Translation of Muqaddimah Al-Risalah ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani by Imam
Abu Muhammad Abdullah Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani (310-389 AH).
With commentary of Shaikh Ahmad ibn Yahya Al-Najmi (d. 1429 AH) and the
accompanying Arabic text.
The author was asked to write a short treatise on the fundamentals of
belief and creed of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah. This work was written in
response to that request, wherein the author explains the obligatory
aspects of Islam, those that should be pronounced by the tongue,
believed in the heart, acted upon the limbs and acts of Sunnah related
to the foundations of faith.
This detailed work covers many aspects of faith, jurisprudence and
character. It commences with belief in Allah, His Names and Attributes
and the applied principles in understanding them. It also discusses the
Quran, seeing Allah, punishment of the grave and events that will occur
therein, the Divine Decree, companions of Allah's messenger and other
important aspects of faith. He calls to following the way of the Salaf
and adhering to the knowledge and guidance they left for the community.
Creed is not just mere code of belief but it has a practical role, which
translates into qualities, characteristics and actions that every Muslim
must adhere to and accompany. When writing this tract the author has
kept the young and mature in mind, hence keeping the work very simple to
read and understand - placing it ideally as an educational textbook.
Knowing the creed of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah is compulsory for every
Muslim, learning and memorising it is also an important aspect of this
Imam Ibn Abi Zayd Al-Qayrawani was a leading imam and an Islamic scholar
from North Africa. He was an exegete and a jurist who was known as
'little Malik' because of his vast knowledge and expertise in the Maliki
school of fiqh. He authored over thirty works on various Islamic
disciplines. Imam al-Dhahabi said of him, "He, may Allah have mercy on
him, was upon the way of the pious predecessors concerning the
fundamentals of Islam". He was very pious, deeply religious and
steadfast in his adherence to the Sunnah.