The scholars of the Salaf would pen books clarifying the core beliefs of
Islam based upon the verses of the Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah. This
creed would be presented as a written compilation or a poem, which is
known as a Manzumah in the Arabic language. Poetry was used as it was
easy for the student to retain and memorize.
The written works would also vary in size. Some opted to present these
matters as concise point such as imam ahmad in his book Usul al-Sunnah
[The Foundation of the Sunnah], while others opted to write an extensive
explanation of the fundamentals of Islam such as Imam al-Ajurri in his
A person may ask in our time: How is this relevant to me? Why are we
studying this poem in 2018?
Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said:
“It was the practice of the scholars, who write concise treatises in
accordance to the doctrine of Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ ah, that they
cite what differentiates Ahl alSunnah from the non-Muslims and the
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