Imam Abu Ja’far Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Azdi al-Tahawi was born in AH 32; when Imam Ibn. 1. The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi by Hamza Yusuf; Page The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi. SKU# TB $ Description; Reviews (0). This product is sold out. A new edition reprint in Winter God willing. The Creed of Imam Tahawi (29 classes). Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Shaykh Ninowy & Shaykh Abdur Rahman teach the work of Imam Al-Tahawi.

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Lists with This Book. Cover to cover, this is an indispensable iman of an indispensable classical text that Sh. Hamza Yusuf spent years tweaking. The straight-forwardness of the ima, and the minimalist commentary makes this work extremely practical and extremely useful as a reference work – the first of Zaytuna’s curriculum series.

Hamza did a tremendous service to the English-speaking world with this publication. And my copy is autographed ; Because of the similarities, I would highly recommend Ima Cover to cover, this is an indispensable translation of an indispensable classical text that Sh.

And my copy is autographed ; Because of the similarities, I would highly recommend Imam Abu Hanifa’s Al-Fiqh Al-Akbar Explained as an advanced “commentary” on this particular translation. Though they are of two different works, the historical role that Imam al-Tahawi played in the Hanafi school makes them complementary.

After scanning another translation of this wonderful work, I felt the need to add the following: The notes that Sh. Hamza Yusuf includes are very beneficial and are free of the partisan attacks unfortunately found in most other English translations of Tahawi’s creed. It is quite a shame that in spite of the fact that Sh.

Hamza has attempted to avoid controversy with this translation making it universally useful as a textbook in Islamic studiesthe individuals who have appropriated Imam Tahawi’s creed as their creec while they deny many of its implications have nonetheless have attacked Sh. Hamza for not reflecting their Anthropomorphic leanings.

They condemn mainstream scholarship for their “interpretations” and “distortions” while they themselves are guilty of what they accuse their opponents of. This is nothing but the manifestation of the sickness that is within their own hearts: It is He who has sent down to you, [O Muhammad], the Book; in it are verses [that are] precise – they are the foundation of the Book – and others unspecific. As for those in whose hearts is deviation [from truth], they will follow that of it which is unspecific, seeking discord and seeking an interpretation [suitable to them].

And no one knows its [true] interpretation except Allah. But those firm in knowledge say, “We believe in it. All [of it] is from our Lord. The “criticisms” of this translation greatly annoyed me – particularly when Sh. Hamza is the one who completely avoided the specific points of contention in his translation while the footnotes of others are rife with accusations and condemnations.


This is especially so when you compare this translation to another translation entitled “The Muslim Creed”, which is clearly more guilty of the translation choices that Sh. Hamza was condemned for assuming they are even correct in their nitpickingbut for which no criticism is given.

At Tahawi Creed ( Hamzah Yusuf Translation)

I usually avoiding such discussions in my reviews, but I had to make an exception ceed this one. Apr 29, Wayfarer rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is an essential text that should ideally be studied under a qualified teacher with an unbroken chain of teaching authority and transmission back to the original author Imam al-Tahawi as it is scant on commentary and elaborations.

I’d highly recommend the reading and study of this text for all concerned Muslims – in fact if you read or study only a handful of Islamic books in a lifetime then this has to be one of the essential short-listed texts that makes that list of ‘a handful’. Mar 23, Shannen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I’m taking a class on this book currently.

It is a very deep book and my teacher states that it hakza a book that is meant to be taught, not just read passively. What is the Creed of Imam al-Tahawi in summary? Shaykh Hamza says, “to present a basic creedal primer for Muslims to learn quickly and without disputation. His creed can be viewed as a distillation of Quranic hamzq, a gleaning of the principal points of faith that every Muslim cdeed know.

He does not refute anyone with arguments; rather, he relies on the authority of such illustrious men as Abu Hanifah, whose creed is the basis of his own treatise. To the m What is the Creed of Imam al-Tahawi in summary? To the modern Muslims some may be abstruse but keep reading and find a pious scholar of aqidah to take from. You’ll find essential background history and details related to Imam al-Tahawi and the conditions he lived in.

