Ghazali’s Creed (Qawa’id al-‘Aqa’id)-Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

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By Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

Translated by Abdullah bin Hamid Ali

With the Name of Allah, All-Compassionate, All-Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, The Initiator, The Repeater, The Doer of whatever He wants, The Possessor of the Glorious Throne and the Powerful Grasp, The One who Guides the best of all slaves to the Guided Approach and the Correct Path, The One who confers blessing upon them after the testimony of God’s unity by securing their beliefs from the darkness-es of things that cause doubt and fluctuation,

The One who leads them to follow His messenger ‘The Chosen One’ _ and to follow in the footsteps of his most noble Companions who have been granted the distinguished honor of being aided and guided aright,
The One who becomes manifest to them in His being and His actions with His beautiful descriptions that none grasp save he who lends an ear and is witness,
The One who makes them cognizant of the fact that He, in His essence, is one without a partner, unique without a likeness, permanent with no opposite, individual with no rival, and that

He is one and ancient in spite of not being a first of anything, infinite without a beginning, persisting in existence while not being the last of anything, forever with no end, Self-Subsisting without interruption, Enduring without elapse. He has always and will always be described with the ascription of majesty.

It will never be ordained for Him to be terminated or set apart by the lapsing of infinite time and the concluding of life spans. Rather, He is the First, The Last, The Open, and The Hidden. And He has knowledge of everything.

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Dr. Abdullah Bin Hamid Ali

Dr. Abdullah Bin Hamid Ali

He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural and Historical Studies in Religion (2016) and an M.A. in Ethics and Social Theory (2012) from the Graduate Theological Union. He obtained his B.A. (ijaza ‘ulya) in Islamic Law (Shariah) from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyin University of Fes, Morocco in 2001. He served as full time Islamic chaplain at the State Correctional Institute of Chester, PA from 2002-2007, and is the founding director of the Lamppost Education Initiative. He currently serves as a assistant professor of Islamic law and Prophetic Tradition at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California His research interests include the interconnection between law and identity formation, comparative Islamic law, and Islam’s role in the modern world.

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