The Principles of ʿAqīdah
The principles of the Islamic creed, or ʿAqīdah as it is commonly known, are the foundation of this faith. Linguistically ʿaqīdah means a 'tied rope' or a 'ratified contract', hence this term was used to describe the set of beliefs that ties all Muslims to Islam.
The ʿaqīdah has been given paramount importance and it is the first thing to be addressed for correction in anyone who has erred. Many newly introduced matters have given rise to groups throughout the past centuries because the principles by which our faith is determined were neglected by those who went astray. In this academic study we will go through the principles of creed, the primary and secondary sources of these principles and we will demonstrate where those who ventured beyond the bounds went wayward.
The great Imām - Al-Shāfiʿī - said, “That a servant meets Allah with every sin except shirk is better than his meeting Him upon any innovated beliefs.” Many other scholars echoed these sentiments ... thus, here we provide you with an opportunity to study these issues in detail, to correct ourselves and others.
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