The Creed of Imam al-Shafi’i

The great Moroccan Sufi shaykh Ahmad b. Idris rahimahullah believed that, in terms of theology and creed (‘aqidah), the only thing Muslims needed to believe is what he called “The Creed of Imam al-Shafi’i” (radi’Allahu ta’ala ‘anhu):

عقيدة الإمام الشافعي رضي الله تعالى عنه
آمنت بالله وبما جاء من عند الله على وفق مراد الله
آمنت برسول الله وبما جاء من عند رسول الله على وفق مراد رسول الله
اللهم إني أؤمن بما تعلم أنه الحق عندك وأبرأ إليك مما تعلم أنه الباطل عندك
فخذ مني مجملا ولا تطالبني بالتفصيل

 

I believe in God and in what came from God, according to what was meant by God. I believe in the Messenger of God and in what came from the Messenger of God, according to what was meant by the Messenger of God. O God, I believe in what You know to be the truth with You, and I declare to You my disassociation from what You know to be false with You. So take it from me as a whole, and do not demand from me the details.

He (shaykh Ahmad b. Idris) argued that the only sure way to understand the meaning of God’s descriptions in the Qur’an is through God’s self-disclosure to the servant.

Source: Reassurance for the Seeker, pp. 12, 13

This is a form of tafwid I think, but it has a special and distinguishing extra twist: according to what was meant by Allah and His messenger (sall’Allahu ‘aleyhi wa sallama tasliman kathira). The normal tafwid stops before this twist. It is Athari creed combined with kashf (unveiling).

A modern day scholar (‘Abdullah b. ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-‘Anqari) from Saudia  compiled the creedal statements of imam al-Shafi’i in a book titled: ‘Aqidat al-Imam al-Shafi’i min Nusus Kalamihi wa Idah Ashabihi. Here: ar_3qeedt_Ash_Shaf3ee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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