The Creed of

Ahlu As-Sunnah Wal-Jama'ah

The Methodology Employed by Ahlu As-Sunnah wal-Jama'ah in the acquisition and Derivation of the matters of Creed.

  1. The source upon which the creed is based is restricted solely to the Book of Allaah (i.e. the Qur'aan), the authentic Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him and the consensus (ijma') of the pious predecessors (As-Salaf As-Saleh).
  2. It is required to accept all which authentic from the Sunnah of Messenger of Allaah peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him even when its mode of transmission is ahad (i.e. non-mutawatir. A mutawatir report is one which fulfills four conditions: (1) it is reported by such a large number of narrators that under normal circumstances it would be impossible for them to gather upon a lie; (2) that such a number exists throughout the chain of narration; (3) that the report is based upon something heard or seen, or the like; (4) that the narration necessitates knowledge by he who hears it.)
  3. The point of reference for understanding the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah is those texts (nusus) that clarify their meaning and the understanding of the righteous Salaf and those scholars who have traversed upon their methodology.

  4. This to be followed by what is authentic from the language of the Arabs. One may not, however, contradict what has been affirmed by the above due too mere linguistically plausibility.

  5. The Prophet peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him has explained all the fundamentals of the religion (deen). It is therefore impermissible for anyone to innovate something claiming that his innovation is from the religion.
  6. One must submit both inwardly and outwardly to Allaah and His Messenger peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him.

  7. Therefore one may not oppose anything from the Book of Allaah, and the authentic Sunnah through analogy (qiyas), sensation (dhawq) and unveiling (kashf) of a mystic, opinion of a scholar (shaykh or imaam), or similar to this.

  8. Sound reasoning is always in agreement with correct transmission of revelation.

  9. No two absolute proofs among reason and revelation can ever contradict one another. When contradiction is supposed between the two, one must place forward revelation to reasoning.

  10. In matters of the 'aqeedah, it is required to adhere to the wording employed by the shari'ah and to avoid all innovated wording.

  11. As for any equivocal non-shari'ah wording which connotes both incorrect and correct meanings, one must inquire into the context in which it was employed. That meaning which is then found to be true and correct is affirmed, and that which is found to be false is negated.

  12. Infallibility from committing sin and error is affirmed only to the Prophet peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him

  13. The Muslim nation (al-Ummah) as a whole is also infallible from agreeing upon any deviation. There is no infallibility for any single individual of the nation.

    In those mattes concerning which the scholars and others have differed, the reference is the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah with the advancement of an excuse for the errant among those scholars of the Muslim nation (al-Ummmah) exercising ijtihad (i.e. ijtihad is to spend one's utmost ability in trying to reach judgment of the Shari'ah in a particular issue).

  14. Existing among the Muslim nation (ummah) are those individuals who are spoken to, and who receive inspiration. Furthermore, the existence of a righteous dream is reality and is a part of Prophet hood. Similarly the existence of perspicacity (farasah) is a reality. When found to be in agreement with the Shari'ah, all of these matters are forms of miracles (karamat) and glad tidings from Allaah. They are not a source for 'aqeedah or shari'ah.
  15. To argue falsely in matters of religion is blameworthy. As for "arguing in a manner which is best", this is allowed by the shari'ah.

  16. Those matters where there exists an authentic prohibition from delving into, it is required to comply with that prohibition. It is also required for a Muslim to refrain from speaking about those matters of which he has no knowledge. He should instead resign knowledge of that matter to Allaah Who knows all matters.

  17. When refuting it is required to adhere to the methodology employed by the inspiration as it is required to adhere to that same methodology in matters of beliefs and when acknowledging those beliefs as true. One may therefore not refute an innovation (bid'ah) with neither another, nor May one face negligence with extremism and vice versa.

  18. Every innovation in the religion is a bid'ah, and every bid'ah is a deviation, and every deviation is in the Hellfire.

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