The text, al-‘Aqīdah al-Wāsiṭīyah, is a summary of the creed of Sunni Islam by Aḥmad ibn ‘Abd al-Ḥalīm Taqī al-Dīn ibn Taymīyah, born in , 661 AH (1263 AC) in Haran, which is now in Eastern Turkey, near the border of northern Iraq.
Ibn Taymiyyah explained his purpose for writing it, as follows:
This is the reason I wrote it: a man approached me from the land of Wāsiṭ, one of the judges of its regions, a Sheikh named Raḍī al-Dīn al-Wāsiṭī, who was a scholar of Shāfi’ī school. He approached us during the Hajj pilgrimage and he was among the people of virtue and religion. He complained of the people among him in that land under the Tartar government, of the prevalence of ignorance and oppression, the loss of religion and knowledge. He asked me to write a creed for him that he and his household could rely upon. I abstained from that and I said, ‘People have written a number of credal texts, so take one of the creeds written by the Imams of the Sunnah.’ He persisted in asking and he said, ‘I would like no one but you to write it.’ So I wrote this creed for him while I was sitting after midday, and many copies of it have been distributed in Egypt, Iraq, and elsewhere.
(Source: Majmū’ al-Fatāwá 3/164)
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