Assalaamu `alaykum This is an initiative I wanted to take for a long time now (well at least wanted to take it in the blessed month of Ramadaan) but unfortunately my lazy self has been procrastinating as usual. Inshaa'Allaah by me posting this- I will have to pull up my socks and contribute to the thread as I am the thread starter... thus I can get rid of a large chunk of laziness, inshaa'Allaah :- ) We all know the importance of `Aqeedah and how it plays a huge role in seeking of knowledge. It is, however, sad how the people of deviance have managed to mix their falsehood amongst lay people- to the extent that laymen end up having doubts on the apparent texts of the Qur'aan & Sunnah (regarding the Names and Attributes of Allaah etc.). And due to the fact that our general masses have lost their contact with the people of knowledge and their books- thus they are left in a cloud of confusion. Indeed, it is very sad to see that members even in TTI do not have a basic understanding of the `Aqeedah of Ahl al-Sunnah, their manhaj etc. Thus, I am hoping by this thread- we can produce members in this forum who have a very basic understanding, at the least. This is how it works... we will be studying together an `Aqeedah poem, which is from one of the first classical `Aqeedah 'poems' that were written. The way we will be studying it: I will, after posting the text of the poem and an introduction to the poem and author, will be posting one line of poetry from the text (out of 33 lines) and I will ask questions about it- and will expect the participating members to answer these questions. After recieving a set number of answers- I will post the explanations related to the line of poetry [The explanation will be based on my notes from 1) a Ustaadh who taught this poem here in London, 2) #the explanation of Sh. Saleh al-Fawzaan of this poem, 3) Relevant points from my notes from `Aqeedah al-Tahawiyyah- which was taught by another Ustaadh] As for those who wish to participate- then please post below confirming your participation... and by you confirming, you will have to take part in this thread till we finish the text- bi idhnillaah. After posting the introduction, I will wait for you guys for a day or two till we start inshaa'Allaah. I would be more than happy, if we have even 1 person till the end rather than have 20 people only till half way through. After we recieve a number of participating members, I will post the rules on posting the answers etc. --------------------------------------------------- Below is the `Aqeedah Poem that was written by Ibn Abee Dawood, the son of Abu Dawood rahimahullah. Translation of the text: (1) Hold tightly to the rope of Allaah and the guidance, And do not be an innovator, so that you might be successful. (2) And practice your religion based on the Book of Allaah and the Sunan which have come from the Messenger of Allaah so you will be saved and earn reward. (3) And say: Not a created thing is the Speech of our great King, Such was the religious position of the pious ones (before us) which they clearly expressed. (4) And do not be a person who takes no position on the Quran, As did the followers of Jahm, and they had been too lax (to take the right position). (5) And do not say that the Quran is created, meaning: its recitation, Since the Speech of Allaah, through its recitation, is made clear. (6) And say: Allaah will make himself visible to the creation, openly, Just as the full moon is not hard to see, and your Lord (will be seen) more clearly. (7) And He was not born, nor has He fathered anyone, Nor is there anything similar to Him, exalted be the Glorified One. (8) A Jahmee rejects this, however, we have As a testimony to the truth of what we say - a hadeeth that clarifies it. (9) Jareer narrated it, from the words of Muhammad, So say what he said about that, and you will be successful. (10) And certainly a Jahmee will deny His Right Hand as well, While both of His Hands are giving out all kinds of bounties. (11) And say: The Ever-Compelling descends each night, Without asking how, magnificent is the One God and most worthy of praise. (12) Down to the lowest heaven, granting bounties from His Grace, As the gates of the heavens are opened and spread widely. (13) He says: Is there anyone seeking forgiveness who would like to meet a Forgiver? Or anyone seeking bounties of goodness and provisions, so he could be given (what he requests)? (14) A group have reported this whose reports are not to be rejected, But sadly some have went wrong and did not believe them, marring themselves. (15) And say: Indeed the best of the people after Muhammad Were his two deputies of old, and then 'Uthmaan, according to the most correct position. (16) And the fourth of them was the best of creation after them, 'Alee, the companion of goodness, through goodness he was successful. (17) Those are the people, those who we have no doubt about, Upon the great camels of Firdows, shining brightly and roaming about. (18) Sa’eed, Sa'd, Ibn 'Awf, Talhah, Aamir of Fihr, and Zubayr the praiseworthy. (19) And speak with the best terms about the Companions, all of them, And do not be one who speaks ill of them, pointing out their faults and criticizing, (20) Since the clear Revelation has spoke of their excellence, And in (Soorah) al-Fath are verses about the Companions, praising them. (21) And regarding the pre-ordained Qadr, be convinced, since it is The pillar that combines many affairs of the Religion, and the Religion encompasses much. (22) And do not reject, out of ignorance, (belief in) Nakeer and Munkar, Or the Pool or the Scales, surely you are being advised sincerely. (23) And say: Allaah, the Great, will remove, from of His Grace, Out of the Fire, people, burned severely, who will then be tossed (24) Into the river in Firdows, wherein they will regain life by its water, Like a seed taken by a flood that comes and wipes things away with its abundant water. (25) And surely, the Messenger of Allaah will intercede for the creation. And speak about the punishment of the grave, that it is the truth, made clear. (26) And do not make takfeer of those who pray, even if they commit sins, Since all of them commits sins, while the Owner of the Throne forgives graciously. (27) And do not hold a belief like that of the Khawaarij, for it is A position held by only those who desire it, and it is destructive and disgraceful. (28) And do not be a Murji', one who plays games with his religion, Surely, the Murji' is joking about the religion (ie. not taking it seriously). (29) And say: Eemaan (faith) consists of statements, intentions (i.e. belief of the heart) And Actions, according to the explicit statement of the Prophet. (30) And it decreases sometimes, due to disobedience, and sometimes Because of obedience it grows, and on the Scale it will outweigh (other things). (31) And keep yourself from the opinions of people and their stances, Since the stance of the Messenger of Allaah is more befitting and comforting to the chest. (32) And do not be from those who play games with their religion, Attacking the people of hadeeth and reviling them. (33) If you keep the belief contained within this poem all your life, O my companion, You will be upon goodness, day and night.