`Aqida Tahawiyyah
by Imam Abu Ja`far Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Tahawi al-Misri
(d. 321 H)

Its importance
Imam Abu Ja`far al-Tahawi (239-321) can be said to represent the creed of both Ash`aris and Maturidis. His Statement of Islamic Doctrine, commonly known as the `aqida tahawiyya, is representative of the viewpoint of Ahl al-Sunna wa al-Jama`a, and has long been the most widely acclaimed, and indeed indispensable, reference work on Muslim beliefs.

Excellence of its author
Abu Ja`far Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Misri al-Tahawi (229-321), the humble, the self-effaced, scrupolous, peerless Faqih, absolute Mujtahid, and unrivalled Imam and Master of teh Madhab in hadith and its sciences, "matched by none of those who followed" (Ibn Yunus, al-Suyuti), "unanimously agreed upon in his trustworthiness" (al-`Aini, al-Sama`ani, al-Dhahabi, al-Suyuti), "the Master in all the schools of Fiqh" (Ibn `Abd al-Barr), "one of the established trustworthy giants among the hadith Masters" (Ibn Kathir), who shared the same shuyukh in hadith as Muslim, al-Nasa'i, Abu Dawud, and "whose Sharh Ma`ani al-Athar definitedly surpasses the Sunan in excellence" (al-Kawthari).
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Recommended commentaries on the text
The Tahawiyyah received many commentaries, Sheikh Muhammad al-Ya`qubi said the most reliable is Akmal al-Din al-Babarti's, a Maturidi commentary. Among the reliable Ash`ari commentarues: `Abd al-Ghani al-Ghunaymi al-Maydani's and Bajuri's.

A commentary published in the name of an unknown Ibn Abi al-`Izz, spuriously affiliated with the Hanafi school, apparently lacks authenticity.
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