The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi,
[A5+] Hardback - 168 pages,
by Imam Ahmad al-Tahawi,
Translated, Introduced and Annotated by Hamza Yusuf.
About the Book:
The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi is the first
book published by Zaytuna Institute for its Curriculum Series.
Translated, annotated, and introduced by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, it is a
simple yet profound expression of the essential points of Muslim belief.
Imam al-Tahawi's creed has achieved an unusual degree of acceptance in
the Muslim world, as it avoids involuted theological issues and
systematically presents the most fundamental aspects of dogmatic
theology. Studied throughout the Muslim world and increasingly in the
West, The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi serves as a sound basis for Islamic faith and is the most reliable of the early articulations of Muslim belief.
About Imam al-Tahawi: Born in Taha in Upper Egypt in 239 AH/853 CE, Imam Abu Ja'far
al-Tahawi lived until 321/933. A first-rate jurist, a brilliant
grammarian and philologist, and an erudite man of letters, Imam
al-Tahawi is best known for his eponymous creed. Known as 'al-Azdi,' in
reference to the Yemeni clan known as 'Azd al-Hajar,' Imam al-Tahawi, may Allah be pleased with him, was
a descendent of a people about whom the Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'Faith is Yemeni.' It is altogether fitting that the man who
penned such a unifying creed descended from the land of which faith
itself is a descendant. Providing seekers of knowledge with a luminous
set of simple and sound statements, his creed is a beacon of certainty
in the darkness of doubt and ambiguity.
Appreciation for The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi :
"Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s is, in my opinion, by far the best rendition to date of this famous and very important treatise. We can expect no less of a scholar of the caliber of Shaykh Hamza Yusuf due to his command over his native tongue, English, as well as his acquired and well-learned Arabic." ---Dr. Nizam Yaquby, Mufti of Bahrain.
"Shaykh Hamza Yusuf has rendered a service not only to Muslims, but also to a wider audience by his new translation of the Creed of Imam al Tahawi accompanied by an illuminating historical introduction and by helpful biographies and extensive notes. His translation is formal without being archaic and is written in a style that Christians can recognize from their own credal formulations. The work is of value to others than Muslims, for two reasons: first, it provides in 130 short paragraphs a clear presentation of core Muslim belief in a way that is not easily available by other means, thereby providing a very positive instrument for the essential work of dialogue. Secondly, it provides Christians, who have also developed and continue to use credal formulations, with the opportunity to see just where the Islamic understanding of God comes close to the Christian understanding of God. This does much to reduce the credibility of approaches which insist on a thoroughgoing bipolar understanding of Christianity and Islam. Muslims and Christians should welcome this publication." ---Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, UK.
"By providing such an accurate, lucid, and theologically sensitive translation of Imam Tahawi's creed, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf has rendered a valuable service to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. This work will take its rightful place among the great works in the English-language Islamic library." ---Imam Zaid Shakir, Resident Scholar, Zaytuna Institute.
"Hamza Yusuf’s Creed of Imam al-Tahawi is an important contribution to scholarship and to Muslim self-understanding. This fluid and accurate translation provides access and insight into a major scholastic work that sets out core Islamic beliefs/doctrines. It will be welcomed by Muslim and non-Muslim readers alike." ---Dr. John L. Esposito, Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
Table of Contents :
---License to transmit and translate (ijazah): Shaykh Muhammad bin Ibrahim al-Yaqoubi.
---Translation of: The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi,
---Appendix A : Biographies,
------Imam Abu Hanifah
------Imam Abu Yusuf
---Appendix B : Understanding Jihad,
---Appendix C : Biographies of the Ten Companions Promised Paradise,
---Appendix D : Additional License to transmit and translate (ijazah): Shaykh Ahmad Jabir Jibran,
---Notes to the English Text,
---Notes to the Arabic Text,
---About the Zaytuna Curriculum Series,