The book “The Four Principles” by Shaykh Muhammed bin ‘Abdul-Wahhab, what is meant with principles?
Are they the Kulliyyah (comprehensive principles) which have many subsidiary issues fall under it?
Principle here comes with the meaning as foundation.
The four principles are foundations which branch out into many subjects.
Shaykh Sālih Al-Fawzān, may Allah preserve him, said in his explanation of “The Four Principles“:
“Qawāid is the plural of Qāidah, and a Qāidah (principle) is: the foundation which branches out into many subjects or many branches.”
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Shaykh Abu Hatim Yusuf Al-‘Inaabi Al-Jazaa’iree – may Allah preserve him.
26th, Rabee’ Al-Aakhir, 1438H
Abu ‘Abdirrahman ‘Abdullaah bin Ahmed Ash-Shingaani