ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Jawhar al-Tawhid is amongst those works that have had instant fame and acceptance even in the times of the author; Imam al-Laqani. It was a simple work written in a poetical form that was meant for students to memorise the basic aspects of one's faith. The book has seen many commentaries and amongst one of its earliest commentary is the authors son.
Jawharat al-Tawhid, translated as The Gem of Islamic Theology, is one of the approved and accredited texts of the Sunni Creed in the Ashari school. Written as a poem to facilitate memorizing it and to make it more enjoyable and appealing for young students. This was a method widely used to teach and convey knowledge in the past and is still used in some schools till today. It was composed by Imam Ibrahim al-Laqani al-Maliki (1041 H) upon a gesture from his Sufi mentor. Due to its high value and wide acceptance, many commentaries were written to elaborate and explain the meanings it had within.
This commentary by Imam al-Sawi is perhaps one of the most studied beside the one written by Imam al-Bajuri. It has an easy facilitates and many of the Maliki institutions used this.
This print is edited and published with extensive notes and explanations rendered from other major commentaries. The editor, Shaykh 'Abd al-Fattah al-Bazam adds further notes as well as Takhrij and Ta'liq. Another beneficial addition in this print is that it has an entire chapter dedicated to the commentaries of The Jawharah as well as their importance in the study circles of the students.
ABOUT IMAM IBN AL-LAQANI:
He is ash-Shaykh Abd al-Salam bin Ibrahim bin Ibrahim al-Laqani, the Maliki Jurist, the shaykh of the Malakiyah of his day. He was born in 971. He was a philosopher, a Sufi and a ascetic Jurist.
Among his works is:
- It-haf al-Murid Sharh Jawharat al-Tawheed
- al-Siraj al-Wahaj bi Sharh Qisati al-Isra wal Mi'raj,
- Ibtisam al-Azhar min Riyad al-Akhyar fi Rabi' al-Abrar bimowlid al-Habib al-Mukhtar,
- Sharh Mandhumat al-Jaza'iriyyah fil 'Aqaid,
- Hashiyat 'ala Tadhkirat al-Qurtubi.
He passed away in 1078.
ABOUT IMAM AHMED AS-SAWI:
His name is Imam Ahmed b. Muhammad as-Sawi al-Khaluti, Shihab al-Din Abu al-'Abbas, the faqih, Shaykh al-Shuyukh, born in 1175. He quickly memorised the Qur'anic at a young age and thereafter enrolled in al-Azhar the year 1187, at the age of 12 years. He further studied with great scholars the like of;
--- Ahmed ash-Shashti,
--- al-Hashimi al-Rutbi,
--- Yusuf b. Muhammad b. Yahya al-Ahdal al-Zabidi,
--- Abu Hamid al-'Arabi b. Muhammad ad-Dafni,
--- Muhammad b. Hussain al-Kutbi al-Hanafi,
--- Muhammad al-Kafrawi,
--- Ahmed Muhammad Nasir,
--- Muhammad al-Banna al-Hanafi, Mufti of the Hanafis,
He was excellent scholar in teaching as well as in writing. He wrote several works, amongst which:
--- al-fara'id al-Saniyyah 'ala Matn al-Hamziyyah (commentary on the Hamziyyah of al-Busiri, poem on the Sirah of the prophet ﷺ available with a commentary of Ibn Hajar al-Haytami),
--- Sharh Tuhfat al-Ikhwan fi 'ilm al-Bayan li Shaykh Ahmed ad-Dardir,
--- al-Asrar al-Rabaniyah,
--- Sharh Manzumat Asma' Allah al-Husna lil Shaykh ad-Dardir,
--- Balghat al-Salik li Sharh Aqrab al-Masalik li Madhab al-Imam al-Malik,
--- Hashiyat 'ala Sharh al-Kharidah al-Bahiyyat,
--- Hashiyat 'ala Tafsir al-Imamayn al-Jalalayn; an abridgement of larger commentary of his shaykh by the title of al-Fatuhat al-Ilahayyat,
--- Sharh 'ala Jawharat al-Tawhid,
--- Risalat fi'l Jihad; compiled all the verses concerning Jihad in orderly manner as well as the Ahadith, also orderly fasion.
--- Hashiyat 'ala Anwar al-Tanzil lil Baydhawi; commentary on Imam al-Baydhawi's Tafsir,
--- Risalat fima lil Khalwah min al-Shurut wa'l Aadab,
Some of these works have printed and since his time been extensively in use by students and teachers alike.
While on his way to Madinah al-Munawarah, in the early days of Sha'ban 1241 Hijri he became very ill. He was quoted as saying; "Time is nearing to its end and my beloved is calling for me." Short while after this he passed away on the 7th of Muharram 1241 and was buried there.