"Taaj ul-‘Aqaa'id wa Ma'dan ul-Fawaa'id" is a well-known treatise compiled by the 5th Da'i ul-Mutlaq Saiyedna Ali bin Mohammad al-Waleed (QR) in Yemen. He is also the author of many other works which are regarded as very authoritative and are still studied by the Isma'ilis and worldwide scholars alike. This book describes the 100 principles and beliefs, which belong to the practices of our Shi'ee Isma'ili faith. The book is categorically divided into a set of “aqaa'id” (pl. of ‘aqeedah meaning belief) starting from the 19 basic tenets related with Allaah Ta'aala. Each belief is numbered and its heading indicates the subject matter discussed therein. In his introduction Saiyedna states that, “As there are many heretical movements in the Isma'ilism, and much danger of the pious falling into its trap, great need is felt for a work which would give a clear idea as to what are the true beliefs and doctrines of our Isma'ili Taiyebi Imaams.” We, as an Isma'ili-Taiyebi-Alavi Bohras abide to the principles as mentioned in this highly acclaimed book.
This Shahrullaah 1444 AH, the first 25 principles of this book is published named as "al-'Aqaa'id ul-'Alaviyah". This is the first part and we wish to deal with the remaining principles in its next parts. Mishkaat ul-Haadi Deeni Newsletter published series of these principles since its 146th issue of Rabi' ul-Awwal/Rabi' ul-Aakhar 1440 AH i.e. Nov-Dec 2018 AD. At a time when this book is published, the series has reached 41st Alavi principle in Mishkaat ul-Haadi. Mumineen gets their copy from Devdi Shareefah along with the Waajebaat Safaai card.
It is to be noted that, Aqaa Maulaa Saiyedna Haatim Zakiyuddin saheb TUS had a long wish to make Mumineen understand our Taiyebi tenets in a simple way beautifully written with flowery language. To get this wish into action, in 1432 AH/2011 AD, Aqaa Maulaa Saiyedna saheb TUS started dictating these principles to Mukaasir Maulaa Mohammad Nuruddin saheb DM from different sources maintaining the centrality of the work Taaj ul-Aqaa'id. In this process after making three drafts, the final draft was okayed and published as a first part of this esteemed project. In the beginning of this book, a large introduction speaks about the need, importance and authenticity of our principles in the time of the Concealment of our Imaam. Introduction covers the large part of this book followed by the description of 25 principles.
1. This world is created. It has a creator.
2. The creator is powerful and complete
3. The creator Allaah Ta'aala is One.
4. The creator is old and experienced.
5. Allaah Ta'aala doesn’t have Body.
6. He is neither a Substance nor Accidence of things created.
7. He is neither matter, nor form of created things.
8. He does not in any way depend on His creatures, He exist only through His will.
9. There are no deities or God besides Him.
10. He does not resemble anything in this transient world.
11. No names i.e. attributes, can be associated with Him.
12. He has no limits, by which He could be confined or limited.
13. Negation of properties, which people ascribe to the Creator, is a correct form of belief.
14. He is not in Space or any Place.
15. He is not in Time. No Tense apply to Him.
16. Allaah Ta'aala is eternal, living, the One, Indivisible, the Head of the Universe. He never ceases to be the First.
17. There cannot be two (or more) Gods, sharing the position which the faithful recognize as that belonging to only One Allaah.
18. Human speech is powerless to express the ideas which are connected with the real nature of Allaah Ta'aala.
19. The visible world comes from the primal source endowed with perceptible properties or attributes.
20. The Primal Source of the world is infinite, but has a beginning in time. It is only one, has no rival, and is unchangeable.
21. There cannot be two primal sources; if they were, there would be a split and no balance in the world.
22. The Primal Entity is not self-existing and it depends for its existence on the Most High status.
23. Belief in Angels. They exist, and are of different ranks and kinds, known under different names, entrusted with different duties.
24. Belief in Jinns. They also really exist; there is no doubt about this. They are of different varieties.
25. Belief in Wahy or Divine inspiration, is what the heart or soul (nafs) of the Rasulullah SAWS receives through his intellect (‘aql), in the way of revelation, from the Will (amr) of the Allaah Ta'aala.