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Al--‘Aqeedah at
Al at--Tahaawiyyah
(Sneak Preview of Upcoming Publication, InshaAllah)

With Footnotes by:

al-‘Allaamah, ash-Shaykh Muhammad bin ‘Abdil-‘Azeez bin Maani’ (rahimahullah)

And Side- Notes by:

His Eminence, ash-Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez bin Baaz (rahimahullah)

Translated by: Aboo ‘Imraan al-Mekseekee

(Please make Duaa’a for all of them and everyone responsible for publishing this)

Shaykh Ibn Maani’s (rahimahullah) Introduction
All praise is for Allah, and peace & blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, his companions,
and those who follow his guidance.

These are beneficial footnotes that we wrote based on the noble and Salafi Creed authored by the Imaam,
al-‘Allaamah Ahmad bin Muhammad at-Tahaawee-may Allah Most High have mercy upon him-to benefit
the students and to enlighten the path of those who seek guidance.

And we decided to mention before that some beneficial statements such as the introduction to these
footnotes taken from Shaykh-ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah-may Allah have mercy upon him-where he said:
“And from the manner observed by the authors concerning the writing of summarized Creeds based on the
way of Ahl-us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah is that they mention what Ahlu-us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah characterized
the non-Muslims and the innovators with. They mention the affirmation of the Divine Attributes and that
the Quraan is the speech of Allah and is not created. (They mention) that He Most High will be seen in
the Hereafter opposing the Jahmiyyah from amongst the Mu’tazilah and others.

They mention that Allah is the Creator of the servant’s actions and that He guides all of creation. And that
whatever He wills will happen and that what He does not will never be opposing the Qadariyyah from the
Mu’tazilah and others.

They mention the issues regarding the names, the various rulings, the promise and the threat and that the
believer is not taken out of the fold of Islaam solely based on sin. He will not dwell in the hellfire
indefinitely in opposition to the Khawaarij and the Mu’tazilah.

They believe in what is said concerning Imaan (Islamic Faith) and they affirm the threat made to the
people who commit the major sins in general opposition to the Murjiyyah.

They mention the leadership of the four caliphs and their moral excellence in opposition to the Shee’ah
from amongst the Raafidhah and others.”

As for his statement, “They mention the issues regarding the names and the various rulings” then he means
by this as he says in another part: “The people disputed regarding the issues concerning the names and the
rulings meaning the names of the religion such as Muslim, Mu’min (believer), Kaafir (non-Muslim), Faasiq
(disobedient), and in their rulings concerning this life and the hereafter.

Thus the Mu’tazilah agreed with the Khawaarij on their ruling concerning the hereafter disregarding the
present life, but they did not make their blood permissible to be shed based on their own ruling concerning
the hereafter disregarding this life. They did not make their blood and wealth permissible as the Khawaarij
did. Regarding the names then they established a position between the two. This is specific to the
Mu’tazilah who were alone in saying so along with all of their other statements that others associated them

The Author of this Beneficial Salafi Creed

He is the Imaam, al-‘Allaamah Aboo Ja’far Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Sallaamah at-Tahaawee al-Azdee.
The illustrious Imaam known throughout the horizons his biography fills the stomachs of documents. He
was born in the year 290 A.H. and some say in the year 230 A.H. He learned Fiqh first from his maternal
uncle al-Mazanee the companion of Imaam ash-Shaafi’ee based on the school of Fiqh of Imaam ash-
Shaafi’ee. Then he became a Hanafee learning the school of Fiqh of Imaam Aboo Haneefah.

He-may Allah have mercy upon him-like all of the Major Imams did not traverse the way of those who
blindly followed (their Madhhab) without insight into the depths of the rulings rather the Fundamentals of
the Divine Legislation which traversed upon and agreed with the fundamentals of Imam Aboo Haneefah.
(Established Fundamentals) in which he had originally built his school of Fiqh upon.

Based on this mention is made of what Ibn-ul-Qayyim said of a group from the people of knowledge in his
poem an-Nooniyyah: “There is not a guarantee concerning those I previously narrated of from one
Hanbalee (about everything they say). Rather by Allah all of them are the party of Ahmad so his
fundamentals and their fundamentals are alike.”

He-may Allah have mercy upon him-authored many well known works such as Ma’aanee al-Aathaar and
Mushkil-ul-Aathaar as well as others. He died in the year 321 and is ascribed with being from the village of
Tahaa in the lower part of Egypt-may Allah Most High have mercy upon him.

Explanations of this Creed

The author of Kashf-uth-Thunnoon mentions a number of explanations of this ‘Aqeedah from them the
explanation of al-‘Allaamah, Sadr-ud-Deen ‘Alee bin ‘Alee bin Muhammad bin Muhammad bin al-‘Izz al-
Adhari’ee ad-Dimashqee al-Hanafee who passed away in the year 792 A.H. He was one of the students of
al-Haafith Ibn Katheer.

And this particular explanation was published by his excellence King ‘Abdul-‘Azeez bin ‘Abdur-Rahmaan
al-Faysal-may Allah have mercy upon him-who ordered that it be printed.

