“The Ascension is not unknown…”
Imaam Maalik ibn Anas [died 179 (rah)] was asked about the specific details of Allah’s Ascension. He put his head down until he began sweating and then repied with his famous statement,
“The ascension is not unknown, the details of it are not comprehensible, believing in it is obligatory, and questioning about it is an innovation!”
It was reported by al-Laalakaa’ee in ‘Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah wal-jamaa’ah’. Refer to the excellent book, ‘Exemplary Foundations concerning the beatuful Names and Attributes of Allah’ by Sh. Muhammed ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen. [TROID Publications]
Also, regarding those who wish to commit tahreef (distortion) in Allah’s Names and Attributes – like the saying of the Jahmiyyah that istiwaa (ascending above) is istawlaa (conquering and having dominion over); and like the saying of some of the Innovators that al-Ghadab (Anger) when refering to Allaah means ‘intending to send blessings’ (1) – Shaykhul-Islam ibn Taymiyyah (died. 728H) rahimhullah gave the most excellent response. He mentioned:
“If it is said to you: We interpret the meaning of Anger to be ‘desiring’ to punish ‘ and Mercy to be desiring to send blessings’then say: Does this desiring resemble that of the creation, or is it a desiring befitting His majesty and Greatness? So if he says the first –then he has done tashbeeh ! And if he says the second,then say: Then why do you not say, ‘Mercy and Anger befitting His Majesty and Greatness? And this put will put and end to his argument“.
(1). Added from the footnotes to at-Tanbeehaatul-Lateefah ‘alaa mahtawat ‘alayhil-‘Aqeedatil-Waasitiyah (pp.15-16)