Click here to read and download the text in printable PDF format. He approached us during the Hajj pilgrimage and he was among the people of virtue and religion. He complained of the people among him in that land under the Tartar government, of the prevalence of ignorance and oppression, the loss of religion and knowledge. He asked me to write a creed for him that he and his household could rely upon. All praise is due to Allah, who sent His messenger with guidance and the religion of truth, to make it manifest over all religions. Sufficient is Allah as a witness.
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Click here to read and download the text in printable PDF format. He approached us during the Hajj pilgrimage and he was among the people of virtue and religion. He complained of the people among him in that land under the Tartar government, of the prevalence of ignorance and oppression, the loss of religion and knowledge.
He asked me to write a creed for him that he and his household could rely upon. All praise is due to Allah, who sent His messenger with guidance and the religion of truth, to make it manifest over all religions. Sufficient is Allah as a witness. I bear witness there is no God but Allah alone, without any partners, establishing by it His oneness. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and His messenger, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family, and his companions with abundant peace.
It is to have faith in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, the Resurrection after death, and faith in the good and evil of providence. Fundamental principles of faith in the names of Allah and His attributes. They do not nullify what He was described with, nor do they distort the words from their proper places. They do not blaspheme against the names of Allah and His verses, nor do they ascribe a modality to Him, nor do they compare His attributes to those of His creation.
Indeed, He knows Himself best, as well as everything else. He is the most truthful in speech, the best in address to His creation. Thus, His messengers are truthful and affirm the truth, differing from those who speak of what they do not know. He glorified Himself above what was described by those who opposed the messengers. He sent peace upon the messengers, as they described Allah free of any of the defects or faults that they claimed for Him. He, glory be to Him, combined what He described and named for Himself between negation and affirmation.
Indeed, it is the straight path, the path of those whom Allah has favored among the prophets, the truthful, the martyrs, and the righteous. Faith in what Allah described for Himself in His Book. Allah, the Eternal Refuge. He does not give birth, nor was He born. And there is no comparison with Him. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him, nor sleep.
To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who can intercede with Him except with His permission? He knows what is before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His footstool extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not, for He is the Exalted, the Almighty.
For this reason, whoever had read this verse in the night, Allah will not cease to guard him and Satan will not approach him until morning. He knows what enters the earth and what comes out from it and what descends from the heavens and what ascends therein.
He knows what is on land and in the sea. No leaf falls but that He knows it. No grain is there within the darknesses of the earth, nor any moist or dry thing but that it is in a clear record.
Verily, Allah is ever hearing and seeing. Verily, Allah judges as He wills. Whoever Allah intends to misguide, He makes his heart constricted as if he were ascending into the sky. Verily, Allah loves the righteous. Attributes of anger, displeasure, disapproval, and hatred. It is their hands which are tied and they are cursed for what they have said. Rather, His hands are outspread, spending as He wills. Attributes of hearing and seeing of Allah the Exalted.
Allah hears your dialogue, for Allah is hearing and seeing. Nay, our messengers are with them recording. Verily, He is the Hearing, the Knowing. Attributes of planning, plotting, and contrivance as befitting His Majesty.
Attributes of pardon, forgiveness, mercy, honor, and power. Would you not love for Allah to forgive you? And Allah is forgiving and merciful. Do you know of anything similar to Him? To Him belongs the dominion and all praise, and He has power over all things. He has created all things and measured them with precise measurement. If so, each god would have taken what it created and some would have surpassed others.
Glory be to Allah above what they describe. Knower of the Unseen and the seen, Exalted is He above what they associate. Or do you feel secure from He who is in the heavens that He might rain stones upon you? You will soon know how was the warning! Affirming the omnipresence of Allah with His creation. Then, He will inform them of what they did on the Day of Resurrection.
Verily, Allah knows all things. And Allah is with the patient. Say: Never will you follow us. Such did Allah say before. There is none to change His words. Affirming the Quran was revealed from Allah the Exalted. Rather, most of them do not know. Say: It has been sent down by the Holy Spirit from your Lord in truth, to make firm those with faith and as guidance and glad tidings for the Muslims.
We know that they say: Indeed, he has been taught by a man! Yet the tongue of the one they speak of is foreign, while this is in a clear Arabic language.
Affirming the looking of the believers at their Lord on the Day of Resurrection. There is much on this topic in the book of Allah. Whoever contemplates over the Quran, seeking guidance from it, the path of truth will be made clear to him. Faith in what the Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, described his Lord with.
Thereafter, there is what is in the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, for the Sunnah explains the Quran, clarifies it, gives indication and expression to it.
Whatever the Messenger described about his Lord, Mighty and Majestic, in the authentic prophetic narrations, which were received and accepted by the people of knowledge, is obligatory to have faith in.
Affirming the descent of Allah to the worldly heaven. Who is asking Me that I might give? Who is seeking My forgiveness that I may forgive him? Affirming the rejoicing of Allah, Mighty and Majestic. He looks at you continuing to despair, so He continues to laugh knowing that relief is coming soon. Until the Lord of honor places His leg and in another narration: His foot over it and some of its parts retreat from each other and it says: Enough!
Adam will say: I am here at Your pleasure. A raised voice will call out: Verily, Allah commands you to send a group of your progeny to the Hellfire. Affirming the highness of Allah and other attributes. Holy is Your name, Your command is in the heavens and on the earth.
As Your mercy is in the heavens, place Your mercy upon the earth. Forgive our mistakes and our sins. You are the Lord of all who are good. Send down mercy from Your mercy, healing from Your healing, upon this pain that it might pass.
He knows what you do. Affirming the presence of Allah in front of one who prays. Rather, let him spit to his left or beneath his feet. O Allah, You are the First, there is nothing before You.
You are the Last, there is nothing after You. You are the Manifest, there is nothing above You. You are the Hidden, there is nothing beyond You. Relinquish my debts and enrich me from poverty.
Rather, you are calling upon the Hearing, the Seeing. Verily, the One you call upon is closer to you than the neck of your riding animal. Affirming the looking of the believers at their Lord.
Al-'Aqidah Al-Wasitiyyah (2 Vol. Set)
Each volume has golden color page edges. Written in response to a request from a Shafi'i Judge from Wasit, Iraq, ibn Taymiyyah penned this creed encapsulating the belief taught by the Prophet Muhammad. In his own words. His family had long been renowned for its learning , among his teachers, was Shams ud-Din Al-Maqdisi, first Hanbali Chief Justice of Syria following the reform of the judiciary by Baibars. The number of Ibn Taymiyyah's teachers exceeds two hundred.
Al-Aqidah al-Wasitiyyah by Ibn Taymiyyah