General Precepts of Ahlu Sunnah
GENERAL PRECEPTS OF AHLU SUNNAH
- Author’s Introduction
- One: Guidelines Employed in Deriving the Creed
- Two: Tawheed in Knowledge and Beliefs
- Three: Tawheed in Intent and Objectives
- Four: Faith (Eemaan)
- Five: The Qur’aan and the Speech of Allaah
- Six: Pre-Decree and Pre-Destination
- Seven: The Muslim Community and its Leadership
- The Most Distinctive Characteristics of Ahlus-Sunnah
- TRANSLATOR’S APPENDICES:
- The Role of the Intellect
- The Meaning of Splitting-Up
- The Distinction Between Splitting and Differing
Allaah the Exalted has decreed that this Religion (deen) will continue to remain and that He will ensure its preservation. He, the Mighty and Majestic, said:
“Indeed We revealed this Reminder and it is We Who will safeguard it.” [al-Hijr 15:91]
The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:
“There will not cease to be a group from my Ummah victorious upon the truth, not being harmed by those who oppose them, until the command of Allaah comes, and they are like that.” [Reported by Muslim (no.1920) from Thawbaan radiallaahu ‘anhu].
He sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam also said:
“This knowledge will be carried by the trustworthy ones of each generation. They will expel from it the alteration of those going beyond bounds; the false claims of the liars; and the false interpretations of the ignorant ones.” [Hasan: Reported by al-Bayhaqee in as-Sunanul-Kubraa (10/209). It was declared to be sound (hasan) by Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaalee in al-Basaa’ir Dhawish-Sharaf (pp.113-114)].
This group, through whom Allaah will continue to safeguard this Religion, is also the Saved-Sect; about whom the Messenger sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam mentioned the following:
“Indeed the children of Israa’eel split up into seventy– two sects and my ummah will split-up into seventy-three sects; all of them are in the Fire, except one.” It was
said: Who is the (saved) one? He replied: “That which I and my Companions are upon.” [Hasan: Reported by at-Tirmidhee (no.2641) from ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr radiallaahu ‘anhu. The hadeeth master (haafidh), Zaynud-Deen al-‘Iraaqee, declared it to be hasan in. his Takhreejul-Ihyaa (3/225).]
The reliable scholars of this Religion are united upon the fact that this Saved-Sect is Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah; those who adhere to what the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and his Companions were upon.
ABOUT THE BOOK: This is a translation of the Arabic booklet entitled: Mujmal Usool Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah fil-‘Aqeedah [A Summary of the Fundamental Precepts of The People of the Sunnah and the Jamaa’ah With Regards Beliefs and Creed], written by Shaykh Naasir al-‘Aql, may Allaah protect him.
Since there were certain terms and concepts, which were difficult to render into sound English, I took recourse to brother Ali at-Tamimi’s translation of the book, which appeared in al-Basheer magazine a number of years ago. [Al-Basheer magazine (March-April 1993CE; pp.8-20)].
May Allaah reward him with goodness and may He also reward those who aided in checking and editing this present translation. Indeed Allaah is the One Who hears and the One Who responds.