A Muslim’s Creed
Our Creed and Call
: We believe in Allaah and His Names and Attributes, as they were mentioned in the Book of Allaah and in the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah, without tahreef (distortion), nor ta’weel (figurative interpretation), nor tamtheel (making a likeness), nor tashbeeh (resemblance), nor ta’teel (denial).
: We believe that calling upon the dead and seeking aid from them, and similarly with the living, in that which no one besides Allaah is capable of, is Shirk with Allaah. Likewise, believing that charms and amulets can bring about benefit along with Allaah, or without Allaah is Shirk, and carrying them without that belief is superstition.
: We take the Book and the Sunnah upon their apparent meanings, and we do not perform ta’weel, except through a proof that necessitates ta’weel (figurative interpretation) of the Book and the Sunnah.
: We love the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah, and we hate those who speak against them. We believe that to speak ill of them is to speak ill of the Religion, because they are the ones who conveyed it to us. And we love the Family of the Prophet with love that is permitted by the Sharee’ah.
: We love the People of Hadeeth and all of the Salaf of the Ummah from Ahlus-Sunnah.
: We despise ‘ilmul-kalaam (knowledge of theological rhetoric), and we view it to be from amongst the greatest reasons for the division in the Ummah.
: We do not perform takfeer upon any Muslim due to any sin, except Shirk with Allaah, or the abandonment of Prayer, or apostasy. We seek refuge in Allaah from that.
: We believe that the Qur’aan is the Speech of Allaah, it is not created.
: We hold co-operation with any Muslim upon the truth to be obligatory and we declare ourselves free in front of Allaah from the calls of Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islaamic times of ignorance).
: We do not deem it correct to revolt against the Muslim rulers as long as they are Muslims, nor do we feel that revolutions bring about reconciliation. Rather, they corrupt the community.
: We hold that this multiplicity of present day parties is a reason for the division of the Muslims and their weakness.
: We restrict our understanding of the Book of Allaah and of the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah to the understanding of the Salaf of the Ummah from the Scholars of hadeeth, not the blind followers of their individuals. Rather, we take the truth from wherever it comes. And we know that there are those who claim Salafiyyah, yet Salafiyyah is free from them, since they bring to the society what Allaah has prohibited.
: We believe that politics is a part of the Religion, and those who try to separate the Religion from politics are only attempting to destroy the Religion and to spread chaos.
: We believe there will be no honor or victory for the Muslims until they return to the Book of Allaah and to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah .
: We oppose those who divide the Religion of trivialities and important issues. And we know that this is a destructive da’wah.
: We oppose those who put down the knowledge of the Sunnah, and say that this is not the time for it. Likewise, we oppose those who put down acting upon the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah .
: Our da’wah and our ‘aqeedah is more beloved to us than our own selves, our wealth and our offspring. So we are not prepared to part with it for gold, nor silver. We say this so that no one may have hope in buying out our da’wah, nor should he think that it is possible for him to purchase it from us for deenaar or dirham.
: We love the present day Scholars of the Sunnah and hope to benefit from them and regret the passing away of many of them.
: These are glimpses into our ‘aqeedah and our da’wah.
So let it be known that this has not fully covered our da’wah and our ‘aqeedah, since our da’wah is from the Book and the Sunnah, to the Book and the Sunnah, and our ‘aqeedah is likewise. And Allaah is sufficient for us, and He is the best of those who are trusted. And there is no might, nor power, except with Allaah.
The majority of this text is a summarisation of what is found in “Tarjumah Abee ’Abdur-Rahmaan Muqbil Ibn Haadee al-Waadi’ee” (p. 135-142) of Shaykh Muqbil Ibn Haadee.
E-BOOKS ON ‘AQEEDAH (CREED)
The Authentic Creed & The Invalidators of Islam – Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz – Publisher: Darussalam Publishers & Distributors (2000)
The most important matter for every Muslim is the correctness of his beliefs. Islam established on the basis of sound creed and it opposes all false superstitions and erroneous systems of belief. Thus, it is essential for every Muslim to make certain that his belief are correct and in accordance with the Quran and authentic Sunnah of the Prophet (S). This small but important book covers all basic information and we hope that readers will recognize the importance of this treaties by Shaikh Ibn Baz. Contents: Belief in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, & in the Divine Destiny, and Invalidators of Islam.
Basic Principles on The Subjects of Tawheed, Fiqh and Aqeedah – By Sheikh Yahyaa Ibn ‘Alee Al-Hajooree [PDF]
This treatise presents basic Islamic principles on fundamental beliefs and practices of the Muslims in an easy-to-follow format. The book is set up in point-by-point and question and answer format, thus making it a very useful and beneficial introductory tool.
In his introduction, the author states that he wrote these points for teaching his children and also as a guide for teaching other young Muslims. It is with this same intention, that this treatise was selected in that it is hoped that this effort can (1) help beginning Muslims to understand the basic c oncepts of the Islamic Faith; (2) assist Muslim parents in teaching their children the fundamentals of the Religion; and (3) serve as a reference source for Muslims with advanced understanding in gathering evidences and principles.
