مقاصد الصوم by Imām ‘Izz al-Dīn bin ‘Abd al-Salām – Available for Download

asSalaamu Alaikum,

Some time ago, Ustadh Murabit Benavidez gifted me a PDF copy of مقاصد الصوم  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:

مقاصد الصوم by Shaykh `Izz al-Dīn bin `Abd al-Salām

asSalaamu Alaikum.

Book Review: The Mukhtasar al-Quduri: A Manual of Islamic Law According to the Hanafi School

Mukhtasar al-QuduriTranslated from the Arabic with Introduction and notes by Tahir Mahmood Kiani,
(Taha Publishers LTD. 2010). Pages 761. ISBN 9781897940709
Reviewed by Dr Mansur Ali, Cardiff University

This is the translation of small opuscule, al-Mukhtasar, written by the head of the Baghdadi Hanafi guild Abu ‘l-Husayn al-Quduri (d. 428/1037); and is one of the first works of the Mukhtasar genre only to be preceded by al-Tahawi (d. 321/933). Books in the Mukhtasar genre were used to quickly train lawyers in the sacred law as well as for memorization for reference purposes. The Mukhtasar of al-Quduri gained much popularity in the Hanafi School of thought due to the position its author held in the guild as well as the superior arrangement of its contents, which hitherto was missing from legal text books. It was incorporated into the Darse Nizami syllabus taught in the religious seminaries of the Asian sub-continent as well as their affiliate seminaries in the Western world as an elementary text of Islamic sacred law.

Read the rest of the review….

On the Impermissibility of Combining between two Salahs with a Literal Combination from I’la al-Sunan

By ‘Allamah Zafar Ahmad al-‘Uthmani

Translated by Zameelur Rahman

Hadiths

  1. 1. Narrated from ‘Abd Allah [ibn Mas‘ud] (Allah be pleased with him), he said:كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يصلى الصلوة لوقتها إلا بجمع وعرفات“The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) would offer Salah at its [set] time except at Jam‘ (Muzdalifah) and ‘Arafat.”

    Al-Nasa’i narrated it and its isnad is sahih. (Athar al-Sunan, 2:72)

Placing the Hands Below the Navel and the Manner of Placing

By ‘Allamah Zafar Ahmad al-‘Uthmani

Translated by Zameelur Rahman

1. Narrated from Abu Hazim from Sahl bin Sa‘d (Allah be pleased with him), he said: “The people were ordered to place one’s right hand on his left forearm in Salah.” Abu Hazim said “I do not know it [i.e. this order] but that it is traced to the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace).” Al-Bukhari narrated it.

I say: In this and similarly in what [comes] after it until the hadith of Wa’il is proof of the sunnah-status of fastening the hands in Salah, and an explanation of its description, in that the right hand is [placed] over the left hand, not vice versa. This is from that which the Imams have agreed upon in its being sunnah, and they differed only over the site of placing the hands as will come.

  1. Narrated from Jabir (Allah be pleased with him), he said “The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) passed by a man while he was praying, having placed his left hand on the right, so he caught hold of it and placed the right hand over the left.” Ahmad and al-Tabrani in al-Awsat narrated it; its narrators are the narrators of the Sahih. (Majma‘ al-Zawa’id)

New Books by Dr. Sa’id Bakdash

Mawlana Badrul Islam shared this information recently:

For those who are not already aware, you will be pleased to know that as part of his on-going remarkable efforts to publish the famous works of the Hanafi imams (rahimahumullah) in very high quality tahqiq and ta’liq, Shaykh Dr. Sa’id Bakdash of Madinah Munawwarah (son-in-law of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah) has recently published the following mutun:

Kanz al-Daqa’iq of Imam Al-Nasafi, 720 pages

Al-Mukhtar of Imam Al-Mawsili,
560 pages

Nur al-Idah– this is currently at the press in Beirut.

Those who have had the opportunity to see Shaykh Sa’id Bakdash’s two recently-published superb works, Sharh Mukhtasar al-Tahawi of Imam Abu Bakr Jassas al-Razi (in 8 large volumes) and Al-Lubab fi Sharh al-Kitab of ‘Allamah ‘Abd al-Ghani Al-Maydani (in 6 large volumes) would know the distinct quality of his tahqiq and the effort that he must be putting in to these works.

أبو عاصم بدر الإسلام
Northampton, England.

Lectures on the developmen​t of the Shafi’i Madhab – Shaykh Taha Karaan

The following short lecture series by Shaykh Taha Karaan methodologically covers the historical development of the Shafi’i school of Islamic Law (Madhab): http://www.shafiifiqh.com/audio-video/audio/ [See update below]. This includes the Usuli development in the school, major figures that propagated the madhab, evolution of the madhab in different geographical locations including the impact they had on the outlook of the school, and the personalities that undertook the task of synthesizing or refining the variant opinions within the madhab.

This is an excellent resource for anyone wishing to gain deeper appreciation for the  intricate details and the complex machinery that went into the development of the Shafi’i madhab and by extension similar efforts in 3 other existing Sunni Schools of Law (Hanafi, Maliki, and Hanbali).

Additionally, even if one is not a Shafi’i in Fiqh it is instructive nonetheless to listen, benefit, and learn from this lecture series. This is due to the overwhelming influence Shafi’i Usul has had on the development of Usul Al Fiqh. Setting the trend for leading personalities in other three existing schools (Hanafi, Maliki and Hanbali) to codify their own. However, it is little known to many that Shafi’i Usul Al Hadith (hand in hand with Usul Al Fiqh) had a tremendous impact on the direction of the science of hadith verification.  In this case it can be added that Shafi’i Usul Al Hadith was further refined by Muhaddiths and has now assumed the role of the defacto Usul Al Hadith. Hence, it is often lost to the layman that when one verifies hadith using the existing tools of Jarh Wa Ta’dil they are doing so based on what can be broadly termed a developed Shafi’i Usul Al Hadith, just like there was Hanafi Usul Al Hadith and Maliki Usul Al Hadith to go with the respective schools of Usul Al Fiqh.
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Update (February 8th, 2015): The link above is broken, however interested listeners can access Shaykh Taha Karaan’s lectures on this topic via the embedded links below:
  1. Legacy of the Shafi’i madhab in South Africa
  2. Maintaining our Islamic Identity
  3. The curriculum beginning
  4. The Shafi’i Madhab and it’s scholars
  5. Question And Answer (Public – 01)
  6. Question And Answer (Public – 02)
  7. Question And Answer – 01
  8. Question And Answer – 02
  9. Question And Answer – 03
  10. Question And Answer – 04

Please leave a comment below if any of the above links are broken or improperly linked to a different audio than what the lecture topics read. We will try our best to fix the problem as soon as possible, insha’Allah.