Supplement to the Creed of Shaykh Ibn ^Asakir
Know, may Allah be merciful to you by guiding you to the acceptable deeds, that our Master Muhammad, the son of ^Abdullah, the son of ^Abdul Muttalib, the son of Hashim, the son of ^Abdu Manaf, the son of Qusayy, the son of Kilab, the son of Murrah, the son of Ka^b, the son of Lu'ayy, the son of Ghalib, the son of Fihr, the son of Malik, the son of an-Nadr, the son of Kinanah, the son of Khuzaymah, the son of Mudrikah, the son of Ilyas, the son of Mudar, the son of Nizar, the son of Ma^add, the son of ^Adnan--is the slave of Allah, His Messenger, His Prophet, and His Khalil.
He is the best of the entire creation, and the leader of his followers who will have shining faces and illuminating upper arms and lower legs on the Day of Judgment. His Lord sent him to the humans and jinn as a luminous lantern--giving good tidings and warnings, and calling to worship Allah by His Will.
He got the Revelation through the entrusted Jibril who is the head of the honored angels. Allah created them from light. Obedience is inherent in them, and Allah gave them the strength to obey. They do not sleep and they do not get tired. They do not eat or drink. They do not disobey Allah, but rather they perform all that which they are ordered to do.
His Book is the Wise Dhikr. His laws are straight, truthful, and easy. His nation is the best of the nations. No human has a higher status than his, and no creature can attain his status.
He is the last of the Prophets and their leader, the most knowledgeable among them and the highest in status, the most articulate and the strongest, the most beautiful, brave, courageous, and generous. He had the most signs among them and the most outstanding miracles.
All the prophets were people of merit and patience, belief and certainty, truthfulness and religiousness, chastity and impeccability, intelligence and brilliance, trustworthiness; and conveyance of the message. The prophets were numerous--the first of them was Adam, peace be upon him, who was created from clay as an unimpaired human in the best of forms. After him among his offspring are: Shith, Idriss, Nuh, Hud, Salih, Shu^ayb, Ibrahim, Lut, Isma^il, Ishaq, Ya^qub, Yusuf, Musa, Harun, Yusha^, Yunus, Ayyub, Dhu-l-Kifl, Ilyas, al-Yasa^, Dawud, Sulayman, Zakariyya, Yahya, ^Isa, al-Khadir, and many others.
Their religion is one--Islam. They are the best of Allah's creations. They are alive, praying in their graves. They are al-wasilah, they intercede on the Day of Judgment, and the intercession of our prophet is the greatest.
The summation of all what was mentioned in the creed named Al-Murshidah and its supplement is included in the hadith of the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam: << The belief is to believe in Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Day of Judgment, and Destiny--what is good and what is evil. >> This hadith is sahih, related by Muslim.
And Allah knows best.
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