Translation by Afzal Hoosen Elias (Mufti)
Hardback 214 Pages
Zam Zam Publishers, Pakistan
English Translation of Aqeedah al-Tahawi
(Islamic (Sunni) Belief) with Commentary by Maulana Qari Muhammad Tayyab
Imam Tahawi's al-Aqidah,
representative of the viewpoint of ahl-al-Sunnah wal-Jama'ah, has long been the
most widely acclaimed, and indeed indispensable, reference-work on Muslim
beliefs. Being a text on Islamic doctrines, this work draws heavily on 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 Sunnah are also taken
from the Holy Qur'an and Sunnah.
It contains references to views of
the Shi'ah, Khawarij and such mystics that had departed from the right path.
There is an explicit reference in the work to the non-sensical 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 of these statements can only be properly appreciated if the
work is used as a study text under the guidance of some learned person able to
highlight its arguments fully. Such a study will help one understand Islamic
doctrines better and avoid deviations.
English Translation by Mufti Afzal
About the author/commmentator
Imam Abu Ja'far Ahmad bin
Muhammad bin Salamah bin Salmah bin 'Abd al Malik bin Salmah bin Sulaim bin
Sulaiman bin Jawab Azdi, popularly known as Imam Tahawi, after his
birth-place in Egypt, is among the most outstanding authorities of the Islamic
world on Hadith and fiqh (jurisprudence). He lived 239-321 A.H., an epoch when
both the direct and indirect disciples of the four Imams - Imam Abu Hanifah,
Imam Malik, Imam Shafi'i and Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal - were teaching and
practicing. This period was the zenith of Hadith and fiqh studies, and Imam
Tahawi studied with all the living authorities of the day. He began as a student
of his maternal uncle, Isma'il bin Yahya Muzni, a leading disciple of Imam
Shafi'i. Instinctively, however, Imam Tahawi felt drawn to the corpus of Imam
Abu Hanifah's works. Indeed, he had seen his uncle and teacher turning to the
works of Hanafi scholars to resolve thorny issues of Fiqh, drawing heavily on
the writings of Imam Muhammad Ibn al-Hasan al-Shaybani and Imam Abu Yusuf, who
had codified Hanafi fiqh. This led Imam Tahawi to devote his whole attention to
studying the Hanafi works and he eventually joined the Hanafi school.
Imam Tahawi stands out not only as a prominent
follower of the Hanafi school but, in view of his vast erudition and remarkable
powers of assimilation, as one of its leading scholars. His monumental scholarly
works, such as Sharh Ma'ani al-Athar and Mushkil al-Athar, are encyclopaedic in
scope and have long been regarded as indispensable for training students of fiqh.
Maulana Qari Muhammad Tayyab
was the grandson of Maulana Qasim Nanotwi, the founder of Darul Uloom Deoband
(One of the established Islamic Institutes in the world) He graduated from
Darul Uloom Deoband in 1336 Ah (1918.)
His teachers include Mufti Azizur Rahman,
Maulana Habibur Rahman Uthmani, Allamah Shabbir Ahmad Uthmani, Maulana Asghar
Hussain and Allamah Anwar Shah Kashmiri may Allah Have mercy on them all.
He recieved spiritual guidance from the likes of Shaykh al-Hind Maulana Mahmood
Hasan and Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi may Allah Have mercy on them both .
He was the principal of Darul Uloom Deoband for
a period of 40 years during which the Darul Uloom progressed tremendously. Qari
Muhammad Tayyab was an outstanding orator and was able to speak on any Islamic
subject for hours and hours.
He passed away in the month of Shawwal 1403 AH
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