In the Name of Allah

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Preface of Shaykh Abd al Aziz Ibn Baz

Praise belongs to Allah alone; peace and blessing on the last Prophet, his
family and his Companions.
I was introduced to the valuable and concise treatise on the Muslim's belief
prepared by our brother, the great scholar Shaikh Muhammad As-Saleh al-
Uthaimin. I listened to it all and found that it covers the creed of the
Sunnites and the mainstream majority of the Muslims in the area of the
oneness of Allah, His attributes, the belief in the angels, the books and the
messengers, the Day of Judgment, and in the belief in fate and the divine
decree. He succeeded in collecting what the seeker of knowledge and every
Muslim needs for his belief in Allah, His angels, His scriptures, His
messengers, the Day of Judgment, and fate. He included in his treatise
useful information related to the Muslim's beliefs that are not readily
available in many of the books written on these topics. May Allah reward
the author, increase him in knowledge and guidance, and make this book
and his other books most useful. May Allah, the Hearer and the Close, bless
us and him and all our brothers and make us among those who are guiding
and rightly guided to call people to Allah with sure knowledge.
Dictated by 'Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz, may Allah forgive him and shower peace
and blessing on our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and his Companions.

Translator's Foreword

I found this treatise of the Muslim's creed a concise and useful presentation of a very
important topic. The need for this treatise, especially among non-Arabic speaking readers,
cannot be overestimated. Therefore, I decided to translate it and make it accessible to
English readers.
I would like to draw the attention of the readers to the following points:
• I gave the book the title THE MUSLIM'S BELIEF instead of the author's Aqidatu Ahl As
Sunnah wa al Jama'ah, which may be translated as The Creed of the People of the Sunnah
and Majority. I think my preference is justified by: a) The title I preferred is shorter; b) The
two titles have almost the same meaning; c) The original title contains some technical terms
that are not only difficult to translate, but also difficult to understand by many readers; and
d) The original title may antagonize some readers who are misinformed about the true
designations of the words in the original title.
• I provided, in parentheses after every Qur'anic verse, the numbers of chapters and verses
quoted by the author without giving their proper reference. This I deemed useful for
readers who do not know the Qur'an by heart and who would like to check these verses.
• Because the author, in most cases, quotes or paraphrases some of the prophetic traditions
without indicating them to the readers, I tried, whenever I could recognize these traditions,
to put them in quotations and to cite in parentheses the prophetic collections in which they
are reported. In most cases, I limited myself to the collections of Bukhari and Muslim
whenever the saying is quoted from them. If it is not in these two collections, I mention
one or two of the other collections that contain the quoted saying.
• I provided the arrangement of the text into chapters and headlines for ease of reading and
understanding. I also provided a table of contents for ease of reference.
• In translating the Qur'anic verses quoted in this treatise, I did not follow any specific
translation of the Qur'an. I benefited from more than one, but followed my own
It is my sincere desire and hope that this book would be of great help to those who consult
it. Please include in your prayer all those who contributed to its present shape.
Dr. Maneh Hammad al-Johani

Author's Introduction

Praise be to the Lord of the universe who gives the best reward to the Godfearing
and the great loss to the transgressor. I bear witness that there is no
God but Allah; He has no partner and possesses real sovereignty. I bear
witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger; the seal of the
prophets and the leader of the God-fearing. May Allah bless him, his
family, his Companions, and those who follow them till the Day of
Allah has sent His messenger Muhammad, peace be upon him, with the real
guidance and the true religion as a mercy to mankind, as a model for those
who do good, and as His argument against mankind. Through Muhammad
and what was revealed to him (the Qur'an and the Prophetic sayings), Allah
showed mankind all means of reforming itself and straightening its
religious and mundane affairs in sound beliefs, right conduct, fine morals,
and laudable manners. The Prophet, peace be upon him, "left his followers
on a clear straight path, only the doomed will deviate from it"(Ibn Majah
and Ahmad). His followers, the Companions, their followers, and those
who followed them faithfully are the best of mankind. They established his
law, upheld his way, and held fast to it as a belief and practice, a moral and
manner. Thus "they are considered the party who are victorious, on the
straight path, unharmed by those who are against them till the end of the
world" (Bukhari and Muslim).
Thanks to Allah, we are following their footsteps and are being guided by
their examples, which are supported by the Qur'an and the prophetic
traditions. We are saying this only as an announcement of Allah's blessings
and as a clarification of what every Muslim should believe. We pray to
Allah that He may keep us and our brothers on the straight path in this life
and in the hereafter. May He give us mercy, for He is the Giver.
Due to the importance of this topic and the difference of opinions about it,
I want to explain briefly our creed-the belief of the Sunnites and the
mainstream Muslims (Ahl as-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah). This creed is the
belief in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, the Day of
Judgment, and fate, whether good or bad. I pray to Allah to make this
effort sincere for His sake, in agreement with His wish, and useful for His

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