ʿAllāmah Ḥasan b. Tūrkhān al-Āqḥiṣārī’s (951-1025 AH) abridgment of ʿAbd Allāh b. Aḥmad al-Nasafī’s Manār al-Anwār fī Uṣūl al-Fiqh, entitled Samt al-Wuṣūl ilā ʿIlm al-Uṣūl, is considered by some to be the most excellent of al-Manār’s abridgments. While it may be useful to formally study on its own (or with a commentary), I believe that one clear use of this abridgment is for students of one of the commentaries of al-Manār, such as Mullā Jīwan’s Nūr al-Anwār, or al-Ḥaṣkafī’s Ifāḍat al-Anwār. Students of these larger works often lose track of the original text and find it hard to follow the outline provided by al-Nasafī. Given that al-Manār is occasionally cryptic or not as concise as one would want for the purposes of memorization, this work can serve as an excellent study guide and memorization tool.
I am uploading the pdf version that I found available online. This is not the edition published by Dār al-Iḥsān with the edits of ʿAlā ʿAbd al-Ḥamīd, but I have included a picture of the cover in case someone wants to print it along with the body of the text. I suggest students at Darul Qasim use this for review and memorization as they go through al-Ḥaṣkafī’s Ifāḍah.
With Hajj less than a month away, these concise booklets compiled by Shaykh Saleem Dhorat (db), published by Islamic Dawah Academy, will be of great benefit to those preparing for the blessed journey and anyone else who plans on visiting for Umrah and for Ziyārah to Madīnah Munawwarah. They also contain illustrations when necessary, such as for the blessed pillars (Ustuwānah) in al-Masjid al-Nabawi.
Another useful booklet to obtain – by the same author and publisher – is Useful Advice for Travellers to the Haramayn.
The booklets are conveniently small and thin enough to be carried with on the journey for quick reference and review.
White Thread Press recently released a new publication which covers concepts of eschatology, procedures for funeral, burial, last rites, and practices related to the deceased (such as īsāl al-thawāb, atonements, debts) and graveyards:
In order to comfortably read Arabic texts without the need for diacritical marks, one must master the rules pertaining to Naḥw and Ṣarf before embarking on the reading journey. Not only is it an imperative to familiarise oneself with all the rules of grammar, but to be able to apply them into real literature and produce one’s own prose is of more importance. Therefore, it would not be incorrect to say the ability to read Arabic poetry and prose without diacritical marks is a skill acquired, not a science studied.
To reach such a stage, below is a suggested reading list which has been prepared upon request by a student of knowledge.
Note: The list will exclude any non-Arabic primers; the following list has been written for those who already have previous, albeit basic, knowledge of the fundamental Arabic sciences.Read More »
Some time ago, Ustadh Murabit Benavidez gifted me a PDF copy of مقاصدالصوم by Sultān al-Ulama Imām `Izz al-Dīn bin `Abd al-Salām (ra). For the benefit of others, I thought of sharing this gift during the month of fasting. Please view below for the download link: