al-'Aqida al-Tahawiyya

Part of the Aqida Series


"I would encourage these aqida courses by Shaykh Abul Hasan Hussain Ahmad. His research and insight is extensive in this field. May Allah spread his benefit."

Mufti Abdur Rahman Ibn Yusuf Mangera
Imam & Author - Masjid e Quba/White Thread Press, London, UK

"Dr Abul Hasan is amongst the few scholars in the UK that I would highly recommend to study the sensitive subject of Aqidah from. A true well researched scholar blessed with humility and deep scholarly insight."

Mufti Umair Zulfiqar
Head Teacher - Ayasofia Primary School, London, UK

"Shaykh Dr. Abul Hasan Hussain Ahmed (hafidhahullah) is a truly amazing scholar who has great insight - especially in areas related to 'aqida and hadith. I have personally benefitted from Shaykh's profound knowledge and in-depth research. I sincerely advise everyone to attend this course and benefit from this true gem of a scholar, who has dedicated his life to the sacred sciences.

'Aqida (Islamic beliefs) is a very important area which every Muslim must study in order to know what he/she must believe, along with those beliefs which should not be held by any Muslim, and I can think of nobody better to study this subject with than a specialist in this field such as the noble Shaykh."

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Mufti Asad Waqas
Madni Dawah Academy and Imam of Masjid Usman Ghani RA, Brierfield, Lancashire, UK

"Dr. Abul Hassan Hussain Ahmed tackles the delicate subject of Aqeedah in a profound manner

He is noted as being a leading authority in Aqeedah for the UK. His manner of delivering caters for the beginner and more advance student alike delivering in a simple, easy to follow way.

I myself have sat in the class from start to finish and would strongly recommend those with an interest in the subject to definitely take advantage of the Sheikh.

May Allah preserve him, accept these efforts from him and give him more ability to benefit the ummah even further, Ameen."

Shaykh Abdul Majid Iltaf
Founder, Al-Hidayah Academy, Crawley, UK

"Al hamdu lillaah, I have the CD set of this course already, but I am signing up to take the online version of the course. Dr. Abul Hasan displays great mastery of this book in the way he presents it, which shows the influence of the great teachers that he's had, as well as the scientific approach he uses in presenting this valuable information in a very systematic way. This course is a must for anyone who is serious about the most important science in Islam, which is discussed in one of the most important books on that science, Imam Tahawi's 'Bayan as Sunnah wal Jama'ah'."

Imam Faheem Lea
Imam, The Quba School and Islamic Center, Camden, NJ, USA

"The comprehensive yet concise Creed of Al Imam Abu Ja'far At-Tahawi, rahimahUllah, presents in great detail and with profound expressions the beliefs of the Salaf and Khalaf of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa'ah. Shaikh Dr. Abul Hasan Hussain Ahmed is one of the rare gems of contemporary Muslim scholars who have the extensive educational background, teaching experience, and mastery of the English language to present and simplify its invaluable points for the English speaking audience. This course should definitely be attended by all who seek a deeper understanding of the Islamic creed from a qualified scholar in the field."

Shaykh Abdur Rahman Sondalaani
Philadelphia, PA, USA

"Al-Hamdulillah I've had the oppurtunity to study Aqeedah al-Tahawiyyah with our beloved Shaykh twice. Shaykh Abul Hasan is extremely thorough in his delivery of intricate matters of Aqeedah and Hadith and provides clarity on many controversial topics which are misunderstood by many.

The Shaykh is a true Muhaqqiq and being under his tutelage is an inspiring and humbling experience.

I pray that Allah preserves him and continues to utilise him to preserve the deen."

Shaykh Amjad Ali
Ebrahim Community College, London, UK

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Dates & Time

Dates: 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of April 2013

Time: 11am - 5pm

Course Format

Approximately 4 hours of learning per session

Segregated facilities for brothers and sisters (Video Projection and Audio will be available for sisters)

Live online audio Stream available for distance learners **

Course Materials

A course handbook will be provided


Light refreshments will be available through the duration of the course


£30 (Concessions available for brothers/sisters less financially-able, please contact us)

£20 - Distance Learners

** For all the brothers and sisters who live far away and cannot attend in person, we have made online provision so you can take benefit from this course interactively. Live audio will be streamed via a online virtual classroom. Learners can ask questions to Shaykh directly via a built-in chat function and also have the same privilage in requesting Ijaza for the course with condition of full attendance and strict punctuality.

Distance Learners fee: £20

Venue and Directions

Darul Ummah Centre
56 Bigland Street
E1 2ND

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The work

The creed of Imam al-Tahawi, al Bayan al Sunnah wa'l Jama'ah, commonly known as the al Aqida al-Tahawiyya is the masterpiece on the Aqida of Ahl as Sunna wa'l Jama'ah penned by the renowned 3rd Century Theologian, Muhaddith and jurist, Imam Abu Ja'far Ahmad bin Muhammad al-Azdi al-Tahawi al-Hanafi.

Tahawi's "Doctrine" (al-`Aqida), though small in size, is a basic text for all times, listing what a Muslim must know and believe and inwardly comprehend. There is consensus among the Companions, the Successors and all the leading Islamic authorities such as the four Imams and their authoritative followers on the doctrines enumerated in this work, which are entirely derived from the undisputed primary sources of Religion, the Holy Qur'an and the confirmed Hadith. Being a text on Islamic doctrine, this work sums up the arguments set forth in those two sources to define sound belief, and likewise, the arguments advanced in refuting the views of sects that have deviated from the Sunna.