The Muslims have benefited from this blessed and beneficial explanation which indicates the author’s
abundant knowledge, the depth of his research, and the goodness of his creed-may Allah have mercy upon

We decided to add footnotes upon the text of some of the phrases to benefit those seeking benefit and to
assist in understanding what is intended from this beneficial text. As well as to verify some of the subject
matter which needed to be clarified and explained. And with Allah is all success.

Written by Muhammad bin ‘Abdul-‘Azeez bin Maani’

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“In the Name of Allah the Beneficient the Merciful, all praise is to Allah, Lord of all the Worlds. The
‘Allaamah (A very knowledgable scholar), Hujjat-
ul-Islaam (the Proof of Islam) Aboo Ja’far al-
al-Warraaq at-
Tahaawee from Egypt-
Egypt-may Allah have mercy upon him- him-wrote: This is an elucidation of the Creed
according to Ahl-
us-Sunnah wal-
wal-Jamaa’ah based on the school of Fiqh of the monotheistic religion from
them is Aboo Haneefah bin an-
an-Nu’maan bin Thaabit al- al-Koofee, Aboo Yusuf Ya’qoob bin Ibraaheem al- al-
Ansaaree, and Aboo ‘Abdillah Muhammad bin al- al-Hasan ash-
Shaybaanee-may Allah be pleased with all of
them- believed in from the Usool (Islamic Principles) of the (Islamic Religion) Deen as well
them-and what they believed
as what they professed of it of the Lord of all the Worlds.”

Regarding his statement:

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(…On the school of Fiqh of the monotheistic religion…)

You must understand that what the author-may Allah have mercy upon him-mentioned of this Creed is
not specific to these aforementioned Imams only. Without a doubt the Creed of Ahl-us-Sunnah wal-
Jamaa’ah from the former to the current is one. That is because they adhered to the Book and the Sunnah.

Whoever opposed them in their beliefs became an innovating deviant. He was not excused by the Ijtihaad
(the Ruling of a scholar based on his knowledge of the Islamic evidences) that he made since the excuse
that is acceptable concerning Ijtihaad is in the Furoo’ (the Branches of the Religion) of the Ahkaam (the
Islamic Rulings) not in the Usool (the Islamic Principles) of the Deen (the Islamic Religion).

So the religious Creed does not consist of a multitude of Madhaahib (Schools of Islamic Opinion in the
areas of Fiqh, etc.) rather the correct Madhhab (Islamic Methodology) is that of Ahl-us-Sunnah wal-
Jamaa’ah anything else is only falsehood so take note. As for his statement:

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(Aboo Haneefah…)

He is al-Imaam an-Nu’maan bin Thaabit al-Koofee born in the year 80 A.H. He knew a group of the
Companions. Al-Khateeb said, “He saw Anas bin Maalik. He-may Allah have mercy upon him-was a

scholar who worshipped and acted upon what he knew while abstaining from the worldly affairs of this
life. He was humble and always conscious of Allah. He had a deep sense of humility and always submitted
to Allah Most High. He died in the year 150 A.H. which was the same year that al-Imaam ash-Shaafi’ee-
may Allah have mercy upon him-was born. As for his statement:

َ ُ !ُ" ِ‫َوَأ‬
(…and Aboo Yusoof…)

Aboo Yusoof was an Imaam who had mastered the Islamic sciences and an absolute Mujtahid (one
qualified to give legal Islamic rulings). He was Aboo Yusoof Ya’qoob bin Ibraaheem al-Ansaaree al-Bajalee
born in the year 113. He took knowledge from al-Imaam Aboo Haneefah and others. Knowledge was
taken from him by many, from them al-Imaam Ahmad-may Allah have mercy upon him. The Ruler ar-
Rasheed appointed him as a judge and he remained one until he died in the year 183 A.H. When Aboo
Yusoof died Haaroon ar-Rasheed decided to make his son Yusoof a judge until Yusoof died. When Aboo
Yusoof’s funeral procession went out the people began to say, “Fiqh has died”. “O announcer of death of
Fiqh to its people, if Ya’qoob died do you not know that Fiqh does not die? Rather it is passed down from
one chest to the other!” As for his statement:

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He is Muhammad bin al-Hasan bin Farqad ash-Shaybaanee. The Ruler ar-Rasheed appointed him as a
judge. When he went out with ar-Rasheed on a journey to Khurasaan he died in ar-Rayy and was buried
there. His father was a soldier from the people of Syria. He went out to Waasit where Muhammad was
born there in the year 132 A.H. He was raised in Kufa and took knowledge from Aboo Haneefah, Maalik,
Aboo Yusoof, and others. He had a gathering in the Mosque of Kufa while he was only twenty years old.
Ibraaheem al-Harbee said, “I asked Imam Ahmad, “From where did you receive knowledge of these
detailed issues?” and he said, “From the books of Muhammad bin al-Hasan”. He died in ar-Rayy in the
year 189 A.H. as-Sam’aanee said, “Muhammad bin al-Hasan and al-Kisaa’ee died on the same day in ar-
Rayy.” It was said that ar-Rasheed commented, “al-Fiqh and the Arabic language have been buried in ar-
Rayy.” Muhammad bin al-Hasan was the son of the maternal aunt of al-Faraa the well known Imam of an-
Nahw and Arabic-may Allah have mercy upon all of them.

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