In an age when fundamental beliefs are misunderstood and aberrant opinions are championed as tenets of faith, the only viable solution is to revive our connection with the principles that underpin our core beliefs as adherents of orthodox Islam.
This concise and lucid work of creed by the polymath and one of the foremost scholars of early Islam, Abu Ja’far Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Tahawi (d. 321/933), is universally accepted amongst scholarly circles as a foundational text in Islamic belief. Numerous commentaries have been written on it throughout the ages, expositing its meanings and uncovering its subtleties. The present translation includes what is regarded as the most accessible commentary penned, authored by the brilliant scholar, judge and theologian Abu Hafs Siraj al-Din al-Ghaznawi (d. 773/1372).
The vast majority of the four schools [of Sunni jurisprudence] acknowledge the creed of Abu Ja'far al-Tahawi, which has been received by both former and subsequent scholars with acceptance.
—Imam Taj al-Din al-Subki (d. 771/1370)
Transliteration Key Translator's Introduction Imam Abu Ja'far al-Tahawi Imam Abu Hafs Siraj al-Din Ghaznawi Author's Introduction
1. Exposition of the Creed of Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah 2. Divine Unity 3. Allah's Eternal and Everlasting Names and Attributes 4. Allah's Preordination 5. Muhammad (S) and His Description 6. The Qur'an: the Eternal Word of Allah 7. The Beatific Vision 8. The Prophet's Night Journey (S) and Ascension 9. The Prophet's Basin (S) and Intercession 10. The Covenant Made with Adam (a.s) and His Progeny 11. Divine Decree and Predetermination 12. The Preserved Tablet and the Pen 13. Allah's Attribute of Creating 14. The Throne and the Footstool 15. The Angels, the Prophets and the Revealed Books 16. Declaring the People of the Qiblah to be Muslims 17. Debating about Allah's Essence 18. Arguing about the Qur'an 19. The Impermissibility of Accusing a Muslim of Disbelief 20. The Meaning of Faith 21. Faith Neither Increases nor Decreases 22. The Fate of Major Sinners 23. The Status of a Muslim 24. Rebelling Against Muslim Leaders 25. Wiping Over Footwear 26. Hajj and Jihad 27. The Guardian Angels who were Scribes 28. The Grave and its States 29. Resurrection 30. Paradise and Hellfire 31. The Ability that Accompanies Acts 32. Slaves' Actions 33. Supplication and Alms on Behalf of the Deceased 34. Allah's Wrath and Pleasure 35. Loving the Companions of the Prophet (S) 36. The Order of the Caliphate 37. The Ten Given the Glad Tidings of Paradise 38. Speaking Well of Scholars 39. The Rank of Sainthood 40. Portents of the Final Hour 41. Diviners and Soothsayers 42. Adhering to the Congregation