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    As salaamu alaykum.

    What are the names of some classic works in Hanafi fiqh that are not to be found in the list below:

    Mutun (short texts):
    Kitab al-Quduri
    Al-Mukhtar
    Matn al-Wiqaya
    Kanz al-Daqa’iq

    Shuruh (Commentaries) on the Mutun:
    Al-Lubab fi Sharh al-Kitab
    Sharh al-Wiqaya
    Al-Ikhtiyar fi Ta`lil al-Mukhtar
    Al-Hidaya (which then has had a number of commentaries upon it, the most famous being Fath al-Qadir)

    Longer Commentaries:
    Badai` al-Sanai` of Imam Kashani
    Al-Mabsut of Imam Sarakhsi
    Tabyiin al-Haqaiq Sharh Kanz al-Daqaiq by Imam Zayla`i
    Al-Bahr al-Ra`iq by Imam Zayn al-Din ibn Nujaym
    Al-Durr al-Mukhtar by Imam Ala’ al-Din al-Haskafi in two volumes, which was then commented upon in the "Radd al-Muhtar" by Ibn Abidin

    Fatwa Books
    Fatawa Qadi Khan
    Al-Fatawa al-Tatarkhaniyya
    al-Fatawa al-Hindiyya (or Fatawa Alamgiri)

    Books of Evidence
    Nasb al-Raya fi Takhrij Ahadith al-Hidaya of Imam xxx al-Zayla`i
    I`la’ al-Sunan by Imam Dhafar al-Tahanawi

    Does anybody know of any other classic, valuable, and/or indispensable Hanafi fiqh works?

    I would really like to know if there are, so if some of my more knowledgeable brothers/sisters could contribute insha'allah, I would appreciate it.

    Jazakallahu Khair.

    Wa'salaam.


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    For Evidence:
    Sharh Ma'ani al-Athar and Mushkil al-Athar (both by Imam Tahawi)


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    For fatawa see Fatawa Rahimiya by Mufti Abdurrahim Lajpuri
    For Fiqh and Tasawwuf see Baheshti Zewar
    For Fiq see Imam Shurumblay
    For tafseer see Ma'ariful Quraan


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    Nur Idah - Shurunbalali


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    Quote Originally Posted by mospike
    For fatawa see Fatawa Rahimiya by Mufti Abdurrahim Lajpuri
    For Fiqh and Tasawwuf see Baheshti Zewar
    For Fiq see Imam Shurumblay
    For tafseer see Ma'ariful Quraan
    But Mo Spike,

    Works such as Fatawa Rahimiya and Behisti Zewar can hardly be called "Classical" works simply because of the fact that they haven't been around that long! Furthermore, because they haven't been around that long, how could the vast majority of Hanafi Ulema, regardless of where they reside, evaluate the texts in relation to those that came before it?

    Further still, both of those works are in Urdu, so I highly doubt that they are popularly used among Arab or Turkish Hanafis.

    Brother and sisters, when responding, please list those works about whose status/utility, or indispensable nature, there is, more or less, a consensus among Hanafi Ulema, wherever they reside. And please limit your suggestions to Fiqh alone.

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    Wa'salaam.


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    Quote Originally Posted by godilali
    Thank you for the link bro, but a lot of them are contemporary works about whose status as "classical" and/or "indispensable" I doubt that there is a clear consensus.

    PLease bear in mind I am not asking for a list of books that I should read about Hanafi fiqh, but a list of those works which are considered "classic", "indispensable", or have been agreed upon by the Ulema for at least 2 generations (about 70 years) as being of "extreme value".

    Given this clarifications, could some more of my knowledge brothers and sisters try to shed light on this subject insha'allah?

    Jazakallahu Khair.

    Wa'salaam.


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    Obviously, but my intention was for you to sort through the link an pick out the classical works. There are some in there that you did not mention, and I do not have time to sort through the link and write them all down here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by godilali
    Obviously, but my intention was for you to sort through the link an pick out the classical works. There are some in there that you did not mention, and I do not have time to sort through the link and write them all down here.
    Ok, thanks.

    Anyone else care to contribute to the list insha'allah?


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    Some Recommended Books in Hanafi Fiqh
    Compiled by Noura Shamma
    from Sidi Faraz Rabbani's lesson on 'Recommended Books' in his sessions on al-Khulasa in Hanafi fiqh

    The books are of three types:
    1. Relating to Worship.
    2. Those normally studied in traditional curriculums.
    3. Reference works.

    Relating to Worship:
    I. Nur al-Idah - this is the main matn/text studied in fiqh of worship.
    Maraqi al-Falah, is the sharh/commentary on the text. Both of these are by the same author, Imam al-Shurunbulali.
    Al-Hashiya (Marginal Notes) of Imam al-Tahtawi is also important to have.
    - Useful to have each of these three works separately.
    - Damascus edition is the best; avoid the Beirut editions - not useful at all.
    - Another edition (?) of Nur al-Idah with footnotes by: Abd al-Jalil 'Ata and Abd al-Hamid Mahmoud, is available and good.
    II. Al-Hadiyah al-Ala'aiyyah - by 'Alaadin ibn Abidin, son of Ibn Abidin, who is the reference on fatwa in the school. Al-Hadiyah is based on his father's work, though he differs on a few matters. The Hadiyah is a summary on the final word on worship; also has a very useful section on the fiqh of halal and haram and section on Aqidah. It was intended as a work for elementary level students.
    - Damascus edition is good; look for edition with notes by Shaykh al-Burhani.
    - Should be read along with Nur al-Idah.
    III. Al-Halabi al-Kabir - by Shaykh Ibrahim al-Halabi. Photocopying is the only way to get a copy of this work.

