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The Best English Books in Islamic Belief (Aqida)

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1) IMAN 100 Beliefs of a Muslim – Shaykh Rami Nsour (Tayba Foundation):

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2) The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi – Translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf :

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3) The Attributes of God: Ibn al-Jawzi’s Daf’ Shubah al-Tashbih bi-Akaff al-Tanzih:

This highly controversial treatise, written in the 12th century by one of Islam’s most prolific writers, takes a strong stance against fellow Hanbali traditionists, refuting those who espoused an anthropomorphic conception of God. The nuances surrounding the intense debate of figurative interpretation and literalism in the medieval Muslim world are clearly translated and accessible to the layperson as well as Islamic scholars, while detailed appendices delve deeper into the way medieval intellectuals interpreted ambiguous Koranic texts and provide thorough biographies of great theological thinkers of the Muslim world.

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4) The Practical Guidebook of Essential Islamic Sciences (Matn Ibn Ashir):

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5) A Return to Purity in Creed – Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali :

The final work of Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali recaptures the simplicity of the orthodox creed of Islam. He accomplishes this by demostrating how the first three generations of Muslims (the Salaf) understood the allegorical reports found in the Qur’an and the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). With his unique and poetic expression, Imam Ghazzali provides a seven-step approach for the common muslim and explains why forays into theological polemics should be avoided.

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6) Notions That Must Be Corrected – Shaykh Muhammad b. Alawi al-Maliki al-Hasani:

Notions That Must Be Corrected is perhaps the most important and renowned work of the late Sayyid, Shaykh Muhammad b. Alawi al-Maliki al-Hasani (ra). Throughout his masterpiece the author offers valuable and wise words of caution against extremism and invites the Muslims to the path of Ahl al-Sunna wal-Jama a, the hallmark of which is tolerance and moderation. Sayyid Muhammad expertly clarifies the correct position relating to numerous controversial contemporary topics whilst maintaining strict adherence to the Qur an, the Sunna, and the way of the Salaf. The book itself has been divided into three parts, the first of which is concerned with areas of research relating to Islamic doctrine, including clarifying the corruption found in the criterion for imputing others with disbelief and misguidance, as well as concepts such as intermediation and intercession. The second section deals with issues relating to the Prophet e, including his unique characteristics, the reality of Prophecy, the reality of humanity, and the correct understanding of seeking blessings from the Prophet e and his relics. The final part deals with miscellaneous areas of research including the Isthmus life (barzakh), the legality of visiting the Prophet e, and other related matters such as relics, sanctuaries, and festive religious occasions.

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7) A Refined Explanation of The Sanusi Creed : The Foundational Proofs – Imam al-Sanusi:

The Foundational Proofs of Imam al-Sanusi is one of the foundational works in Islamic theology and is considered historically as an elemental text in traditional Islamic education. Studied for centuries and memorized by children throughout the Islamic world, The Foundational Proofs offers readers a methodical outline of Islamic doctrine that satisfies the mind and the heart alike. In this age of mass confusion and intellectual malaise, where fundamental Islamic beliefs are misunderstood and credulity is championed as faith, The Foundational Proofs explains the tenets of faith and supports them both rationally and textually. Further enhancing the value of this work is the engaging and relevant additions of Shaykh Said Foudah, one of the worlds leading Islamic theologians today, who presents Imam al-Sanusis work with the interlineal commentary of Imam Ahmad b. Isa al-Ansari and engaging and detailed footnotes collated from a variety of famous commentaries, such as those by Imam al-Bajuri, Imam al-Battawi, Imam al-Sawi, Imam al-Marghani, and others, as well as his own insightful comments. One of the most important tasks for a person to engage in is earnest research into the doctrines of the Islamic faith. That is because the religion of Islam is based upon proofs and sound evidence; it does not contradict science or violate the fundamentals of rationality. Fundamentally, the religion of Islam is based upon rationality, and while it is true that it does not ignore the emotional aspect of religion, faith that is not grounded in the intellect is not considered perfect faith, nor is it capable of withstanding or confronting false beliefs, specious arguments, or the doubts that are spread in each age. Here Shaykh Sa`id Foudah has taken it upon himself to explicate the foundational beliefs of Islam and tenets of faith as based on the intellect, and to demonstrate their congruity with and non-contradiction to the sciences of logic and science. Shaykh Galal al-Jihani

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8) Allah’s Names and Attributes (Islamic Doctrines & Beliefs) – Imam al-Bayhaqi:

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9) Correct Islamic Doctrine/Islamic Doctrine:

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10) Ahl al-Sunna The Ash’aris:

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