The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi. SKU# TB $ Description; Reviews (0). This product is sold out. A new edition reprint in Winter God willing. The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi is the first book published by Zaytuna Institute for its Curriculum Series. Translated, annotated, and introduced by Shaykh Hamza. In summation, the creed of al-Ash’ari (and Abu Mansor al-. Maturidhi) is what is contained in The Creed of Imam Abu Ja’far al-. Tahawi, which the scholars of the .
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Imam at-Tahawi’s al-‘Aqidahrepresentative of the viewpoint of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jama’ahhas long been the most widely acclaimed, and indeed indispensable, reference work on Muslim beliefs, of which this is an edited English translation. This period was the zenith of hadith and fiqh studies, and Imam at-Tahawi studied with all the living authorities of the day. Al-‘Aqidahthough small in size, is a basic text for all times, listing what a Muslim must know and believe and inwardly comprehend.
For these doctrines shared by Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah owe their origin to the Holy Qur’an and consistent and confirmed ahadith – the undisputed primary sources of Islam. Being a text on the Islamic doctrines, this work draws heavily on the arguments set forth in the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah. Likewise, the arguments advanced in refuting the views of sects that have deviated from the Sunnahare also taken from the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah.
As regards the sects mentioned in this work, a study of Islamic history up to the time of Imam at-Tahawi would be quite helpful. References to sects such as Mu’tazilahJahmiyyahQadriyahand Jabriyah are found in the work.
Moreover, it contains allusions to the unorthodox and deviant views of the Shi’ahKhawarij and such mystics as had departed from the right path. There is an explicit reference in the work to the nonsensical controversy on Khalq al-Qur’an in the times of Ma’mun and some other ‘Abbasid Caliphs.
While the permanent relevance of the statements of belief in al-‘Aqidah is obvious, the historical weight and point of certain of these statements can be properly appreciated only if the work is used as a text for study under the guidance of some learned person able to elucidate its arguments fully, with reference to the intellectual and historical background of the sects refuted in the work. Such study helps one to better understand the Islamic doctrines and avoid the deviations of the past or the present.
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In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Praise be to Allah, Lord of all the Worlds. This is a presentation of the beliefs of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jama’ahaccording to the school of the jurists of this religion, Abu Hanifah an-Nu’man ibn Thabit al-Kufi, Abu Yusuf Ya’qub ibn Ibrahim al-Ansari and Tahawu ‘Abdullah Muhammad ibn al-Hasan al-Shaybani, may Allah fo pleased with them alland what they believe regarding the fundamentals of the religion and their faith in the Lord of all the Worlds.
We ask Allah to make us firm in our belief and seal our lives with it and to protect us from variant ideas, scattering opinions and evil schools of view such as those of the Mushabbihahthe Mu’tazilahthe Jahmiyyahthe Jabriyahthe Qadriyah and others like them who go against the Sunnah and Jama’ah and have allied themselves with error. We renounce any connection with them and in our opinion they are in error and on the path of destruction.
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There is nothing like Him.
There is nothing that can overwhelm Tzhawi. There is no god other than Him. He is the Eternal without a beginning and enduring without end.
He will never perish or come to an end. Nothing happens except what He wills. No imagination can conceive of Him and no understanding can comprehend Him. He is different from any created being. He is living and never dies and is eternally active and never sleeps. He creates without His being in need to do so and provides for His creation without any effort.
He causes death with no fear and restores to life without difficulty. He has always existed together with His attributes since before creation. Bringing creation into existence did not add ceeed to His attributes that was not already there. As He was, together with His attributes, in pre-eternity, so He will remain throughout endless time. It was not only after the act of creation that He could be described as ‘the Creator’ nor was it only by the act of origination that He could he described as ‘the Originator’.
He was always the Lord even when there was nothing to be Lord of, and always the Creator even when there was no creation. In the same way that He is the ‘Bringer to life of the dead’, after He has brought them lo life a first time, and deserves this name before bringing them to life, so too He deserves the name of ‘Creator’ before He has created them. This is because He has the power to do everything, everything is dependent on Him, everything is easy for Him, and He does not need anything; “There is nothing aal Him and He is the Hearer, the Seer.
He appointed destinies for those He created.
He allotted to them fixed life spans. Nothing about them was hidden from Him before He created them, and He knew everything that they would do before He created them. He ordered them to obey Him and forbade them iman disobey Him. Everything happens according to His degree and will, and His will is accomplished.
The only will that people have is what He wills for them. What He wills for tqhawi occurs and what He does not will, does not occur. He gives guidance to whoever He wills, and protects them, and keeps them safe from harm, out of Imamm generosity; and He leads astray whoever He wills, and abases them, and afflicts them, out of His justice.
