Essential Questions and Answers Concerning the Foundations of Eemaan (Faith) & Obstacles in the Path of Eemaan
Author: ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Ibn Nāṣir as-Saʿdī
Paperback: 126 Pages
Published: April 2013
Stated Shaykh Muḥammad ʿUmar Bazmūl, professor of higher studies at Umm al-Qura University in Makkah, in his introduction to the translation:
"The author of this book, Questions and Answers Concerning the Foundations of Faith and Obstacles in its Path, is the virtuous Shaykh the scholar of Fiqh, Tafsīr, and Uṣūl, the masterful author, the great scholar of Qaseem in his era, ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Nāṣir as-Saʿdee."
The book consists of two separate but related treatises. In the first one, Essential Questions and Answers About the Foundations of Eeeman (Faith), as-Saʿdee poses and answers 22 questions about Īmān and its related affairs. He begins by introducing Tawḥīd and its categories, and then he deals with Īmān and its pillars. He includes questions on shirk, hypocrisy, and innovation. Also discussed are the rights of the Muslims over us, including the rights of the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), his Companions, and the Muslim leaders. He then completes the first treatise by describing the Straight Path and those who are upon it.
After clarifying the affairs of Īmān, the author then goes on to explain why the majority of the people have turned away from it in the second treatise, Obstacles in the Path of Īmān (Faith). He discusses ten things that prevent many people from embracing true faith, mentioned proofs and examples from the Book of Allāh for each one.