Explanation Of the Creed Of Ibn Zayd Al-Qayrawani
This is the introduction to a short essay in jurisprudence (fiqh) by the Imam and Hafiz ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abdur-Rahman ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani upon the treatise of which he authored concerning the jurisprudence of Imam Malik.
It has always been from the norm of the Salaf that wheneverthey would author books in jurisprudence (fiqh) they would begin by clarifying the creed (aqidah). Thus they would divide it into [two parts]
The greater affairs of jurisprudence (fiqh al-akbar) which is understanding the correct creed (aqidah)
The branches of jurisprudence (fiqh al-furu) which is the understanding of how to worship Allah and how to deal with people.