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eBook formatHardcover, (torrent)En
PublisherZaytuna Institute
File size4.7 Mb
Release date 01.04.2009
Pages count167
Book rating4.46 (293 votes)
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Cover to cover, this is an indispensable translation of an indispensable classical text that Sh. Hamza Yusuf spent years tweaking. The straight-forwardness of the translation and the minimalist commentary makes this work extremely practical and extremely useful as a reference work - the first of Zaytuna's curriculum series. Sh. Hamza did a tremendous service to the English-speaking world with this publication. And my copy is autographed ;)

Because of the similarities, I would highly recommend Imam Abu Hanifa's Al-Fiqh Al-Akbar Explained as an advanced "commentary" on this particular translation. Though they are of two different works, the historical role that Imam al-Tahawi played in the Hanafi school makes them complementary.

UPDATE: After scanning another translation of this wonderful work, I felt the need to add the following:

The notes that Sh. Hamza Yusuf includes are very beneficial and are free of the partisan attacks unfortunately found in most other English translations of Tahawi's creed. It is quite a shame that in spite of the fact that Sh. Hamza has attempted to avoid controversy with this translation (making it universally useful as a textbook in Islamic studies), the individuals who have appropriated Imam Tahawi's creed as their own (while they deny many of its implications) have nonetheless have attacked Sh. Hamza for not reflecting their Anthropomorphic leanings. They condemn mainstream scholarship for their "interpretations" and "distortions" while they themselves are guilty of what they accuse their opponents of. This is nothing but the manifestation of the sickness that is within their own hearts:
It is He who has sent down to you, [O Muhammad], the Book; in it are verses [that are] precise - they are the foundation of the Book - and others unspecific. As for those in whose hearts is deviation [from truth], they will follow that of it which is unspecific, seeking discord and seeking an interpretation [suitable to them]. And no one knows its [true] interpretation except Allah . But those firm in knowledge say, "We believe in it. All [of it] is from our Lord." And no one will be reminded except those of understanding. (Qur'an 3:7)
After reading both sets of translations (and you can pick any translations funded or approved by Saudi Arabia) and the attitudes of each "party", it is obvious whose approach the Qur'an Itself is condemning.

The "criticisms" of this translation greatly annoyed me - particularly when Sh. Hamza is the one who completely avoided the specific points of contention in his translation (while the footnotes of others are rife with accusations and condemnations). This is especially so when you compare this translation to another translation entitled "The Muslim Creed", which is clearly more guilty of the translation choices that Sh. Hamza was condemned for (assuming they are even correct in their nitpicking), but for which no criticism is given.

I usually avoiding such discussions in my reviews, but I had to make an exception with this one.

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