English ‘Aqidah Tahawiyyah Translations and Commentaries

For a while now, I have been collecting a number of translations of the famous al-’Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah for the purpose of rendering a new and more accessible translation for some of my students. Given the verbiage of some translations and the inaccuracy of others, it was important to look through all the other existing works before embarking on a new one.

After looking through all the translations, it seemed that Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s was, for the most part, the most true to the Arabic and precise in the English. Although I have differed from his translation in a number of places, I found that his use of terms and style best reflected the original Arabic text.

Although I have not yet finalized my modified version of Shaykh Hamza’s translation, I wished to provide a list of existing translations and commentaries in English for the readers of the blog, most of which I came across during the editing process.

Translations:

Shaykh Abu Adam Naruji’s translation with short commentary

Shaykh Iqbal Ahmad Azami’s translation

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s translation (not available online)

Commentaries/Marginal Notes:

Shaykh Abu ‘l-’Izz al-Hanafi’s commentary (volumes 1, 2, 3, 4)

Shaykh Abu Adam Naruji’s translation with short commentary

Mawlana Qari Muhammad Tayyib Qasimi’s commentary

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Yahya Ninowy’s translation and commentary

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan’s commentary through Q&A

33 responses to “English ‘Aqidah Tahawiyyah Translations and Commentaries

  1. Salam

    I believe Shaykh Saeed Fodah’s commentary can be found on the al-Razi website. Dr Omar Kamel from the Hijaz also has some brief notes on the Tahawiyyah, not sure if it is on his website though.

    Ws

    • Assalamu ‘alaykum,

      Sayyidi Kakazai, would it be possible to include a link to the al-Razi site you referred to?

      Bilal Ali

  2. Bismihi Ta’ala,
    Respected Maulana Bilal saheb
    Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakatuhu,

    Do you vouch for the authenticity of all these translations and commentaries? Are they acceptable for a layman?

    The following seems objectionable.

    Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan’s commentary through Q&A

    Q17. Why does Shaykh Al-Fawzaan hafidhahullaah mention Imaam Abul Hasan Al-Ash’aree?

    A17. The Ash’arees follow the ‘aqeedah which this Imam was upon initially but they leave
    the madhab of ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah which the Imaam became established upon in the
    latter part of his life. Their ascribing themselves to this great Imaam is therefore an
    incorrect ascription.

    wasslaam
    -Zia

    • Assalamu ‘alaykum,

      Respected brother Zia. I am glad that you asked this question. Because the site has not been officially launched, the About section is not complete, so there can be confusion as to the intent and content of the blog.

      The blog is meant to be a resource site for students and scholars. In meeting that purpose, the contributors will try to make available and comment on all types of books regardless of their author or viewpoints.

      In other words, the website is not meant to propagate any particular way of thinking. It is simply a forum where fellow students and scholars can discuss, analyze, and review books as well as share links to any academic material that is out there.

      The posting of a link for any particular book, therefore, should not be construed as an endorsement of the book or its content.

      May Allah allow us all to benefit from this site and allow us to see the truth from falsehood.

      Amin.

      Bilal Ali

  3. Asalamu ‘Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah

    Can you please check the link to Mawlana Qari Muhammad Tayyib Qasimi’s commentary? It links to the one of Ibn Yahya. Jazak’Allah khairan.

  4. Assalamu alaikum,
    The third link for the Abul Izz’s commentary contains the 2nd file. I believe the 3rd file is missing.

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  6. As-salamu ‘aleykum.

    Is it possible to reupload third part of sharh of Ibn abi Izz?
    Thanks in advance.

    Ma salama.

  7. It shows:
    “There was a Javascript error in this process, try another browser or contacting support”.

    I used Opera and Mozilla – but without result.

    Is it possible to upload third part to another file-hosting?

  8. Assalamu ‘alaykum,

    The error is coming up on my computer as well. I will try one last time and also provide a link to another hosting site. Please be patient while I sort things out.

    Bilal

    • Wa ‘aleykum as-salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

      Ma sha’ Allah. Jazak Allahu khayran, Ustadh.

  9. Ok, I don’t know why I keep doing this wrong. Please try it again. I apologize for the inconvenience.

    Bilal

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  11. there’s another translation of Aqeedatu Tahawia by Abdul-Haqq Ansari printed by Al-Imam University ,i didnt see it mentioned.its an excelent translation

  12. As Salaamu Alaykum,

    Does anyone know whether an english translation of Ghaznawi’s Sharh of Aqidah at-Tahawiyyah or Maydani’s is available somewhere on the net?

  13. Translations is very important it is a way to communicate with other people, specially those people that has a different dialect, translators well be the frontliners to communicate with them, and to have communication.

  14. Assalamu aliakum,

    I don’t believe it is a good idea to focus translating classical books. This is for many reasons the main one being that we should be presenting the ideas and concepts present in the classical books in a more coherent fashion for the layman to understand.

    For example Aqida Tahawiyya is all over the place. It can be far better arranged in terms of topics. The entirity of Aqida Tahawiyya can be explained in a page if one desires and a person might walk away with a better understanding than actually going through the Aqida Tahawiyya. The reason for Aqida Tahawiyya is not presented in an organized fashion is because it is an early book and they were generally less organized. Now compare this to later books like the aqida book by Shaykh Salih al-Farfur recently translated into English or the commentary of Allamah Bajuri on Jawharat – you will see what I mean by more organized and systematic

    In fact when Mufti Abdur Rahman did a workshop in Toronto on aqida he did not go through Aqida Tahawiyya or Fiqh al Akbar. Rather he produced new original material.

  15. Brother Hope1,

    Do you see translation work and original publication as mutually exclusive or are you simply commenting on what appears to be an exaggerated focus on translations?

  16. Try the English translation by Shaykh Imam Tahir Mahmood Kiani. It’s good (short, precise and to-the-point).

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