All praise is due to Allah alone. The treasured works of our Shaykh, the noble scholar, ‘Abdur-Rahman ibn Naasir as-Sa‘di continue to surface from time to time as his children and grandchildren graciously share with us his more recent and older writings on fundamental and subsidiary topics, ‘aqeedah and sharee‘ah.
Among the most recent presented to us by his grandson, Musa‘id ibn ‘Abdillah as-Sulayman as-Sa‘di, is this beneficial summarized selection about rudimentary Islamic beliefs. I carefully examined the manuscript in the handwriting of the author, which I know well, and found that he used five principles as its basis:
- Emaan in all Prophets, and our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in particular.
- Eman in the Last Day.
- The nature of eman.
- The approach of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama‘ah towards knowledge and action.
He concluded it with encouragement to seek aid by means of beneficial knowledge and righteous action, and dated it Ramadan, 1357h. Thus it came – and all praise is due to Allah – as a fine gift presenting the basics of the religion as a summarized text. The author – may Allah have mercy upon him – promised to elaborate upon it and explain it with its proofs if Allah allowed him to accomplish that in his life. However, his time ended before fulfilling this aspiration. May Allah enable some of our brothers and scholars to explain it in detail with all its proofs, just as the author had mentioned. Such would truly be an outstanding deed and quality of perfection.
Stated and written by the one in need of Allah, ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abdil-Azeez ibn ‘Aqeel, former head of the Supreme Judicial Council; praising Allah, and sending salah and salam upon His Messenger, Muhammad, and all his family and Companions.