Awjaz al-Masalik ila Muwatta Malik by Shaykh al-Hadith Muhammad Zakariyya al-Kandhalawi

AwjazAt the request of those who were interested, here is a link to the most recent edited copy of Shaykh Zakariyya’s famed commentary on Imam Malik’s Muwatta.

This edition, slightly marred by a few typographical errors, is a vast improvement from the last Beiruti edition published by the infamous Dar al-Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah.

The tahqiq of this edition was done by Shaykh Taqi al-Din al-Nadwi al-Mazahiri and was published with excellent typesetting and colored pages.

A similar edition of Shaykh Khalil Ahmad al-Saharanpuri’s Badhl al-Majhud was published through the efforts of Shaykh Taqi al-Din, may Allah preserve him.

Here is the link to the multi-volumed Awjaz al-Masalik.

9 thoughts on “Awjaz al-Masalik ila Muwatta Malik by Shaykh al-Hadith Muhammad Zakariyya al-Kandhalawi

  1. Asalamualykum

    Would i be correct in thinking that this kitaab is written in the most easiest arabic for students and non arabs. Since the author himself was a non arab i am lead to believe this?

    I dont mean elementary and poor prose, rather simple words and sentence structures.

    • Assalamu ‘alaykum,

      To understand the style of the Awjaz, it would obviously require some knowledge of Shaykh Zakariyya’s style of writing as well as some knowledge of the terminology of hadith scholars.

      Firstly, Shaykh Zakariyya (may Allah have mercy on him) preferred to quote the scholars of the past and limit his own statements and commentary as much as possible. This is the style of the humble. Therefore, most of the work is a combination of the statements of earlier scholars and their prose.

      Second, given that hadith commentaries, the Awjaz, included, are loaded with technical terms and hadith-specific nomenclature, it may not be that easy to understand regardless of the simplicity of style.

      That aside, Shaykh al-Hadith’s style of writing is itself highly academic and reflective of the style of earlier hadith scholars who preceded him, the likes of Imams Nawawi, Ibn Hajar, al-‘Ayni, Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr, al-Baji, etc…

      I hope that helps.

  2. Assalamu Alaikum

    It is not correct to say that non-Arab scholars do not have as good English as Arab scholars. Indeed, recently Arab scholars, perhaps out of some sort of misplaced pride that they were superior because of their Arabic heritage, and out of contentment and complacency in the (erroneous) knowledge of their own superiority, failed to develop their works to any appreciable extent. Scholarship in the Arabic world has languished for many centuries.

    The Indian scholars have picked up this slack. As Allamah Abdul Hayy al Lucknawi said about Indian versus Arabic scholarship, that the the mantle of hadith had shifted from the possession of the Arabs to the Indians and the Indian muhaddithin had replaced the Arabs, just as Allah promises to replace any people that dont deserve with those who do–as the Arabs were undeserving of that knowledge.

    The Arab scholars even to this day are only familiar with their own knowledge, and are sometimes surprised to find an entire new world of knowledge that they are unfamiliar with in South Asia. (Rishid Rida, Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah, and many other Middle Eastern scholars only stumbled on the scholarship of the Indians by accident, only to find scholarship far greater than their own.) By contrast, the Indian scholars are familiar with both the Arab and Indian works. Knowledge in those fields requires an in-depth understanding of Arabic, so it is incorrect to view the Indian scholars as less familiar with Arabic–particularly when their fiqh is more than that of the Arabs’.

  3. Im relatively new at this, but I wanted to know if there were any other arabic commentaries of Imam Malik’s Muwatta available online?
    Secondly, if anyone knows of any good arabic commentaries of the Bayqooniyah that are available online, please let me know. JazakaAllah Khairan

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