Paperback: 132 Pages – Published: 2000 (reprint 2007)
The Creed Of The Imaam Of Hadeeth , Imaam Al-Bukhaaree – 42 pages – [PDF]
Author: Abu ‘Iyaad Amjad Ibn Muhammad Rafiq, Abu Talhah Ibn Dawood Ronald Burbank (translators) – Publisher: Salafi Publications – Pages: 147
Before you, O reader, may Allaah guide you to His pleasure, is a compilation of the Creed and Methodology of the great Imaam and Scholar of the Prophetic Traditions and the Religion, Al-Bukhaaree, may Allaah have Mercy upon him. Imaam Al-Bukhaaree is the author of the famous work of Hadeeth (Prophetic Tradition) known as ‘Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree’. This work is considered by the scholars of Orthodox Islaam to be the most authentic book after the Qur’aan. When Imaam Al-Bukhaaree speaks, the Ummah pays attention, since he is from the most knowledgeable of the people of the earth regarding the way of the Messenger Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alayhi wassallam). Imaam Al-Bukhaaree states that he spent over forty-six years travelling around the various Islaamic lands, benefiting from the scholars of his time. He met over a thousand scholars, and took knowledge from and imparted knowledge to them. So after he mentions many of the places he visited and the names of the scholars he met, he states, “And we are content with the naming of these people so that this discourse may be brief and concise and is not lengthened. And I never sa w a single one amongst them differ with respect to the following matters..”. Imaam Al-Bukhaaree then proceeds to state and explain the matters of Faith and Methodology of the Salaf (Righteous Predecessors) of this Muslim nation. This book is a translation of that treatise narrated from Imaam Al-Bukhaaree contained in the encyclopedia of the ‘Aqeedah known as “Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’ah” (Explanation Of The Fundamentals Of The Creed Of Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’ah) of Imaam Al-Laalikaa’ee (Died 418 AH). So this book, O Muslim, is a translation of some of the points of the Creed of Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’ah. The text is as relevant today as it was over one thousand years ago, if not more so, since confusion regarding matters of Manhaj and ‘Aqeedah (Methodology and Creed) has increased. So know that success lies in sticking to the way of the Salaf as Imaam Maalik Bin Anas (Died 179 AH) said, “The latter part of this Ummah will not be rectified except by that which rectified its earliest part”. So compare the speech of Imaam Al-Bukhaaree contained in this treatise to the speech of the callers to Islaam today, and you will see who in reality is in accordance to Islaam as it was understood by the earliest generations.
The Creed of the Four Imaams – Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdur-Rahmaan al-Khumayyis [Book]
Publisher: The Revival of Islamic Da’wah : TROID (Canada) Pages: 153
From the publisher — This ground-breaking first publication spans 154 pages and is based upon the original work of Dr. Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdur-Rahmaan al-Khumayyis. The book proves the important, yet often overlooked point, that despite whatever differences the Imaams had in their fiqh, their creed was one and the same in almost all issues. Many narrations are brought from the past and present day Scholars showing that the path to Allaah is one. Detailed biographies have been provided for each of the four Imaams from ancient authentic sources. Additionally, many doubts cast over the creed and lives of the Imaams have been uncovered, and the Creed of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah has been exonerated.
The Three Fundamental Principles – Text – Abdul Wahab – al-ibannah – 22 Pages – [PDF]
Sharh Al-Aqeedat-il-Wasitiyah – by Shaikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah
Sheikh-ul-Islam’s book Al-Aqeedat Al-Wasitiyah deals with the perfect and undefiled Islamic Faith and Creed of the As-Salaf-As-Salih (Pious Predecessors) particularly in regards to Allah’s names and attributes, with solid arguments in brief words and terminology. The book is highly appreciated by the scholars for its brevity as well as comprehensiveness; and for its contents produced perfectly in line with the Qur’an and Sunnah in an appealing and manifest manner.
This is an English translation and Explanation of Imaam al-Barbahaaree’s classic work, Sharh as-Sunnah. The book consists of 170 points on different aspects of the Muslim creed. Extensive notes have been provided, giving relevant passages of the Qur’an and authentic sayings of the Prophet. Ample sayings of the early scholars have also been included. In every age, there has been a noble company of scholars who stood firm and expended great efforts in defending the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger and in refuting the people of innovated beliefs, innovation, deviation and misguidance. At the head of them towards the end of the third century and the beginning of the fourth was the Imaam who aided the Sunnah and subdued innovation: Abu Muhammad al-Hasan ibn ‘Alee al-Barbahaaree.
The Creed of Ahl us Sunnah Wal Jamah Regarding Companions – by Shaik Abdul Muhsin bin Hamad Al-Abbaad [PDF] – al-ibaanah Publications
This is a translation of a small treatise entitled “’Aqeedatu Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah fis-Sahaabat-il-Kiraam” (The Creed of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah concerning the Companions) written by Shaikh ‘Abdul-Muhsin Al-‘Abbaad. The source for this treatise was an article the Shaikh wrote for the Islamic University of Madeenah Newsletter (Issue 2 of their fourth year) Shawaal 1391H. This article was distributed together with a transcribed lecture from the Shaikh entitled “Sending Salaat on the Prophet” in a booklet published by the Islamic University of Madeenah.
In this brief presentation, Shaikh Al-‘Abbaad, one of the senior scholars and a Muhaddith in Saudi Arabia, may Allaah preserve him, outlines the proper belief a Muslim should have with regard to the Companions, and that is of moderateness.
So the Muslim should not go to either extreme of being fanatical towards individuals amongst the Companions or being lenient and heedless about the rights they deserve. Rather, it is upon the believer, the adherent of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, to have love and respect for all of them, as well as to acknowledge their virtues and refrain from mentioning their errors and mishaps. The Shaikh presents the material in a concise but educational manner, quoting numerous ayaat, ahaadeeth and statements of the Salaf.