Beliefs and Doctrine


Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 1 year ago

Bismihi ta'ala

There are numerous books on the topic of theology/usul al-din, 'aqaed, that would be beneficial for anyone to read. It would just depend on whether you would like a general reading book, or a study textbook. Here are some quick suggestions, very briefly:

For general reading, I would recommend you read the books of: Shahid Mutahhari, Seyid Mujtaba Lari, Shahid Dastghayb, Sh. Makarim Shirazi also has some good general aqaed books. 

For textbooks on Islamic theology, I would suggest:

Aqaed al-Imamiyah, by Sh. Mudhaffar.

Theological Instructions, by Sh. Misbah Yazdi. 

These are all written by authoritative Ulama, so you will certainly benefit from them. You can find all these texts online as well.  

With prayers for your success. 



Thank you for your question. Although you may be satisfied with authentic reports (perhaps not all at the level of tawatur) to construct your framework of belief, it is more common to start from an intellectual starting point. Aqaed is generally taught through a number of intellectual proofs for the existence of God, followed by an intellectual discussion on His Attributes in the light of the scriptural sources and then proofs for Prophethood, Imamate and Resurrection. At the same time, religious experience plays an important role in reaching certainty in what one believes. In short, a combination of the scriptural sources, the intellect and religious experience that contribute to the framework of belief. This is why taqlid is not required when it comes to belief.

May you always be successful


Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 2 years ago

Another thing to consider is that the verse is about people, not doctrines. That is, the verse is not offering a view on Judaism, Christianity, or Sabaeanism.

Rather, the point of the verse is that, in the afterlife, individuals will be judged according to their inner and outer realities and whether they have purified or destroyed their souls, not their worldly identities. It is not enough simply to say "I'm a Christian!" or "I'm a Muslim!" and expect salvation.

Also, the verse is advising us not to be arrogant about our religious identity. 

Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 years ago

This verse refers to the followers of previous religions who followed their original religion before distortion and deviation. Every believer must follow the prophet who has been sent after his previous prophet, otherwise he will be disobeying Allah (SWT). The Jewish believer Must believe in Prophet Easa (Jesus) when he was sent, and every Christian believer must believe in Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) when he was sent by Allah (SWT).