Al-Imam al-A‘zam Abu Hanifa was the founder of the madhhab that bears his name, which was given its fullest expression by his ‘Two Companions’, Imam Abu Yusuf and Imam Muhammad ibn al-Hasan. It is the largest of the four madhhabs and is most extensive in the East, but with a sizeable presence in Europe and […]
Shaykh Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili took the Path from Shaykh ‘Abd al-Salam ibn Mashish, who took it from Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Madani, and so on back one by one to al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, the first qutb. The reason why the shaykhs of the Path of Sufi initiation have to be listed in this way […]
Understanding the Laws of Menstruation In the study of jurisprudence, menstruation (hayd), post-natal bleeding (nifas) and irregular vaginal bleeding (istihada) are amongst the most important subjects and an area of special concern to women, because many rulings of Islamic law depend on them, such as purification, reaching puberty, prayers, fasting, circling the Holy Ka‘bah, spiritual […]
The Book Of Remembrances [Kitab al-Adhkar] – By Imam Yahya ibn Sharaf an-Nawawi is the definitive compilation of words of remembrance and glorification of (dhikr), and supplicatory prayer to (du’a), the Lord of the Universe, as related from His final Emissary, the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bless and exalt him). Dhikr and du’a lie at […]
The importance of hadith as the basis of Islamic law, theology and ethics cannot be underestimated. Alongside the Quran it constitutes the second source for Islamic shariah and ones practice. While no Muslim will challenge the authority of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) as many have differing views with regards […]
Athar as-Sunan: Traditions of the Sunnah. The Book of Proofs For Purification and Prayer. In this classic work Allamah an-Nimawi relates fiqh rulings, particularly those of the Hanafi madhhab, to their source Hadiths, reviewing what the leading scholars have said about their chains of transmission. Footnotes indicate the views of other Hadith specialists on the authors assessment of each Prophetic […]
An up-and-coming project on which I have been working is the layout of: Here is a PDF which you can download to get a sense of the book and the Shaykh’s treatment of this fundamentally important text on Ash‘ari ‘aqida, Maliki fiqh and Junaydi tasawwuf.
Fifth investigation – the comparative merits of it and the narration of Yahya Al-Laknawi thinks that the narration of Muhammad is weightier and better than the narration of Yahya, and he seeks to prove that as follows: First, that Yahya al-Andalusi only heard the Muwatta completely from one of the pupils of Imam Malik, but […]
The Mukhtasar al-Quduri, the classic work in Hanafi fiqh translated by Sidi Tahir al-Kiani, is now completed and on its way to the printers. It is due for publication by Ta-Ha Publishers Ltd. in April insha’Allah. Here is the Introduction.
What, we might ask, is the significance of the publication of a weighty tome such as this on the shari’ah of Islam at this time, in this language and in these countries? We assume the reader’s understanding that the legal systems built up by Europeans over centuries incorporating basic liberties such as habeus corpus have […]