Al-Muhannad ‘ala al-Mufannad Translation

The fortunate and respected brother, Master Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari, al-Hindi thumma al-Biritani (Allah deliver him and preserve him from every evil) sent to me a transcript of al-Muhannad ‘ala l-Mufannad which is [currently] undergoing a new edition with beneficial and useful footnotes written by the aforementioned respected brother. I found it agreeable and accessible for readers of this book. This new edition along with its beneficial footnotes will become the best print of this book. Allah reward the respected brother the best of rewards from His presence and deliver him and grant him the ability to further serve the upright, monotheistic, magnanimous and clear religion in his bright future.

[After] this, of that which the reader ought to know with respect to this book are two important points:

First, this book is called al-Muhannad ‘ala l-Mufannad (The Sword against the Disproved), and although it has become famous as ‘Aqa’id Ahl al-Sunnah wa l-Jama‘ah (Beliefs of the People of the Sunnah and the Group) or as ‘Aqa’id ‘Ulama Deoband (Beliefs of the Scholars of Deoband) in some places in India, it is not in reality an independent book on creed. Nor did its author, the respected shaykh, the jurist, and hadith-scholar, Khalil Ahmad al-Saharanpuri (Allah Exalted is He have mercy on him), write it as an independent book on creed. It is but a compilation of questions and answers which were asked by the Arab scholars at that [time], so the shaykh responded with these answers, and these questions and answers were compiled into a book and were printed with the name al-Muhannad ‘ala l-Mufannad.

Since most of these questions were related to beliefs, and in the correct jargon, were related to the branches which pertain to beliefs and the science of Kalam, it became famous as al-‘Aqa’id (The Beliefs). The truth is that most of it pertains to the peripherals of Kalam not with the fundamentals and the decisive creeds [of Islam]. For this [reason], if a Muslim does not know some or most of it, there will not be any defect in his submission and faith, like the issue of taking an intermediary while supplicating (question 3) or preoccupation in Sufi practices (question 11) or the ruling on Wahhabis (question 12) or the ruling of celebrating the Prophetic birth (on him be blessing and peace)

Questions One and Two

ISLAMIC BELIEFS

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This book is an English Translation of Shaykhut Tafseer Allama Muhammad Idris Saheb Kandhlavi (Rahmatullahi Alayh)’s AQAA’IDUL ISLAM and is translated and prepared by Madrassa In’aamiyyah Camperdown, South Africa

The Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah in the Light of the Qur’aan and Sunnah

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Aqeedatul Tahaawiyyah

Introduction

Imam Tahawi’s al-‘Aqidah, representative of the viewpoint of ahl-al- Sunnah wa-al- Jama’a, has long been the most widely acclaimed, and indeed indispensable, reference work on Muslim beliefs, of which this is an edited English translation.

The Reality of Shirk, its Manifestations and its Types

Shirk is to affirm the special attributes of Allah (Exalted is He) for [those] besides Him, like:

  • affirming absolute disposal (al-tasarruf al-mutlaq) in the cosmos (kawn) by an absolute will (al-iradah al-mutlaqah), which is expressed as “kun fayakun” (Be! And it is);
  • or affirming intrinsic knowledge (al-’ilm al-dhati) which has not been obtained through acquisition (iktisab) by means of the senses, rational proof, dreams (manam), inspiration (ilham) and their likes from [both] material and spiritual means;
  • or affirming [the act of] existentialising (ijad) the healing of a sick person;
  • or affirming a curse on an individual or displeasure upon him such that the object of this curse becomes penniless, sick or wretched; or [affirming] mercy and satisfaction with an individual, such that he becomes by means of this mercy and pleasure, rich, healthy, fit and happy.