Summary of Explanation of Aqeedatul-Waasitiyyah in Note
The following is a summary, in note form, of the explanation of the classical text of Ibn Taymiyyah,
Aqeedatul-Waasitiyyah in which he outlines the beliefs of the Ahlu-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah.
Part 1: The Basmalah
1. Bismillaahir-Ramaanir-Raheem: as a separation between surahs, part of Surah Naml, left out
between Surah Anfaal and Surah Tawbah. The bay in the Bismillah stands for seeking help.
2. Ism: that word which signifies the sense and makes it distinct. It has been derived from simatun
which means a symbol or sumooh which means height. Musamma is tha t sense which has been
3. Allah: derived from Uloohiyat, meaning of llah is something that is worship ped.
4. Rahmaan: an attribute which exists along with the Self of Allah.
5. Raheem: an attribute which is related to that Self which has Rahm.
6. The saying of Ibn 'Abbaas that both these names comprise gentleness and sof tness.
All Praise is due to Allah Who sent His Messenger with the Guidance and the True Religion so as to
make it prevail over all (false) religions and enough is the evidence from Allah.
1. Hamd: oral praise of a grace regardless of being benefited by it. Statement of qualities with love
and affection. Different to Shukr (praise done for some fa vour either orally, emotionally, or with a
part of the body) and to Madh (mere statement o f qualities without implication of love and respect).
2. Al Hamd: the prefix al denotes comprehensiveness. All forms of Hamd include d. Perfect Hamd is
only proved for Allah, therefore Allah has all attributes of p erfection and beauty.
3. Rasool: a person sent with written communication (dictionary definition). Technically, that person
to whom Allah's revelations are sent and he is requir ed to convey them. If no conveyance is involved
then he is a nabi. Every rasool is a nabi, but a nabi is not a rasool.
4. Hidaayat: to describe, to guide. The Qur'aan and the Prophet (sallallahu-al aihi-wasa