Commentary On The Aqeedah (Creed) Of At-Tahawi: Sharh Aqeedah At-tahawiya By ʻAlī ibn ʻAlī Ibn Abī al-ʻIzz
The religion of Islam is characterized by and distinguished from all other religions by its many ordinances, rules and systems of life. The conceptthat comes in the forefront of these ordinances and systems is the Islamic creed (' aqidah). This is from the viewpoint that belief is the fundamental principle for action and from it emanates the philosophy of life and the view of the creation and the Creator. The Salaf (Pious Predecessors) of the nation of Muhammad (May peace and blessings be upon him) have placed considerable emphasis on this concept on practical and theoretical grounds. Practically, the pure Islamic ' aqidah (creed), the one that is free from all superstition and innovation, far from false interpretation and denial, was their methodology of life and their guide to contemplation and thought.
Among the valuable books on this subject is The Creed of At-Tahawi of Imam Abu Ja'far Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Al-Azdl At-Tahawi (d. 321 A.H). It is a very accurate and precise text for its small size. It includes the fundamental principles of belief and its most important issues. One scholar was destined for its explanation and presentation. He was 'Ali Ibn 'Ali Ibn Abi Al-11zz Al-Dimashqi (d.792 A.H). His explanation is adequate and in an easy to understand language.
This book has obtained high stature at this University since the time it was founded. It has been the main reference book for the 'aqidah curriculum of university-level studies. In fact, even before that it had received special attention from the scholars and leaders of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. That is because it encompasses the true creed of the Ahl as- Sunna h wa al-Jama 'ah and is the methodology upon which this country (May Allah fortify and honor it) has stood since its founding.
Therefore, due to the importance of this book and the immense need for it and it’s like, the University took on the task of translating it into English in hopes that those who speak English may benefit from it. The task of this translation was entrusted to a qualified professor who is fluent in both Arabic and English, Dr. Muhammad 'Abdul-Haqq Ansari, researcher in the Deanery of Academic Research. Dr. Muhammad took on this task and put forth an effort to be thanked, and one deserving of our prayers and praise.