At the end of the treatise are useful appendices on the life of Abu Huraira and his two top students, understanding jihad, and biographies on the 10 companions who were granted Paradise. Also, very useful are the footnotes at the back that covers important topics and terms like the Beatific Vision, the deviant groups early on, and more. The necessity of creedal formulas to emerge subsequently after the time of the Prophet, peace be upon him, and his companions was largely brought on by: That and the permanent absence of a true guide and living example were all reasons to codify traditional creed into written formulas.

The Prophet was the teacher of his companions, they learnt from the source directly without need for other supplement or aid. Generations later this was not the case and due to the aforementioned reasons, there was a need to preserve the true creed whilst also being able to teach it enmasse to others.

A well-known sound hadith states the Prophet saying that Uthman will be the door preventing fitna from entering in, until his death, upon which the door of fitna would break open completely. Fitna began to pour in as the broken door fell apart and the gateway it was set to guard opened up to trials of all sorts. After the assassination of Uthman raat the hands of the Khawarij, the fitna started to flow into many matters including those of religion.

Preservation of traditional Islam became paramount, and thus shortly after, the emergence of the Ashari, Tahawi, Maturidi schools came forth to both preserve and disseminate Islamic orthodox religion.


It’s important to have some inkling of this background history before delving into Islamic theology. It’s important to learn the why’s of the cause the subject came to be before learning the why’s and how’s of the subject itself, simply because it gives both referential and big picture understanding of the subject when studied.

Great treatise, good for multiple reads and reference. Hopefully, we can see commentaries of this treatise translated into English of the same quality in the near future. Apr 11, Tuscany Bernier rated it it was amazing. This is a classic book of aqeedah Islamic theology that takes our creed step-by-step. I enjoyed this particular translation as well. I hope it becomes ‘in print’ once again soon.

Sep 02, Mohamed rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi is a basic creed text for all times. However the nature of the text is such that it should only be studied with a teacher.

The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi by أبو جعفر الطحاوي

It is not something that you just pick up and read. After completing the text my teacher requested that I continue learning Arabic and go through the text again but in Arabic because of the profound language Imam al-Tahawi uses. View all 4 comments.

May 25, Yaser rated it it was amazing. Not only excellent tahaai the appendices are great as well. I recommend this for Non-Muslims wanting to know what Muslims believe and for Muslims who are wondering as well! Aug 11, Tahir Hussain rated it it was amazing Shelves: He came from a family of scholarship, piety and intellect hence, “he was destined to live more than an ordinary life” p.

He was born during the Abbasid period and this is important in the context of this book because it was a time when many rationalists and those influenced by Hellenistic thought were advocating their ideas. This book is cut from that cloth. He was a brilliant grammarian and philologist but his major discipline was mastery of the primary sources of Islam, the Qur’an and the Sunna.

I can only look forward to more of his works being translated in to Uysuf as they will undoubtedly benefit the English speaking Muslims. As a Muslim you are obliged to learn your creed and it is the most fundamental part of your nature.

As Imam Subki d. In this book you will find the pure and precise articulation of Muslim creed. It is easy to understand and learn, however as advised by the translator, “it should be studied with a qualified teacher” p.

It is the soundest text of the scholastic community of Islam and protection from deviant beliefs which are outside the fold of Islam. It occupies the highest respect in my collection of books as it is from where I take the articulation of my creed in one hundred and thirty points.

A glimpse of which I have listed below: God is one, without partner 2. Nothing is like Him. Imaginations cannot attain Him; comprehensions cannot perceive Him. He is the finality of the prophets, the paragon of the pious, the master imzm the messengers, and the beloved of the Lord of all worlds. Any claim to prophecy after him is deviation and heresy. Whoever ascribes any human qualities to God has blasphemed