Islamic Doctrines & Beliefs Vol.3

About the Author:

Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani is a scholar from the Middle East. He graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry from the American University of Beirut and then went to Louvain, Belgium to continue his medical studies. He later received his Islamic law degree. Other books by the Shaykh include: The Naqshbandi Sufi way, Angels Unveiled, The Encyclopedia of Islamic Doctrine, and Women Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (with Dr. L. Bakhtiar). Shaykh Kabbani is the chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, a religious organization based in Washington, D.C.

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Islamic Doctrines & Beliefs Vol. 3

Beliefs of the People of Islam
(Aqa'id Ahl al-Islam)

Sufi Doctrine Series
Imam 'Izz ibn 'Abd al-Salam (577 - 660H)

Foreword by Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani (Q)Translation and Notes by Dr. Gibril Fouad Haddad

'Abd al-Aziz ibn 'Abd al-Salam ibn Abu al-Qasim ibn al-Hasan, 'Izz al-Din al-Sulami was born in Damascus in 577H. A Shafi'I scholar, he was educated in Damascus and was nicknamed the Sultan of Scholars. In 599AH he moved to Baghdad, then returned to Damascus to teach and lead the Friday prayers at the zawiya of Imam Ghazali, and later at the Umayyad Mosque.

"Imam al-`Izz gained such prestige that he was able to enforce the Islamic code of law with near impunity in the face of rulers."

Ibn 'Abd al-Salam condemned the ruler of Greater Syria al-Salih Ismail ibn al-Adal from the pulpit for his surrender of the Palestinian fortress Safad to the Crusaders. He was imprisoned for this action. When finally freed, he moved to Cairo, where he was appointed as judge and imam of the Friday prayer. He gained such prestige that he was able to enforce the Islamic code of law with near impunity in the face of rulers and weaker-willed personalities

He later resigned from his position as judge to work on a number of outstanding works on Shafi'I jurisprudence, Quranic explanation, the bases of Islamic rulings, formal legal opinion, government, and sufism. It is recorded that he kept the company of Imam Abul al-Hasan al-Shadhili, founder of the Shadhili tariqa, and that he authored numerous works on tasawwuf which are now lost. He died in Cairo at the age of eighty-one.

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