This short treatise on 'Aqida (Islamic theology) written by Imam al-Tahawi though small in size, is a basic text for all times, listing what a Muslim must know and believe.
The importance of this text lies in the fact that it corroborates the views of Imam Abu Hanifa the founder of the Hanafi school of jurisprudence, that have come down to us from different sources. Imam al-Tahawi summarizes the views of the great Imam and shows that they were in conformity with the traditional views of the orthodox school.
The doctrines enumerated in this work are entirely derived from the undisputed primary sources of religion, the Qur'an and the confirmed hadith.
This text, representative of the viewpoint of Ahl al-Sunna wa'l Jama'a, has long been the most widely acclaimed, and indeed indispensable, reference work on Muslim beliefs.
This edition includes a brief and simple commentary by Mawlana Fahim Hoosen. The focus in his commentary is explaining the correct belief of a Muslim while avoiding technical discussions and intricacies of debate around theological issues.
Author: Imam Abu Ja'far al-Tahawi