Imam Abu Hafs (D573 AH) wrote a short, succinct and accurate summary of the authentic Muslim beliefs in his popular work, ‘Aqaid al-Nasafi. This short book has been highly praised by scholars for its brevity, accuracy and completeness. Some 25 commentaries have been written on it. One of the most popular was the commentary written by S’ad ud-Din Taftazaani (d. 793 AH). Since then, it has been taught in Islamic schools and seminaries throughout the world, particularly in Central and South Asia.
Imam Abu Hafs was a Muslim jurist, theologian, mufassir, muhaddith and historian. A Persian scholar born in present-day Uzbekistan, he wrote mostly in Arabic. He authored around 100 books on Hanafi jurisprudence, theology, Quran exegesis, Hadith and history.