Bismillahi Al-Rahmani Al-Rahim

Calling Someone Ayah

Is it permissible to call someone ayah, or sign, of Allah?

Ibn Rajab referred to Imam Ahmad (Allah have mercy upon him) as an ayah, a diving sign. He did this in his small essay Al-Radd `Ala Man Ittaba` Ghayr Al-Madhahib Al-Arba`. Given Ibn Rajab's standing in the Hanbali madhhab, this strongly implies that this is permissible.

And Allah knows best.

wa al-salamu `alaykum