This (book) is a beneficial and important summary, great in benefit, abundant in advantages. It includes the basic principles of the religion and the foundation of Tawheed which the Messenger called to and for which the (divine) books were revealed. And there is no success for the one who worships Allaah with other than it (Tawheed).
It shows and guides towards traversing the clear shining path and the manifest methodology of truth. In it, I have explained the issues of Eemaan (faith), its characteristics and what eradicates all of it or negates its perfection. I have mentioned every issue accompanied by its evidences so that it becomes clear and so that its reality reveals itself. I have restricted myself to the way of Ahlus-Sunnah and the people of Ittibaa (following) and have left out the saying of the people of desires and innovation, since they are not mentioned except to refute them and to shoot the arrow of the Sunnah at them.
I have arranged it in question form so that the student awakens and pays attention. Then I have followed (each question) up with an answer by which the issue is made clear and in which there is no doubt. And indeed, he (Shaikh Haafidh) has recorded in it that which is from the science of the pure Islamic Tawheed which no male or female Muslim is able to be without, in understanding it and acting upon it.