Linguistically, the word ‘aqeedah comes from ‘aqada (to fasten a knot), and consolidation/strengthening (tawtheeq), and accuracy (ihkaam) and binding with strength (rabat biquwwah). Technically it is firm faith which cannot be led to doubt in any of its tenets.
So the Islaamic ‘aqeedah means: Firm faith in Allaah the Exalted – and whatever he has obligated from His oneness, and obedience, and in His angels, and His books, and His messengers, and the Last Day, and Pre-decree, and the remainder of what is confirmed from the matters of the Unseen, and news and decisive facts, whether they be related to knowledge or action.
Indeed the issues of ‘Aqeedah (creed) are of great importance so it is obligatory to learn ‘aqeedah with all of its aspect, issues and to take it from Ahlul – ‘Ilm (people of knowledge). It is not enough just to ask questions and seek answers for them, what is important is to answer the many questions, for indeed ignorance has increased.
So it is waajib upon whosoever to benefit himself and his Muslim brethren to learn the ‘aqeedah from its first to the last, learn all its aspects and issues and to take it from Ahlul ‘Ilm and the books of the Usool (foundations) from the books of the Salaf as – Saaleh. This will diminish the jahl (ignorance) hence there will be no need for the many questions, and also if he is able he should clarify it to the people and teach the ignorant, as they are most in need for the correct ‘aqeedah (creed). Likewise ‘aqeedah cannot be taken from books alone or by reading and revising (only) since its issues cannot be primarily sought from books or from revision (alone)! Rather it can be achieved by riwaayah (narrating) upon Ahlul ‘Ilm and Ahlul – Baseerah (people of insight), those who understand it and give rulings upon its various issues. This is what is obligatory as an advice upon us, the student of knowledge, at a time when questions in the affairs of ‘aqeedah have increased due to the people not leaning it. Or that the people talk on ‘aqeedah and issues related to it based on jahl (ignorance) or based on their readings and revisions, this is from the reason that difficulties and hardship have increased, leading to juhood (denial) and discord. This is since if we return to our understanding without taking knowledge from its sources and its people and if we rely on our readings and understandings this will lead to differing in this important affair, because the understandings and intellects differ.
Our Deen (religion) came with unanimity and agreement in opposition to sectarianism. It came with allegiance to Ahlul Eemaan (people of faith) and disassociation from the Kuffar (disbelievers). Certainly this cannot be achieved except by taking the matters of religion from its rightful sources and from its scholars who uphold it, and while learning it, one teaches and propagates it to those after them. This is the path to correct knowledge on ‘aqeedah and other than it, ‘aqeedah being the most important affair due to it being the foundation and differing in ‘aqeedah leads to misguidance and this leads to sectarianism within the Muslims. And there is no need for new writings on ‘aqeedah , the books of the scholars of the Salaf and those who followed them are enough for us. Most of the books that have been published in these times on this matter are like scum and of no benefit. And the tawfeeq is from Allah. Taken from the book Masaailul Eemaan of ‘Allamah, Sheikh Saalih bin Abdullaah Fawzaan.
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