Monday, November 9, 2009

Basic Principles on the Subjects of Tawheed, Fiqh and ‘Aqeedah

Basic Principles on the Subjects of Tawheed, Fiqh and ‘Aqeedah

AUTHOR:Shaikh Yahyaa bin 'Alee Al-Hajooree
TRANSLATED:Al-Ibaanah Book Publishing

About the Book:
Before you is a complete translation of the treatise “Al-Mabaadee al-Mufeedah fit-Tawheedi wal-Fiqhi wal-‘Aqeedah” [Basic Principles on the Subjects of Tawheed, Fiqh and ‘Aqeedah] written by Shaikh Yahyaa bin ‘Alee Al-Hajooree, one of the major students of the late Shaikh Muqbil bin Haadee Al-Waadi’ee and his successor in teaching at the institute in Damaaj, Yemen.

This treatise was chosen since it presents basic Islamic principles on fundamental beliefs and practices of the Muslims in an easy-to-follow format. The book is set up in point-by-point and question and answer format, thus making it a very useful and beneficial introductory tool.

In his introduction, the author states that he wrote these points for teaching his children and also as a guide for teaching other young Muslims. It s with this same intention, that this treatise was selected in that it is hoped that this effort can (1) help beginning Muslims to understand the basic concepts of the Islamic Faith; (2) assist Muslim parents in teaching their children the fundamentals of the Religion; and (3) serve as a reference source for Muslims with advanced understanding in gathering evidences and principles.

May Allaah accept this humble effort and enable the above objectives to be fulfilled.

Excerpts from the Book: 
“This ayah and hadeeth and those similar to them serve as a foundation in instructing the children, with profound words, on the subjects of the Oneness of Allaah and teaching about worshipping Him, guarding His boundaries, relying upon Him, and that He is always observing us, as well as the belief in Divine Decree (Qadar) – the good of it and the bad of it. This is the correct religious way of cultivation through which it is hoped that the one who abides by it will become one of the best of Allaah’s righteous servants. All of this has led me to write these brief and simple words for my young children – may Allaah rectify them and bring about rectification through them – on the basic fundamentals of Tawheed, ‘Aqeedah and Fiqh along with their supporting evidences from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah. I hope that Allaah will benefit them as well as all of the Muslim children through this book, and with Allaah lies the success.”

“If someone asks you: ‘Who was the first and last messenger sent by Allaah?’ Say: The first messenger was Nooh and the last of them was the best amongst the prophets – our prophet Muhammad. The appearance of Prophet Muhammad was the first of the minor signs of the coming of the Last Hour. We are obligated to believe in all of the prophets. The proof for this is the hadeeth of Abu Hurairah in which he reported that the Prophet said about the gathering of people on the Day of Judgement: ’They will come to Nooh and say: ‘O Nooh! You are the first of the messengers sent to the people of earth, and Allaah called you ‘a grateful servant.’’ [Agreed Upon]”

“If someone asks you: ‘What is the reality of elections?’ Say: It is from the democratic systems that seek to wipe away Allaah’s true Laws. It is also an imitation of the disbelievers, and it is not permissible to imitate them. There are many dangers that can be found in elections and not one single benefit or advantage for the Muslims. From the most significant of its dangers is that it makes an equal balance between the truth and falsehood as well as the truthful one and the false one, all in accordance to what the majority holds. It also neglects loyalty and disloyalty (for the sake of Allaah). It also tears apart the unity of the Muslims and instead places enmity, hatred, partisanship and fanaticism between them, not to mention fraud, deception, trickery, dishonesty, wastage of time and wealth, the elimination of women’s chastity, and an unstable trust in the Islamic sciences and its people.”

'Prayer must be conducted with ease and relaxation. The proof for this is the hadeeth of Abu Hurairah in which the Prophet said to the man who prayed badly: ’When you get up to pray, say Allaahu Akbar, then recite what is easy for you from the Qur’aan. Then bow until you are at rest while bowing. Then rise (from bowing) while you are firm in your standing. Then prostrate until you feel at ease in your prostration. Then do this in all of your prayers.’[Agreed Upon]”

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