The Essential Islamic Creed
By Shaykh Ahmad Ibn Zayni Dahlan
Translation and Footnotes By Amjad Mahmood
Paperback 105 Pages
ISBN : 9780993475603
Size: 21.6 x 13.9 cm
Publisher: Heritage Press
Arabic - English
About The Book
The essence of Islam is its creed, which validates the performance of one's worship; thus making it eligible for acceptance.
The obligation to have sound doctrine has led Muslim theologians to develop an elaborate discipline of creed based primarily on the Qur'an and Sunnah, whilst also incorporating sound rational argumentation.
This work by Shaykh Ahmad ibn Zayni Dahlan is a summary of the core tenets of faith in the manner of the Late-Sunni Tradition, enumerating what a Muslim should believe regarding
- the prophets;
- the Divine Scriptures;
- the angels;
- the Resurrection Day, with its prelude and finale;
- the Prophet's Companions [may Allah bless him and give him peace] and
- miracles of Allah's friends.
Table of Contents :
- Transliteration Key,
- Translators Introduction,
- Author's Biography,
Chapter [I]. Foundational Principles,
- The Obligation of Knowing Creed,
- The First Obligation,
- Defining the Legally-Responsible Person (Mukallaf),
- The Rational Judgements (al-Ahkam al-'Aqliyyah).
Chapter [II]. The Attributes of Allah,
- The Self-signifying Attribute (al-Sifah al-Nafsiyyah),
- Existence (wujud),
- The Negative Attributes (al-Sifat al-Salbiyyah),
- Pre-eternality (Qidam),
- Everlastingness (Baqa')
- Dissimilarity to Originated Beings (Mukhalafah li al-Hawadith),
- Self-subsistence (Qiyam bi al-Nafs),
- Oneness (Wahdaniyyah),
- The Qualitive Attributes (al-Sifat al-Ma'ani),
- Omnipotence (Qudrah),
- Will (Iradah),
- Omniscience ('Ilm),
- Life (Hayah),
- Hearing (Sam'),
- Sight (Basar),
- Speech (Kalam),
- The Predictive Attributes (al-Sifat al-Ma'nawiyyah),
- That which is Possible in Relation to Allah Most High.
Chapter [III]. The Attributes of The Prophets, alayhim as-Salam,
- The Necessary Attributes of the Prophet's,
- What is Possible for the Prophet's?
- The Impossibility of Prophet's Sinning,
- The Prophet's in the Qur'an,
- The Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him & grant him peace, and His Lineage,
- The Prophet's Children,
- The Prophet's Wives,
- The Divine Scriptures.
Chapter [IV]. The Unseen Realm and the Afterlife, & other Essential Beliefs and Practices,
- The Angels,
- The Interrogation in the Grave,
- Resurrection Day,
- The Reality of Faith,
- The Reality of Islam,
- The Obligation of Learning Sacred Law,
- The Obligation of Loving the Companions,
- The Miracles of Allah's Friends,
- Accompanying the Righteous and Remembering Allah,
- Concluding Remarks.
Contains Extensive Notes and References.
About The Author
Shaykh Ahmad ibn Zayni Dahlan (1817-1886) was the leading Shafi'i mufti and scholar of Mecca during the second half of the 13th century, and an authority on Islamic history.
He was born in 1231 AH. He lived when the first printing press was established in Mecca, which resulted in a number of his works being printed.
He authored, and personally published, numerous works on the Islamic sciences and history.
His major contribution to the madhhab came in the form of his numerous students, including Sayyid `Alawi ibn Ahmad al-Saqqaf, Sayyid Abu Bakr Shatta, Shaykh `Umar Ba Junayd, and Sayyid Husayn ibn Muhammad al-Hibshi.
Some of the works published by him include,
- Sharhu Matn-il-Alfiyyah; (an explanation of the text of al-Alfiyyah in the Arabic language)
- Tarikh-ud-Duwal-il-Islamiyyah bil-Jadawil-il Mardiyyah; (a history of the Islamic states)
- Fath-ul-Jawad-il-Mannan ‘alal-‘Aqidat-il-Musammati bi Fayd-ir-Rahman fi Tajwid-il-Qur’an; (a summary of the tajwid rules of recitation of the Qur’an)
- Khulasat-ul-Kalam fi Umara’-il-Balad-il-Haram; (the history of the rulers of Makkah)
- Al-Futuhat-ul-Islamiyyah; (a history of the opening of the different countries by Muslims)
- Tanbih-ul-Ghafilin, Mukhtasaru Minhaj-il-‘Abidin; (a summary exposing the good manners of the worshippers)
- Ad-Durar-us-Saniyyah fir-Raddi ‘alal-Wahabiyyah; (a treatise refuting the Wahabis)
- Sharh-ul-Ajurrummiyyah; (an explanation of an Arabic grammar text)
- Fitnat-ul-Wahhabiyah; [this booklet] (a treatise of the tribulations inflicted by the Wahabis).
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