The difference between Ibn al-’Arabee and Ibn ‘Arabee

Reference: Fataawa Noor ‘alad-Darb – Question No.6437, Page 267, Volume 12

Question: What is the difference between Ibn al-’Arabee [ابن العربي] and Ibn ‘Arabee [ابن عربي]?

Response: Whatever the case, it is necessary to differentiate [between the two], because Ibn ‘Arabee [is a Soofi, and] is well-known for having extreme viewpoints which reached the level of disbelief (kufr) – and refuge is sought in Allaah [from that]. As for Ibn al-’Arabee, then he is from the scholars of the Maalikee school of Islaamic jurisprudence, and from that which we know he is from Ahlus-Sunnah. So the difference between the two men is like the [difference between] East and West, or like the [difference between] Heaven and Earth.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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