Ibn Taymiyyah expounds on Islam (Selected writings of Shaykh al-Islam Taqi ad-Din Ibn Taymiyyah on Islamic faith, life, and society) By Ahmad ibn ʻAbd al-Halim Ibn Taymiyah
The idea to compile a selection of Imam abn Taymlyyah’s vast corpus of writings, presenting in his own words his basic religious thought, was presented to me a few years ago, by the then Director of research Center of Imam ibn Sa’ud Islamic
University, Riyadh, Dr. Muhatmhicl At He very much welcomed the idea and got the approval of the President 0f the University, His Excellency, Dr. 'Abdullah 'Abdul-Muhsin At-Turki. I pray that this volume succeeds in bringing Ibn Taymiyyah closer to the English-speaking world, as well as in promoting a better understanding of the pure, pristine Islam which he tried to expound in his writings.
This volume consists of selections from various writings of Ibn Taymiyyah included in the Majmu Fatawa Shaykh al-Islam (37 volumes) published in Riyadh, lami ar-Rasatil (2 volumes), published by Dr. Rashad Salim in Cairo, as well as some of his major works, such as Minhaj as-Sunnah an-Nabawiyyah, Dar' Ta'arud al- Agl wa An-Nagl, ‘Kitab ar-Radd al-Mantagiyyin, ANstigamah, and Igtida as-Sirat al-Mustagim.
These selections will, I hope, present in a single volume a clear and complete view of Ibn Taymiyyah’s concepts of Islamic faith, life and society. They are primarily intended to highlight his positive position and mention his criticisms and refutations of other positions only to the extent needed. I hope that, in going through these selections, the reader will, also form an idea of the work of taja'idthat Ibn Taymiyyah undertook.
In the Introduction to this volume I have discussed at length the notion of tajdid in Islam and underscored the contribution of Ibn Taymiyyah in this regard. This will, I hope, help the reader understand the tremendous impact that his writings have exercised on all the efforts that are being made to revive and reinvigorate Islam in our times.
Muhammad ‘Abdul-Haqg Ansari