Imaams of the Sunnah: Vanguards of Islamic Aqeedah

Imaams of the Sunnah: Vanguards of Islamic Aqeedah

The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam,on his deathbed, gathered the people around him and said, “I have left two things that you shall not go astray after them so long as you stick to them: the Book of Allah and My Sunnah.” After the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, moved onto the company of His Lord, the job of defending Islam, its people, it’s lands and it’s beliefs was left to the companions and the inheritors of the Prophets, the scholars. And as Muhammad alShareef mentioned in one of his khutbahs, “And from the depths of the Ummah’s men and women, Allah ta’ala – from His mercy to the Ummah of Muhammad – raised up warriors that would stand in the face of the most vicious of the enemies of the Sunnah.” Amongst these warriors were legends like great fuqahaa and the muhadditheen which many of us should know off the top of our heads like Imaam Maalik (d. 179 AH) and Imaam Al Bukharee (d. 256 AH). One of the signs of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah is that they have their Imaams defending the sunnah, generation after generation in eacha nd every generation, agreeing with each other in their beliefs and methodology, and transmitting only those beliefs that were transmitted to them from the previous generation, preserving the methodology of the previous and the earliest generations and leaving off any and every type of innovation or deviation in this regard, with the earliest Imaams beiong the Sahaaba (Companions) and the initial Imaam being the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, the Imaam of the Imaams. One such attempt to numerate and chronicle these legendary warriors who defended the Sunnah (islamic aqeedah) was made by Imaam al Laalikaa’ee (d. 418 AH).

I took the following translation from an appendix found in the book Explanation of the Creed” by Imaam al Barbahaaree (d. 329 AH), translated by Aboo Talha Dawood Burbank. Dawood Burbank starts the appendix by stating:

The following is a translation from Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah of Imaam al Laalikaa’ee (d. 418 AH), checked by Dr. Ahmad Sa’d Hamdaan (vol. 1, pp.29-49):

Chapter: A mention of those described as being the Imaams of the Sunnah, Da’wah, and guidance to the correct way after the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) – the Imaam of Imaams.

The chapter is then mentioned and arranged according to superiority of the generations, the companions being first and the rest being last, and according to the cities.

The Appendix is divided into many parts based on the area and time of the Imaams. First one being the companions then the Imaams from each era from an area that Imaam al Laalikaa’ee mentions.

Allah Knows Best

Related Posts:

Biography of Imaam al Barbahaaree (d. 329 AH)
Biography of Imaam al Laalikaa’ee (d. 418 AH)

Imaams of the Sunnah: Vanguards of Islamic Aqeedah: Introduction

The Companions
Taabi’een from the People of Madeenah
The People of Makkah
The People of Shaam and Arabian Peninsula
The People of Egypt
The People of Koofah
The People of Basrah
The People of Waasit
The People of Baghdaad & Mawsil
The People of Khurasaan
The People of Rayy and Tabaristaan



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Fiqh As Sawm

Islamic Rulings Surrounding Ramadhan and Fasting. Based on “Manar As Sabeel Fi Sharh Ad Daleel” Of Shaykh Ibraheem ibn Duwaiyan (d. 1353 AH) as explained by Br. Salim Morgan. Transcribed and Edited By Ibn Al Hyderabadee

Prologue Introduction

Chapter 1: Fasting in Ramadhaan
1. A pillar of Islam 2. Obligation of Fasting 3. Sighting of the Moon for start of Ramadhaan 4. One reliable witness' presence is sufficient 5. Conditions that make Ramadhan Obligatory for an Individual 6. Expiation for the inability to fast due to age or illness 7. Requirements of a valid fast 8. Obligations to fulfill during fasting 9. Recommended acts of fasting

Chapter 2: Permissions and Prohibitions

1. Impermissible to break fast during Ramadhan 2. Prohibited to fast for a woman in her menstrual or post-partum bleedin 3. Obligatory to break it when it is required to save a person’s life 4. Recommended to break fast for one who is ill and fears harm from fasting. 5. Recommended to break fast when one is traveling 6. Permissible for one to break fast who begins a journey while fasting 7. Permissible for a pregnant or nursing (breast feeding) woman 8. Change of condition of a person doesn’t obligate one to refrain from eating and drinking the rest of the day. 9. Prohibited to fast a voluntary fast instead of an obligatory one.

Chapter 3: That which Invalidates Your Fast

1. Intentional Intake of anything into the abdomen 2. Intention to break fast 3. Fluctuating Intention to fast 4. Vomiting intentionally 5. Menstruation or Post Partum Bleeding 6. Masturbation 7. Marital Relations 8. Cupping for both parties 9. Death 10. Apostasy 11. Above are Exempted in some cases

Chapter 4: Repayment
1. Missing a day of fast in Ramadhan
2. When does one make up a missed fast
3. If missed fast are not made up until few dats before next Ramadhan
4. Missed fasts first or voluntary?

Chapter 5: Recommended, Disliked, and Impermissible Days of Fasting
1. Recommended Every Other Day Sawn Dawood
2. The three white days of every Islamic month
3. Six days of Shawwaal
4. Month of Muharram and the 10th
5. Ten days of Dhil Hijja and that of Arafat
6. Disliking of the month of Rajab
7. Disliking of the day of Friday
8. Disliking of the 30th of Shabaan
9. Impermissibility of fasting on the two Eids
10. Completing of a voluntary fast is not Wajib



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