The Foundations of The Islamic Creed

Explaining the Foundations of Faith

Shaykh Ibn Al-‘Uthaymeen, rahimahullaah

translated By Dr Saleh As-Saleh rahimahullaah. pages 13-14


The Deen of Islaam, as it is discussed above, is a Deen that comprises ‘Aqeedah  (matters of Faith) and Sharee’ah (Laws, Legislation, and Judicial aspects). We indicated some of its Laws and mentioned its Arkaan which are considered the basis of its Legislation. As to the ‘Aqeedah Al-Islaamiyyah (The Islamic Creed), its basis are:

The Belief in Allaah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, and al-Qadar19, its good and bad. These bases are verified by evidences from the Book of Allaah (i.e. The Qur’aan) and from the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger. In His Book,

Allaah says:

It is not al-Birr (piety, righteousness, and each and every act of obedience to Allaah, etc.) that you turn your faces towards east and (or) west (in prayers); but al-Birr is (the quality of) the one who believes in Allaah, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book, the Prophets. (Qur’aan 2:177).

He () says about al-Qadar:

Verily, We have created all things with Qadar, and Our Commandment is but one, as the twinkling of an eye. (Qur’aan 54:49-50)

In the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger, the Prophet () said in his reply to Jibreel (Gabriel) when the latter asked him about Eemaan (Faith):

“Eemaan is to believe in Allaah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers, and the Last Day, and to believe in al-Qadar, its good and its bad.”20

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