The author

Imam Abu Ja`far Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Azdi, known as Imam Tahawi after his birthplace in Egypt, is among the most outstanding authorities of the Islamic world on hadith and jurisprudence (fiqh). He lived at a time when both the direct and indirect disciples of the Four Imams of law were teaching and practicing. This period was the greatest age of Hadith and fiqh studies, and Imam Tahawi studied with all the living authorities of the day. Al-Badr al-`Ayni said that when Ahmad died, Tahawi was 12; when Bukhari died, he was 27; when Muslim died, he was 32; when Ibn Majah died, he was 44; when Abu Dawud died, he was 46; when Tirmidhi died, he was fifty; when Nasa'i died, he was 74.

The teacher

Shaykh Dr. Abul Hasan Hussain Ahmed is a resident of the UK who initially studied the Islamic Sciences for more than 5 years under the late Muhaddith and Hanafi Faqih, Shaykh Abdal Haleem (d. 2004).

He studied Arabic with the Egyptian linguist, Dr Muhammad Fathy.

He has also received various forms of classical warrants of authorisation known as Ijaza from more than 100 learned scholars of various Muslim lands:

From Syria:

The Hanafi faqih and aqida specialist, Shaykh Wahbi ibn Sulayman Ghawiji al-Albani (died on February 21st 2013 aged 90), The Aqida specialist, Shaykh Adib Kallas (d.2009 aged 89), The Hanafi faqih and Qari, Shaykh Abdar Razzaq al-Halabi (d. 2012 aged 87), The Mufti of Halab, Dr Ibrahim al-Salkini (died in 2011), Shaykh Ahmed al-Habbal (d. 2009 aged over 100) and Shaykh Muhammad Darwish al-Khatib (d. 2011 aged over 100). Amongst his living Shuyukh are the Muhaddith of Syria, Dr. Nurud-Din Itr and Shaykh Muhammad Fu’ad Taha (aged over 100).

From Lebanon:

The late Shafi' Muhaddith, Shaykh Hussain Usayran (d. 2005 aged 94) of Beirut and the latters pupil, the Muhaddith, Dr Yusuf al-Mar'ashali.

From Morocco: Shaykh Tihami ibn Muhammad al-Wazzani (d. 2009, aged 138 Hijri years), the late female Muhadditha, Sharifa Nafisa al-Kattaniyya (d. 2006), Shaykh Hasan al-Isma'ili (d. 1430 AH, aged 125), Shaykh Abdar Rahman al-Kattani who is the son of the Hafiz of his age, Abdal Hayy al-Kattani. Shaykh Hasan al-Ghumari and Dr Muhammad Hamza al-Kattani.

From the Hijaz (Makka and Madina)

Shaykh Malik ibn Umar ibn Hamdan al-Mahrasi, Shaykh Muhammad Nadir al-Arkani al-Makki (died aged over 130 in 2011), the late Burmese Musnid in Hadith, Shaykh Salih al-Arkani, the foremost Muhaddith of Madina, Muhammad Awwama.

From Jerusalem:

Shaykh Dr. Ali al-Abbasi - Imam of Masjid al-Aqsa who leads Fajr & Isha Salah.

From Yemen:

Shaykh Abdar Rahman al-Hibshi (b. 1314 AH and still alive in 1434 AH, aged around 120) and al-Qadi Mustafa Bounmi (b. 1338 AH).

From Jordan:

Shaykh Yusuf Utum (born in 1890/1307 AH, currently aged 123) and Shaykh Shuayb al-Arna’ut (b. 1928 )

From Egypt:

Shaykh Usama al-Taydi al-Hanafi and Shaykh Awad Ibrahim al-Azhari aged over 100

From Tunisia: The late grand Mufti of Tunisia, Shaykh Kamal Ju'ayt (d. 2012 aged 90)

From India: Shaykh Nasir Ahmed (b. 1335 AH), Sayyid Salman al-Hussaini and the late Shaykh Ahmed Ali al-Surati who lived in Leicester and died in 2011 aged around 95.

From Bangladesh: the late Shaykh and his paternal grandfathers younger brother, Muhammad Asaddar Ali (d. 2005 aged over 100), Shaykh Abdus Subhan al-Sunamgonji and Shaykh Ahmed Shafi'i.

The shortest chain he possesses back to al-Hafiz ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (d. 852 AH) is from a stupendously short 6 links (via Ijaza li ahl al-Asr) only, from the late Hanafi Shaykh, Kamil ibn Yasin al-Kalabadhi.

On the secular front he has qualified with a First Class Honours degree in Applied Chemistry attaining first position in his class with a subsequent Doctorate in the same field. He has also worked as a Researcher in the Chemical industry. In his spare time he compiles various Islamic articles for mainly internet distribution. Of the largest two works he has written are one in defence of 20 rak’ats of Taraweeh exceeding 300 pages and his latest piece is regarding the authenticity of a narration from Malik al-Dar describing a certain event that occurred during a drought in the time of the second caliph, Umar ibn al Khattab (ra) in more than 200 pages.

Currently, he is working on writing a bulky work on the matter of where the hands should be placed in Salah with an analysis of practically all known narrations on this specific matter. This work will by Allah’s decree also show some rare narrations that have not been quoted by most of the Muhaddithin of the past and have been discovered by means of painstakingly collecting rare Arabic manuscripts from some Muslim lands. In this regard, he is also a collector of Arabic manuscripts and to date holds more than 5000 from all over the world.

Many of his articles and books are due to be published for free distribution on a new website known as

Additional Information

al 'Aqida al-Tahawiyya Manuscript - Courtesy of al-Azhar University, Cairo.


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