Imam Abu Hanifa’s Al-Fiqh al-Akbar Explained
by Abu ’l-Muntaha al-Maghnisawi, with Selections from 'Ali al-Qari’s Commentary Including Abu Hanifa’s Kitab al-Wasiyya
Imam Abu Hanifa, Abu ’l-Muntaha al-Maghnisawi, Mulla 'Ali al-Qari
Compiled and Translated with an Introduction by Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf
Al-Fiqh al-Akbar is one of the earliest texts written on Islamic creed and one of the surviving works of Abu Hanifa, the Great Imam of jurisprudence and theology. Studied for centuries in the Muslim world, Al-Fiqh al-Akbar offers a more nuanced, textured approach to understanding divine oneness (tawhid), the focal point of Islamic belief. It refines one’s understanding of the Creator, the messengers and divine communication, and enables one to gain much-needed insight into the realities of this life and the events of the hereafter.
Al-Fiqh al-Akbar not only improves one’s understanding of ‘aqida and deepens one’s appreciation of his or her beliefs, but it endeavors to address questions, which, if left unanswered, could leave insidious doubt and cause communal division. Such questions include: Where is Allah? Does Allah evolve? What constitutes true Islamic belief? Are prophets capable of sinning? Is there creation beyond what we see? What comes after death?
This translation of Al-Fiqh al-Akbar is an unprecedented contribution to the subject of ‘aqida in English. A lucid rendering, unhampered by sterile literalism, it draws on a number of commentaries to unlock a subject that has been largely inaccessible to an English readership. This is due both to the subject’s complexity and the lack of reliable works in English. Combining Maghnisawi’s basic commentary with copious notes carefully selected from ‘Ali al-Qari’s super-commentary and the entire Kitab al-Wasiyya of Abu Hanifa, this edition promises to be an essential guide on the intellectual and rewarding journey through Islamic creed.
“Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf has rendered a valuable service to English speaking Muslims. The depth of his scholarship and the accessibility of his language combine to present the reader with a text that elucidates critical aspects of the orthodox Muslim creed, and sheds light on contentious historical and theological issues.”
— Imam Zaid Shakir, New Islamic Directions, USA
“A substantial addition to the dismayingly small number of English translations of works of Islamic theology… It is well suited to provide a solid introduction to later Islamic theology, both Maturidi and Ash’ari, as it has been studied in traditional Sunni circles for centuries.”
— Aron Zysow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA
“A dire need of the hour fulfilled. This is true regarding the sterling compilation of the explanation of “Al Fiqhul Akbar” by Mufti Abdur Rahman ibn Yusuf.”
— Mufti Ebrahim Desai, Askimam.org, South Africa
This is an excellent and highly-recommendable work. Shaykh Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf not only translated one of the great commentaries on Imam Abu Hanifa’s Fiqh al-Akbar, but he also added extensive additional commentary from Mulla Ali al-Qari’s lengthier work, as well as valuable and much-needed footnotes where needed. The language is clear and lucid. This is a work every Muslim should strongly consider reading.
– Faraz Rabbani, Educational Director, Seekers Guidance, Canada
“This book fills a real need, for there has been no rich and yet compressed text on the Islamic Creed (‘Aqidah) in English language that serves that academic goals of education in the west. The translation is a careful work of Mufti Abdr-Rahman Ibn Yusuf whose knowledge, academic qualification, and practice in the legal school of Abu Hanifa made this authentic text readily accessible to scholars, students, and general readers.”
– Mashhad Al-Allaf, Ph.D. Endowed Chair of Islamic Studies & Prof. of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Toledo, USA
“[Abdur-Rahman] Ibn Yusuf’s work stands out as an outstanding example of scholarly reference and citation. A work suitable for both the general reader interested in Islamic doctrine and theology and as a critical and important addition to university libraries and classrooms.”
— Ralph H. Salmi, Ph.D. Center for Islamic and Middle East Studies, California State University, San Bernardino
“This represents one of the most comprehensive works written in the English language representing the traditional, true, and authentic teachings of the early predecessors (salaf) in matters of doctrine and tawhid (Islamic monotheism).”
— Shaykh Abdullah Ali, Lamppost Productions, USA