The Creed of Abu Hasan al-Ash'aree in the Latter Part of His Life
The Scholars of the Salaf have exhibited an outstanding role in foiling the plans of the enemies of Islaam - with all their different sects and the varying doubts they propagate. The Islaamic aqeedah was put to trial in its very first period by the various madhaahib and innovated beliefs which found support in the philosophy and theological rhetoric that found its way amongst the Muslims when the works of the Greek Philosophers were translated into Arabic.
The Mu'tazilah played a big role in distorting the texts of the Sharee'ah from the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and plotting against the Scholars of the Salaf and attacking their honour. The most famous of such plots is the trial of Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal - may Allaah have mercy upon him - who remained firm in that trial and in refuting their doubts and falsifying their falsehood - he and [likewise] the other Scholars of the Salaf of this Ummah, such as Imaam Bukhaaree, ad-Daarimee, Ibn Qutaibah, Ibn Mandah and others besides them.
Abu Hasan al-Ash'aree in the first part of his life, used to be a Mu'tazilee since he was brought up at the hands of Abu Alee al-Jubaa'ee the Shaikh of the Mu'tazilah of Basrah in his time.