Explanation of the Creed of Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani by Shaykh Salih bin Fawzan al-Fawzan حفظه الله تعالى
He is the Imam the knowledgeable and eminent scholar of North-Africa. Abu Mohammed ‘Abdullah bin Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani al-Maliki who was given the nickname ’the smaller Malik’ (Malik as-Saghir). He was upon the methodology of the Salaf as it relates to the fundamental principles of the religion (al-usul) and did not study anything from the philosophical speech nor did he fall into negating any of Allah’s attributes.
This is the introduction to a short essay in jurisprudence (fiqh) by the Imam and Hafiz ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abdur-Rahman ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani upon the treatise of which he authored concerning the jurisprudence (fiqh) of Imam Malik.
It has always been from the norm of the Salaf that whenever they would author books in jurisprudence (fiqh) they would begin with clarifying the Creed (‘aqidah). Thus, they would divide it into (two parts):
- The greater affairs of jurisprudence (fiqh al-akbar) which is understanding the correct creed (‘aqidah).
- The branches of jurisprudence (fiqh al-furu’) which is the understanding of how to worship Allah and how to deal with the people.