jazaakumullaahu khair.
Abu Zuhayrah Abdullah bin Allan Pocius
(Philadelphia Pa U.S.A.)
Joined: Oct 2010
The mufti of his era Abdul-azeez ibn baaz rahimahullaah was asked; We hear of the Dhaahiree path. What do they call to? And is this path synonymous with the Sunnah?
"The Dhaahiree way is well known. It was the way that Abu-daawood Al-isfahaanee and Ibn Hazm and whoever took their opinion traversed upon. And the meaning of it is to take the apparent (dhaahir) meaning of the texts without taking into consideration the wisdoms (behind those texts or) analogies (that can be based upon them)rather they even take the orders and prohibitions at their apparent wordings and they don't look into the wisdoms or meanings. Due to this they are referred to as Dhaahiriyyah because they took the texts at their apparent wording and didn't delve into the reasonings, wisdoms, and legislative analogies that have been indicated by the Book and Sunnah. Yet in general they are closer to the truth in their opinions than the people of ra'y (opinion) those who judge by pure opinion and analogy, and turn away from being diligent to learn the proofs in the book and sunnah, yet their are points that are held against the Dhaahirees and difciencies apparent in their methodology in that they focus only on the surface meanings of the texts of the Book and Sunnah without taking into consideration the 'illahs (shar'ee reasons) wisdoms and secrets indicated by the Legislator and implied in the sharee'ah and due to this they have made many mistakes in dealing with the Book and sunnah. And Allaah is waliyyul-tawfeeq