Kitab al-Tawheed: The Basis of Islam and the Reality of Monotheism
The Book of Monotheism
Kitāb al-Tawḥeed: The Basis of Islam and the Reality of Monotheism, occupies a unique place amongst contemporary Islamic works.
The book is the magnum opus of Professor Muḥammad ibn Abdullah al-Massari (may Allah preserve him), and has been rendered into English for the first time. Few if any contemporary Islamic works can truly be described as monumental, let alone ground-breaking. Kitāb al-Tawḥeed: The Basis of Islam and the Reality of Monotheism, is truly a landmark work, occupying a unique place amongst a contemporary landscape often bereft of original insightful scholarly work.
The book represents an in-depth study into the very root origins of Islam, the essential nature of Tawḥeed (monotheism). Coupled with that, it tackles head on not only the age-old problem concerning the precise nature of Shirk (polytheism) and worship, but how these topics invariably correspond
to contemporary issues like ruling, governance and allegiance. Liberated from the confused ill-disciplined divisions and historical blunders, primacy is given to the original textual sources, challenging many of the phantasms that have plagued Islamic thought for far too long.
Volume 1 of the series comprises topics relating to the foundations of Islam and its fundamental doctrinal principles. Selected chapters from the book are already open access here on the site, including the Ruling of Basic Permissibility and the laws related to the Previous Prophets.
About the author
Born in Mecca (Friday 8 November 1946), Professor Muḥammad ibn Abdullah al-Massari, may Allah preserve him, is from the Dawāsir tribe, which is the modern name for the famous tribe of Hamdān. He hails from a distinguished and scholarly family. His father, Shaykh Abdullah ibn Sulaymān ibn ‘Abdur
-Raḥman ibn Muḥammad al-Massari, may Allah have mercy upon him (b. 1918 / d. 2005) was a learned scholar and one of the distinguished students of Sheikh Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhim al-Shaykh, may Allah have mercy upon him too. He also held several distinguished posts from early on, from being an assistant judge to Shaykh ‘Abd al-Aziz ibn Abdullah ibn Bāz, to becoming vice President and later President of the Board of Grievances (Diwān al-Mathālim; the Supreme Administrative and Constitutional Court), and a Professor of Islamic studies at Dar al-Tawḥeed, in Ṭā’if His maternal grandfather was the distinguished Shaykh Muḥammad ibn ‘Abdur-Razzāq (d. 1973), the founder of the Dar al-Ḥadith Academy in Mecca and al-Imām al-Ḥaramayn, of Medina and Mecca.
Naturally growing up in this distinguished scholarly environment Professor al-Massari was an outstanding student from a young age, benefiting enormously from study circles with his father and his associates. He has always had an insatiable desire for knowledge, leading him to peruse the rich collection of works from his father’s library, covering both the Islamic sciences, philosophy and literature. A very early example of this, is the study he undertook of Majmu’ al-Fatāwa, which is Ibn Taymiyyah’s acclaimed work consisting of some forty-volumes, following its publication in 1963. That study included a complete critical reading of the text accompanied with detailed comments, observations and criticisms.
In tandem with his studies in various branches of Islamic sciences, Professor al-Massari is also Professor Emeritus of Theoretical and Mathematical Physics. Published widely in the field of solar energy conversion, solid-state devices and QCD (quantum chromodynamics), some of his key achievements have been designing a modern prototype electric car and the calculation of the Top-Quark mass within the framework of the renormalisation group equations. However, it is his Islamic works that have made a quantum leap in contemporary Islamic thought, notable works include:
- The Constitution of Medina§ The Seal of Prophethood
- Prohibition of building Mosques on Graves
- Najd and the Horn of the Devil
- Ḥākimiyyah and the Sovereignty of Sharī’ah
- The Awaited Promised Mahdi
Professor Muḥammad al-Massari lives in exile in London since 1994, where he currently continues his research and writing.