Is the Limbs’ Deed Included in Faith’s Root?
June 2, 2008 2 Comments
As previously mentioned, I’ve finally finished the latest article I’ve been working on; again, may Allah reward my “better half” for helping proofread it (we finished that this morning).
Is the Limbs’ Deed Included in Faith’s Root? (PDF) is an excerpt from the end of Shaikh Ahmad bin Salih az-Zahrani‘s Sharh Alfâdh as-Salaf wa Naqd Alfâdh al-Khalaf fî Haqîqah al-Îmân (Explaining the Wordings of the Predecessors and Invalidating the Wordings of the Successors regarding the Reality of Faith). It’s the third such excerpt I’ve translated from this truly beneficial book (the other two being: Faith is Not a Single Reality and Faith is Two Faiths), which will hopefully be translated in full one day, with Allah’s permission.
In any case, have a read. I hope that those of you who read benefit from not only the information the shaikh presents, but also in the manner he does it (it’s too bad you’ll be relying on my translation and not the original words written by the shaikh in Arabic); his manners and etiquettes are truly a pleasure to witness, may Allah reward and bless him.
From the article:
Previously, we mentioned the Predecessors’ wordings regarding the description of faith’s branches with respect to their importance and their resulting from one another, as well as their correlation with weakness and with strength. In that, we expounded that faith is composed of three things: statement, deed, and cognizance; that the statement is two: the heart’s statement, i.e., attestation, and the tongue’s statement, i.e., confirmation; and that the deed is two: the heart’s deed and the limbs’ deed.
Although faith is composed of these things, it surely is not a single grade according to the Predecessors. Due to that, we had clarified that from the branches of faith is what is faith’s root and [that] from them is what is from its branches; and the branch is not like the root, otherwise their differentiation between them would be in vain.
Read on … Is the Limbs’ Deed Included in Faith’s Root? (PDF).
Source: az-Zahrânî, Ahmad bin Sâlih. Sharh Alfâdh as-Salaf wa Naqd Alfâdh al-Khalaf fî Haqîqah al-Îmân. Abu Dhabi, UAE: Dâr al-Imam Mâlik, 2005. pgs. 332-357.