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Contents – THIS IS OUR AQEEDAH
- Biography and interview with shaykh Abū Muhammad al-Maqdisī . 4
- Introduction… 20
- The Tawhīd of Allāh .. 23
- Tawhid al-Asma’ was-Sifaat .. 25
- The Angels… 30
- The Messengers and the Prophets.. 33
- The Companions and Ahlul-Bayt.. 38
- The Last Day.. 39
- Imān in the Vision .. 44
- Imān in Al-Qadr.. 45
- Imān… 50
- Kufr… 53
- The Kufr of Democracy.. 55
- Takfīr … 56
- Upon Whom Takfir is Performed.. 58
- Bida’ah… 60
- Understanding the Qur’an .. 60
- Takfir and Irja’.. 60
- Scholars … 61
- Public Schools .. 61
- Dār al-Kufr and Dār al-Islam and their Inhabitants . 62
- The Salah… 63
- Dua’ for the Rulers .. 63
- Government Scholars.. 64
- Jihād & Khuruj .. 64
- The Rulers… 65
- At-Ta’ifah al-Mansurah .. 66
- Conclusion… 67
- At-Tibyān Publications Releases .. 68
“This is our ‘aqīdah6. Whoever possesses two eyes then let him read and whoever possesses hearing then let him listen!”
All praise is for Allāh, the Lord of the worlds, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful, the Master of the Day of Judgment. May the salah7 and the salām8 be upon the seal of the Prophets and Messengers and upon all of his family and companions. To proceed:
This is a summary of what we believe in and what we worship Allāh with from the most important areas of the dīn9. I wrote it in my jail cell after it had reached me that there were some people who were ascribing things to us and putting words in our mouths that we have never said; in particular, in the areas of kufr10 and imān11. Before this, I was never concerned with writing about the likes of this subject. That is because our scholars have sufficed and fulfilled in that.
In addition, the seeker of truth who is fair is able to become familiar with our statements from out detailed books. I was not concerned with this until it was requested of me by some of the brothers in tawhīd12 that would often visit us in prison. That was after they came across people who were not clear about our statements in some of the areas of kufr and imān, therefore, I hastened and responded to that noble brother’s request for the sake of outlining the issues and familiarizing others with the general and most important things that we believe and have faith in.
Perhaps by that, I can shut the door on those that seek out game in some generalized statements or quote us as saying what we have not said, or to ascribe to us and hold us to implications that are not from our way; especially given the fact that I know that many beginning students of knowledge have access to our books and that some issues may confuse them, especially some of the itlāqāt13 and generalizations that they may read in our da’wah books wherein in many of them we address the tāwāghīt and their likes from the legislators and their allies from the armies of shirk14 and partnership and those like them whom Allāh has commanded us to proclaim disavowal from them and to censure them.
So perhaps we kept some of the texts of threat15 unrestricted and upon their apparent meaning without interpretation. Or maybe we generalized rulings upon a certain type of action and thus, the weak student of knowledge was not capable of differentiating between that and leveling the ruling upon specific individuals. Maybe we kept some all-inclusive unrestricted statements upon their apparent meanings without any elucidation and interpretation so that it would be more effective in repelling those who were being addressed of those whose crutch is seeking out concessions and points of exit that cause the destruction of sins to become belittled.
That is all done by me out of following the example of the path of many of the salaf16 in generalizing the texts of threat just as Allāh, the Most High, has generalized them, and passing them on without any dispute regarding their interpretation. This is so that it is more effective in repelling as Allāh the Most High wanted.
Indeed, an act of disobedience that Allāh attached a curse to is not like other acts of disobedience. And indeed, an action that Allāh described and that the Messenger of Allāh, called kufr is not like other actions. This is the case unless, however, it is feared that those who are addressed will not understand, so therefore in that case, recourse is taken in tafsīl17 and this is how we are in our detailed books.
Similarly, I know that some of the extreme mukaffirah get a hold of some of what we have written for the sake of searching for what gives support to their ways and I am completely confident that if they were fair seekers of the truth, then they would not be able to stumble upon anything that they are seeking unless they were to misquote me.
Similarly, I know that many of our opponents from the Murji’ah18 of this era and those who resemble them examine our books, not in search for the truth, but rather in search of all-inclusive generalized statements that perhaps we even quoted from some scholars, imāms and callers. That is so they can attach those statements against us all in their effort to confound our call by giving our words meanings that they do not contain and in order to place implications upon us that we do not subscribe to.
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