A Book Of Aqeedah
Is it okay to review my own book? I guess so. If I can’t promote it, who will?
Anyway, I always wanted to write books about Islam. But Islam is such a vast topic, it can be difficult to pinpoint one subject to focus on. Usually, a writer has to satisfy himself or herself with writing about just one specific Islamic topic.
The last book I wrote was Sex In Islam. Of course, that book was about…sex.
But I also wanted to write a book that would help people understand the true understanding of Islamic worship. The primary focus in Islam is our devotion and worship of Allah The Almighty. So, I figured the best thing to write about would simply be the Islamic concept of Allah, God, The Creator.
Allah: The One And Only is essentially a book of Aqeedah. Aqeedah is often translated as “creed” or “doctrine.” Aqeedah is basically the rules and the fundamentals of Islamic belief.
Where The Information Comes From
The best thing about this book is that I didn’t have to sit back and make up stuff on my own. There are many sources of materials to draw from when writing about Allah. The first place any discussion on Allah should begin is the Quran. From there, we can then look at the Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Throughout the book, I use verses and quotes from the Quran to verify whatever idea I’m trying to get across. Let’s look at an example.
One of the chapters in this book begins with: “Nothing Is Impossible For Him.” The premise of this chapter is, of course, that Allah can do everything and nothing is impossible for Him. I wanted to include reference points for the reader, so I included at the beginning of the chapter the following verses from the Quran:
(The Angel) said: Such is Allah. He does what He wills.” Quran, chapter 3, verse 40.
Certainly, Allah has power over all things.” Quran, chapter 2, verse 148.
With these references, the reader can easily follow through and see why Muslims believe nothing is impossible for Allah.
This is just a small sample of the references and quotations. I tried to use them as often as possible so no one thinks I’m just coming out of my head with these ideas.
The Secondary Source
While the Quran and Sunnah are my primary sources, this book is patterned after another publication from an early scholar.
Imam Abu Jafar Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Al-Azdi At-Tahawi was one of the earliest scholars of Islam. In fact, he died just over three hundred years after Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Imam At-Tahawi wrote a manuscript called “Al-Aqeedah.” Since then, it’s just been known as Al-Aqeedah At-Tawahi, or the creed of At-Tahawi. This manuscript lays out very clearly all of the basic essentials of Islamic belief. It is a very detailed and informative look into how a Muslim should think and behave.
Years later, Ibn Abi Al-Izz wrote a commentary on this manuscript that explained many of the concepts that Imam At-Tahawi brought forth.
Both of these writings are already available on the internet. I’ve read and studied them both. However, I believe the English translations for both of these writings are too complex and arcane for most modern readers to understand and enjoy.
My goal was to take the lessons in the commentary, and explain them in simple, modern English. My intention, was to make this important work enjoyable and understandable for the average lay person.
Here’s an example:
Allah has created all things.
Allah has provided for all things.
Allah will cause all things to perish.
Therefore, all things must worship Him and Him alone.
We have come full circle to the understanding that Allah and Allah alone deserves to be worshiped.
Many people ponder about the meaning of life. They wonder what were they put on this earth to do. All of their questions are answered in the verse at the beginning of this chapter.
We were put here to worship the One who created us, provides for us, and causes our deaths.
And it is important to reiterate that Allah is not in need of our obedience. Instead, we need to obey Him. Obeying Allah only brings about good, both in this life and the next. Whereas disobeying Allah, leads to evil results, both in this life and the next.
I think just about everyone can understand and enjoy writing such as this.
Is This Book For You?
As much as I would like to say otherwise, I don’t think this book is for everyone. Muslims who are studying Islam in higher institutions of learning or are trying to seriously advance the finer details of Islam, may find this book too simple and elementary.
But those Muslims who are just starting out in their Islamic studies will find this very beneficial, Inshallah.
I get a lot of emails from Muslims who were off the right path, running with the wrong crowd, and have recently decided to correct their behavior. These Muslims will find this book essential to bringing them closer to Allah, Inshallah. Hopefully, they will read “Allah: The One And Only” and gain a true understanding of Who Allah is and how we should treat Him.
This book will also be beneficial for non-Muslims who just want to understand the Islamic concept of God better. They will find this book an easy read and will come away with a full and complete knowledge of our belief concerning Allah.
And of course, new Muslims will certainly benefit from this book as well. The clear and simple language will help new Muslims solidify their knowledge of Allah and His Messenger (pbuh).