that disappeared for 4 centuries?
We get an idea when he speaks about the books written in those centuries that are so terriblein his view. He takes the Creed of A
aawiyy as an example of the least worst of them(although A
aawiyy was actually among the Salaf, born in the 3 century)
He says about it:
aawiyy mentioned in it some terrible statements that were widespread in his timethrough the kalaam scholars, such as his statement:
aah is clear of thehaving limits, extremes, corners, limbs or instruments. The six directions (up,down, front, back, left and right) do not contain Him (un) like all createdthings
 What we can understand then
, is that anthropomorphist creed of believing that A
aahis a bodily being, something to be pointed at in a direction, and with parts, and
what was only taught in hiding during those centuries.So what, you may ask, happened in the 7 century?
Well, who other than Ibn Tayimiyyah?Ibn Jibriinsays about him: