The Author of this text is Imaam Muwaffaq ud-Deen Ibn Qudaamah al-Maqdasi, d.620 A profound scholar of the traditional Hanbali madh-hab, Direct student of Shaykh 'Abdul Qaadir al-Jilaani, and Defender of Jerusalem under the leadership of Saladin al-Ayyubi. The Holy Prophet [sal Allahu alayhi wasallam] said: "Adhere to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided Khalifahs that come after me. Bite upon it with your molar teeth [nawaakhidh] and beware of newly invented matters, for certainly every newly invented matter is an innovation and every innovation is a misguidance" Ibn Qudaamah highlights the creed of the Ahl us-Sunnah as refutes the innovations of those who have gone astray. This book "Lum'at ul-I'tiqaad" i.e. the Luminance of Creed, serves as a guiding light to the correct path, the path of the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah. This book has dedicated chapters regarding Allah's Mutashaabihah Attrubutes and the approach of the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah regarding them, The Qur'an being the Eternal uncreated Speech of Allah, The Believers vision of Allah on Yawm ul-Qiyaamah, Imaan and what it consists of, the rights of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wasallam, and the excellence of the Sahaabah radyAllah anhum. This book also holds Imaam Ahmad Bin Hanbal's treatise on creed Usul us-Sunnah which is along the very same lines of Lum'at ul-I'tiqaad. As a extra bonus chapters there are four appendices: 1. Who are the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah 2. Regarding the Ash'aris and Maturidis 3. The Understanding Bid'ah According to Traditional Islam 4. Following a Madh-hab This book is a valuable contribution deserving to be read by every Muslim [and non-Muslim] sincerely interested in traditional Muslim creed. For the next upcoming book from Saladin Publishing see: www.thewahhabithreat.com
Imaam Muwaffaq ud-Deen
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This book seemed to be very biased, and stated that it is obligatory to pay allegiance and accept a sinful leader if he is generally accepted as a leader even if leadership was seized by force. Furthermore, it seems to propagate a lot of propaganda against other sects, for instance, it stated that common beliefs of the shia's include, likening Imam Ali and twelve imams (May Allah's Peace be upon them) to divine beings (ie. Gods, May Allah protect us from that), and believing the Imam Ali (May Allah's peace be upon him) is better than Rasul-Allah, Muhammad (May Allah's Peace and blessings be upon him and his blessed progeny). Whereas, if you ask any shia scholar or read their books on creed, it denies this completely. There were some people that came out of the fold of Islam because of these beliefs but are now known to not be Muslims.
I have been searching for a book like this for a while. Alhamdullah I have found it. Since there aren't many books about the Hanbali Aqeeda (Athari) in English this one was perfect. Sanders lets the reader know he is working on a second part to it but there is not idea when that will be completed. InshAllah it will be soon. This book will let one know the true Aqeeda of Sunni Islam how the scholars themselves perceived it.
I definitely would recommend it to everyone interested in Athari Aqeeda.
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