Al-Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah

Al-ʿAqīdah aṭ-Ṭaḥāwiyya Arabic: العقيدة الطحاوية is a popular exposition of Sunni Muslim doctrine written by the tenth-century Egyptian theologian and Hanafi jurist Abu Ja'far Ahmad at-Tahawi.[1][2] There are a number of Muslim commentaries of the Tahawiyyah including ones by Qādī Ismā‘īl ibn Ibrāhīm al-Shaybānī (d. 629 AH), Abū Hafs Sirāj al-Dīn al-Ghaznawī (d. 773 AH), Ibn Abī l-ʿIzz (792 AH), 'Abd al-Ghani al-Maydani (d. 1298 AH) and Abdullah al-Harari (d. 1429 AH). It comprises 105 key points that list the essential matters in the creed of the Ahlus Sunnah wa`l Jama`ah.

The Unifying Creed of Imam Tahawi

The texts raises many points of creed that are essential matters and defines the belief of the Sunni Muslim, covering the topics;

  • On Tawhid
  • On Prophet Muhammad
  • On the Qur'an
  • On the Mi'raj
  • On Al Kawthar
  • On Intercession
  • On the Covenant
  • On Taqdir
  • On the Throne and Chair
  • The Status of Ibrahim and Musa
  • On the Books of Allah
  • On the Muslim and Mu'min
  • On the Messengers
  • In General

Further reading

  • The Creed of Imam Al-Tahawi; ISBN 097028439X[3]
  • Voices of Islam: Voices of tradition, p 208. ISBN 0275987337[4]


  1. Vincent J. Cornell, Voices of Islam: Voices of tradition, p 208. ISBN 0275987337
  2. Bosworth, C.E.; van Donzel, E.; Heinrichs, W.P.; Lecomte, G.; Bearman, P.J.; Bianquis, Th. (2000). Encyclopaedia of Islam (New Edition). Volume X (T-U). Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. p. 101/102. ISBN 9004112111.
  3. Yusuf, Hamza (2008), The Creed of Imam Al-Tahawi, Oxford: Zaytuna Institute (1 Oct 2008)
  4. Cornell, Vincent J. (1 Dec 2006), Voices of Islam: Voices of tradition, Praeger
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