The Fundamentals of Islamic Creed

Abu Ja`far Ahmad Salamah al-Azdi At Tahawi

Translated by Syed Iqbal Zaheer
Paperback, 310 pages
6.75 x 9.9 inch
Iqra Welfare Trust

The Book in hand is a summary of the Faiths and beliefs of the mainstream Muslims Spread all over the globe. Muslim Scholars are unanimous in opinion that the articles of faith as formulated by Imam Tahawi in the treatise reproduced here, most accurately reflect the mind and understanding of the earliest Muslims. It is free from incorrect interpretations, over-exemplification and any distortion of the ideas promulgated by Islam. There is also a general agreement that the comentary on Tahawi’s work as done by Qadi Ibn Abi al‑`Izz al‑Adhru`i is an accurate elucidation of what Tahawi meant to express. Also, it strives to be very close to the texts of the Qur’an and the prophetic saying, and, without  over-stretching the meaning, attemps to project the opinion of the great majority of scholars in maters pertaining to Islamic creed.

It would be interesting for the followers of other faith to compare their faith and beliefs with those of Islam as illustrated in this standarad Textual work that dates back to the late third Islamic century. Further, since the Muslim creed, truly dating back to the Prophetic times has never undergone revision, this book should help the non-Muslims to get an  insight into the Muslim mind. 


  1. Allah is One

  2. Nothing resembles Him   

  3. Nothing that can frustrate Him

  4. The Everlasting

  5. His Will prevails

  6. Intellects cannot grasp Him

  7. Mankind does not resemble Him                        

  8. The Self subsisting

  9. Creator without the need

  10. Eternal of Qualities

  11. The before creation

  12. Nothing like unto Him

  13. He predetermined                      

  14. His Will is executed

  15. Muhammad is His slave

  16. Could the Prophet have been false?

  17. The Qur'an is Allah's Speech

  18. The Beatific Vision

  19. Denial of the Beatific Vision

  20. Allah's Attributes are unique

  21. Our Lord is without parts and limbs

  22. Six directions cannot contain Him

  23. The Night Ascension

  24. The Pond

  25. The Intercession

  26. The primordial compact

  27. Allah's fore-knowledge

  28. The Divine Decree

  29. The Tablet and the Pen

  30. The Pen has dried

  31. Perfectly determined decree

  32. The well guarded secret

  33. The `Arsh and the Kursiyy

  34. He does not need them

  35. Allah's aboveness

  36. He took Ibrahim as a friend

  37. Angels, Prophets, Books

  38. Those who face our Qiblah

  39. The Qur'an was not created

  40. The apostates

  41. Salvation lies between hope and fear

  42. The Favorites

  43. Prayers behind the corrupt

  44. Judging the people

  45. Obeying the rulers

  46. Honoring the scribes

  47. The angel of death

  48. Punishment in the grave

  49. Resurrection, the Bridge

  50. Paradise will not perish

  51. Is the Fire eternal?

  52. Human abilities

  53. Deeds are people's acquisition

  54. That imposed which is within ability

  55. Supplication for the dead

  56. Allah responds

  57. Allah's anger

  58. The Companions

  59. Abu Bakr

  60. `Umar

  61.  `Uthman

  62. `Ali

  63. The ten given glad tiding

  64. Miracles and thaumaturgies

  65. The Hour

  66. The Soothsayers

  67. The mainstream

  68. Taqlid

  69. The middle way

  70. Our religion

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