The Foundations of Islam
Author: Imaam Muhammad ibn 'Abdul-Wahhaab (d. 1206H)
Paperback: 160 Pages
From the Publisher: This is an important collection of writings by Shaykh Muhammad ibn 'Abdul-Wahhaab all dealing with essential components of Muslim belief and identity. The book is an invaluable addition to the Muslim bookshelf. The first is the outstanding work, Masaa'il al-Jaahiliyyah in which the author lists 128 characteristics, currently amongst the people of the Time of Ignorance, which were opposed by the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, all of them essential learning for any Muslim. The goal is to purge contemporary Muslim society from any such traits that may linger on and to direct them back to the guidance of the Messenger of Allaah in its pristine purity. The treatise is written in simple, accessible language and is marked by a heavy reliance of Qur'aanic verses which lends it to easy reading. Relevant as was then, it remains relevant today and its importance cannot be underestimated. The arabic text of this work has also been included. The second, Nawaaqid al-Islaam is an article listing ten things which breach a person's profession of Islaam, incorporated here so that the Muslim can do his utmost to avoid them. The Third is the monograph, al-Qawaa'id al-Khams in which the author explains five fundamental components of the Messenger's call. The fourth is the famous treatise, al-Qawaa'id al-Arba' in which the author expounds on the reality of Tawheed and shirk through explaining four principles which will sae a person from the trap of polytheism in all of its many forms. The author wrote various version of this treastise in his life and three such versions have been incorporated here. The last is a counsel or advice given by the author directed to all Muslims.