Tauawi of them are subject to His will between either His generosity or His justice. He is exalted beyond having opposites or equals. No one can ward off His decree or put immam His command or overpower His affairs. We believe in all of this and are certain that everything comes from Him. And we are certain that Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peaceis His chosen servant and selected Prophet and His Messenger tahawj whom He is well pleased.
And that he is the seal of the prophets and the Imam of the godfearing and the most honoured of all the messengers and the ot of the Lord of all the Worlds. Every claim to prophethood after Him is falsehood and deceit. He is the one who has been sent tahawo all the jinn and all mankind with truth and guidance and with light and illumination. The Qur’an is the word of Allah. It came from Him as speech without it being possible to say how. He sent it down on His Messenger as revelation.
The believers accept it, as absolute truth. They are certain that it is, in truth, the word of Allah. It is not created, as is the speech of human beings, and anyone who hears it and tzhawi that it is human speech has become an unbeliever. Allah warns him and censures him and threatens him with Fire when He says, Exalted is He”I will burn him in the Fire. Anyone who describes Allah as being in any way the same as a human being has become an unbeliever.
All those who grasp this will take heed and refrain from saying things such as the unbelievers say, and they will know that He, in His attributes, is not like human beings. The seeing of Allah by the people twhawi the Garden is true, without their vision being all-encompassing and without the manner of their vision being known. Everything that has come down to us about this from the Messenger, may Allah bless him and grant him peacein authentic traditions, is as he said and means what he intended.
Tahzwi do not delve into that, trying to interpret it according to our own opinions or letting our imaginations have free rein. No one is safe in his religion unless he surrenders himself completely to Allah, the Exalted and Glorifiedand to His Messenger, may Allah bless him and grant him peaceand leaves the knowledge of things that are ambiguous to the one who knows them. A man’s Islam is not secure unless it is based on submission and surrender.
Anyone who desires to know things which it is beyond his capacity to know, and whose intellect is not content with surrender, will find that his desire veils him from a pure understanding of Allah’s true unity, clear knowledge and correct belief. He will he subject to whisperings and find himself confused and full of doubt, being neither an accepting believer nor a denying rejector. Belief of a man in the ‘seeing of Allah by the people of the Garden is not correct if he imagines what it is like, or interprets it according twhawi his own understanding since the interpretation of this seeing’ or indeed, the meaning of any of the subtle phenomena which are in the realm of Taahwi, is by avoiding pf interpretation and strictly adhering to the submission.
This is the din of Muslims. Anyone who does not guard himself against negating the attributes of Allah, or likening Allah to freed else, has gone astray and has failed lo understand Allah’s Glory, because our lord, the Glorified and the Exalted, can only possibly be taahwi in terms of Oneness and Absolute Singularity and no creation is in any way like Him. He is beyond having limits placed on Him, or being restricted, or having parts or limbs.
Nor is He contained by the six directions as all created things are. Al-Mi’raj the Tahwi through the heavens is true. The Prophet, pf Allah bless him and creee him peacewas taken by night and ascended in his bodily form, while awake, through the heavens, to whatever heights Allah willed for him.
Allah ennobled him in the way that He ennobled him and revealed to him what He revealed to him “and his heart was not mistaken about what it saw” [ Al-Qur’an Allah blessed him and granted him peace in this world and the next. Al-Hawdthe Pool which Allah will grant the Prophet as an honour to quench the thirst of his Ummah on the Day of Judgementis true. Ash-Shifa’ahthe intercession, which is stored up for Muslimsis true, as related in the consistent and confirmed ahadith.
The covenant which Allah made with Adam and his offspring is true. Allah knew, before the existence of time, the exact number of those who would enter the Garden and the exact number of those who would enter the Fire.
This number will tagawi be increased nor decreased. The same applies to all actions done by people, which are done exactly as Allah knew they would be done. Everyone is cased to what he was created for and it is the action with which a man’s life is sealed which dictates his fate. Those who are fortunate are fortunate by the decree of Allah, and those who are wretched are wretched by the decree of Allah. The exact iam of the decree is Allah’s secret in His creation, and no angel near the Throne, nor Prophet sent with a message, has been given knowledge of it.
Delving into it and reflecting too much about it only leads to destruction and loss, and results in rebelliousness. So be extremely careful about thinking and reflecting on this matter or letting doubts about it assail imqm, because Allah has kept knowledge of the decree away from human beings, and forbidden them to enquire about it, saying in His Book, tahwi is not asked about what He does but they are asked.
This in sum is what those of Allah’s friends with enlightened hearts tahaawi to know and constitutes the degree of those firmly endowed with knowledge. For there are two kinds of knowledge: