What is Aqeedah What meaning What is its Importance in Islam for Muslims


There is no doubt that In deen the foremost thing is Aqeedah.The Linguistic Meaning of Aqeedah: Literally, the word `aqidah is derived from the triconsonantal root"`A-Q-D",(aqada) which means to tie or knot. al-Aqad, which is to 'tie something (firmly). 

Importance of Aqeedah in Islam: 
Correct Aqeeda is the most important thing in islam. Aqeedah is a matter of the heart, which is to believe and affirm something in the heart.  It denotes those matters over which Muslims hold conviction. It is the core and base of all action. It is the belief (Yaqeen) that gives the capability of good deeds. It is what a person takes as a religion . It is said, if someone is having a good Aqeedah' meaning, have right beliefs. It is also called as Iman or articles of Iman or Article of faith. and it has been called as article of faith.

Some Other Terms
Emaan/Imaan  (Faith/Creed) is Synonymous to Aqeedah
 Yaqeen   (Faith) is also sometimes used as synonymously.
 (Please dont go after terminology .Without any question on word aqeedah which is right term but it is also a fact that Aqeedah term has not been used in the quran and hadith, Word Aqeedah is there in Surah Nisa but it is not in this meaning of Articles of Faith. But please dont go into terminilogy.
 Actually Emaan is the term that has been used in the Hadith of Jibraeel that articulate the Islamic      faith.......
In the hadith of Gabriel in Bukhari , the Prophet explained the pillars of this faith in which every human must believe, when he was asked, "What is eemaan?", he said, "To believe in Allaah and His angels and His books and His messengers and the Last Day and predestination of good and evil."
(Sahih Bukhari)