AUTHOR: Shaikh Ahmad bin Yahyaa An-Najmee
1. We worship Allaah by way of Tawheed. So we do not supplicate to
anyone besides Allaah nor do we seek refuge in anyone besides Him in
matters of bringing about good or repelling some harm. We perform
worship by having hatred and enmity for the polytheists. However, we
are obligated to call them to Tawheed first and clarify to them that
there is no Islaam without Tawheed and that whoever calls unto other
than Allaah has committed disbelief. So whoever persists after that,
then at that point we are obligated to distance ourselves from him
and hate him for the sake of Allaah.
2. The Creed of the Salaf is established upon the principle
that “Allaah is described with what He has described himself with in
His Book and upon the tongue of His Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa
sallam), without resorting to tahreef, tamtheel, tashbeeh, ta’teel or
3. We affirm for Allaah the best of Names, which He has affirmed for
Himself and which He has praised Himself with, whether they are
mentioned in the Qur’aan or the Sunnah.
4. We believe that there is no path towards achieving Allaah’s
contentment, or a way towards Paradise, except through the Way of
Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). And whoever seeks
a way towards gaining Allaah’s contentment through other than the Way
of Allaah’s Messenger, then he has gone astray and been blinded from
the truth. And he has lost in this world and the next.
5. We believe that the Legislation of Allaah is what has been brought
down through the two revelations: The Book of Allaah and the Sunnah
of His Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). This is what our
Lord has indicated in his saying: “Then we placed you on a Sharee’ah
(Legislated System) based on Our Command, so follow it, and do not
follow the desires of those who have no knowledge.” [Surah Al-
6. We believe that the Qur’aan is the Speech of Allaah, which was
revealed and not created, and that the Sunnah is what explains and
clarifies it. The Qur’aan is interpreted by the Sunnah and by the
interpretations of the Sahaabah (Companions) and those who followed
them in goodness. So the interpretation of the Qur’aan is by way of
the narration, meaning by way of the Sahaabah, the Taabi’een and the
Ahaadeeth concerning it. And the books that contain these
interpretations are the ones we are obligated to acquire and read,
such as the Tafseer of Ibn Jareer, the Tafseer of Ibn Katheer, the
Tafseer of Al-Baghawee, the Tafseer “Ad-Durr Al-Manthoor” of As-
Suyootee and so on.
7. We are obligated to take the Sunnah according to the way of the
Muhadditheen – in terms of their authenticity or weakness. So we take
what is found to be authentic and leave off what is weak.
8. We worship Allaah by obeying the rulers, as long as they are
Muslims who seek judgement through Allaah’s Legislation and who
establish the prescribed punishments, and as long as they establish
the prayer. Obeying them is an obligation even if they commit
oppression. And whoever says something contrary to this and makes it
permissible to revolt against the Muslim leader, even if he may be
oppressive, then he is an innovator and a deviant. And it is
obligatory on the Muslim scholars to refute this statement of his and
to expose his deviance.
9. We hold that it is not permissible to spread the faults of the
leaders, because doing this influences and brings about trials and
afflictions (fitan), and causes them to spread.
10. We are obligated to worship Allaah through the Sunnah, by
following it and by loathing innovations and the innovators. This is
based on the Prophet’s saying: “Whoever does a deed, which is not in
accordance to our affair (i.e. the Sunnah) is rejected.” And in
another narration: “Whoever introduces into our affair (Sunnah) that
which isn’t part of it is rejected.”
This is a summary and some brief words on the Creed of the Salaf,
which we are obligated to accept and follow if we truly want
salvation and the truth. And we must renounce those opinions of men,
which cannot be traced back to any source of evidence, since men are
known by way of the truth and the truth is not known by way of men.
Lastly, we must beg and implore Allaah to show us the truth as true
and enable us to follow it, and to show us the falsehood as false and
enable us to avoid it. Indeed Allaah is Responsible for that and Able
to make it happen. And may the peace and blessings of Allaah be on
Muhammad – the best, most dutiful, most pious and purest of creation –
and on his family and his Companions.
 Translator’s Note: These are forbidden acts committed against
Allaah’s Names and Attributes. Tahreef means to change or distort the
wording of Allaah’s name or attribute. Tamtheel and tashbeeh means to
give a like resemblance to a name or an attribute. Ta’teel means
total denial of a name or an attribute. Ta’weel means to misinterpret
a name or an attribute, thus changing it’s meaning.