Author: Shaykh Abu Abdur Rahman Nasir as Sadi
Translator: Abu Rumaysah
Publisher: Daar us Sunnah Publishers
About the Book: To Allah belong the most beautiful and perfect Names, so invoke Him by them. From the most noble and lofty stations of cognisance is to know the Lord, the Glorious, through His beauty. This is the knowledge possessed by the elite of this creation. All of them know Him through an Attribute from amongst His Attributes but those amongst them who have most complete cognisance are those who know Him through His perfection, magnificence and beauty. These is nothing comparable to Him in any of His Attributes, if you were to assume that the whole of creation was in its most exquisite form, and you were to try and compare their collective outward and inward beauty to the beauty of the Lord, Glorious, the comparison would be more ineffectual than a faint torch being held against the blazing disk of the sun. It is sufficient to know of His beauty that if His veil was lifted, everything that splendour of His Face fell upon of His creation would be obliterated. It is sufficient to know that all beauty, external and internal, to be found in this world and the Hereafter is from the resultant effects of His works, so what then would one think of the beauty to know of His beauty that to him belongs nobility in its entirety, strength and power in its entirety, generosity and kindness in its entirety, beneficence in its entirety, knowledge in its entirety and grace in its entirety
About the Author: Abd ar-Rahman ibn Nasir as-Sa’di at-Tamimi (1889 – 1956 C.E.) was a prominent Islamic scholar, jurist, exegete, and Arabic grammarian with a great interest in poetry who contributed many works on a variety of subjects. Initially, he adhered to the Hanbali school of Islamic law (madhab), as did his early teachers. He went on to study the works of Ibn Taymiyyah (d.1328) and Ibn al-Qayyim (d.1350) extensively, and, as he progressed in his studies, he no longer restricted himself to the Hanbali school, but rather followed the course he believed to be proven by the strongest evidence. He was also an expert in tafsir (Quranic exegesis or commentary), having read many books of tafsir and studied it under his teachers; he later authored a tafsir himself. As-Sa’di died at the age of 69 on a Thursday in the year 1956.