Today there are many reasons why we must talk about this matter. For one thing, many people are investigating Islamic legal matters who are not qualified to do so. They are not only delving into secondary legal issues, but also
into fundamental matters of faith. Though they have no expertise, they are not shy to discuss and criticize every
single matter related to Islam, no matter how difficult or sensitive that matter might be! Compounding this problem is the fact that the general public no longer tries to distinguish between legitimate scholars and quacks. They do not know who they should listen to. They do not ask themselves: Should I listen to this person when it comes to my religion? Is this person worth my attention?‘A Return to Purity of Creed”-Shaykh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali’s translation of Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali’s very last work! How did our noble salaf understand Qur’anic ayats and hadiths that refers to the ‘hand of Allah’, Allah ‘rising above his throne’, and other such references? This unique work focuses on how the early Muslims (the Salaf!)understood these issues and matters of creed. It provides key explanations that will enhance our own understanding and encourage us to avoid the contentious disputes and arguments that often occurs in relation to these issues of creed!
A Return to Purity in Creed, Imam Ghazzali proves, once again, to be a man of the times by striking a balance between two extremes and refocusing the common Muslims on the simplistic beauty of the Islamic doctrine as learned and transmitted by the early Muslim community.