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Ibn Taymiyyah Kitab Al-Iman / Emaan Book of Faith
Kitab Al-Iman Book of Faith
By Shaikh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah
Translator : Salman Hassan Al-Ani and Shadia Ahmad Tel
Paperback 483 Pages
Publisher : Bloomington, USA
About The Book
The famous Hadith known as Hadith of Jibril has three principle elements: islam, ihsan and iman or faith. This word, faith, is a fairly poor rendering of Iman.
Book of Faith represents the first complete English translation of the important and well-known work Kitab Al-Iman, written by the renowned scholar Ibn Taymiyyah. The concept of Iman, faith, is fundamental to Islam. Iman has served to define the nature of Muslim life and the essence of the religion as a whole.
Ibn Taymiyyah’s own deep conviction and understanding of Iman is based on the interpretations of the Quran, Hadith, sayings and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and the conduct of the pious ancestors of the first three Islamic centuries . Ibn Taymiyyah was born in Syria on 22 January (661/1263). Throughout history, he is considered one of the very few distinguished scholars of Islam. From an early age, Ibn Taymiyyah was firmly grounded in Islamic traditional education, with emphasis on the Quran Hadith, and the Arabic language. His prolific works have served to reaffirm traditional Islamic understanding. Ibn Taymiyyah’s scholarly contributions resulted in numerous books and treaties.
About The Author
Shaykh al-Islam Taqi ud-Din Abu'l-Abbas Ahmad Ibn al-Halim ibn Abd al-Salam Ibn Taymiyah al-Hanbali was born in , 661 AH (1263 AC) in Haran, which is now in Eastern Turkey, near the border of northern Iraq.
His family had long been renowned for its learning , among his teachers, was Shams ud-Din Al-Maqdisi, first Hanbali Chief Justice of Syria following the reform of the judiciary by Baibars. The number of Ibn Taimiyah's teachers exceeds two hundred. Ibn Taimiyah was barely seventeen, when Qadi Al-Maqdisi authorized him to issue Fatwa (legal verdict). Qadi remembered with pride that it was he who had first permitted an intelligent and learned man like Ibn Taimiyah to give Fatwa. At the same age, he started delivering lectures. When he was thirty, he was offered the office of Chief Justice, but refused, as he could not persuade himself to follow the limitations imposed by the authorities.
Imam Ibn Taimiyah's education was essentially that of a Hanbali theologian and jurisconsult. But to his knowledge of early and classical Hanbalism, he added not only that of the other schools of jurisprudence but also that of other literature.
He had an extensive knowledge of Quran, Sunnah, Greek philosophy, Islamic history, and religious books of others, as is evident from the variety of the books he wrote.
About The Translators
Salman Hassan Al-Ani is the Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures specializing in Linguistics at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He is the Editor of the International Journal of Islamic and Arabic Studies.
Shadia Ahmad Tel is Professor of Education specializing in Educational Psychology specializing in Educational Psychology and Bilingual Language Education. She is currently the Dean of the College of Education at Yarmouk University in Irbids, Jordan.