“The Rules of Ramadan” by Mufti Muhammad Shafi Usmani (ra) – PDF available for download

asSalaamu Alaikum,

The Rules of Ramadan, a translation of أحكام رمضان authored by Mufti Muhammad Shafi Usmani (ra).

Translated by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Harun Abasoomar (db).

In this concise booklet the Honourable Muftī Muhammad Shafi Sahib (r.a.) has outlined the very basic rules of the blessed month of Ramadān.

These rules are undoubtedly very pertinent and important. It is hoped that the reader studies this booklet prior to and during the blessed month of Ramadān.

In conclusion we have included some questions and answers pertaining to the various aspects of Ramadān. These have been adapted from the ask- imām.com website which is the official website of the Iftā department of the Madrasah.

We hope to update this section with other references in future editions – Insha Allāh-.

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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.

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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


  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)