    Books in the Traditional Curriculum:

    I. Al-Lubab fi Sharh al-Kitab - by Abd al-Ghani al-Maydani (who was a student of Ibn Abidin). This work is a sharh/commentary on Mukhtasar al-Quduri.
    - Quduri is the first work studied in fiqh across all Muslim lands.
    - Available editions are mediocre.
    II. Al-Tas'hil al-Daruri - Mawlana 'Ashiq al-Ilahi.
    - Published by Dar al-Arqam
    - Contemporary work; puts the sections of Quduri in a Q&A format.
    - Indian commentaries on Quduri, some available on-line, on albalagha.net bookstore
    - If you can read Urdu, Al-Subh al-Nuri is a good commentary.
    - In Turkish, Muqaya al-Quduri is very useful.
    In Arab lands:
    Al-Ikhtiyar - by Imam al-Musuli; commentary on the matn of Qurduri.
    - Edition by Shaykh Muhammed Adnan Darwish published by Dar al-Arqam is available.
    - If you can wait, a new edition by Shaykh Su'aib al-Arna'ut is coming soon.
    Related Text:
    I. Fath Bab al-'Inayah - Sharh al-Nuqaya - by Mullah Ali al-Qari.
    - Published in 3 vols. by Dar al-Arqam
    - Very clear, one of clearer works available
    - Give legal reasoning and textual evidence
    - Two editions on the market, both mediocre
    III. Multaqa al-Abhur - Ibrahim al-Halabi (d.956 A.H.) is a matn. Title means the meeting of oceans. In this work, he gathered four major mutun of the mathhab, and added useful issues from other sources as well.
    - Contains masa'il/issues of all four texts/matn.
    - Language very clear.
    - Text was used extensively in Ottoman lands; he was head teacher at Sultan Muhammed al-Fatih mosque and madrassah, which was one of the highest teaching positions in Ottoman lands.
    - Has two great commentaries on it, by Shaykh Zada and Shaykh al-Haskafi (see below).
    IV. Majma' al-Anhur - Shaykh Zada
    - Extremely useful, clearest commentary in Hanafi fiqh; he defines all the terms, gives examples, and clear explanation.
    - Old edition is excellent; Dar al-Kutub al-Ilmiyah is a disaster, avoid.
    - Shaykh Zada has a Hashiya on al-Baydawi's tafsir, the scholars said, "If it wasn't for Shaykh Zada, al-Baydawi wouldn't have been understood."
    - Also has a commentary on Qawaid al-Irab of Ibn Hisham.
    V. Al-Durr al-Muntaqa - by Shaykh al-Haskari, who is the author of al-Durr al-Mukhtar on which Ibn Abidin wrote his Hashiya.
    - This commentary is the exact opposite of Shaykh Zada; he uses the most concise expressions possible. He said what counts is the weightiness of the secrets and not the size of the volumes.
    - It is to 1/3 size of Shaykh Zada's work but has two to three times as many issues.



    Final work studied: Al-Hidayah - by al-Marghinani
    - Called the pride of the Hanafis.
    - Took 12 years to write, during which the author was constantly fasting (secretly).
    - It's only a 1000 pages, but he really distilled it; it is the culminating fruit of the Hanafi mathhab.
    There are a number of important works on it; need two of them:
    1. Hashiyat al-Lakhnawi.
    - He explains basically just explains the text of the Hidayah without elaborations. It is very clear.
    - Available in Damascus as a photocopy.

    2. Fath al-Qadir - by Al-Kamal ibn al-Humam.
    - The edition you want is published with two other commentaries: al-Kafiyah by al-Khawarizmi and al-'Inayah by Akmal al-Din.
    - Bulaq published this old edition - reprints are available.
    - Fath al-Qadir builds on the Hidayah, doesn't explain out the text entirely. It is the greatest, most brilliant commentary in the mathhab.
    - Al-Kamal ibn al-Humam is the arguably last person agreed on in the Ummah to be a mujtahid imam; he is buried by request right next to Sidi Ibn 'Ata'illah in Cairo.



    References:
    I. Legal Dictionaries:
    1. Al-Mughrib - by al-Mutarrazi, he was a student of the students of al-Zamakhshari. Very useful.
    2. Tilbat al-Talabah - by Imam al-Nasafi.
    - Arranged by chapters of fiqh
    - Explains terms in some detail.
    - Dar al-Nafa'is (Beirut?) is only one worth having - cross-references terms.
    3. Al-Misbah al-Munir - by Al-Fayumi.
    - Not specific to Hanafi fiqh
    - General dictionary of Arabic
    - Explains well, easier to understand than other Arabic/Arabic dictionaries like al-Qamus al-Muhet.


    II. Hashiyat Ibn Abidin
    - He is know in the Indian subcontinent as Shami
    - This is the work for legal details.
    - Bulaq edition is a must, its 5 vols., 6th volume is a completion and 7th are notes by al-Rafidi


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